Organizational and Community Leadership

College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences


What is Organizational and Community Leadership?

This is a concentration under Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. It prepares you for leadership, training, and organizational development positions in agricultural, community, and governmental agencies. The curriculum provides you the option to specialize in a chosen area of agriculture. Your coursework will focus on human development, theories of leadership, and design and implementation of training programs. You will also develop leadership and communication skills and gain hands-on experience through a 10-week internship with an agriculture business or community organization. 

Career Options

  • Community Development
  • Extension
  • Governmental Affairs
  • Human Resources
  • Product & Sales Support
  • Public Relations
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Training & Organizational Development

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

62% employed after graduation

26% attending graduate school

$47,120 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Cargill, Monsanto, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Veterinary Medicine, Rush University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to leadership and involvement
  • Experiences related to the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

74% four-year graduation rate

84% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $32,780
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $56,270