Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

The purpose of the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degree is to enable students to acquire knowledge and develop competencies that will make them effective leaders at any level of an organization. The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degree prepares students to become leaders to serve in today’s dynamic organizations. Students will gain the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to lead their organizations through complex changes in our global society by continually transforming their organizations through professional development and processes, and implementing strategic initiatives in order to maintain a competitive advantage. This degree program concentrates heavily on leader-follower interactions, cross- cultural communications, coaching, influencing, and team development, leading organizational changes, strategic thinking, project leadership, and behavioral motivation theories.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Explain and evaluate the connection between theory and practice in current leadership settings.
  • Discuss and develop a business plan with the leadership and ethical practices required to succeed.
  • Identify and develop basic management coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Explain and apply effective leadership competencies for managerial-level positions.
  • Discuss and make use of best practices for relationships, conflicts, and business standards in light of multicultural differences.
  • Plan, develop, and evaluate an integrative learning project that offers a successful solution to a practical problem.

Program Breakdown by Course

Course Number Course Name Semester Credits
Core Courses (31 credits)

Leadership Theories and Practices

This course introduces students to the major theories of leadership and their application in personal and professional settings. Students will engage in self-reflective and applied learning activities that allow them to draw upon their personal characteristics and experiences to make connections between class work and their leadership roles in their communities. Emphasis is placed on identifying work behaviors aligned with relating to people, thinking styles, and emotional intelligence that is necessary to become successful in any organization. It emphasizes career development, cultural fit and interpersonal savvy. Contemporary literature, case studies and work styles assessment will be used to support learning.

Leadership Theories and Practices 3.0

Creating and Leading in Effective Organizations

This is a course that combines a step-by-step content to build a business plan with the leadership and ethical practices required to succeed. Effective leadership and time management are required to build an ethical organization that incorporates social responsibility with the community.

Creating and Leading in Effective Organization 3.0

Mentoring and Coaching

This course is designed to support students in the development of basic management coaching and mentoring skills, and to identify the links between coaching, mentoring and the achievement of business goals. The course also allows understanding of coaching as a multidisciplinary profession that can be undertaken as a career by itself, or to add value to their actual management roles.

Mentoring and Coaching 3.0

Cross-Cultural Human Relations and Negotiation

This course is designed to promote effective leadership competencies for managerial level positions and to enhance interpersonal skills for effective communication and productivity. This course explains potential differences in the negotiation styles of counterparts from other cultures. This course will allow students to develop negotiation skills experientially and understand negotiation in useful analytical frameworks. Considerable emphasis will be placed on negotiation exercises and role-playing in class, followed by group discussion, lecture and individual analysis.

Cross-Cultural Human Relations and Negotiation 3.0

Communicating Leadership

This course focuses on today’s effective leadership, less on control and more on the strategic use of communication to build relationships and guide behavior. It examines the various ways leaders can communicate more effectively in contemporary organizations.

Communicating Leadership 3.0

Leadership Final Project

This course provides the students the opportunity to develop critical thinking, teambuilding, leadership, and civic literacy to build leadership capacity and professional potential. It offers strategies and skills that are transferable to academic, personal, and professional endeavors. Service-learning may be included. Students will submit an endof-course portfolio.

Leadership Final Project 4.0

Decision Making and Problem Solving

This course examines the decision-making and problem-solving role of the manager/facilitator/leader in light of personal, organizational, and societal needs judged by standards of effectiveness and ethics. Decision making and problem-solving processes in organizations, utilizing logical and creative problem-solving techniques. Application of theory is provided by experiential activities such as small group discussions, case studies, and the use of other managerial decision aids.

Decision Making and Problem Solving 3.0

Project Management

This course introduces participants to Project Management as a business tool, developing skills and abilities to solve problems, organize and present projects, ensuring that the proposal relates to an idea based on entrepreneurship. This course focuses on creating high performance teams and developing the leadership of Project Managers.

Project Management 3.0

Competitive Intelligence

This course pays fundamental attention to the understanding of CI, its resources and scope. Special attention is given to the identification of the kind of problems that CI can solve, the methods to do it and the ethical constraints of this discipline. The course has a practical approach, with a particular focus on the utilization of CI resources by any organization.

Competitive Intelligence 3.0

Tools for Business Statistic

This course analyzes statistics as the science of learning from data to support decision making. The objective of this course is to explore and apply statistical concepts and procedures that are used to collect, analyze, summarize and report data in typical business situations. The main content emphasizes descriptive and inferential statistics, and hypothesis testing and probability.

Tools for Business Statistic 3.0
Concentration: Business (9 credits)

Management Information Systems

This course explores the use of technologies both to build innovative systems to gain competitive advantage and also to optimize operations for competitive advantage, particularly through the use of enterprise information systems. The implementation and use of these systems to build strategic partnerships and customer relationships are also discussed.

Management Information Systems 3.0

Human Resources and Knowledge Management

This course prepares Human Resources Managers to participate in the organizational knowledge management efforts and facilitates management of knowledge. The course using case studies of many organizations shows the various aspects of Knowledge Management and how the three aspects, Strategy, Technology and HRM need to be aligned together to manage knowledge management.

Human Resources and Knowledge Management 3.0

Business Perspectives

This course provides a general outline of the nature of business, including ownership, management, and organization. Business operations such as finance and decision-making controls are emphasized. The legal and regulatory environment in which business operates is examined.

Business Prospective 3.0
Concentration: Education (9 credits)

Planning and Management of Education

This course will focus on (1) formal and informal organizational structures, concepts, and practices, (2) the management process, (3) administrative and supervisory functions with particular reference to personnel, and (4) program and fiscal management.

Planning and Management of Education 3.0

Curriculum and Instruction

This course includes the historical, sociological, philosophical, and psychological examination of school curriculum, instructional theories, trends and curriculum structure. The course also prepares the students to make decisions about best practices that should be implemented in the learning environments as part of the teaching and learning process. This course also explores researched based methods for implementing instruction based upon the work of theorists that have presented pedagogy according to strategies and methodologies proven to be effective.

Curriculum and Instruction 3.0

Learning Technologies Environments

The course features the most recent trends in learning primarily through educational technologies. It includes perspectives that consider, who is learning, how it is being learned, what design variables are needed to ensure learning takes place in different learning environments, and societal and technological influences on learning.

Learning Technologies Environments 3.0



Credential Awarded
Master of Science