The Master of Science in organizational leadership is an interdisciplinary, fully online professional master's degree that prepares early- to mid-career professionals to succeed as tomorrow's dynamic leaders. Through coursework that blends business, communications and social sciences, the program develops the knowledge and skills students need to think critically about organizational challenges and how to address them using best practices. Students learn to align others around a shared vision, build and manage effective teams, and apply the leadership skills necessary to excel in an increasingly fast-paced and complex working world.
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Students must complete at least 30 credit hours of graduate coursework. The program is composed of 10 courses: six core courses and four specialized track courses.
Core courses ensure that students have the necessary understanding of the complexities of organizational leadership and the varied dimensions of change within the context of public, private and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum prepares graduates to be successful in understanding organizational cultures, anticipating and managing change, and enhancing performance and human capital management. Core courses include:
- Leadership and Organizations
- Leading Change and Innovation
- Analytics and Data-Driven Decision Making
- Strategic Communication
- Performance Management
- Master's Capstone
The purpose of the capstone, the final course of the program, is for students to apply knowledge and skills acquired during their program to addressing actual challenges facing an organization. Students do this—under the guidance of the instructor and other subject matter experts—by collecting, processing and analyzing data and information about the organization and applying appropriate analytic methods to develop, propose and substantiate their recommended solution to the organization's problem.
Specialized Track Courses
Students may choose to specialize in one of the following tracks.
Human Resources Track
This track is ideal for students who wish to enter or advance a career in Human Resources or who want to focus on enhancing employee satisfaction and organizational performance as they assume increasing management and leadership responsibilities. Courses include:
- Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
- Human Resources Law
- Total Rewards Strategies
- Training and Development
Strategic Leadership Track
This track is geared for students who want to hone their ability to think, plan, and operate strategically, lead personnel in the allocation of organizational resources and accomplish organizational objectives in a deliberate and systematic manner. Courses include:
- Strategic Planning in Organizations
- Competitive Analysis and Positioning
- Organizations and the Law
- Operations and Designs of Organizations
Leading Innovation Track
The leading innovation track explores leadership at the intersection of business and innovation and helps students learn to drive strategic organizational transformation. It addresses the gap that exists between the aspirations of executives to innovate and their ability to execute. It focuses on the question: why and how should leadership, innovations and technologies be leveraged to shape and support strategic and entrepreneurial initiatives in the global competitive landscape. Courses include:
- Leadership and Intrapreneurship
- Design Thinking
- Strategy and Innovation
- Building and Leading Innovative Work Teams
Organizational Communication Track
Communication is the key social process that creates and sustains all features of organizational life—including assumptions about power, knowledge, diversity, culture and teamwork that shape the practice of leadership. The organizational communication track offers a perspective that puts communication at the center of our understanding and explanation of all organizational and leadership phenomena. Courses include:
- Diversity and Organizational Communication
- Dynamics of Group Communication
- Organizational Culture
- Knowledge Management
Organizational Leadership (Broad Perspective) Track
This is a great track option for those who want to customize their degree to obtain broad exposure to the field of organizational leadership. Students select any four track courses from the offerings available under the other tracks (Human Resources, Leading Innovation, Organizational Communication and/or Strategic Leadership). With pre-approval, students also have the option of transferring in up to three relevant graduate courses from other programs and colleges.