The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) is designed to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who hold or desire to hold leadership positions in organizations. Students are exposed to theories and best practices involving people and processes in organizations. Upon successful completion, students in the MSOL program will be able to demonstrate:
- A working knowledge of leadership theory and current leadership best practices.
- An ability to critically analyze research used to evaluate the unique needs, challenges and opportunities of organizations.
- The capacity for determining alternatives for problem-solving and decision-making as they relate to human behavior issues in organizations.
- The ability to integrate knowledge of ethics and leadership into practice.
- Knowledge of leadership theory, organizational behavior theory, and change theory as they relate to best practices in organizational leadership.
- Self-awareness of personal leadership style, strengths and skills, and how these impact others in an organization and a personal plan for leadership development.
- Specific leadership knowledge as a result of focused electives that serve students' needs for effectiveness in their organizational practice area of interest.
Curriculum (30 credit hours)
Core Courses (24 credit hours)
- MAN 600 Perspectives on Leadership
- MAN 605 Leadership, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
- MAN 610 Organizational Behavior and Theory
- MAN 630 Leadership and the Human Experience
- MAN 642 Leading Change
- MAN 651 Ethical Leadership Practice
- MAN 652 Contemporary Issues in Leadership
- MAN 6xx Theory and Methods in Organizational Research
Business Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
- MAN 6xx Elective
- MAN 6xx Elective
The elective courses can be selected from among appropriate graduate courses in the College of Business (non-industry focus option) or in the student’s area of industry focus.
Industry Focus - (6 credit hours)
- MAN 6XX Current Industry Issues (Industry Specific)
- MAN 6XX Applied Research Project (Industry Specific)
Through the Industry Focus electives option, you can explore in greater depth topics specific to your profession or in a new industry. This enables you to develop a focus on industry-specific special topics and applied research project courses. Business faculty with professional or academic expertise in these areas will work with you to pursue electives in the following industries:
- Armed Forces
- Criminal Justice
- Higher Education
- Human Resources
- Law Enforcement
- Primary and Secondary Education (K-12)
- Public Service
- Social Services
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