The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) degree program is designed to prepare students in interpersonal skills central to broad management duties across a range of industries and disciplines. The program is designed to develop analytical and critical thinking skills that are actionable in the specific context of the employee/graduate, with emphasis on the ability to maximize the contribution of the team members, individually and collectively, toward the mission of the organization.
Core Course Requirements (12 credit hours)
Students are required to take the following:
MS6010 Accounting Practices for Managers (3)
The course provides the basic framework of accounting practices from the perspective of non-accounting managers. The course provides students with fundamental financial and managerial accounting principles to allow them to link individual and unit operational goals to the financial requirements of the organization. Students will understand when and how to use various analytical approaches based on the kinds of decisions needed and the particular stakeholders to be addressed.
MS6012 Economic Practices for Managers (3)
This course addresses the fundamental economic principles of decision making including opportunity costs, factors of production, and competitive and comparative advantage. Risk and uncertainty are also analyzed. In addition, students address sustainable business principles in a rapidly changing economic and social environment. The course approaches all of these topics from the perspective of the practicing manager.
MS6014 Financial Practices for Managers (3)
The course builds on the principles of the MS6010 Accounting Practices for Managers course and the competencies established in the MS6012
Economic Practices for Managers course to provide the financial acumen necessary to make appropriate investment and spending decisions with
limited information*. Students also explore the financial tools organizations use to capture and evaluate complex costs associated with
business actions, such as environmental or social impacts that may be external to the firm.
MS6900 - The Functional Contribution to Organizational Success (Capstone) (3)
MS6900 is an integrative project focused on adding value to the organization and integrating the material covered throughout the MS
programs a session-long project. Students demonstrate analytical capacity in determining a course of action that contributes to the
organization's financial and operational success while concurrently meeting the goals of the discipline and/or work unit in an ethical and
professional manner. Project management tools and processes are presented.
*The Capstone Course must be taken in the final session of the degree program.
Specialty Requirements (18 credit hours)
Students are required to take the following:
B6027 Perspectives in Change Leadership (3)
This course focuses on the essence of leadership and management, including the behaviors, attitudes, and perspectives that distinguish leaders. Effective strategies for developing managers and leaders in the context of modern organizations are emphasized. Leadership dilemmas and issues are analyzed. A multidisciplinary approach will be used to explore new demands and relevant strategies for effective leadership. Individuals will be helped to identify their leadership style.
B6120 Communications Strategies for Managers (3)
This course focuses on the development of effective communication strategies and their applications in various organizational contexts and with different stakeholder groups. Topics covered include defining the organizational communications culture and styles, audience assessment, overcoming communications barriers, communications etiquette, and ethical dimensions of communications. Techniques covered include preparation of memos and business reports, business correspondence using email and hard copy formats, preparing and delivering oral reports, and facilitating discussions.
B6420 Foundations of Sustainable Business (3)
This course provides an overview and comparative understanding of sustainable business practices along with frameworks of sustainable business practice and economic principles provide the foundations for helping managers achieve competitive advantage. This course also presents current theory and practice of systems thinking to understanding global, environmental, and social change. This holistic and dynamic understanding helps bridge the social sciences with the natural sciences to understand the complexities involved in developing and implementing sustainable business practice. Issues of sustainable business practices are explored in order to provide tools and methods to help students understand, make decisions, implement and evaluate emerging global issues surrounding sustainable business practice.
B6601 International Business Practice (3)
This graduate course examines the nature and complexities of international business; the factors that determine the international environment [economic, accounting, ethical, physical, socio-cultural, political, legal, labor, competitive, and distributive]; most important international organizations; and the methods that can be used by business to effectively and ethically deal with these forces. The course provides an in-depth review and analysis of the latest theories and research on leadership and collaboration research and literature as it related to international business practices will be examined. Communication projects will focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making based on relevant research, information literacy, applied technology, integration, ethical and diversity concerns.
B6731 Understanding and Managing Human Differences (3)
This course offers insights and approaches for understanding cultural/social/gender differences, dealing with difficult people, and assessing conflict styles. Students identify, analyze, and plan for those elements within the cultural, economic, and political environments that require specialized understanding and strategy for successful management.
MS6020 Contract Law and Professional Ethics (3)
Contract Law and Professional Ethics analyzes the primary legal structures governing business activity in the United States, and introduces students to state and international guidelines and interests. Students identify, apply, and anticipate legal issues relevant to advancement in the industries and regions relevant to their careers.
Satisfactory completion of all requirements in the program of study.
A minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) and a grade of "B-" or better in all course work.
Completion of these requirements within five years of matriculation into the program.
A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration.