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Organizational Leadership Curriculum and Courses Descriptions

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

The Master’s in Organizational Leadership program requires a total of 36 graduate-level credit hours delivered in five semesters of leadership classes over 20 months, with each semester building on the former. Students in the organizational leadership training program travel through the successive semesters as a cohort, establishing camaraderie and rapport as they study and learn together

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Semester I: The Learning Leader (8 credits)

This semester examines individual experience, preferences, and attitudes in developing a leader’s personal competence. Emotional intelligence, and critical and strategic thinking are introduced as vital development skills throughout the program. Formulating significant questions within the discipline become the foundation for research methods in organizational leadership.

Semester II: The Connected Leader (7 credits)


This semester focuses on building relationships and connections necessary for leading successful organizational operations. Communication strategies and approaches for influencing, negotiating, advocating, and teambuilding are emphasized. Collaborative relationships are examined.

Semester III: The Global Leader (7 credits)

This semester examines all spheres—cultural, economic, political, legal, and social—that influence an organization’s domestic or global mission. World politics and corporate social responsibility are addressed.

Semester IV: The Change Leader (7 credits)

This semester focuses on the art and science of managing talent and organizational change to create a positive and progressive environment in organizations, using holistic thinking and technical skills.

Semester V: The Adaptive Leader (7 credits)

This semester focuses on synthesizing and applying leadership principles from the previous semesters to create a strategic, innovative, and competitive organization. The previously studied areas of personal, collaborative, global, and change awareness are integrated into a comprehensive view of contemporary leadership.