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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 six clusters of leadership classes over 20 months. The program is organized by themes. The clusters of skills and knowledge are combined to create a contemporary organizational leader. A cohort of students moves through the program together, taking courses in sequential order.

  • Cluster I: The Learning Leader reflects on individual experience, preferences, and attitudes to build a growing awareness of how a leader influences outcomes with personal style and skills.
  • Cluster II: The Connected Leader builds the relationships and connections essential for successful organizations.
  • Cluster III: The Global Leader understands and maneuvers among the cultural, economic, political, legal, and social spheres that influence work.
  • Cluster IV: The Organizational Leader considers both the art and science of managing talent and exploring the dynamics of power and influence to create a positive and progressive environment in organizations.
  • Cluster V: The Change Leader considers both organization development and organizational effectiveness to address opportunities for positive impact on organizations and their missions.
  • Cluster VI: The Adaptive Leader synthesizes and applies leadership principles from the previous clusters to create a strategic, innovative, and competitive organization.

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Cluster I: The Learning Leader: 6 cr. total

This course cluster 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.

Cluster II: The Connected Leader: 6 cr. total

This course cluster 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.

Cluster III: The Global Leader: 6 cr. total

This course cluster 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.

Cluster IV: The Organizational Leader: 6 cr. total

This course cluster focuses on managing talent and exploring the dynamics of power and influence to create a positive and progressive environment in organizations, utilizing holistic thinking and technical skills.

Cluster V: The Change Leader 6 cr. total

This course cluster focuses on organization development and organizational effectiveness and the skills and strategies to address opportunities for positive impact on organizations and their missions.

Cluster VI: The Adaptive Leader 6 cr. total

This course cluster focuses on synthesizing and applying leadership principles from the previous clusters 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.