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Program Benefits

  • Clustered Curriculum Design
  • Cohort Study Format
  • Digital Badging and Graduate Certificates Available

The online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will equip graduates with skills to perform the following:

  1. Interpret the contexts and environments in which organizations operate.
    1. Manage decisions affected by changing and diverse external and internal environments and economies.
    2. Identify and assess the nature of ethical issues in organizations.
    3. Identify and understand the cultural influences that shape behavior and work views.
    4. Analyze systemic talent performance issues.
  2. Integrate and apply analytical principles and skills to make complex strategic decisions.
    1. Resolve issues based on evidence weighed against relevant criteria.
    2. Utilize systems thinking for continuous improvement.
    3. Evaluate the strategic position of organizations.
    4. Apply techniques and skills of creative and analytical thinking.
  3. Develop individual awareness, style, and communication skills that influence outcomes.
    1. Examine the role of the manager as a leader.
    2. Understand how one’s own influences and culture shape interpersonal relationships.
    3. Demonstrate emotional intelligence competencies in all communication.
    4. Apply the principles of communication theory as it applies to interpersonal and group communication.
  4. Collaborate in complex work teams utilizing effective communication techniques.
    1. Develop high performing work teams.
    2. Apply systems theory, team learning, coaching, and shared vision to organizational operations.
    3. Diagnose and propose methods to resolve conflict.
    4. Evaluate collaborative methodologies for teambuilding.
  5. Develop and integrate creative, adaptive strategies that promote positive change and innovation.
    1. Connect innovation to strategic management.
    2. Assess organizational development stages and opportunities.
    3. Strategize the change process through organizational and individual tactical approaches.
    4. Monitor the impact of change in an organization.
    5. Predict talent strategies necessary for whole organizational performance.
  6. Evaluate the ethical and legal implications of one’s actions.
    1. Assess the congruence between personal norms and ethical principles.
    2. Recognize how foundational ideologies impact analysis and judgment.
    3. Integrate ideas of social justice and community responsibility into organizational strategy.
    4. Identify legal issues, the sources of law, and compliance bodies.
  7. Conduct research and communicate results successfully.
    1. Frame vital questions clearly.
    2. Evaluate relevant information and its sources.
    3. Communicate with clarity and coherence.
    4. Develop a subject, including relevance, logic, grasp of subject, and depth of discussion.
  8. Create an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion.
    1. Demonstrate respectful engagement of others’ diverse ideas, behaviors, and beliefs.
    2. Apply diverse frames of reference to decisions and actions.
    3. Develop a learning community of cultural awareness.
  9. Activate self-directed strategies for continued personal and professional learning.
    1. Determine a course of action to become familiar with areas that are unknown or unfamiliar.
    2. Plan for professional development.
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of changing conditions facing leaders.
    4. Demonstrate a professional manner and style in all communications.

Find out more about how the Master’s in Organizational Leadership degree from Saint Mary’s can benefit your career: call 877-308-9954 to speak to an enrollment counselor or request more information.