Organizational Leadership, Master of Science (MSOL)

The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) is a 30-credit graduate program developed in response to the demand for organizational knowledge in employees who seek career or advancement opportunities in government, corporate, and nonprofit entities. Students will develop skills and knowledge that transcend individual organizational contexts, whether private or public, service or manufacturer, corporate or nonprofit.

The online, on-ground and hybrid master’s program will provide the opportunity for students to better understand organizational structures and positively contribute to those organizations as informed employees. Through the study of individual, group, and organizational behaviors, students will integrate knowledge of human action, communication, and change in organizations. Students will become well-versed in contemporary organizational theories and practices to make their contributions to the organization more effective. Participants may seek to pursue administrative, supervisory, or advanced roles within their organization.

This master’s degree program is designed to meet the needs of traditional students moving through a graduate program as well as adults who desire to better position themselves in their respective organizations. This program of study integrates analysis of theory, case studies, service learning, and research while encouraging thoughtful and creative approaches to understanding organizational structure that are assessable, measureable, and observable. This degree program is focused on realistic, accurate, and sound interpretations of the complexity and diversity found in different organizational settings. The program strives to be consistent in scope with graduate college standards, and consistent with industry outcomes.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Business, Management and Advanced Manufacturing is to prepare career-focused individuals capable of technical, professional and interpersonal competencies to meet the needs of our stakeholders. With this acquired knowledge and an ethical mindset, our students contribute to the social responsibility and sustainability of organizations within the community


Program Outcomes

By the end of this program the learner will be able to:

  1. Integrate leadership theories and best practices to effectively address stakeholders’ needs across diverse settings (1, 3, 4, 11 Information Literacy).
  2. Use ethical considerations to implement practices that exemplify authentic leadership.
  3. Leverage data sources and analyses to support effective and efficient decision making to resolve organizational challenges (5 & 9).
  4. Implement leadership strategies focused on maximizing performance in diverse organizational cultures (6 & 8).
  5. Develop and assess strategic plan to sustain progress towards achievement of organizational change (goals) (7 & 10).
  6. Express and exchange ideas through various modes of communication as a leader and organizational member (communications).

Admission Requirements

In addition to the meeting the college’s requirements of all graduate program applications, students interested in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) must also:

  • Write a letter of intent/personal statement describing the benefit to the applicant of this course of study (maximum 500 words).
  • Include two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s readiness for advanced study and leadership potential.

Graduation Requirements

Graduate students must earn a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0. Students must also earn a grade of B- or higher in their capstone course.

Curriculum

21 Credits

OL 500Foundations of Leadership

3

OL 510Leadership Practices in Organizational Communications

3

OL 520Data-Driven Decision-Making for Executives

3

OL 540Talent and Performance Management

3

OL 650Sustainability of Innovation and Strategic Advantage

3

OL 660Leading Organizational Change

3

OL 695Leadership Capstone

3

Electives: Select Two (2) Courses - 6 Credits

OL 525Special Topics in Leadership

3

OL 535Public Sector Leadership and Community-Based Change

3

OL 620Negotiating & Conflict Response

3

OL 655Operations Management across Organizations

3

Directed Electives: Select One (1) Course - 3 Credits

OL 665Applied Research Skills for Organizational Leaders

3

OL 675Leadership Consulting and Coaching/Mentoring

3

Total Credit Hours: 30