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The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) program provides students with the knowledge to evaluate personal leadership skills and the components of leadership that contribute to the health of an organization, as well as how to apply leadership best practices in an organization.

Students will learn how to lead diverse teams, manage conflict, and create a positive culture of continuous improvement. This program can help prepare students for a position of leadership within a range of organizations, including government agencies, nonprofits, and the general business sector.

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If you are looking for the former class-based MSOL—it has been renamed to MS in Leadership Studies (MSLS).

Course Details

In this course, you will begin to develop and enrich your leadership skills, while exploring historical trends in management through the lens of leadership theories and behaviors. In the leadership role, you will analyze and apply concepts and models to real organizational situations. Through self-assessments, explore your own leadership style, skills, and goals to create a personal leadership profile that will grow throughout the program.

In this course, you will continue your journey of leadership development through introspective reflection, examining your personal/organization values in business and societal settings. You will develop skills in ethical decision making to further enhance organizational performance and goal achievement.

Today’s organization is immersed in a competitive and dynamic environment requiring adaptive organizational structures to increase capacity and create a framework for development and growth. Within the organizational environment, leaders must be equipped to resolve conflict. The emphasis in this course is on leadership and relationship styles among individuals within the organization. You will develop skills needed to lead diverse teams, develop others, and apply strategies to create a culture of continuous improvement.

Leading change is one of the most important and difficult challenges facing any leader. This course is an introduction to the role of leadership in managing change and responding to organizational crises. As a leader, you will analyze strategies for managing change as a constant state, evaluate situations for potential crises, and develop proactive approaches for crisis management. Effective communication strategies are key to successfully leading through these situations.

Organizational strategy is impacted by increasing globalization, uncertainty in the marketplace, and disruptive innovation. Leaders must respond by creating an organizational learning culture to promote strategic innovation, and adapt and grow in a constantly changing environment. This course helps you build the capacity for strategic leadership to meet organizational challenges. In the role of leader, you will learn to develop leadership strategies, skills, and tools required for creating a plan to reinforce organizational strategies and competitive growth.

You will learn to use data analytics that can be used for leadership development to guide your decisions, set priorities, and determine where to invest your times and resources. You will also utilize data analytics to assess an organization’s ability to effectively use data to compete in the 21st century marketplace.

In this capstone course, you will have the opportunity to apply the concepts and principles that you have learned throughout your Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program, after you first identify a challenge or issue that you choose to investigate, utilizing an organization that you are familiar with. This can include issues of diversity and awareness, communication problems, leadership issues, and conflict, to name a few. You will begin by recognizing the applicable stakeholders and then use relevant knowledge and data to construct a plan for addressing and resolving the challenge. The project will culminate in the creation of an assessment strategy for evaluating plan results. An important component of this course is a comprehensive self-analysis of your preparedness to act in a leadership role including an understanding of your own bias’, through the finalization of your Personal Leadership Profile that you have been working on throughout your degree program.

Degree and Course Requirements

The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership is a 30 credit program comprised of 18 core credits, 9 specialization credits and 3 capstone credits. Graduates of the program must complete 30 credit hours. Students may select a discipline-specific specialization of their interest.

Applicants with a previously completed bachelor’s degree in business from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution may immediately begin the MSOL program in our Direct Entry Track. Individuals who do not meet direct entry requirements will begin their degree plan with MSOL-500 – Leadership Development and Practice, followed by SKS-5001 – Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies, and upon successful completion of SKS 5001 take the remaining courses in their degree plan


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Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours

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Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours

This graduate-level specialization focuses on the interrelationships between human resource capital, leadership, and the business organization. Students will explore all aspects of human resource management, and address the increasing human resource issues in the global economy.

Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours

This specialization will equip you with the insights, knowledge, and skills to go beyond traditional leadership and will prepare you to be a leader who can empower, energize, and inspire individuals, and unify diverse employees. You will become an agent of change who has the enhanced skills to lead an organization while being a champion and advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social and economic justice. After completing this program, you will be able to make decisions that help to advance a unified and collaborative global workforce that functions effectively and efficiently, optimizing the organization’s effectiveness. 

Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours

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Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours

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Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours

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Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Assess the current state of leadership practice within a given profession
  • Evaluate the components of leadership that contribute to the health of an organization
  • Apply best leadership practices within a given organization
  • Evaluate themselves as leaders


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