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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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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


The Criminal Justice specialization explores the dynamic nature of law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system in the United States and explores the nature of crime both domestically and internationally. This specialization focuses on developing advanced competencies and analytical capability for those seeking management and leadership positions in corrections, law enforcement, and the court system.

Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours

  • CJ-5101 – Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ-5004 – Organized Crime
  • CJ-5007 – Current Issues in Law Enforcement

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership in Health Services

Graduates of health services management programs are in demand in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, health insurance companies, government and public health agencies, and social service agencies. The focus of this health services specialization is to develop essential knowledge and skills necessary for effective healthcare management, including legal and ethical issues and the examination of the development of health policies.

Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours

  • MHA-5000 – Introduction to Healthcare Management
  • MHA-5004 – Health Policy & Analysis
  • MHA-5010 – Health Law and Ethics

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

  • HRM-5000 – Human Resource Management in the 21st Century
  • HRM-5008 – Legal Issues in Human Resources Management
  • HRM-5011 – Global Talent Development and Management

This specialization focuses on acquiring knowledge and skills to support the management of virtual organizations. Students focus on a wide range of topics relevant to the manager overseeing virtual organizations. From theory to tactics, experienced professionals and entry-level candidates will build expertise in such diverse areas as virtual leadership, building trust in virtual teams, and legal and other implications that may arise in virtual organizations.

Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours

  • MVO-5001 – Virtual Leadership & Team Management
  • MVO-5002 – Building Virtual Teams & Trust
  • MVO-5003 – Legal & Other Implications in a Virtual Organization

In this specialization, students learn the fundamental principles of nonprofit management by exploring the roles and responsibilities of the management team and their efforts to maximize fundraising opportunities and maintain healthy budgets. Other areas that are covered include revenue generation, legal foundations, recruitment and management of volunteers, and promotion and marketing. Contemporary topics including diversity and ethics are also examined

Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours

  • MSOL-5801 – The Nonprofit Sector: History, Trends, and Theories
  • MSOL-5802 – Nonprofit Strategic Management and Leadership
  • MSOL-5803 – Philanthropy and Fundraising in Nonprofits

This specialization explores principles, concepts, tools, and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. Project Management is one of the fastest growing professional disciplines. Students examine all aspects of company projects including cost estimates, budget management, cost control, risk assessment, bid negotiation and contracts, and performance reporting critical to the success of any organization. The graduate specialization provides curriculum for students aspiring to take on project management responsibilities. This specialization focuses on risk management, procurement, monitoring, and multi-project management.

Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours

  • PM-6000 – Project Procurement Management
  • PM-6004 – Project Risk Management
  • PM-6020 – Management, Leadership and Team Building in the Project and Program Environment

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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