Curriculum

The Master of Leadership Development is a one-year, 36 hour graduate program. Students choose from a non-profit, organizational or financial leadership focus.

Required Core Courses

Explores both historical and contemporary explanations of the self in a variety of natural and social contexts. Examines the role of society on the development of self and the impact of the individual on society.

Explores the interaction of culture, creativity, and the arts with leadership. Students will examine creative leaders throughout history from a wide variety of cultures and organizational settings. Students will explore their own creativity and its potential impact on their ability to “think outside the box” and enhance their unique leadership style.

Provides an overview of leadership models to help students identify their own leadership styles. Examines leadership skills that support diverse individuals in complex and technology-rich environments.

Examines the process of ethical decision-making. Through the examination of sources and issues, students develop an awareness of ethical questions, a language with which to frame and confront those questions, and methodologies to examine their import, possibilities, and challenges. Also, addresses differences between legal and ethical issues that affect decision-making.

Examines the research process and explores how to critically analyze research and build upon the work of others. Provides an overview of assessment and evaluation techniques, statistical procedures, and technologies that can be used to inform decision-making.

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Non-profit Courses

Introduces types of funding organizations, guidelines that should be used to select appropriate funding opportunities, partnership building, and strategies to write winning proposals and grants.

Discusses strategies that help NFP leaders work with boards, staff, volunteers, partners, and clients anticipate, respond, and reshape their organization to adapt to changing environments. Emphasizes motivation, interpersonal communication skills, conflict resolution, goal-setting, training, and personnel evaluation within the context of the organization‟s mission. Provides overview of laws related to sexual harassment, discrimination, hiring/firing, and fair labor practices.

Introduces technology that supports communication, marketing, and fundraising. Teaches strategies to identify needs and acquire appropriate resources. Also emphasizes use of technology to manage organizational processes.

Discusses budget processes that involve the NFP board. Emphasizes integration of resource planning and management, analysis of program objectives in relation to budget, and communication of financial and compliance information to relevant groups. Includes overview of NFP accounting and budgeting software.

Emphasizes development of an organizational vision and strategic plan that supports the mission and balances continuity and charge. Highlights the developmental stages that organizations experience as part of the systemic change process. Reinforces the importance of connecting strategic planning with ongoing operational functions of the organization.

Capstone course incorporates various perspectives of the core and the focus area. Requires a real-life project that is approved by the focus area advisor. Example projects for this area include: a grant proposal for an NFP organization, a strategic plan that includes a marketing and financial plan, and a board or volunteer retreat plan with specific goals outlined.

Organizational Courses

Examines strategies for empowering and motivating people to effect change within an organization. Provides an overview human resource activities including: assessment of staffing needs, recruitment and training of staff, hiring/firing, independent contractors, dealing with performance issues, compliance with various state/federal regulations, ethics, personnel policies and records, and compensation and benefits packages.

Includes marketing research, development of products and services, channels of distribution, communication, and use of appropriate technology.

Explores management of financial resources to achieve the goals of the organization. Provides grounding in accounting, finance, and legal issues to identify key indicators of organization health. Introduces concepts of benchmarking and interpreting reports to develop action plans.

Examines the impact of information technology on communication, organizational culture, ethics, and decision-making. Focuses on use of technology to manage organizational processes. Includes overview of emerging technologies, such as SAP, Oracle, and enterprise software.

Emphasizes development of an organizational vision and strategic plan that supports the mission and balances continuity and change. Highlights the developmental stages that organizations experience as part of the systems change process. Reinforces the importance of connecting strategic planning with ongoing operational functions of the organization.

Capstone course incorporates various perspectives of the core and the focus area. Requires a real-life project that is approved by the focus area advisor. Example projects for this area include: a grant proposal for a new facility or activity, a strategic plan that includes a marketing and financial plan, or a professional development plan for employees.

Financial Courses

Students in this course use accounting resources (FASB codification database, IFRS, SEC reporting guidelines using XBRL) to understand regulations, processes and procedures related to financial accounting statements and reports. This course helps finance leaders consider a balance between statement presentations and readability, as well as make informed financial and ethical decisions.

Examines the various types of fraud and the impact on financial statements. Students will apply fraud interviewing techniques, recognize fraud patterns with Audit Command Language (ACL) Software, and use information technology to investigate fraudulent activities. Students use Visio flowchart processes to assess internal control risk in accordance with Sarbanes-Oxley and other general guidelines. Prerequisite: Accounting or professional experience, by review.

Explores management of financial resources to achieve the goals of the organization. Provides grounding in accounting, finance, and legal issues to identify key indicators of organizational health. Introduces concepts of benchmarking and interpreting reports to develop action plans.

Examines the impact of information technology on communication, organizational culture, ethics, and decision-making. Focuses on use of technology to manage organizational processes. Includes overview of emerging technologies, such as SAP, Oracle, and enterprise software.

Emphasizes development of an organizational vision and strategic plan that supports the mission and balances continuity and change. Highlights the developmental stages that organizations experience as part of the systems change process. Reinforces the importance of connecting strategic planning with ongoing operational functions of the organization.

Students learn to collect, analyze and visualize complex data. By using data mining techniques, students turn data into information using tools that incorporate document conversion (ASCII, HTML, XML, XBRL) and software to recognize clustering patterns. The end result is a discovery of business intelligence. Prerequisite: Accounting or professional experience, by review.

Capstone course incorporates various perspectives of the Integrative Core and the Focus Area. Requires a real-life project that is approved by the Project Advisor. Example projects for this Focus Area include: a proposal for a forensic auditing plan, a data mining project, a strategic plan that includes a risk assessment or benchmarking to develop action plans. Prerequisites: Financial Leadership courses.