Organizational Leadership Curriculum

The Organizational Leadership focus area is your tool to leading and managing in the for-profit business arena. It is also the key to success in an increasingly global and diverse society. Not only will you be getting the grounding in business and leadership that you need, but you will learn how to implement that knowledge in an ethical way and use critical thinking to work through challenges in the workplace.

Through the Organizational Leadership focus area, you will be able to:

Interdisciplinary Courses

15 credit hours required; all courses listed.

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.

Focus Area - Organizational Leadership

MLD students must select a focus area. 21 credit hours required; all courses listed.

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.

Information About Course Requirements

We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to insure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest graduate college catalog.  Always consult your program director when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.