Catalog
2014-15

School of Continuing & Professional Studies

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies is to prepare adult students for success in emerging global, corporate or industrial environments.  The School is committed to creating and offering programs designed to serve the adult population with a particular focus on mid-career adults desiring to advance their professional careers and/or fulfill personal achievement goals.  The School is dedicated to offering all programs in convenient and flexible formats.

 Application Procedures

Currently, the graduate program accepts candidates twice a year: Spring and Fall. Students interested in a spring start (January) should submit application materials by November 15. Students interested in a fall start (September) should submit application materials by August 1.

Students who meet the eligibility requirements will be considered for matriculation into the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degree program. Students interested in applying to the program must meet the following admissions standards:

1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

2. Generally, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for courses taken in achieving that bachelor’s degree is required, but other factors, such as work experience and GPA on most recently taken courses will be considered.

3. Work experience of at least three (3) years.

4. Demonstrated potential for study of Organizational Leadership at the graduate level.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer a maximum of six (6) graduate credits to the program. An official transcript from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning is required.

Admission

The admissions committee process includes ongoing review of student application materials to ensure prompt admissions decisions. Applicants will be assessed primarily based on the following criteria:

1. Overall G.P.A.

2. Applicant’s personal qualities (evident by resume which should include examples of academic, professional and extracurricular achievement)

3. Recommendations- Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s intellectual ability, leadership potential and ability to complete the program.

4. Personal Statement-Applicants are required to submit an essay that reflects program interest as well as personal and professional goals.

MSOL Program Summary

The Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership is a 33 credit program. The program consists of nine 3-credit core courses and two 3-credit elective courses. Currently, the elective courses offered are in three areas: General Organizational Leadership, Human Resources, and Public/Non-Profit.

Nine (9) core courses:

MSOL 601Fundamentals of Organizational Leadership 3
MSOL 605Leadership Communication and Coaching Essentials 3
MSOL 610Leading Across Cultural and Global Boundaries3
MSOL 615Metrics for Today’s Leader 3
MSOL 620Shaping the Learning Organization 3
MSOL 625Ethics and Spirituality in the Workplace 3
MSOL 642Collaborative Project Management 3
MSOL 690
  & MSOL 691
Capstone-Consulting Project
   and Capstone-Consulting Project
6
Students may select any 2 courses from the following list of electives to fulfill the degree requirements:6
General Organization Leadership Electives
Organizational Planning, Administration and Governance
Talent and Performance Management
Human Resource Electives
HR Issues in the Workplace
Employment Law for Organizational Leaders
Public Servie Electives
Non-Profit and Government Leadership
Issues in Civic Engagement
Total Credits33

 Learning Goals

By the completion of the program, students will:

 1. Demonstrate appropriate competency in oral, written, and presentation skills as well as interpersonal relations.

2. Lead and participate effectively in small and large group settings.

3. Determine ways to achieve maximum effectiveness in an organization including planning, problem-solving, and decision-making.

4. Devise tools and techniques to address the culturally diverse organization.

5. Develop an approach to lead ethical organizational behavior.

Courses

MSOL 600. Special Topic. 3 Credits.

An introduction to a topic, theme or issue related to leadership, mediation. The subject will vary from semester to semester.

MSOL 601. Fundamentals of Organizational Leadership . 3 Credits.

This survey course will provide an overview of the topic. Problem solving, ethics, conflict resolution, delegation, empowerment as well as general principles of leadership will be explored in this course. This will be overlaid by the practice of reflection.

MSOL 605. Leadership Communication and Coaching Essentials . 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the persuasive communication techniques and strategies that can be used when one must or chooses to rely on influence as opposed to formal authority. Situations include: how to gain commitment; how to overcome resistance; and how to effectively manage conflict. Students will use their organizations as cases, employing communications technologies as appropriate. The role of ethics is considered throughout.

MSOL 610. Leading Across Cultural and Global Boundaries. 3 Credits.

The focus of this course is on coordinating and sustaining cooperative activities across various types of international and cultural boundaries (including generational, gender, and regional). The course covers the practical realities of leading across cultural differences and national boundaries. Students will explore differences domestically and globally.

MSOL 615. Metrics for Today’s Leader . 3 Credits.

The foundation of this course is the application of metrics to performance improvement and process reengineering. The balanced scorecard as well as other metrics approaches are the key elements of this course. Students will learn the essential tools and technologies required for this effective leadership technique.

MSOL 620. Shaping the Learning Organization . 3 Credits.

Students will learn how to create stimulating environments that are efficient, flexible and encourage personal growth. This course will cover techniques for challenging the organization and increasing its capacity.

MSOL 625. Ethics and Spirituality in the Workplace . 3 Credits.

This course approaches the study of organizations from a holistic viewpoint. It focuses on how leaders may utilize the canons of ethics and spirituality to enhance performance at the individual, group and organizational levels.

MSOL 630. Organizational Planning, Administration and Governance . 3 Credits.

The essence of effective organizational leadership is planning. This course prepares current as well as future leaders in the areas of operational and strategic planning. The course also equips students with tools and techniques for maintaining governance in an organization.

MSOL 641. Talent and Performance Management . 3 Credits.

A comprehensive talent management system is key for any organization. This course covers best practices as well as evaluation tools that contribute to organizational effectiveness.

MSOL 642. Collaborative Project Management . 3 Credits.

This course goes beyond basic project management. Students will learn advanced PM technology tools and techniques for managing complex projects and programs. Cases and simulations will allow students to learn how these advanced skills are applied to produce business/organizational results that require collaborative relationships. This course builds toward the capstone course.

MSOL 651. HR Issues in the Workplace . 3 Credits.

In this course, students are introduced to the principles of human resource management (HRM). The course balances the theoretical and practical approaches to HRM. Emphasis is placed on the four primary HR functions: recruitment, selection, performance management, and governance. Other topical areas that are covered include compensation and benefits as well as the challenge of international HRM.

MSOL 652. Employment Law for Organizational Leaders . 3 Credits.

This course introduces the non-legal professional to laws that govern workplace personnel. Students are provided with an overview of legal issues affecting human resource management. The primary concentration is on the practical application of employment law on individuals in organizations and its impact on HR decisions.

MSOL 661. Non-Profit and Government Leadership . 3 Credits.

This introductory course provides in-depth discourse on the unique challenges and issues of nonprofit and government agency leadership. The course provides insights and skills for leadership in these non-corporate sectors.

MSOL 662. Issues in Civic Engagement . 3 Credits.

This course balances the study of contemporary theory and empirical research on civic engagement. It examines contemporary research from the perspectives of individual identities and backgrounds, personal motivations as well as political and social institutions.

MSOL 671. Special Topics: Foundations of Professional Relationships: Developing the Leader Within. 3 Credits.

The demands of business today require a range of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that lead to success. An individual's success in business often hinges on his or her self-awareness and self-managment. Here the ability to build trust,, communicate, manage relationships, and build effective teams, as well as ones political savvy and ethical use of power, requires management skills for everyday life. This course will dive deeply into these topics as learners reflect upon how they "show up" as people.

MSOL 690. Capstone-Consulting Project . 3 Credits.

This two-term capstone course is a faculty led consulting project for an external client. This engagement draws on the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program and requires student teams to perform a comprehensive analysis of an actual organizational issue and develop appropriate methods to address said issue. The result is a deliverable for the client organization. Prerequisite: All required courses in the program must be completed.

MSOL 691. Capstone-Consulting Project. 3 Credits.

This two-term capstone course is a faculty led consulting project for an external client. This engagement draws on the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program and requires student teams to perform a comprehensive analysis of an actual organizational issue and develop appropriate methods to address said issue. The result is a deliverable for the client organization. Prerequisite: All required courses in the program must be completed.

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