Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

Program Contact: Christopher Neidig 203-582-3868

The MS in Organizational Leadership program is a rigorous online program specifically designed to be highly valuable to working professional adult students trying to advance their careers by developing a more sophisticated understanding of leadership in their organizations.

The MS in Organizational Leadership program provides a rare opportunity to develop the self-awareness and understanding of others that is so essential to effective leadership. Students must have at least four years of full-time professional experience to enter the program. The core courses of study focus on communication, ethics, analysis and organizational leadership. The MSOL program is writing intensive, building on the university’s emphasis on written communication. Students may focus on one of four tracks: Health Care Management, Human Resource Leadership, Public Service/Nonprofit Leadership, or Strategic Leadership.

MS in Organizational Leadership Program of Study

The program consists of 33 credits, including eight required core courses (24 credits) and three elective courses (9 credits) in a professional focus track.

Required Core Courses
OL 601Foundations of Organizational Leadership3
OL 610The Power and Politics of Communication3
OL 615Leadership Across Boundaries3
OL 630Performance Management3
OL 640Project Management3
OL 650Leading Organizational Change3
OL 662Ethics and Governance3
OL 690Leadership Consulting Capstone3
Total Credits24

Professional Focus Tracks

Each professional focus area allows students to study a specialization within organizational leadership. This builds on the leadership foundation courses and provides expertise for those seeking to enhance their leadership skills in a specific industry.

Health Care Management Track

Students pursuing this track must complete all core requirements, plus three additional courses (9 credits) chosen from the following:

HM 600Foundations of Health Care Management3
HM 621Quality Management in Health Care Facilities3
HM 626Epidemiology and Population Health3
HM 630Corporate Compliance in the Health Care Industry3
HM 660Human Resource Management in Health Care Administration3
HM 664Financial Management in Health Care Organizations3
HM 668Legal Aspects of Health Care Delivery3
HM 669Organization and Management of Long-Term Care Facilities3
HM 671Health Policy and Politics3

Human Resource Leadership Track

Students pursuing this track must complete all core requirements plus three additional courses (9 credits):

OL 681Leadership in Human Resources3
OL 682Employment Law for the Non-Lawyer3
OL 683Employee Development Strategies for Organizational Leaders3

Public Service/Nonprofit Leadership Track

Students pursuing this track must complete all core requirements plus three additional courses (9 credits):

OL 681Leadership in Human Resources3
OL 686Leading Public Service Organizations3
OL 687Strategic Planning for Public Service Organizations3

Strategic Leadership Track

Students pursuing this track complete three additional courses (9 credits). They may select any combination of courses from the Human Resources Leadership Track, the Public Service/Nonprofit Leadership Track, the Health Care Management Track or from a specified list of electives across the graduate business curriculum.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives and goals of the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership foster graduate-level growth and development in six key areas of leadership:

  • interpersonal and communication skills
  • self-awareness and growth
  • understanding, interpreting and using data to improve performance
  • understanding and leading organizations and complex teams
  • strategic analysis and implementation
  • ethics of leadership

Admission

Applicants to the MSOL program must possess four years of professional, post-bachelor’s degree experience.

In addition to an application for admission, students also must submit:

  1. official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate programs/courses completed
  2. personal statement
  3. resume
  4. two letters of recommendation
  5. application fee