Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
Program Contact: D'Lisa McKee 203-582-7913
The MS in Organizational Leadership guides working professionals through a process of uncovering and evolving their personal leadership style. Specifically developed for prospective and current leaders with at least 4 years of professional work experience, this program helps students strengthen their leadership toolkit through the learning and application of critical skills necessary to thrive in the new economy. The 30-credit program is delivered in a highly supportive, modern online format and can be completed in under 2 years on a part-time basis.
The core courses of the program focus on identifying personal leadership style in all situations with a flexible curriculum that enables students to explore specific areas of interest such as emotional intelligence, ethics and governance, the digital organization, and human resources. Coursework is rounded out with a hands-on consulting project designed to address a business problem relevant to the student’s current role or professional/personal interests. Students are challenged to think critically about this issue before developing, building and implementing an appropriate solution. Students choose from a variety of electives, including HRM courses that prepare students for SHRM certification.
MS in Organizational Leadership Program of Study
The program consists of 30 credits, including five required core courses (15 credits) and five elective courses (15 credits).
|Required Core Courses|
|OL 601||Foundations of Organizational Behavior and Leadership||3|
|OL 610||Crucial Conversations As Leaders||3|
|OL 650||Leading Organizational Change||3|
|OL 689||Leadership Consulting Capstone I||3|
|OL 690||Leadership Consulting Capstone II||3|
|Choose 5 electives||15|
|Students may choose specialized electives in organizational leadership, or other graduate business courses.|
|Organizational Leadership Electives|
|Insights into Emotions and Emotional Intelligence|
|Leadership in the Digital Organization|
|Performance Management and HR Analytics|
|Ethics and Governance|
|Strategic Leadership in Human Resources|
|Policies, Procedures and Employment Law|
|Benefits and Compensation|
Upon completion of the MS in Organizational Leadership students will demonstrate the following competencies:
- Communication Skills for Leading Individuals and Teams: Students will demonstrate capabilities with respect to effective communication with varied organizational stakeholders. Additionally, students will develop the ability to analyze group dynamics and practical skills for building and leading effective teams.
- Self Awareness, Growth and Complex Adaptive Leadership: Students will exhibit an understanding of mechanisms/tools to maintain an ongoing awareness of personal characteristics, how these impact interactions with others and how to re-evaluate these regularly toward continuous improvement as leaders. Students will understand the array of nonmarket forces, including political leaders, NGOs and societal trends, that can have a significant impact on the opportunities and risks faced by business leaders. Students also will be able to evaluate and understand organizational design issues, organizational learning issues and motivation issues toward becoming effective leaders of diverse organizations.
- Digital Literacy and Interpreting Data to Improve Performance: Students will be exposed to analytical tools applicable to the leadership function in reviewing and enhancing organizational and individual performance. Students will build awareness of the breadth, depth and velocity of the digital era transformation and its multifaceted impact on organizations.
- Ethics, Negotiation and Strategic Decision Making: Students will demonstrate understandings of the formulation of strategy and implications for its implementation within diverse organizations. Students will recognize choices in ethical contexts and effectively use frameworks to make decisions as leaders that are ethical. And, students will acquire knowledge to craft a negotiation strategy that aligns to ethical and mutually beneficial outcomes in professional and personal negotiations.
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:
- official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate programs/courses completed
- personal statement
- three letters of recommendation (one being from a professional contact)
- application fee