Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Course Descriptions

MSOL 6050: Organizational Leadership
This course examines leadership principles and theoretical concepts in the context of present day organizations. Organizational behavior at the individual, team and corporate level is examined with the purpose of developing the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful leadership role. Students will examine their own leadership styles and tendencies and develop a personal action plan for leadership development.

MSOL 6100: Measurement Concepts & Analysis
This course introduces data analytical techniques that can be used to develop the skills and instincts necessary to make good data-informed decisions and become a more effective organizational leader. Key concepts include techniques used to collect, organize, and structure data for analysis including sampling, levels of measurement, measurement scales, and the evaluation of survey worth. Emphasis is placed on exploring numerical data and their properties, measures of central tendency, covariance, correlation, basic probability, discrete and continuous probability distributions, and confidence interval estimation.

MSOL 6150: Organizational Transformation & Effectiveness
This course presents a perspective of theories of organizations through a historical and developmental context as well as through current practices and their application to organizational transformation in one or more current setting. The future of organizational effectiveness will be considered with respect to trends and possibilities for the 21st century. Understanding these contexts is accomplished through the reading of primary texts, independent study of particular aspects of this history, and class discussion.

MSOL 6200: Organizational Communication
This course will examine the process of communicating within an organization; viewing organizations as instruments to achieve other ends. It will demonstrate how communication within an organization affects us as individuals at the group, community, national, and international levels. Students will realize that to understand the dynamics of power, it is impossible to ignore the organizational communication process. The role organizations play in shaping social structures and influencing social change through their communicative processes will be explored.

MSOL 6250: Technology & Innovation
This course offers students an evolutionary process perspective on technology and innovation. The focus is on processes to help organizations better understand and deploy technology and innovation. The course explores the strategic use of technology and innovation with a goal to develop competency, understanding the methodologies, and critical thinking needed to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage.

MSOL 6350: Legal Environment In Organizations
This course will examine a variety of organizational legal structures and considerations that impact decision making at all levels and phases of an organization’s existence. The course will also investigate the relationship and differences between legal and ethical obligations while further defining and refining the analytical process for ethical considerations at the individual, team, and organizational levels.

MSOL 6400: Global Perspective
The course introduces students to the fundamental theoretical and institutional constructs that impact business activity in today's globalized society; as well introducing the methods businesses use to solve problems within these constructs. Students will learn and apply fundamental concepts of economics, finance, law, and marketing in the global context through practical application based on knowledge acquired via assigned readings, course discussion, problem sets, and case studies.

MSOL 6450: Organizational Cultures & Systems
The course examines capabilities and competencies needed to interact with different societal cultures and what skills it takes to build effective local organizational cultures. This course examines organizational culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. Key models of organizational culture and current research studies are investigated with an emphasis on how culture develops and evolves and its relationship to leadership and organizational effectiveness.

MSOL 6500: Organizational Strategy
This course will review organization planning processes and then examine the planning process from a strategic perspective. Students will learn how to apply a variety of tools and techniques for decision making and will develop strategic approaches to management decisions. This course is designed to encourage students to think strategically and operationally about organizations in an increasingly diverse management environment.

MSOL 6800: Capstone In Organizational Leadership
The capstone is an independent, supervised body of work covering a topic selected by the individual learner. It provides the opportunity to identify and research a leadership topic or issue and explore it in detail. The final outcome is a written document of particular value to the learner. The capstone requires effective demonstration of mastery over the competency areas and their relationship to organizational leadership. As such, the capstone serves as evidence of the value of the learners’ experience in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program, and will be a valuable addition to their legacy as leaders.