The following courses are required as part of the 36-unit Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership.
Foundation Courses: 6 Units
LEAD 705 Introduction to Leadership Studies 3 Units
The course serves as the cornerstone of the leadership studies program. Explores interdisciplinary approaches and historical foundations of leadership theories. Study of the leadership includes both theoretical perspectives, personal introspection and provides for self-discovery of personal leadership strengths and areas of growth.
LEAD 734 Integral Inquiry 3 Units
Bridging the gap between theoretical and practical understandings, this course brings research methods into dialogue. Students will understand various components of research. Students will identify and develop an organizational research proposal.
Core 1: 9 Units
LEAD 707 Organizational Behavior and Group Dynamics 3 Units
Examines the various theories and perspectives associated with leading individual followers and groups. Uses various methodologies and diagnostic tools to measure and understand the complexities of individual and group dynamics and their impacts on organizations.
LEAD 721 Conflict, Collaboration, and Negotiations 3 Units
An introduction to conflict, collaboration, and negotiations. Includes basic theory and methods, as well as the opportunity to develop skills in such areas as listening, negotiations, and mediation, through role playing. Prepares leaders to collaborate and manage conflict.
LEAD 722 Human Resources 3 Units
Explores leadership and human resources. Topics include: 1) current trends in human resources management and the legal environment; 2) talent management, workforce planning and staffing, recruitment and selection, outsourcing, virtual teams, and role identification; 3) employee motivation and performance management; 4) organization/employee development strategies and secession planning; and 5) development and leadership of a learning culture that respects and values ethics, conflict, diversity and change.
Core 2: 9 Units
LEAD 732 Change and Transformation Strategies 3 Units
Presents approaches for leaders to facilitate change and transformation in organizations and communities with a focus on learning dialogue, appreciative inquiry and participatory action research. New avenues for strategic planning are examined.
LEAD 730 Financial Decision Making 3 Units
Investigates the qualitative leadership dimensions for strategic planning and action an organization must pursue, emphasizing the effective management of risk that appropriate quantitative analysis can provide and the qualitative implications of quantitative decisions.
LEAD 762 Leadership in Different Contexts 3 Units
Investigates the importance of building organizational cultures that honor and foster diversity. Explores the newest dimensions and challenges of leadership that strengthen and extend leadership skills through practice in rapidly changing and complex, diverse, multi-cultural, multi-generational, and multi-dimensional systems. Examines leadership approaches and how strategic approaches must be modified to be effective to different organizational environments.
Core 3: 9 Units
LEAD 720 Communications and Marketing 3 Units
Examines the various communication approaches, core organizational values, and efforts from a strategic leadership and marketing perspective. Also explores internal services to the organization, as well as the external services to the community and its stakeholders. Introduces the various levels (economic, managerial, operations and marketing) of strategic action an organization must take to fulfill its mission, vision and values.
LEAD 723 Ethics & Sustainable Leadership Strategies 3 Units
Ethical perspectives, legal environment, and organizational goals associated with sustainable principles will be examined from a leadership and organizational perspective. Also examines concept of stewardship of both human and natural environments.
LEAD 752 Developing Proposals for Change 3 Units
This course presents models, ideas, theories and practice which are integral for successful systems change and transformation. Strategic planning and approaches are explored by which leaders are able to facilitate change and transformation in organizations and communities. Students will focus on action research to develop a proposal for systems improvement for approval by leaders.
Capstone: 3 Units
LEAD 766 Leadership Capstone Project 3 Units
To complete the graduation requirements for Master of Arts in Leadership & Organizational Studies, students must complete the requirements for this culminating experience of the program that applies academic and professional experiences. The development of a capstone project is done with the supervision of faculty and in collaboration with other students as co-learners.