The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership  

Developing 21st Century Purposeful Leaders
The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) is designed to address the needs and challenges of 21st century organizational leaders. Today’s organizations have multifaceted and immersive relationships with employees, customers, suppliers, and communities. Consequently, there is a need to develop leaders with critical 21st century business skills and with the ability to lead purposefully at the individual, group, organizational, and societal levels. Within this context, a successful leader must improve the bottom line, while responding to the needs and values of stakeholders.

The program advances leaders who will be able to:
• Integrate organizational behavior and leadership theory to effectively address issues related to talent management.
        o Example: Develop proficiency in building a culture of trust and managing performance of diverse groups.
• Utilize principles, theories, and methods of leadership and management to address issues related to organizational effectiveness.
        o Example: Learn the keys to successful change management and the use of data for better decision-making.
• Master written, oral, and analytical expression to communicate effectively.
        o Example: Learn to apply strategic and persuasive communication practices to solve organizational problems.
• Assess, practice, and apply managerial and leadership skills to positively impact an organization and society.
        o Example: Become a purposeful leader who has a sustained positive impact on the organization and society.
• Integrate ethical concepts, principles, and theories in management.
        o Example: Learn the role of ethical behavior as a cornerstone to leadership effectiveness and societal contribution.

The program begins with an immersive assessment of 21st Century Leadership Skills. This one-credit course (MGMT 633, Assessment of 21st Century Leadership Skills) is taken at the beginning of the program concurrently with another course and serves as an opportunity for students to be self-reflective regarding their current leadership skills in advance of the transformation ahead. Students then progress through leadership and management courses exploring the self, the team, the organization, and society. At the end of the program students complete a one-credit course (MGMT 639, Reflection on 21st Century Leadership Skills) to determine what skills they have developed or strengthened and in what areas they may need further development. They also create a plan to continue their growth as leaders after completion of the MSOL.

Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes for this program may be found at:


The major program consists of nine required courses totaling 30-semester credits. Course descriptions are found in the section of the Catalog titled Course Descriptions.

9 courses/ 30 credits

MGMT 633 Assessment of 21st Century Leadership Skills (1 Credits)

Orientation to and assessment of 21st Century Skills including improving performance with systemic thinking, supporting change, and adding value. Includes 360-degree assessment and personal assessment of management skills, management knowledge through a standardized test, and knowledge of business mathematics.

MGMT 634 Leading Individuals and Teams (4 Credits)

Leading Individuals and Teams provides the foundations for understanding the behavior of individuals and teams in organizations. The course takes an application-oriented perspective on understanding individuals and groups and managing their performance.

MGMT 365 Analytics for Managers (4 Credits)

This course provides a managerial overview of business analytics in the contemporary organization. Current/aspiring managers and consumers of analytics will learn about analytical approaches to managerial decision making. Stages of analytical maturity and elements of analytical competitiveness will be examined to prescribe a roadmap for successfully deploying analytics in the organization.

MGMT 636 Leadership Communication (4 Credits)

Course provides advanced analytical approaches for strategic written, presentation and interpersonal communication in organizational contexts. Focus on practical methods that advance leaders' abilities to inform, engage, persuade, and influence professional audiences. Special attention paid to changing forms, formats, and culture in contemporary professional communication.

MGMT 637 Strategic Leadership and Management of Change (4 Credits)

Strategic leadership and management of change provides a macro view of organizations. The course takes a big picture view of organizations and walks a student through strategic thinking about their own organization. The course takes an application-oriented perspective on organizational change, decision-making, organizational design, organizational culture and power and politics.

MGMT 638 Purposeful Leadership (4 Credits)

Purposeful Leadership provides an integrative perspective of organizational and societal responsibilities of leaders. The course covers four interwoven dimensions of purposeful leadership: personal, relational, strategic and
societal. Drawing upon a wide range of concepts and applications, the primary theme of the course is an examination of the critical role leaders play an ensuring that organizations perform in an effective, meaningful, ethical and socially redeeming manner.

MGMT 667 Business, Ethics, and Society (4 Credits)

Examination of the ethical, legal, and social environment of business and its impact on managerial decision-making. 

MGMT 674 Human Resources Management (4 Credits)

Study and critical analysis of theory and practice of the human resource/personnel function in modern, complex organizations. Topics such as personnel policies, workforce diversity, HR practices, employee discipline, health and safety, and collective bargaining. Addresses goals of equity, efficiency, and effectiveness in a diverse environment. 

MGMT 639 Reflection on 21st Century Leadership Skills (1 Credits)

Assessment of and reflection of 21st-century skills including improving performance with systemic thinking, supporting change, and adding value. Includes 360-degree assessment and personal assessment of management skills, management knowledge through a standardized test, and knowledge of business mathematics.