Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

Building on decades of providing high-quality management education, the School of Business is now offering a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL), which is specifically designed to address the needs and challenges of 21st century organizational leaders.

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

Today’s organizations have multifaceted and immersive relationships with employees, customers, suppliers, and communities. Within this context, a successful leader must improve the bottom line, while responding to the needs and values of stakeholders. Those who lead with purpose integrate the arc of personal, organizational, and societal influences to lay the foundation for success.

Purposeful leadership for the 21st century

The 30-unit MSOL program has been designed around two overlapping themes: the need to develop leaders with critical 21st century business skills and the importance of purposeful leadership that implements these skills at the individual, group, organizational, and societal levels.

M.S. in Organizational Leadership course sequence

MSOL course sequence

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Program Learning Outcomes

M.S. in Organizational Leadership graduates will be able to:

1. Integrate organizational behavior and leadership theory to effectively address issues related to talent management. Example: Develop proficiency in building a culture of trust and managing performance of diverse groups.

2. Utilize principles, theories, and methods of leadership and management to address issues related to organizational effectiveness. Example: Learn the keys to successful change management and the use of data for better decision-making.

3. Assess, practice, and apply managerial and leadership skills to positively impact an organization and society. Example: Become a purposeful leader who has a sustained positive impact on the organization and society.

4. Integrate ethical concepts, principles, and theories in management. Example: Learn the role of ethical behavior as a cornerstone to leadership effectiveness and societal contribution.

5. Master written, oral, and analytical expression to communicate effectively. Example: Learn to apply strategic and persuasive communication practices to solve organizational problems.


Course Descriptions

MGMT 633: Assessment of 21st Century Leadership Skills
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)
Managing individuals and teams is a graduate level course that takes an application oriented approach to managing and leading individuals and groups in organizations. Using in class exercises, case analyses and discussion oriented lectures students will increase their understanding of drivers of individual behavior, processes underlying motivation, rewards, and how to measure performance. Students will also learn the fundamentals of group dynamics, learn how to lead and participate in groups, manage conflict, and negotiate more effectively.

MGMT 635 Analytics for Managers (4)
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)
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)
Strategic Leadership and Change is a graduate level course that takes an application oriented approach to macro-organizational topics. Using case-based, discussion-oriented lectures and class exercises, students will learn how to lead and manage change in organizations, make more effective decisions, and navigate organizational power and politics. The course will also equip students with an understanding of how the fundamentals of organizational design and culture may be used to enhance organizational performance.

MGMT 638 Purposeful Leadership (4)
The course focuses on the purposeful leadership, which emphasizes the leadership effectiveness through the interwoven arc of our leadership domains: personal, relational, strategic, and societal. The course treats leadership and management as a liberal art in that it integrates concepts and models from psychology, sociology, philosophy, and organizational behavior. Through the process of reflective analysis (on the readings and discussions) as well as case study analysis, students will learn to explore the challenges and dilemmas that these leaders confronted and understand the importance of purposeful leadership in society.

MGMT 639 Reflection on 21st Century Leadership Skills
Students reassess 21st century leadership skills assessed in MGMT 633 to determine whether or not they developed their skills during the MS-OL program and what areas need further development. They create new learning goals and a plan to continue their growth as leaders after completion of the MS-OL.

MGMT 667 Business, Ethics, and Society (4)
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the broader social environment in which businesses and organizations operates as well as the ethical and legal responsibilities that managers owe to a variety of stakeholders. To serve these objectives, this course will examine issues such as corporate social responsibility, employee rights and duties, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, trust and honesty, acceptable consumer risks, environmental protection, organizational leadership, and the ethical dimensions of global trade and commerce.

MGMT 674 Human Resource Management (4)
Study and critical analysis of theory and practice of the human resource/personnel function in modern, complex organizations. Includes 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.

Purposeful Leadership Initiative

Students are encouraged to participate in events and activities sponsored by the Purposeful Leadership Initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to create an integrated education, research, and business/community outreach enterprise that enhances ethical and purposeful leadership throughout California, the nation, and the world.

The initiative is managed by the Banta Center for Ethical and Purposeful Leadership.

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Student Awards

Students in MSOL courses are encouraged to apply for different awards open to them. Please see information on these awards below:

Student Purposeful Leadership Award

Students who complete MGMT634 or MGMT638 of MSOL are eligible to apply for the 'Student Purposeful Leadership Award' which entails a certificate and an honorarium. These will be awarded by the Dean of School of Business in an official awards ceremony. To apply for the award, interested students will further develop their course project and submit a 3-page supplementary report incorporating the initial steps they have taken to implement the action plan described in their course project. Course syllabi of the relevant courses will provide additional information needed.

Banta Student Awards and Fellowship

All MSOL students are also eligible to apply for the additional awards available through the Banta Center for Ethical and Purposeful Leadership.