4+1 Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Pathway

Earn your Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) while pursuing your College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) undergraduate degree at the University of Redlands. With the MSOL degree, you’ll develop the organizational leadership skills that you need to manage teams, provide leadership training and executive coaching to help companies succeed, or serve as a business or organizational leader.

Earn your MSOL in as few as five “4+1” years and save on the standard MSOL tuition rate. CAS students receive a 20% alumni discount.

The “4” Element

CAS students take 1 MSOL core course during their junior or senior year.

  • 1 MSOL core course

The “+1” Element

Students then take the remaining eight MSOL courses post-graduation in a sequence of 8-week terms.

  • 2 MSOL assessment courses
  • 5 MSOL core courses
  • 1 capstone course

Students may complete the MSOL within 12 months.

Program Learning Outcomes

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate organizational behavior and leadership theory to effectively address issues related to talent management
  • 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
  • Learn the keys to successful change management and the use of data for better decision-making
  • Assess, practice, and apply managerial and leadership skills to positively impact an organization and society
  • Become a purposeful leader who has a sustained positive impact on the organization and society
  • Integrate ethical concepts, principles, and theories in management and learn the role of ethical behavior as a cornerstone to leadership effectiveness and societal contribution
  • Master written, oral, and analytical expression to communicate effectively and apply strategic and persuasive communication practices to solve organizational problems

Senior Sample Plan

4+1 MSOL Senior Sample Plan

Course Descriptions

Complete all courses for 30 credit hours.

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

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 road map for successfully deploying analytics in the organization.


MGMT 636: Leadership Communication (4)

This 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)

This 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 purposeful leadership, which emphasizes 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 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 operate 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.


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

Students reassess 21st century leadership skills assessed in MGMT 633 to determine whether or not they developed their skills during the MSOL 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 MSOL.