Leadership (MSLD)

Courses

MSLD 500  Leadership Foundations in Research  3 Credits (3,0)

Students are introduced to several topics that are foundational to the Master of Science in Leadership Program. Topics include: critical thinking, fallacies, digital literacy tools, library research, and writing using the APA style manual. Additionally, students learn qualitative and quantitative research fundamentals and complete an action research project. Students are also introduced to the requirements for the Graduate Capstone ePortfolio.

MSLD 511  Organizational Leadership  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed for students to explore leadership in organizations. The course provides students with knowledge and a review of organizational leadership theory and research. It also examines the effects of internal and external organizational factors on leadership outcomes. Topics covered are the approaches and models of leadership, to include the nature of leadership, effective leadership behavior, strategic leadership by executives, leadership and organization change, group and team leadership strategies, and the associated ethical, gender based, cross-cultural and diversity oriented aspects of leadership.
Prerequisites: MSLD 500.

MSLD 520  Management Skills for Leaders  3 Credits (3,0)

This course emphasizes the integration of the individual into the organization by studying the current and fundamental issues in organization theory and organizational behavior as they relate to the individual. The effectiveness of the individual in the organization is examined in terms of personal traits such as communicative abilities, leadership style and potential, and beliefs about organizational ethics and social responsibility.
Prerequisites: MSLD 500.

MSLD 521  Leadership Communication  3 Credits (3,0)

This course explores the impact of communication in leading contemporary technical organizations and provides a broad survey of the technical aspects of communications. Emphasis is placed on the application of theory to practice to develop students' managerial and strategic communication skills so that they may grasp not only how, but also what, why, when, and by what means leaders effectively communicate. Students will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of why good communication skills are important in business, how communications today is affected by technology, why effective communication can be difficult, how communication is used in teams, and what issues exist in overcoming intercultural communication barriers. Students will practice communicating conclusions to problems in concise and persuasive writing and speaking. Written assignments involve preparing technical reports and use of APA style manual.
Prerequisites: MSLD 500.

MSLD 632  Decision Making for Leaders  3 Credits (3,0)

The leaders in an organization often set the tone and establish benchmarks for success. In this course the focus is on developing a successful leadership style so as to facilitate team-building, collaboration and a corporate culture that promotes success. Decision-making techniques will be explored in the context of successful leadership styles. Students learn frameworks for approaching decisions and for representing real-world problems using models that can be analyzed to gain insight and understanding.
Prerequisites: MSLD 500.

MSLD 633  Strategic Leadership  3 Credits (3,0)

In constantly changing environments, leaders routinely create and revise strategies. This course explores the role of leaders in developing unity, focus, credibility, and direction within organizations. Students will be exposed to several strategic frameworks and develop an understanding of which models might be useful in certain situations. Students also learn how to scan the environment; develop and deploy coalitions; identify critical success factors and barriers to implementation, and create viable actions plans.
Prerequisites: MSLD 500.

MSLD 634  Leadership Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility  3 Credits (3,0)

Students are introduced to several topics that form the foundation for Leadership Ethics and Corporate Responsibility. Topics include: personal dilemmas, morals, virtues, organizational dilemmas, and societal issues. The course focuses on the role of ethics in decision-making on three levels: the individual, the organization, and society.
Prerequisites: MSLD 500.

MSLD 635  Organizational Change  3 Credits (3,0)

In a constantly changing environment, leaders will need to become changearchitects for their organizations. This course focuses on leadership elementsnecessary to introduce planned change through an understanding of theories and concepts related to organizational intervention. The student will develop the skills necessary to anticipate the need for change; champion change agendas; diagnose organizational issues; develop change action plans, strategies, and techniques; and assess, monitor, and stabilize changed organizations. Throughout the course, the student will develop methods and models for assessing current organizational climate, resolving interpersonal issues, and developing strategies for planned organizational change through the use of high performance systems.
Prerequisites: MSLD 500.

MSLD 640  Cases in Leadership  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will examine different case studies and leadership theories to help enhance the students understanding of leadership. The student will gain an understanding of how particular leadership theories impact organizations and their stakeholders. Students will grapple with real-world decisions and their organizational impact. Students will learn how to diagnose leader and organizational attributes and the importance of those attributes.
Prerequisites: MSLD 500.

MSLD 641  Resonant Leadership: Leading Change  3 Credits (3,0)

The objectives of this course are to broaden and deepen the student's selfawareness and prepare them to be a life-long learner. Success in today's organizations depends on your ability to learn and adapt quickly to new and changing situations. The course is based on a model of self-directed learning and development. Gaining self-awareness and being mindful of oneself is extremely valuable in understanding and formulating your own career and life vision, in assessing your skills and abilities and in designing plans to reach your objectives. From mastery of this basic process comes the ability to manage change and lead others effectively.
Prerequisites: MSLD 500.

MSLD 642  Leading Innovation  3 Credits (3,0)

Creating a competitive advantage in today's business environment increasingly demands that organizations understand how to innovate. Creativity, continuous improvement, and the ability to turn concepts and ideas into action are critical to differentiating an organization in a competitive environment. As leaders, how do we create a culture of innovation? What skills are needed by a leader and what skills do your teams need? This course will provide the expertise to adapt an organization into a thriving environment where ideas are encouraged and visions manifest. This course will identify real world examples and research from experts in the field. Students will learn how to incorporate innovation into their daily work and develop the creative confidence to innovate successfully.
Prerequisites: MSLD 500.

MSLD 690  Graduate Leadership Capstone  3 Credits (3,0)

In the Graduate Leadership Capstone course, the student reviews and assimilates the materials and lessons from the Master of Science in Leadership Program. The capstone course has the following outcomes:* A reflective paper that develops significant themes, frameworks, and program outcomes within the context of the student's leadership learning.* A leadership action plan to propel and guide the student into future phases of personal mastery and growth as a leader.* A leadership portfolio of significant program artifacts. The portfolio will demonstrate the student's mastery of program outcomes and provide significant documentation to provide current or prospective employers. Prerequisite: Completion of all Leadership Program Courses.