August 27, 2016
It's said that the only constant is change, and nowhere is that more evident in today's rapidly evolving business world. Successful organizations understand the value of capable, skilled leaders who work to navigate those changes as seamlessly as possible.
Think that the path to success is too fraught with obstacles? Southern New Hampshire University's (SNHU) online Master of Business Administration in Leadership will change your tune. The master in leadership will prepare you to motivate and guide your team through inevitable changes and help your company reach its full potential, whether you want to be at the forefront of organizational change, begin a new business or simply become a more effective people manager.
Your undergraduate degree provided you with the foundation you needed to get your foot in the door at your current job, but if you have your eye on a leadership role there or in a new direction, today's competitive market demands a master's degree to help you stand out in a field of candidates. That extra education may also mean higher earning potential.
SNHU's online MBA program has been designed to make achieving your master in leadership free from the time constraints and cost barriers that prevent many students from pursuing a higher degree. You can work at your own pace and complete your coursework in as little as 15 months, learning from instructors who bring relevant, real-world examples into the online classroom. No GMAT or GRE is required, and SNHU prides itself on delivering one of the most affordable MBA programs in the country.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in 2011, Stephanie Sayen decided to continue her education with an online MBA so she could balance her career aspirations with her full-time job. "Working full time, it's definitely nice to get home from work and relax while I do my classwork at my own pace," she said.
The leadership courses online allow you the opportunity to set your schedule and participate from the comfort of your own home. But it isn't just flexibility that sets the SNHU program apart. If you want your investment of time and resources to translate into a meaningful, long-term advantage, SNHU's online master in leadership will help you better understand how the many aspects of business must work together to create success and sustainability.
You and your fellow classmates will analyze the key qualities of leadership, relationships and organizations. Your master in leadership coursework will touch on organizational culture, conflict in interpersonal and organizational settings, organizational roles and socialization, power in personal and professional relationships, and group communication theories. You will also explore Kotter's eight-step process for leading change, which help identify the threats and opportunities needed to create urgency, craft and communicate a vision for change and build support and momentum that will ultimately change your corporate culture. Students will also gain an understanding of their own personal leadership style and examine case studies and real-world situations to illustrate how psychological practices can help assess and improve leadership in organizations.
In addition to the degree courses, the master in leadership has, at its core, a traditional MBA curriculum to build skills in managerial accounting, marketing strategies and quantitative analysis for decision-making.
The online master in leadership was built as a holistic program encompassing a real-world project at its center, drawn from students' own professional and personal experiences. Because the projects are grounded in your own reality, the personal connection allows you to become invested in your work and research.
Each course builds on business skills, such as ethics, communication, innovation and sustainability.
By the time a degree is conferred, every student has a personal toolkit with a ready-to-implement business idea that can be presented to his or her current company, potential investor or prospective employer. While some graduates opt to remain in their current field, your newly acquired skills could translate into a completely new direction. According to a 2016 survey by the Graduate Management Admissions Council, about 40 percent of MBA graduates use their degree to change job functions or industries.
The program prepares graduates for posts in executive leaderships, marketing management, consultancy, training and development, human resource management or small-business ownership. These individuals work with specialists to design curriculum to increase the knowledge and skills of their company's workforce. The skills honed and knowledge gained can be implemented in a variety of settings, from nonprofit organizations to government agencies to the corporate world.
But perhaps the greatest benefit to an online master in leadership from SNHU is the support you will receive as you are ready to graduate. SNHU's focus on student-centered success translates years beyond the academic and career advisors who will counsel you during your coursework.
Where can a master in leadership take you? Contact SNHU Admission to see.
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Timothy Woodward grew up in a small town in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in film and writing in California and an MFA in Fiction from SNHU.