Develop leadership skills that will help advance your career with a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. Available on campus and online, this unique program blends the best of both worlds by bringing together the convenience of online with the advantages of a physical campus.
In the master’s in organizational leadership, you'll learn how to manage and motivate individuals and teams and discover how to use strategies and techniques to effect change within a variety of leadership structures. You’ll explore theoretical and practical approaches to leadership, preparing you for today's fast-paced business environment. You'll also learn how the fundamental business values of teamwork, motivation and quality influence organizational performance across all industries. The skills you obtain can set the stage for an exciting career in successfully managing and leading companies through change.
The master's in organizational leadership provides key knowledge and skills for effectively facilitating and managing change in the real world. Courses are designed to help you integrate what you learn in class with your professional work. Faculty members are leaders in the field and collaborate with professionals who are actively applying organizational leadership skills in the workplace.
In the master's in organizational leadership program, you'll learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your master's in leadership online at SNHU include:
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Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
In light of evolving economic conditions and market forces, organizations must be prepared to undergo change, making individuals with organizational leadership skills particularly valuable in the workforce.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for all human resources, training and labor relations managers and specialist occupations is expected to grow 13 percent through 2023. Individuals with a master’s degree and proven abilities in organizational leadership should see a growing demand for their skills.
The MS in Organizational Leadership curriculum includes six core leadership courses, three leadership electives and three business electives, enabling you to select courses in your areas of interest.
This course is a study of individuals and groups and their interaction. Students examine theories of motivation, communication, leadership, power and change with practical relation to contemporary issues. They also study organizations for key design variables and reward systems aimed at improved performance and organizational efficiency through employee motivational programs, participative management and cooperative decision making.
This course emphasizes the strategic role of the human resource manager in performing functions of recruitment, hiring, training, career development and other contemporary processes within the organizational setting. It serves as an introduction to the areas of compensation, collective bargaining, affirmative action and other regulatory procedures and requirements as they relate to contemporary applications in organizations.
This course focuses on transforming organizations by introducing Kotter's eight processes by which leaders effect change. Because organizations, leaders, and employees differ, various techniques and strategies are examined. The course integrates Kotter's processes for leading change, organizational development and transformation theory and practice, and analysis of an organization which has effected systematic change. The use of work teams as a key change factor will have special emphasis.
This course combines theory and practice by encouraging students to learn traditional and contemporary leadership theories and apply them to the analysis of the behavior of business managers, entrepreneurs and other recognized individuals. This course includes readings, cases, exercises and numerous examples of effective leadership models. Areas covered include the societal evolution of leadership; the leadership roles of strategy, vision and transformational change; the development of leaders; the leadership responsibilities of creating effective teams, organizations and cultures; the exploration of different leadership styles; and current popular approaches to leadership theory.
Students investigate the nature of the environments in which business enterprises conduct their operations in order to determine the actual and desirable levels of attentiveness and responsiveness of business managers to the relationship between the enterprise and society.
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the M.S. in Organizational Leadership program. The aim of the capstone is to assess students' ability to synthesize and integrate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their coursework, rather than introducing new concepts. This course is structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements.
For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:
This is an applied course, which will provide students with the mathematical knowledge and skills that underlie many courses offered in the school of business. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and methods of linear algebra, mathematical functions, differential calculus and statistics and their applications to business. They will also sharpen their quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills that are so important for success in the world of business today.
This course is intended to provide the student with a concisely focused yet rigorous introduction to both micro- and macroeconomic theory needed at the foundational level of a graduate degree program. Some of the topics to be addressed include: market behavior; demand theory and related elasticity concepts; production and cost theory; managerial decision-making in perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive markets; GDP determination; unemployment and inflation; and fiscal and monetary policy.
Tuition rates for Southern New Hampshire University's graduate degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well as several other accrediting bodies. More...
This program is accredited by NEASC, but not currently accredited by ACBSP. It may be ACBSP accredited when it is eligible.