MS in Organizational Leadership - Curriculum

Learn How to Lead Change in the Real World

Gain key insights and learn how to effectively facilitate and manage change with the Organizational Leadership MS degree online curriculum at Southern New Hampshire University.

The Organizational Leadership master’s curriculum 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.

The Organizational Leadership master’s curriculum is comprised of 36 credits and can be taken online, at our regional centers, or both.

A Tailored Organizational Leadership Master’s Curriculum

The Organizational Leadership MS degree online curriculum includes six core leadership courses, three leadership electives and three business electives, enabling you to select courses in your areas of interest.

Required Courses

Total Credits: 36 minimum

OL-500: Human Behavior in Organizations
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.
OL-600: Strategic Human Resource Management
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.
OL-663: Leading Change
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.
OL-670: Organizational Leadership
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.
OL-500 or HOS-550
OL-690: Responsible Corporate Leadership
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.
OL-750: Contemporary Issues in Organizational Leadership
This is the capstone course for the M.S. in organizational leadership. Students examine contemporary issues challenging leaders of the postmodern organization. Using a case-based approach, students will examine specific issues under the broader themes of leadership, team- work, quality, change, organizational structure and trustworthiness. Within the context of these themes, students will be exposed to the latest trends that have begun and will continue to challenge organizational leaders for the foreseeable future. Students develop environmental scanning techniques that will assist them in the identification of potentially new areas for opportunities as well as develop an understanding of some systems changes already under way in the business environment.
OL-500 and OL-600 and OL-690 and OL-670

Elective Requirements

OL ELE - Students may select three (3) Organizational Leadership electives
BUS ELE - Students may select three (3) Business electives

Foundation Course(s)

For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:

MBA-501: Mathematics and Statistics for Business
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.
MBA-502: Economics for Business
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.

If you are required to take either foundation, both apply to towards your business electives.

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