Curriculum

Required Management and Organizational Leadership (36 credits)

*Course codes are followed by “M” when are offered in the New Dimensions Program.

MOL 501 Leadership in Theory and Practice (9 weeks) 3 credits

Leadership in Theory and Practice introduces students to the study of leadership and management and differentiates between the two disciplines. The course examines seminal and contemporary theories with a focus on the need for and application of both in an organizational setting. Research skills for graduate school are also introduced and explored with students beginning to formulate research ideas which can be developed throughout this graduate program. 3 credits

MOL 505 Moral Leadership: Defining the Character of Individuals in Organizations (8 weeks)

Organizational Behavior is the study of behavioral issues and concepts faced by organizations and individuals in the organization. The course focuses on the macro level issues faced by organizational stakeholders in the ever-changing environment. Learners will investigate concepts and theories of motivation, organizational culture, employee development, and the like, and come away with knowledge of the processes and theories of effective organizational dynamics. 3 credits

MOL 507 Critical Thinking and Applied Decision Making (8 weeks)

Seminar participants will evaluate their own decision making skills and consider optimal ways of reaching decisions individually and in a group context. The psychology of decision making will be explored with an emphasis on the biases and motivations which may prejudice our decision making abilities. Participants will critically analyze contemporary decisions in society and apply the course material to a positive organizational context. Students will continue to develop their research techniques and will use the critical thinking skills they develop to identify, explore, and research an issue of their choosing 3 credits

MOL 509 Professional Writing and Communications (8 weeks)

This course is designed to enable students to gain a deeper understanding of writing and communications appropriate to professional goals and the demands of the workplace. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills in advanced written and oral communications, research and information literacy, reading and critical thinking 3 credits

MOL 510 Human Resource Management in a Changing Environment(8 weeks)

The meaning of conflict resolution adopted in this course is focused on peaceful, nonviolent mechanisms, spanning formal and informal interactions and bargaining between disputants to reach procedural and substantive solutions. Levels of conflicts and resolution settings are often differentiated by identifying the adversaries, whether they are nation-states, ethnic groups, business or political organizations, community groups, neighbors, or individuals. We will examine these perspectives in order to understand various layers where conflicts arise, and to make comparisons across issues and participants noting similarities and contrasts in resolution manner, effort, and achievement. 3 credits

MOL 518 Managing Quality (8 weeks)

Developing leadership competencies to manage quality processes for organizations today is essential for sustaining long-term growth and competitiveness in all industries for example: Health, Academia, Service and Manufacturing. This class will explore the theories, concepts and best practices of managing quality. Topics will include: Total Quality Management (TQM), Six Sigma, Lean Principles and Agile Processes. The course will assist students to understand the need for aligning quality management with the strategic and leadership objectives in organizations. Students will be able to link their theoretical learning with actual applications in their business world. 3 credits

MOL 601 Team Building (8 weeks)

Participants will study team leadership and teambuilding through a series of exercises, a behavioral assessment, group discussions, and readings. Key learning components encompass: enhancing the quality of participation in a team environment, modeling effective leadership, leading groups, how to communicate more effectively, creative thinking and purposeful behavior directed towards achieving team goals. Each team will create a Team Covenant that will assist them through their academic career and one where the application will transfer into their professional lives. In addition learners will create a personal leadership development program to guide them in their professional careers. 3 credits

MOL 605 Management within a Global Environment (8 weeks)

Explores the unique problems and prospects of cultural diversity in international business and enhances awareness of cultural and ethical practices that influence international business. Through directed readings, discussion, and other activities, participants are afforded opportunities to increase their cross-cultural sensitivities and skills, whether they work in the United States or abroad. 3 credits

MOL 620 Entrepreneurial Thinking: Innovation and Creativity in Creating Value (8 weeks)

In this course learners will take a self-reflective path introducing them to the benefits of creative and innovative thought. Students will review cross-disciplinary theories of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship written by seminal authors and will begin to formulate ideas which will be further examined in their applied research project in MOL 640 The culminating project for this course will be a well-crafted proposal which will lead to the Applied Research Project. 3 credits

MOL 630 Applied Research Project (8 weeks)

The culminating project for the Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership will have students apply the research skills they learned throughout the program in conjunction with the leadership and management knowledge they have garnered to complete a research project of their choosing. Students will develop a research methodology best suited to the problem they identified in MOL 620 to explore in this course. Students will collect data and tabulate (quantitative or qualitative) and use their findings to present recommendations towards the problem they identify. The project will include a literature review, methods section, data collection and analysis, and recommendations. 3 credits