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Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership (MSMOL)

The mission of the Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership at Albertus Magnus College is to provide an educational experience that offers its participants ample opportunity to learn about and to practice leadership in a nurturing and intellectually invigorating environment. With a customizable program, students are encouraged to develop a type of leadership that is rooted in service to others with reciprocal trust and ethical behavior. 

The Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership endorses leadership as a relational process that is inclusive of diverse points of view, is purposeful, and builds commitment towards a shared vision. Graduates will attain not just a master’s degree, but also the tools and drive to become the best leaders and team members they can be.

The Albertus Difference

What Makes Management and Organizational Leadership at Albertus Different?

Engaged
Students

  • Hands-on, experiential learning
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Emphasis on collaborative work

Great
Teaching

  • Personally invested professors
  • Small class sizes
  • Innovative, well-rounded programs
  • Resources and opportunities for research

Vibrant
Communities

  • Lively extracurricular activities
  • Campus-wide events
  • Service and community engagement

Successful
Outcomes

  • Active career counseling
  • Opportunity-building networks
  • Access to internships and professional experiences
Hands-On Learning

The Albertus Management and Organizational Leadership Degree Program

Today, a dynamic, fast-paced environment that extends across national boundaries demands a new kind of executive. One can see this clearly in the current emphasis on interpersonal and relationship skills.  Human connections are becoming crucial for building effective teams and multi-level collaborative relationships (Source: Society for Human Resource Management).

The Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership cultivates leaders by teaching the interpersonal and management skills needed by today’s leaders at all levels and in all industries.

Online FORMAT

Create Your Flexible Management and Organizational Leadership Schedule

Offered in an accelerated format, most students can complete their Master's in Management and Organizational Leadership in less than a year and a half when taking two classes at a time.

Online formats offered:

Real-Time Online

  • Learn in a live virtual classroom setting with your classmates and professor
  • Make a connection and become part of the Albertus community
  • Enjoy interaction that is collaborative and engaging as you learn
  • Get immediate feedback and stay on a track to success with your professors
  • Delivered synchronously - live class times each week on zoom

Online

  • Complete your coursework in fully online courses
  • Have the ability to work on assignments on your own time, at your own pace
  • Adaptable to your schedule
  • Delivered asynchronously - at your own pace online

 

Choose How You Learn Best
Albertus offers busy adults the option of choosing Online or Real-Time Online classes, for each class they take. We know you're busy, choose the way you want to take classes that will fit with your learning style and life.

Student Success

Management and Organizational Leadership Student Perspective

Chief Robert J. Gagne has over thirty-five years of law enforcement experience with the Orange Police Department and has been the Chief of Police for the Department since 2006.

"My studies in the Leadership Masters program at Albertus Magnus College helped provide me with skills that I need to respond to the multitude of challenges that I have faced as a police chief."

Chief Gagne earned his Master of Arts in Leadership in 2012. He is a member of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association and as past President of the South Central Chiefs of Police Association.

The Concept of Servant Leadership

 Student Perspective at Albertus Magnus College
Robert J. Gagne, MA '12, Chief of Police Orange, CT"The successful future of our society is incumbent upon the enormous responsibility that is entrusted to our leaders to create an environment in each of their respective areas of influence that puts the greater good above individual aspirations. By creating these environments, we foster the positive development of future generations, thus giving our lives meaning and purpose."
Faculty Spotlight

Meet Dr. Howard Fero

Dr. Howard Fero, has been a full time faculty member at Albertus Magnus College since 2003.  He is a Professor of Management and Leadership and is the Director of the Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership program.

"Students in the MSMOL can be confident that the lessons they learn and the concepts they explore can be directly applied to their organization and their specific job.  No matter what level we are at, we need to think critically, behave ethically, and communicate effectively."

Dr. Fero’s philosophy of theory to practice is embedded in each of the courses in the MSMOL. In each course students will explore theory and will be guided to apply the theories in specific, action focused, and practical ways to their jobs and organizations.

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Meet Dr. Howard Fero at Albertus Magnus College
Howard C. Fero, PhDDr. Howard Fero holds a PhD from Claremont Graduate University in Organizational Behavior. His areas of expertise, focus, and passion are leadership, motivation, and team dynamics.
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MSMOL Student Success

Tirzah's motivation to get her degree was driven by a fear of comparison to her coworkers. Her message, above all else, is to overcome fear in order to reap professional and personal rewards. As a first-generation college graduate, she now emphasizes the importance of education with her own children. Chasing a dream to become the CEO of her own non-profit, she connected most with the pillar of "Community" at Albertus, being a part of something greater than yourself.

"I am the first college graduate within my family, and that has changed me. I now have everyday conversations with my children about going to college, what they want to be when they grow up, and the importance of education."

Tirzah completed a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Business and Sociology with a concentration in Social Work, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.

Hear Tirzah's Story

 Student Perspective at Albertus Magnus College
Albertus Alumni Soar"As a woman of color, it's really important to me to set an example for other young girls who may not have had encouragement within their families to get an education, but feel a desire to get that education."
Careers

Where Will Your Management and Organizational Leadership Degree take You?

A Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership will help you to progress in your career, no matter what industry and what level you are at. The degree will provide you with the tools to lead, manage, and be a more effective team member. Below are some possible career paths, but remember, no matter what career you choose, leadership skills are essential!

Possible career paths with a Master of Science degree in Management and Organizational Leadership include:



Government Management
Entrepreneur
Small Business Owner
Human Resource Manager
Community Leader
Executive Management
Law Enforcement Leadership
Healthcare Leadership
Corporate Trainer
Nonprofit Management
Tagliatela School of Business and Leadership

The Business Experience at Albertus Magnus College

Vision Statement

The Tagliatela School of Business and Leadership seeks to be a respected educational leader within the regional business community. We will provide high-impact academic programs and experiences aligned with in-demand fields. Our programs will challenge students to develop practical skills and personal values that empower them to succeed in a wide range of business professions.       

Mission Statement

The mission of the Tagliatela School of Business and Leadership is to provide a superior business education in innovative, accessible and technologically advanced formats to students from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds striving to be ethical, entrepreneurial and successful in a dynamic economy through quality teaching, service and engagement with the business community.

Our Core Values

  • Student-centered learning 
  • Honesty
  • Mutual Respect 
  • Competency-based educational focus  
  • Technological Innovation 
  • Business Community Engagement/Partnership    
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Courses

Management and Organizational Leadership Courses

The Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership is a 36 credit program that includes core courses taken by all students as well as the option for students to concentrate in Community Leadership, Organizational Management, Human Resource Management, or Human Services. Students who do not wish to have a specific focus can choose their electives from any of the listed concentrations.

Upon completing the Masters program of study in Management and Organizational Leadership, students will developing skills and attributes in:

  • Relational leadership;
  • The sharing of vision;
  • The value of diversity;
  • Accountability;
  • Applying theory to practice;
  • The empowerment of oneself and others;
  • Understanding of organizational culture and dynamics;
  • Ethical reasoning;
  • Self-reflection;
  • Reciprocal trust;
  • Service to others;
  • The mastery of language and communication;
  • Developing, appreciating, leading, and working with teams.
Required Courses - 27 Credits
MOL 501 Leadership in Theory and Practice 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)
LDR 502 Leadership and the New Science This course provides a wide-view background of the relationship between scientific thinking, decision making, research processes and design, leadership and organizational life. Students will explore the implications of the differing methods of leadership research practices and theories of change on our ideas and practices of leadership in organizations. Students will also review the fundamentals of the scientific research process and will focus on the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods as an appropriate response to understanding how and why organizations and leadership within them function as they do. (3 credits)
MOL 505 Moral Leadership In this course we will explore two important and related topics: leadership and ethics in organizations. Questions that will be explored include: What roles do leaders play in shaping the culture and in shaping what is considered right and wrong within the organization? How can one learn to make right vs. right decisions and explain their decisions to others? (3 credits)
MOL 506 Organizational Behavior 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 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)
LDR 508 Servant Leadership This course is designed as a study of the theory and practice of Servant Leadership. It is also an exploration of how students can apply Servant Leadership in their own lives. Students will explore the gulf between those who lead in order to serve others, and those who lead in order to serve self. This exploration will be undertaken from a variety of angles. Students will trace the origins of the Servant Leader concept and will explore modern-day examples of Servant Leadership in action through the writings of top management thinkers. Students will tie it all together by constructing practical applications of the Servant Leader theory to be used at work, school, and/or in their personal lives. (3 credits)
MOL 601 Team Building 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 514 Conflict Resolution 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 630 Capstone 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)
Community Leadership - 9 Credits
MP 500 Introduction to Public Administration This course is a basic introduction to public administration. The course will focus the students on the theory and practice of the administration and management of nonprofit and public sector organizations and operations as well as politics, policy, and the bureaucracy. Topics include the role of bureaucracy in the political process, theories of public organizations, bureaucratic discretion and accountability, policy implementation, and the changing nature of public administration. (3 credits)
LDR 504 Cultural Anthropology and Leadership In this course, students will analyze organizations using the conceptual and analytical tools of anthropology. Topics include the characteristics of culture, social organization, and the interplay between socio-cultural factors and leadership styles. Students will learn the distinctive methods that leaders and consultants borrow from cultural anthropology to deepen their understanding of their organizations. The seminar will focus on the interplay of leadership, culture, and organizational effectiveness. Participants will begin to learn the skills of ethnography, culminating in a mini-ethnographic study of an organization and a report of their findings. (3 credits)
LDR 516 Community Leadership Community Leadership will bring students to a deeper understanding of the role of leaders in the communities in which they live and work. Students will explore the impact of social and individual identities, and will understand the importance of serving as leaders within the community. Students will reflect upon, evaluate, and identify personal leadership characteristics in the context of serving a cause and community they are passionate about and discern effective ways to promote positive leadership to those around them. (3 credits)
LDR 512 Leadership and Diversity This course will enable students to understand the importance of valuing and managing the diversity of people. Students will be asked to challenge themselves and their ideas as they work through different workplace issues related to diversity and leadership, looking at issues from the viewpoint of a leader. Critical thinking will be essential when it comes to examining ideas, feelings, and plans related to diversity and leadership issues. Patience and tolerance of ideas and each other will be key. (3 credits)
Organizational Management - 9 Credits
MOL 518 Managing Quality 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 605 Global Management 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 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)
MB 632 Organizational Development This course will focus on issues of business strategy and planning, with an emphasis on organizational structures and processes. Topics will include change management, team development, and continuous improvement practices and experiences. Case studies will be utilized to demonstrate the transformation of business policies and procedures to effectively achieve strategic goals. (3 credits)
Human Resource Management - 9 Credits
MOL 510 Human Resource Management in a Changing Society This course is a study of techniques and skills necessary to manage and effectively guide human resources in a rapidly changing technological environment. Emphasis is on formulation and implementation of strategies to understand, guide, and develop human resources within the modern organization. It covers analysis of humanistic and ethical issues facing management and employees in the changing workforce and behavioristic concerns as experienced within organizations. (3 credits)
MB 652 Human Resource Training & Development This course provides a clear understanding through lecture, readings, and case studies that effective training and development is essential to business success. Students will examine, evaluate, and demonstrate how human resource managers align the training and development functions with the vision, strategy, and values of the organization. Students will consider the selection of appropriate activities to assure the right people are in the right place at the right time. (3 credits)
MB 654 Compensation Strategies Students are provided an opportunity in this course to learn, research, and then design a compensation structure for an organization while taking into consideration key components such as compensation legislation, wage rates, government mandated benefits, and company retention strategies. Communicating the compensation plan to employees and international compensation issues will also be explored. (3 credits)
Human Services - 9 Credits
LDR 516 Community Leadership Community Leadership will bring students to a deeper understanding of the role of leaders in the communities in which they live and work. Students will explore the impact of social and individual identities, and will understand the importance of serving as leaders within the community. Students will reflect upon, evaluate, and identify personal leadership characteristics in the context of serving a cause and community they are passionate about and discern effective ways to promote positive leadership to those around them. (3 credits)

Students selecting the Human Services concentration will take two courses from the Master of Science in Human Services Program with the approval of the MSMOL and MSHS Program Directors.

Students who do not elect a specific concentration will choose any three elective credits from the Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership program.

Interested in learning more about the diverse courses offered at Albertus?

What We will Need from you

Management and Organizational Leadership Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Management and Organizational Leadership program, applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed application and a $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.8 on a 4.0 system*
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • For non-native English speakers, minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based
  • Proof of immunization in accordance with Connecticut State requirements
  • For online degrees, a valid Driver’s License or DMV Photo ID
  • For applicants who intend to use Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits
    • Military, university and college transcripts
    • Certification of Eligibility letter or, for reservists, Notice of Basic Eligibility
    • Veteran’s Intent to Register form
  • Two letters of recommendation from former professors or professional associates
  • An essay (500 to 600 words, double spaced) that presents the applicant’s career interests, reasons for applying to the program and expectations for the program. The essay must cite a specific example of the most effective organizational team in which the applicant has participated and how leadership factored into its success.
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