Strategic Leadership Courses
The online MSSL is in an accelerated format, meaning that each course lasts for seven weeks. Comprised of 33 credits in total, it takes students an average of 18 months to complete the degree.
There are generally no prerequisites to course selection except that the thesis is completed at the end of the program. In addition, the 33 credits are made up of 11 defined courses, so there are no electives within the program.
This course will engage learners in the discussion of ethics, studying how personal values, ethical models and reflective processes shape our ethical decision making in a leadership context. Discussions and study will be grounded in western philosophical thought, organizational and societal moral realities including social responsibility. Research will focus on ethical leadership, its importance and how leaders/learners can continue to integrate ethics into their own leadership stance. (3 credits)
This course develops competence and judgmental skills in using quantitative models for planning and decision-making. Emphasis is placed on recognizing situations where models can be used advantageously, when to work effectively with them, and how to make good use of them once they have been developed. Topics include, decision making under conditions of uncertainty, decision and risk analysis, forecasting, linear programming, modeling applications in marketing, manufacturing, finance and scheduling, and project management methods. (3 credits)
This course focuses on the persuasive communication techniques and strategies that can be used when one does not have or does not want to resort to the use of direct authority. The role of ethics is considered throughout. Situations include how to overcome resistance, and how to effectively manage conflict. Students will use their organizations, as cases employing communication technologies as appropriate. (3 credits)
This course provides students with a broad perspective of the important issues in the 21st century global marketplace. Students will engage in readings and discussions on issues related to global markets, interrelated global economies, the impact of government mandates, and the shift to a knowledge- based economy. An examination of analysis of demand, cost and output, market structure and pricing policy is included. (3 credits)
This course provides students with the tools to harness the resources of the current and emerging trends in the health information age. The course will focus on the use of IT applications to improve organizational efficiency, evaluate organizational effectiveness, and provide the basis for data driven decision making by end users. (3 credits)
A leader’s ability to understand and follow the change management process in a collaborative manner is a vital skill to master. A proactive mindset is a critical element in successful business or personal change. Students will learn the various change management models and problem solve to find the best ways to leverage change agents and how best to manage ethical change. Students will create a model of change for workplace application. (3 credits)
Today’s business success requires intercultural awareness as well as effective cross cultural and cross generational communication skills. This course demonstrates the importance of cross cultural and cross generational communication and the benefits of being sensitive to the differences in organizational settings. Concepts of negotiating styles, cultural differences, proper etiquette, and conflict analysis/resolution will be discussed at length. (3 credits)
Students in this course will learn forward thinking concepts of coaching, mentoring and succession planning to promote a learning organization. Students will learn how to leverage the Human Capital Management model as a tool to foster knowledge transfer between employees. A focus of the course will be the elevation of learning to a strategic organizational imperative. (3 credits)
Organizational Psychology and Behavior concentrate on employee behavior and processes in organizations. The focus of this course is on individual, group, inter-group and organizational wide behavior and its impact on employee satisfaction and productivity. The course attempts to add to each student’s understanding of life in complex organizations by covering topics 331 which span the micro or individual level of analysis (motivation, decision making) and the macro or organizational level of analysis (culture, structure). Attention is given to group dynamics, change and development. (3 credits)
Students in this course will learn forward thinking concepts of coaching, mentoring and succession planning to promote a learning organization. Students will learn how to leverage the Human Capital Management model as a tool to foster knowledge transfer between employees. A focus of the course will be the elevation of learning to a strategic organizational imperative.