Catalogue 2015 - 2016

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL)


The M.S. in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) is designed to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who hold or desire to hold leadership positions in organizations. Students are exposed to theories and best practices involving people and processes in organizations.

Program Learning Goals

A student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of leadership theory and current leadership best practices.
  2. Critically analyze research used to evaluate the unique needs, challenges and opportunities of organizations.
  3. Determine alternatives for problem solving and decision-making as they relate to human behavior issues in organizations.
  4. Integrate knowledge of ethics and leadership into practice.
  5. Apply knowledge of leadership theory, organizational behavior theory, and change theory as they relate to best practices in organizational leadership.
  6. Demonstrate self-awareness of personal leadership style, strengths and skills, and how these impact others in an organization and a personal plan for leadership development.
  7. Develop knowledge as a result of focused electives that serve students' needs for effectiveness in their organizational practice area or interest. 

Admissions Standards

See graduate admissions requirements.

Academic Performance

The academic standards apply to students in the MSOL program with the following exception:

Any student who receives two or more grades of “C+” or lower will be dismissed from the program.


The MSOL consists of:

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements 24 credit hours

MAN 600Foundations of Leadership Practice

3 cr.

MAN 605Leadership, Problem Solving and Decision Making

3 cr.

MAN 610Organizational Behavior and Theory

3 cr.

MAN 630Leadership and the Human Experience

3 cr.

MAN 642Leading Change

3 cr.

MAN 651Ethical Leadership Practice

3 cr.

MAN 652Contemporary Issues in Leadership

3 cr.

MAN 645Methods of Organizational Research

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:24

Industry Focus 6 credit hours

In addition to these courses, students complete their degree program by choosing an industry focus or other electives.

Through the Industry Focus electives option, students explore in greater depth topics specific to an industry and complete an applied research project. Faculty with appropriate professional or academic expertise are available to work with students interested in the following industries: Armed Forces, Criminal Justice, Healthcare, Higher Education, Human Resources, Law Enforcement, Nonprofits, Primary and Secondary Education (K-12), Public Service, Social Services.

Students who do not pursue an industry focus may complete their degree requirements by taking 6 credits of suitable graduate courses from those offered in the College of Business or the University. Elective courses may be taken at any time during the program. It is best, however, for students to plan on taking electives later in their MSOL study after completing the majority of their foundation coursework.

MAN 680Current Industry Issues

3 cr.

MAN 647Applied Research Project

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 30