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Course Descriptions


MSL 500 Concepts of Leadership (3 credits)
An in depth analysis of the philosophical and psychosocial principles underlying classic and contemporary theories of organizational leadership and their application to today's and future workplaces form the basis upon which the degree program is built.

MSL 501 Leader as Change Agent (1 credit)
The role of the leader in the organization development process is analyzed with regard to an organization's culture and its natural resistance to change. Classic and contemporary theorists' responses are studied. The significance of transformational leadership in contemporary organizations is compared and contrasted with the transactional leadership style commonly found in organizations.

MSL 502 Leading with Integrity and Creativity (2 credits)
The study of the elements involved in the creative process and their significance to effective leadership and successful organizations culminates in the development of a work environment that encourages, sustains and rewards creativity.
A study of classical and contemporary philosophers' thinking regarding ethics is conducted. Case studies are utilized to apply the theories. An organization's social responsibility and the leader's ethical stance within an organization are examined in detail.


MSL 517 Project Management (1 credit)
The module integrates change, creativity, and systems theories as they apply to the research/development functions of an effective organization. As part of the integrated theory application, an organization's processes are analyzed.

MSL 518/519 Research Methods (2 credits)
The module offers an overview of research paradigms, design, data collection, qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis for applied research. The content is designed to have direct application to the student's thesis.

MSL 520 Thesis and Thesis Defense (4 credits)
The thesis is envisioned as the integrating, capstone experience for the program's curriculum. As such, its development is streamed throughout the course sequence. A specific organization is selected as the research site. The organization identifies a situation requiring leadership intervention in terms of corrective action or a new initiative. The student researcher uses the corporation as a "real world" setting for analysis and application throughout the curriculum and applies professional research methods to address the identified situation. The thesis is ultimately presented in written form, as well as, an oral defense.

Environmental Dimensions

MSL 503 Legal Environment (1 credit)
Focuses on law and social change as it relates to the environment in which organizations operate. The principles and practices of case law related to consumer/employee law, tort and personal/corporate liability, intellectual property, and contracts receive special consideration.

MSL 504 Government: Partner/Regulator (1 credit)
The module explores the interrelationships between government, politics and organizations. Local, national and international cases are studied. Leadership strategies to influence public policy are considered.

MSL 505 Community: Opportunity/Challenge (1 credit)
The module studies the relationship between organizations and their local/regional communities. Techniques for the development of community assessment instruments are studied and tested. An organization's social responsibility to its community is developed.

MSL 506 Strategic Partnership Development (2 credits)
Through the analysis of case studies, the significance of strategic alliances in the development of effective organizations will be explored. An analysis of the specific leadership skills required to thrive in such an environment is conducted.

Structural Dimensions

MSL 507 Systems Analysis (1 credit)
The course is designed as a review of systems theory and its approach to organizational development and the analysis of an organization's problems and opportunities.

MSL 508 Financial Analysis (2 credits)
The role and significance of an organization's financial systems are studied. Special attention is given to budget development and monitoring systems, and the interpretation of financial statements.

MSL 509 Marketing Analysis (2 credits)
The focus of the course is an analysis of the principles and practices involved in marketing an organization, its products or services. The relationship and distinction between marketing, promotion and sales are developed.

MSL 510 Process Analysis (1 credit)
This module applies financial, marketing and process theories to actual project management techniques. An analysis of the tools required for efficient and effective product/service delivery is conducted.

MSL 511 Quality Management (2 credits)
The principles and best practices of Total Quality Management (TQM) are studied. The theories underlying the socio-technical design principles are studied and case studies analyzed. The leadership skills required to develop and sustain a TQM system in an organization are assessed. The organizational paradigm shifts required for an organization to adopt such an operational model are also assessed.

Personal Dimensions

MSL 512 Leader as Communicator (2 credits)
The course serves as a review of the theoretical concepts of interpersonal communications with a particular emphasis on the theory and practice of effective group dynamics. A leader's role as a team builder and the essential role teams play in "world class" organizations are stressed.

MSL 513 Leader as Motivator (1 credit)
A review of classical and contemporary motivation theories serves as the basis for the application of the theories in "real world" organizations. Through a case study approach, effective organizations' best practices are studied. The leader's role in the motivational process as it relates to self directed teams receives special consideration.

MSL 514 Leader as Strategic Thinker/Visionary (2 credits)
The focus of the module is to understand the significance of and the process involved in strategic planning. An evaluation of the techniques required is also conducted. The leader's roles as an effective communicator and motivator are integrated as enabling forces for effective planning. The quantitative aspects of strategic planning and their place in the strategic management process are also studied.

MSL 515/516 Leader and Spirituality (2 credits)
This module is streamed through the curriculum sequence. It traces the principles pf St. Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises as they relate to modern day leaders. Leadership role models are studied as expressions of an integrated life's core values: self-awareness, ingenuity, love and heroism.

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