MS in Management and Leadership Courses

Behavior in Organizations

Learn to apply behavioral sciences to management issues through integration of conceptual and experiential approaches to self-awareness, perception, communication, motivation, productivity, group behavior processes, leadership, organizational change, diversity, ethical issues, career planning, and the management of personal and organizational stress.

Leading Cross-Cultural and Virtual Teams

Explore cultural influences on organizations and on the people working within them. In this course, you will learn about communication processes in virtual organizations and how to build, manage, and lead teams across cultures. You will examine issues relating to virtual management, such as team building, defusing conflict, and building networks and trust.

Managerial Creativity and Innovation for Leadership

This course focuses on imagination and invention (“creativity”) and on the productive results of such processes (“innovation”). To enhance business problem-solving and effective leadership, you will learn to integrate linear methods with nonlinear, imaginative tools.

Designing and Leading Organizations for Sustainable Effectiveness

In this course, you will learn how the multiple elements of organizational design and management contribute to an organization’s sustainable performance outcomes and strategic alignment. You will examine multiple frameworks and models of organization, including mechanistic/bureaucratic, human relations, political, open systems, and contingency perspectives.

Talent Management

Talent management can drive the management of human capital and create sustained competitive advantage for organizations. This course provides an in-depth analysis of the talent management functions of workforce planning, talent acquisition, learning and development, performance management, career planning, employee engagement, and retention.

Organizational Dynamics and Managing Change

Students will examine how to manage change by looking at strategy, organization design and processes, and multi-organizational systems. Specific topics include traditional and contemporary approaches to change management, organization learning, consulting skills, and organization development.

Psychology of Conflict and Communications

Psychology of Conflict and Communications, a survey course covering the intersection of psychology, law, conflict, and dispute resolution with application to human communication. This course explores psychological phenomena, the frameworks for analyzing conflict that results from these phenomena, as well as conflict resolution communication skills to address these phenomena. This course is designed to provide insights from areas of cognitive and social psychology, neuro-collaboration, and communication theory and apply those insights to dispute resolution, lawyering, and negotiations.

Leadership: Great Leaders, Great Literature

This course prepares you to understand and assume leadership roles in increasingly competitive, globalized, multicultural, multi-values organizations. You will learn significant theories and models of leadership; analyze your own unique leadership style; develop, refine, and articulate your individual leadership philosophy; and examine the values and ethical issues associated with leadership.

Management and Leadership Capstone

In the Education to Community (E2C) Capstone Project, you will provide a summative reflection integrating and applying theories, frameworks, and learning from across the MSML program, including understanding of organizations as complex systems. You will be tasked with presenting the completion of your individual learning contract and a personal and professional leadership development plan that articulates your core values, personal mission, and strategic action plans.

Leadership and Self

During the module, the student must design, present and initiate an individual learning contract. The course includes conceptual and experiential approaches to self-awareness and self-assessment as the foundation for effective leadership.

Elective Courses

Responsible Business Practice Capstone

In this course, you will examine multidisciplinary values—such as environmental stewardship, corporate citizenship, product/service excellence, and financial strength—and be challenged to integrate these four values in building a blueprint for business sustainability. The course is taught from a practitioner’s point of view, utilizing a combination of case studies, current media, and guest speakers. The capstone project requires students to work collaboratively in preparing a business plan that will be presented to a panel of distinguished business entrepreneurs.

Global Business Intensive

Hosted by partner schools abroad, Global Business Intensive focuses on critical aspects of doing business in the global economy. The course consists of lectures by distinguished faculty members of the partner schools and recognized experts from companies and research centers on a variety of contemporary business issues. The course involves a series of seminars covering such topics as international economics, culture, marketing, finance, and political and legal context. Some programs also include field visits to internationally recognized companies or organizations in the region for a hands-on look at business opportunities and management strategies. Also included is a study tour of important historical sites. The tour provides an important backdrop of culture and history that flavors the nation’s experience.

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