Leadership and Innovation (MS) Curriculum

Core Courses 18 Credits

  • This course is designed to develop the understanding and application of administrative leadership theory. The course uses research and analysis of great leaders (however defined) from a variety of domains, social, religious, political, business, athletic, or entertainment…to develop a more sophisticated comprehension of administrative leadership.

  • This course examines information systems in today’s organizations. Managing computer resources will be discussed with emphasis on the way information technology is used to meet organizational needs.

  • Explores major research designs and methods emphasizing underlying assumptions, inquiry aims, participant selection, data collection and analysis, interpretation of findings, conclusions, and reporting.

  • This course examines the technical and administrative aspects of complex projects. Students will learn the project life cycle and tools and create functional and technical requirements to plan and control projects.

  • This course is designed to create an awareness and sensitivity to the values and ethical issues inherent in private and public administration decisions. The Judeo-Christian moral basis for the values and ethical practices in government and business today will be presented along with the legal requirements for complying with legislated ethical standards.

  • This course develops the knowledge, skills, and competencies related to the design and planning of an innovative entrepreneurial project appropriate for a variety of organizational settings including in the private sector, non-profit organizations, and postsecondary educational institutions. It incorporates innovative entrepreneurship within organizations and analyzes how these concepts apply to different environmental contexts, such as global, social, academic, and non-profit.  

Executive Leadership Specialization (18 credits)

  • This course is an overview of Human Resource administrative functions in contemporary organizations, including human resource planning, human resource strategy, performance evaluation, employee benefits, compensation, career planning, labor relations, discipline, and safety and health. This course will examine how organizations meet their objectives through human resource administration and how human resources align with the organization’s mission, vision, and strategy.

  • The purpose of this course is to provide students in administration and non-financial administrators an opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of the use and interpretation of basic financial concepts and how they relate to administrative decisions.

  • The course will address the administration and organizational behavior competencies required to succeed in the 21st century workplace. Emphasis is placed on managing and leadership for high performance in today’s dynamic work environment.

  • This course focuses on goal-oriented methods and techniques for developing administrative strategies necessary to lead departments and organizations. Strategy formulation and implementation are complex interactive processes that involve politics, organizational culture, values, vision, mission, and administrative styles which influence administrative decisions and outcomes.

  • Explores the training and development of a culturally sensitive workforce. Examines and explores innovative techniques for dealing with institutional "isms" (e.g., sexism, ageism, etc.) as they relate to management, training, conflict resolution, career development, mentoring, performance appraisals, team-building, and peer rating methods.

  • The Applied Project is a supervised capstone for the Master's program. It is an independent, web- supported study with a graduate faculty mentor/ instructor. The project is designed to build from knowledge gained during the program and to make connections between academic and professional work. Prerequisite:Successful completion of other coursework in the program.

Higher Education Administration Specialization (18 credits) 

  • Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

    Explores those issues of a local, state, national, and international nature that impact the policies, personnel, and general day-to-day administration of an institution of higher education.

  • Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

    Traces the historical and philosophical roots of higher education in America. Emphasis is given to European contributions to the ideas of the American college, the evolution and diversification of American higher education, and the pattern of higher education as it evolved through the 20th century.

  • Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

    Analyses the legal structure of higher education including religion, academic freedom, employment, due process, student rights, accreditation issues, desegregation, tort liability, and other issues.

  • Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

    Analysis of colleges and universities as social organizations with special emphasis on issues of administration, organization and governance of higher education.

  • Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

    This survey course will introduce participants to many of the theories of development that inform student affairs practice. Students will be exposed to the four major categories of college student development theory which include: 1) cognitive-structural, 2) psychosocial, 3) typological, and 4) person-environment.

  • Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

    Provides opportunity for general experience in the field of higher education. This practicum gives the student a variety of experiences in areas of higher education that would be new to the individual who is currently working in the field.

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