Multiple Ways to Customize Your Degree
The MSOL is customizable to fit your career. In addition to the six core courses, you can choose to focus your studies on one of four specialized tracks, or to pursue a general, broad-perspective Organizational Leadership track.
This track is ideal for students who wish to enter or advance a career in Human Resources or who want to focus on enhancing employee satisfaction and organizational performance as they assume increasing management and leadership responsibilities. Courses include:
This track is geared to students who want to hone their ability to think, plan, and operate strategically, lead personnel in the allocation of organizational resources, and accomplish organizational objectives in a deliberate and systematic manner. Courses include:
The Leading Innovation track explores leadership at the intersection of business and innovation and helps students learn to drive strategic organizational transformation. With change as a constant, uncertainty increasing, and technology dramatically progressing, innovation is key to progress. Leading companies are moving beyond a focus on products and services categories to pioneer innovation in business processes, distribution, value chain, business models, and even the functions of management. Yet leading and managing such initiatives are often far more challenging than most executives imagine them to be. This program addresses the gap that exists between the aspirations of executives to innovate and their ability to execute. It focuses on the question: why and how should leadership, innovations, and technologies be leveraged to shape and support strategic and entrepreneurial initiatives in the global competitive landscape.
Organizational communication is not just about sending messages and exchanging information, or simply concerned with advancing managerial interests. Instead, communication is the key social process that creates and sustains all features of organizational life – including assumptions about power, knowledge, diversity, culture, and teamwork that shape the practice of leadership. We should understand organizations as communication and leadership as fundamentally communicative. Accordingly, the Organizational Communication track offers a perspective that puts communication at the center of our understanding and explanation of all organizational and leadership phenomena.
This is a great track option for those who want to customize their degree to obtain broad exposure to the field of organizational leadership. Students select any four track courses from the offerings available under the other tracks (Human Resources, Leading Innovation, Organizational Communication, and/or Strategic Leadership). With pre-approval, students also have the option of transferring in up to three relevant graduate courses from other programs and colleges.