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In the Master of Science in Leadership program students will learn the concepts and theories of leadership, the qualities that effective leaders possess, and the impact these leaders have on their organizations. The focus of this program is on the student as leader. To this end, students will participate in self-assessments and reflect on their personal and professional skill set in the role of leader with the goal of enhancing their effectiveness as a leader. Throughout subsequent courses students will use the knowledge of themselves as a leader along with leadership concepts to explore and refine their leadership skills within various aspects of leading an organization – developing and motivating others, building effective teams, planning, leading change and innovation, and analyzing organizations for optimal effectiveness. An overarching construct of this program is entrepreneurial leadership—thinking and acting in new ways to lead organizations to their potential and beyond. The students will be guided toward thinking and strategizing using new and innovative ways to consider leadership. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to serve as a highly effective entrepreneurial leader in their organization.
Two concentrations in Leadership are available: Higher Education Leadership and Executive Leadership. The Higher Education Leadership concentration is designed to develop and enhance the skills of future leaders in the collegiate arena while the Executive Leadership concentration is intended for those who aspire for top leadership roles in corporate and not-for-profit environments. Each concentration of four courses is intended to hone the personal and professional skills of individuals who wish to pursue leadership roles in the respective area.