Designed for Working Adults Who Want to Move Ahead

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

Take your career to the next level. Unearth your greatest talents. Learn how to lead and practice effective leadership skills in ways that are congruent with your strengths and beliefs. With College of Saint Mary’s master of science degree in organizational leadership you go through the blended in-class/online program with other talented, female professionals. Together you explore excellence in leadership, women’s perspectives on management and the complexities of organizations today.

  • Attend class on Saturdays, in-class and online.
  • Learn from knowledgeable professors and an expanded network of leaders and professionals from the Greater Omaha area.
  • Access professional coaching from women with workplace leadership experience.
  • Earn your master’s degree in just 16 months!

Required Courses in Your Major

Women Leadership and You

This course is designed to provide learning experiences for you in three domains related to leadership: the complexity of the leadership process, its functions and outcomes; the roles, contributions, and challenges of women in leadership; and understanding self from multi-faceted perspectives and self in relationship to others.

Leadership Theory and Application

The purpose of this course is to increase graduate effectiveness as a leader through the analysis and application of essential leadership theories. This course examines the process of leadership, delineating the leader’s behavior within that process.

Statistics in Leadership Studies

This course will develop knowledge of the application of statistical methods frequently in encountered in leadership study design. This course will assist you in reading and evaluating the literature frequently encountered in leadership and management research.

Research Design in Leadership Studies

This course is designed to assist you in developing the practical knowledge and abilities necessary to critically analyze research designs commonly used in leadership studies in order to become a critical consumer of scientific research.

Human Capacity Building

This course is designed to assist you in analyzing the management and leadership skills necessary to hire, develop, challenge, motivate and engage employees. The course will emphasize application of effective management practices.

Boundary Spanning Team Leadership

This course is intended to facilitate content and communication skills valuable in building effective teams within departments or across organizational boundaries. The basic components of group evolution and performance will be examined in depth.

Ethics and Conflict Management

This course is designed to encompass the most common ethical dilemmas and ensuing conflicts that are commonly experienced in a leadership role. You will continue development of conflict management skills specifically related to negotiation and alternative dispute resolution in a variety of settings.

Organization Theory and Design

This course will focus on organizations and the ways in which operational designs and processes influence outcomes and effectiveness. You will learn strategies for managing these organizational factors to increase institutional effectiveness related to business and employee outcomes.

Finance

This course provides you with working knowledge of the concepts, problems, tools and applications of corporate and non-profit financial decision-making. The course provides a fundamental understanding of how an organization obtains funds, plans for how to use funds and manages funds.

Organizational Behavior

This course focuses on a detailed examination of the sources and uses of power and influence, as well as how power and influence are attained, used and lost. You will also analyze the causes of organizational behavior problems and the organizational factors that are a foundation for positive and effective organizational behaviors.

Building Organizational Capacity

This course will focus on various theories of organizational learning and performance improvement. You will learn the role of analytics in evaluating operational performance and outcomes. You will evaluate methods of securing, analyzing and utilizing a breadth of organizational performance data to improve institutional outcomes.

Organizational Culture and Change

This course will focus on best practices in change management theory, various methods of data collection, strategic analysis of information, planning systematic change, and implementing and institutionalizing changes. Focus will be on changing specific aspects of the organizational culture to support the operational changes needed.

Thesis (Optional)

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To graduate with a master’s degree in organizational leadership, you must complete 36 credit hours.

Students whose undergraduate degrees are not in business administration or business leadership, or who have not completed a series of required business courses from an accredited institution, must complete an additional four credit hour course (Survey of Business Concepts) in the summer preceding the start of the program. We also offer a thesis option for an additional six credit hours.

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

 

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • Official transcripts from institution accredited to award bachelor’s degrees
  • Professional writing sample or professional or scholarly writing
  • Interview with program director
  • A minimum of 3 years of professional work experience (preferred)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in bachelor's degree program

 

If you have not earned a bachelor's degree in business leadership or business administration, you may be required to complete a four credit hour survey course prior to the beginning of the master's degree program, at the discretion of the program director upon evaluation of your official transcripts.

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Academic Description

Designed for Working Adults Who Want to Move Ahead

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

Take your career to the next level. Unearth your greatest talents. Learn how to lead and practice effective leadership skills in ways that are congruent with your strengths and beliefs. With College of Saint Mary’s master of science degree in organizational leadership you go through the blended in-class/online program with other talented, female professionals. Together you explore excellence in leadership, women’s perspectives on management and the complexities of organizations today.

  • Attend class on Saturdays, in-class and online.
  • Learn from knowledgeable professors and an expanded network of leaders and professionals from the Greater Omaha area.
  • Access professional coaching from women with workplace leadership experience.
  • Earn your master’s degree in just 16 months!

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

 

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • Official transcripts from institution accredited to award bachelor’s degrees
  • Professional writing sample or professional or scholarly writing
  • Interview with program director
  • A minimum of 3 years of professional work experience (preferred)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in bachelor's degree program

 

If you have not earned a bachelor's degree in business leadership or business administration, you may be required to complete a four credit hour survey course prior to the beginning of the master's degree program, at the discretion of the program director upon evaluation of your official transcripts.

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Curriculum

Required Courses in Your Major

Women Leadership and You

This course is designed to provide learning experiences for you in three domains related to leadership: the complexity of the leadership process, its functions and outcomes; the roles, contributions, and challenges of women in leadership; and understanding self from multi-faceted perspectives and self in relationship to others.

Leadership Theory and Application

The purpose of this course is to increase graduate effectiveness as a leader through the analysis and application of essential leadership theories. This course examines the process of leadership, delineating the leader’s behavior within that process.

Statistics in Leadership Studies

This course will develop knowledge of the application of statistical methods frequently in encountered in leadership study design. This course will assist you in reading and evaluating the literature frequently encountered in leadership and management research.

Research Design in Leadership Studies

This course is designed to assist you in developing the practical knowledge and abilities necessary to critically analyze research designs commonly used in leadership studies in order to become a critical consumer of scientific research.

Human Capacity Building

This course is designed to assist you in analyzing the management and leadership skills necessary to hire, develop, challenge, motivate and engage employees. The course will emphasize application of effective management practices.

Boundary Spanning Team Leadership

This course is intended to facilitate content and communication skills valuable in building effective teams within departments or across organizational boundaries. The basic components of group evolution and performance will be examined in depth.

Ethics and Conflict Management

This course is designed to encompass the most common ethical dilemmas and ensuing conflicts that are commonly experienced in a leadership role. You will continue development of conflict management skills specifically related to negotiation and alternative dispute resolution in a variety of settings.

Organization Theory and Design

This course will focus on organizations and the ways in which operational designs and processes influence outcomes and effectiveness. You will learn strategies for managing these organizational factors to increase institutional effectiveness related to business and employee outcomes.

Finance

This course provides you with working knowledge of the concepts, problems, tools and applications of corporate and non-profit financial decision-making. The course provides a fundamental understanding of how an organization obtains funds, plans for how to use funds and manages funds.

Organizational Behavior

This course focuses on a detailed examination of the sources and uses of power and influence, as well as how power and influence are attained, used and lost. You will also analyze the causes of organizational behavior problems and the organizational factors that are a foundation for positive and effective organizational behaviors.

Building Organizational Capacity

This course will focus on various theories of organizational learning and performance improvement. You will learn the role of analytics in evaluating operational performance and outcomes. You will evaluate methods of securing, analyzing and utilizing a breadth of organizational performance data to improve institutional outcomes.

Organizational Culture and Change

This course will focus on best practices in change management theory, various methods of data collection, strategic analysis of information, planning systematic change, and implementing and institutionalizing changes. Focus will be on changing specific aspects of the organizational culture to support the operational changes needed.

Thesis (Optional)

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To graduate with a master’s degree in organizational leadership, you must complete 36 credit hours.

Students whose undergraduate degrees are not in business administration or business leadership, or who have not completed a series of required business courses from an accredited institution, must complete an additional four credit hour course (Survey of Business Concepts) in the summer preceding the start of the program. We also offer a thesis option for an additional six credit hours.