Online Master of Arts in Leadership

The Master of Arts with a major in Leadership prepares professionals who want to enhance their leadership skills in order to develop more effective organizations. The program emphasizes critical and strategic thinking, ethics, and real-world application of leadership principles.

Major Objectives

Upon completion of the major, students should be able to:
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    Integrate a biblical worldview to effectively influence organizations.
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    Examine effective leadership and management theories consistent with supporting the organization's mission, vision, goals, and objectives.
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    Conduct research to facilitate data-driven organizational change and development.
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    Assess organizational systems and team dynamics to develop strategies for professional and personal improvement.

The MA with a major in Leadership is comprised of 36 semester credits: 24 semester credits from the required leadership courses plus 12 semester credits from one of the following concentrations: Human Resources, Healthcare Management, Business Management, and Nonprofit Management.

REQUIRED LEADERSHIP COURSES24 CREDITS

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    This course is an introductory course that will assist the learner in developing the basic skills necessary for success in graduate study. The orientation course provides an overview and application of graduate writing and research while introducing the four functions of management, finance, accounting, economics, and marketing. (Note: This course is the prerequisite for the remaining courses in the program.)
     
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    This course investigates the importance and impact of individual and organizational behavior upon the culture, climate, and structure of an organization. The practical application of human resource theories in the organization is introduced, emphasizing the relevance of the theories to contemporary events.
     
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    This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the current strategic operations management approaches, with proven analytic techniques. Students will utilize operations management tools in simulations and apply the concepts to operational scenarios in the workplace.
     
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    This course will investigate the importance and impact of leadership on the function and performance of organizations. The topics covered will also include organizing, leading, and controlling groups and organizations, along with a survey of current literature on the topic of leadership.
     
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    This course addresses common operational challenges of global businesses. The course will focus on management, social, economic, political, and financial implications of strategic operations from a faith-based perspective. Topics include cross-cultural context, values, ethics, communication, the influence of international expansion, human resources, and faith-based business operations. Special consideration will be given to current events related to global organizations and their impact on the business environment.
     
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    This course includes an examination of the processes and approaches of strategic leadership beginning with the setting of direction through the defining of the organization's mission and vision. The analysis of the development, implementation, and attainment of measurable strategic goals will include a review of how managers evaluate internal and external environments as part of this process.
     
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    This course is designed to analyze and evaluate ethical, legal, and moral issues facing individuals and within the context of a Christian biblical worldview. Students will be challenged to critically examine the challenges for leaders and managers to infuse and support ethical principles in an organizational culture.
     
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    This course serves as the culmination and integration of learning from all courses in the Master of Arts with a major in Leadership program. Students will complete a summative research-based project demonstrating their ability to identify, evaluate, research, and analyze a leadership problem found in a particular organization.
    (Prerequisite: Completion of major courses and/or concentration courses.)

CONCENTRATION COURSES12 CREDITS

Total36 Credit Hours

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