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The Master of Arts 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.

Objectives

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

100% Online courses in a 5-week as-you-go flexible format for busy adults featuring forum discussions and weekly assignment deadlines.

MAJOR36 HOURS

MA IN LEADERSHIP CORE24 HOURS

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    An orientation to skills for graduate study, including graduate writing and research, and an introduction to management, finance, accounting, economics, and marketing. This course is the Prerequisite for the remaining courses in the program.
     
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    The impact of individual and organizational behavior on the culture, climate, and structure of an organization, including practical application of human resource theories in the organization, and emphasis on their relevance to contemporary events.
     
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    The impact of leadership on the function and performance of organizations, with emphasis on organizing, leading, and controlling groups and organizations, and a survey of current literature on the topic of leadership.
     
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    Processes and approaches for strategic leadership, including setting direction through mission and vision; development, implementation, and attainment of measurable strategic goals; and evaluation of internal and external environments.
     
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    Ethical, legal, and moral issues facing leaders. Within the context of a Christian biblical worldview, students will critically examine how leaders and managers maintain ethical principles in an organizational culture.
     
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    Integration of learning for students in the MA in Leadership through a summative research-based project demonstrating their ability to identify, evaluate, research, and analyze a leadership problem found in an organization.
    Prerequisite: Completion of major courses and/or concentration courses.
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    Common operational challenges of global businesses with a 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 of current events related to global organizations and their impact on the business environment.
     
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    This course is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of the current strategic operations management approaches, with proven analytic techniques.
     

CONCENTRATION COURSES12 HOURS

Concentrations:

On completion of this concentration, the student should be able to apply business management principles to work with people and processes within a business organization.

  • Principles and processes for project management, including initiation, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing.
  • Regulatory and legal systems and their causal effect on the legal environment of business, with analysis of relevant court cases and legal principles as a basis for understanding the depth and breadth of the law’s influence on free market enterprise systems.
  • Current strategic operations management approaches, with proven analytic techniques, and utilization of operations management tools, with application of these concepts to operational scenarios in the workplace.
  • An advanced overview of strategic human resources planning and implementation focused on positively influencing the quality of performance, productivity, and social wellbeing of employees.

The concentration in Healthcare Management prepares the healthcare professional as an informed and contributing agent in an informatics environment for senior-level management positions in all types of health care organizations.

Objectives

On completion of this concentration, the student should be able to apply critical decisionmaking to the current issues and future trends facing local, state, and national healthcare.

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    Survey of the sectors of the modern healthcare industry and contemporary healthcare models, including the relationship of the healthcare industry to current economic trends, health policy management, and the system of care provided by collaborative teams caring for the needs of individuals and populations.
     
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    Legal regulations impacting modern healthcare delivery, with a focus on research and critique of the current legal and regulatory climate in healthcare, and attention to the rationale for and effectiveness of healthcare regulation and law.
     
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    Theory and concepts of healthcare revenue recovery in an accounts receivable environment, including application of revenue cycle principles and integration of multiple payer classes and the estimation of revenue from contracted payers, the challenges and trends of payer sources and the responsibility of the healthcare executive leading the supplier side of an accounts receivable dependent service line.
     
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    Corporate compliance trends and planning, corporate responsibility concepts, and measurement of an effective corporate integrity program in healthcare.
     

The concentration in Human Resources is designed to provide greater study for human resources professionals or those who wish to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the human resources area.

Objectives

On completion of this concentration, students should be able to analyze an organization’s human resources needs and offer recommendations for comprehensive stabilization and/or improvement.

  • An advanced overview of strategic human resources planning and implementation focused on positively influencing the quality of performance, productivity, and social wellbeing of employees.
  • An examination of employment and personnel law, with a focus on the laws, administrative rulings, and precedents that encompass the employer/employee relationship.
    Prerequisite: HRM5030
  • The strategic importance of compensation and its practical application with emphasis on understanding the elements of a total compensation plan including system design, compensation strategy, benefits and pay, and systems management issues.
    Prerequisite: HRM5040
  • Strategic employee training and development with a focus on the assessment and design of career management planning for organizational performance.
    Prerequisite: HRM5040