MS in Leadership
(Weekend and Online)
The MS in Leadership degree focuses on developing leadership for performance, innovation, and change. The program fulfills this aim by emphasizing on interpersonal and influencing skills, organization building and alignment in a global environment, and the leadership environment. Its curriculum is designed to help you develop confidence and expertise in influencing others, embracing and guiding change, developing teams, and directing projects within your organization. A unique feature of the Huizenga Business School's leadership program is its association with the Center for Leadership Studies and the Situational Leadership® model, which has been used to train more than 12 million leaders worldwide. Paul Hersey, Ed.D., creator of Situational Leadership®, personally trained the instructors of the Huizenga Business School's one-week Situational Leadership® Practicum course. Graduates are awarded a Certificate of Completion from the Center for Leadership Studies.
- Courses offered alternating weekends on the main campus and online.
- Opportunity to study and apply the Situational Leadership model with experts trained by originator, Dr. Paul Hersey.
- Program can be completed in as little as 18 months.
- Program begins four times annually with starts in October, January, April, and July.
- Features professional competency in Value Driven Management.
Curriculum Guide top
Each of the following is required (40 total credits):
|MGT 5012||21st Century Management Practices|
|MGT 5015||Legal, Ethical, and Social Values of Business|
|MGT 5020||Managing Organizational Behavior|
|HRM 5030||Managing Human Resources|
|LED 5380||Team Building|
|LED 5630||Leadership Theory and Practice|
|LED 5640||Coaching and Influencing Skill|
|LED 5651||Cross Cultural Leadership|
|LED 5655||Leading Negotiation and Conflict Resolution|
|LED 5660||Situational Leadership: Theory and Practice|
|LED 5680||Leading Change for Innovation and Alignment|
|LED 5691||Strategic Leadership|
|LED 5695||Leadership Skills Practicum|
Course Descriptions top
Full-Time professionals are available to discuss the MS in Leadership curriculum with you in greater detail. Simply call 800.672.7223 Ext. 25168 or contact our Enrollment Services Staff.
MGT 5012 21st Century Management Practices (3 cr.)
Students will gain an understanding of leading state-of-the-art business theories and will be able to apply them to real-world situations. They will learn to understand and challenge the ideas of 20th century management thinkers, and to practice developing and challenging their own theoretical and applied models and paradigms.
MGT 5015 Legal, Ethical, and Social Values of Business (3 cr.)
Students will gain an understanding of the meaning and importance of the law, ethics, personal morality, and corporate social responsibility. The students will be able to differentiate among the values of legality, morality, ethics, and corporate social responsibility. They will become more cognizant of the legal, ethical, moral, and social responsibility ramifications to business decision-making; and will learn how to apply these values in a modern business context. The students will be able to analyze business decisions from legal, ethical, and social responsibility perspectives.
MGT 5020 Managing Organizational Behavior (3 cr.)
Managing Organizational Behavior: Students will gain a working knowledge of how to manage personal, interpersonal, and group processes by developing their interpersonal skills to assume responsibility for leading and promoting teamwork among diverse stakeholders. Students will learn to manage individual and group behaviors in improving organizational productivity and performance. Through experiential learning, students will learn to integrate home, work, and educational observations and experiences and to convert them into proactive practical applications for growth and renewal in these diverse settings.
HRM 5030 Managing Human Resources (3 cr.)
Students will gain a working knowledge of planning, organizing, and managing human resource systems; and will gain hands-on abilities to design, direct, and assess human resource systems in enhancing relationships with internal and external customers, leading to organizational effectiveness.
LED 5380 Team Building (3 cr.)
This course focuses on how to build and lead successful teams to strengthen the overall performance of organizations. Team building models will be analyzed with emphasis on actionable steps that can be taken to overcome common hurdles and build cohesive, high performing teams. An emphasis will be placed on the role of the leader in developing successful work teams, project teams, virtual teams, and inter-organizational teams. Prerequisites: MGT-5020 or GMP-5020.
LED 5630 Leadership Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
This is the introductory leadership course in the leadership discipline. The course examines leadership as a process with a three-fold focus: the leader, the followers, and the situation.
LED 5640 Coaching and Influencing Skill (3 cr.)
Coaching & Influencing Skills: 21st century organizations use effective coaching as a competitive business strategy for recruiting and retaining high performing talent. This course allows students to develop core coaching competencies to create an impact on personal growth, leadership effectiveness, and organizational success. The course offers coaching skills to inspire and influence others to excel while maximizing employee productivity and morale. Proven methodologies provide the framework for this course and enable students to develop powerful leadership tools which accelerate their performance and those of others for gaining a competitive advantage. Coaching Best Practices and real world cases are used to anchor coaching methodologies in the business world. Students will apply coaching materials at the individual, team, and organizational level. Prerequisites: MGT 5020 or GMP 5020 and LED 5630 or GMP 5630.
LED 5651 Cross Cultural Leadership (3 cr.)
In a rapidly changing world, leaders risk failing to attain their goals and those of their organizations unless they recognize the dynamics of cross-cultural communication. They must also understand how cultural forces influence many aspects of the leadership phenomenon. As part of this course, participants will analyze various theoretical frameworks to help them identify culture's effect on attitudes and behaviors, as well as on approaches to ethics, motivational practices, negotiation patterns, strategic decision making, and change. Participants will also develop practical skills that will contribute to the effectiveness and success of their organizations. Case studies and experiential exercises will be used to support learning. Prerequisite: MGT 5020 or GMP 5020 and LED 5630 or GMP 5630.
LED 5655 Leading Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3 cr.)
This course explores the dynamics of conflict, and potential conflict, as a functional and creative opportunity for leaders to address incompatibility constructively and successfully. Because leaders need to address conflict before it affects performance, it is important for them to analyze the role they routinely play in creating, escalating, and perpetuating conflict, and to understand and practice negotiation strategies that will help them to effectively leverage and resolve it. This class will blend theory with practical application to give students an opportunity to identify, develop, and practice their own negotiation and conflict resolution skills. An overview of alternative and integrative dispute resolution techniques, mediation and ombudsman practice, interpersonal dynamics and self-awareness, collaboration, reframing, diverse and cross-cultural settings, and communication and active listening, among other concepts, will be covered. Prerequisites: MGT 5020 and LED 5630
LED 5660 Situational Leadership: Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
This course provides a behavioral science background for the development of current leadership theory. Beginning with organizational research in the early 20th century, the course reviews the landmark theories and research that have paved the way for our current understanding of such concepts as motivation, management and leadership. The course will also emphasize the theory and practice of the Situational Leadership Model by Hersey and Blanchard which emerged from the earlier behavioral science theories. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate their own leadership style through self-and-peer-assessment and improve their ability to adjust their style to match the needs of those they attempt to influence. Prerequisites: MGT 5020 or GMP 5020 and LED 5630 or GMP 5630.
LED 5680 Leading Change for Innovation and Alignment (3 cr.)
Individuals in organizations are continuously required to change their actions in response to changes in leadership, structures, regulatory requirements, markets, and products/services. These efforts can be more successful when individuals choose to take a leadership role in the change process. The course will allow students to become familiar with theories and models which focus on effective change, innovation and organizational alignment. Students will have the opportunity to examine and apply practical tools for individual and organizational change through case studies and class projects. Prerequisites: MGT 5020 or GMP 5020 and LED 5630 or GMP 5630.
LED 5691 Strategic Leadership (3 cr.)
Without a well-defined strategy, leaders lack effectiveness, for they have no vision or direction. This course will help participants to develop their strategic thinking by challenging them to identify, evaluate, and address strategic issues at the organizational, departmental, and individual levels. Current approaches to the development and implementation of strategic plans will be explored including financial, environmental, and cultural considerations. The role of the leader in aligning others towards a strategic vision will be analyzed as a key element in promoting an organization's sustainable competitive advantage. The course will require participants to synthesize the knowledge gained throughout their program of study in order to formulate a developmental framework to lead strategically. Prerequisites: MGT 5020 or GMP 5020 and LED 5630 or GMP 5630.
LED 5695 Leadership Skills Practicum (4 cr.)
This course allows students to improve their leadership skills by examining and applying a variety of leadership theories and concepts covered in the MS in Leadership program. This includes advanced work with the Situational Leadership Model developed by Dr. Paul Hersey. In this course, students will have the opportunity to broaden and improve their understanding and skills needed for team leadership, coaching, negotiating, leading across cultures, and strategy. The course uses an interactive format and includes case studies, individual and group exercises, group projects, and role-plays. It is offered only in a five day, on-campus intensive format during the Fall and Spring terms. Pre-work and post-work will be required. This course is not financial aid eligible when taken by itself. Prerequisites: LED 5660 and good academic standing.