The Master of Science in Organizational and Strategic Leadership prepares individuals to assume greater leadership roles in the workplace and in their communities. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the curriculum offers a Franciscan, values-based, and global perspective to the study of leadership, organizational strategy, and effective management practices. Through intensive study, critical reflection, and experiential learning projects, students explore their personal philosophy of effective leadership and develop plans for mastering key leadership competencies. Consequently, graduates are better prepared to lead and develop healthy, productive organizations and make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Program Design and Required Courses
The Master of Science in Organizational and Strategic Leadership is designed in a unique accelerated format which enables students to complete the entire program in 18 months. Students begin their studies as a cohort group and become members of collaborative learning teams in each subsequent course and throughout the program. All courses integrate work and learning experiences and are taught by faculty who are practitioners/scholars with significant leadership and management experience.
The program consists of 30 required credits, all of which are delivered as ten (10) 3-credit courses in intensive eight-week modules. All courses are taught in a cohort seminar style and are highly interactive, through both classroom and online discussions. Each course includes research, reflection, and experiential learning components. The final Capstone Seminar involves the completion of an Individual Reflective Portfolio (IRB) an individual research project, and a boardroom style Capstone presentation. In the form of the individual research project, the “deliverable” for the Capstone Seminar can be: the creation of a new business model, a strategic plan or analysis, or a new program or service for a local nonprofit; but it must have socially or ecologically redeeming value in the Franciscan tradition. For online cohorts, three (3) campus visits/meetings are required to satisfy the program’s Residency Requirement.
The Organizational and Strategic Leadership Program is organized into three integrated areas of study, each of which requires a specific grouping of courses.
- The first area of study, with the following group of required courses, enables the student to recognize the personal and professional competencies that are needed to be an effective leader.
- The second area of study, with the following group of required courses, focuses on the development of organizations and the application of leadership competencies.
- The third integrated area of study, with the following group of required courses, emphasizes the values of social responsibility, ethics, and civic engagement in developing a global perspective on major societal leadership challenges throughout the world. The program’s Capstone Seminar provides the students with an opportunity to synthesize knowledge and demonstrate mastery of key competencies in the field of strategic leadership.
Successful graduates of Neumann University’s Master of Science in Organizational and Strategic Leadership will be able to:
- Clearly describe their personal philosophy of leadership.
- Apply the theories of strategic leadership to life and work situations.
- Demonstrate leadership in working with groups.
- Understand the strategy development and planning process for corporate and nonprofit organizations.
- Understand the systemic forces that drive change in organizations and individuals.
- Analyze public policy and legal issues in today’s global society.
- Demonstrate a worldview of complex problems and their potential solutions.
- Articulate the principles of the Catholic Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, with a particular focus on how those principles are applied to strategic leadership issues.
Applicants with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited, degree-granting institution who have successfully completed all prerequisite courses are eligible for entrance to the Master of Science in Organizational and Strategic Leadership program, subject to the approval of the Program Director. Acceptance is on a competitive basis after submission of all credentials and an interview. All applicants must submit the following:
- A completed Graduate Student Application, in person or online through www.neumann.edu.
- Official transcripts from each regionally-accredited institution attended.
- Have an undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.00. Outstanding applicants whose GPA s are less that 3.00 are considered for conditional acceptance (please refer to the Conditional Acceptance Policy in the Admissions Information section of this catalog).
- Résumé demonstrating at least three years of appropriate experience.
- Three official letters of recommendations from academics professional.
- A letter of intent highlighting the importance of ethical leadership in today’s organizations and how you have demonstrated leadership abilities in your life.
Once all admission materials have been received and processed through the Office of Admissions, the graduate Program Director will arrange for an interview, if appropriate, following a review of all candidate credentials.
To progress in the Master of Science in Organizational and Strategic Leadership, all students must maintain an overall “B” average (cumulative 3.00 GPA) in all required courses and demonstrate satisfactory participation in the program. Completion of all degree requirements for the program must not exceed five years. Exemption to this time limitation must be applied for in a written request to the Director of the program. Graduation from the program is contingent upon the student (1) submitting a signed Application for Graduation form to the Registrar on or before the date specified in the Academic Calendar; and (2) successful completion of all course work, including reports of research and an effective formal presentation of his/her Master’s Project to a faculty committee.