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Online MS in Organizational Leadership curriculum

Curriculum Details

42 total credits required

Earn your Master of Science in Organizational Leadership online from Brenau University. You’ll complete 42 total credit hours in this master’s degree program, including six hours of foundational courses, 24 hours of core courses and 12 hours of concentration courses.

Receive guidance from expert faculty members who are dedicated to your success while you learn vital skills to become an ideal job candidate. Transfer up to six credit hours and take courses online, on your schedule to earn your degree in as few as two years. From here, you can.

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Foundation Courses (6 hours)*


This course explores foundational issues associated with leadership in organizations. Leadership theories are examined and applied to modern organizations through a variety of application models. The course also examines the topics of team and teamwork as it applies to the leaders within the organization. The qualities of an effective team member in various settings are also discussed. The course also provides a foundation for success in the program by making students aware of academic expectations and responsibilities in graduate school as well as developing an understanding of individual and team requirements. This course is a foundation course and must be successfully completed before progressing to other courses in the graduate program.
This course provides a foundation of applied skills in research, writing, and presenting for various business audiences. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking, synthesis, and effective communication strategies. This course is a foundation course and must be successfully completed before progressing to other courses in the graduate program.

Organizational Leadership Major Core (24 hours)


This course introduces the basic accounting concepts and applications needed by management to understand and use financial information to make relevant and appropriate decisions. Topics include the role of accounting information systems in organizations, analysis of financial statements, and the role of budgeting in achieving the goals of the organization. Specific emphasis will be placed on fund raising and financing in not-for-profit organizations. Topics will include board relations, fund-raising efforts, endowment and fund management.

This course will build a foundation of ethical theory and moral reasoning, then utilize it to build a strategy for identifying, analyzing, and evaluating moral issues in business and other organizational environments. This strategy will then be applied specifically to contemporary professional ethics issues generated by the recent phenomena of globalization and fully integrated international commerce.

This course assists the learner in understanding some of the concepts associated with critical thinking and effective business problem solving. Exercises throughout the course allow the learner to recognize that assumptions undergird all action and behavior. This course examines these assumptions in new contexts and develops strategies for assisting people in becoming creative and critical thinkers employing creative skepticism.
Learners master how to: attract, retain, and motivate employees and become a more innovative and agile leader by creating a culture of continuous self-improvement that encourages learning at all levels.

Strategic planning focuses attention on the process of strategic planning as opposed to management theory and concepts. Questions of “What to do?”, and “How to do it?”, as defined by the strategic management process, will be addressed. The course is practitioner- oriented and based on case studies that explain the complexities of strategic planning and management, while emphasizing the importance of theoretical knowledge. Strategic planning acknowledges the evolution of global competition and introduces guidelines and recommendations for improving managerial effectiveness in these relationships.

Prerequisite(s): OL 500, OL 755

Choose a 600 level or above Business Department Course or appropriate course with approval from Program Lead.

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