MASTER OF SCIENCE IN LEADERSHIP
The Southwestern College Professional Studies Master of Science in Leadership program prepares the learner for leadership positions in various organizations. The learner develops skills required to become a more effective leader in military, government, health care and education organizations as well as small business, non-profit or corporate environments. The emphasis is on practical application of relationship management; best leadership practices, which are strongly supported by research; and successful examples of leadership styles and organizational structures with a global and ethical perspective.
The MSL graduate exhibits competency in interpersonal and written communication, and also demonstrates the essential leadership practices of inspiring a vision, encouraging others to act, data driven strategic planning and ethical reasoning, which are all necessary for leaders in today’s society. The program is designed so that learners can use resources provided throughout the program to apply their leadership skills to leading change and quality initiatives. Students learn practical problem solving and how to evaluate the most effective ways to lead their organizations. The Master of Science in Leadership program also may inspire learners to continue in additional graduate degree programs.
Why Choose Leadership at SC?
Recently ranked as one of the Best Colleges for Online Learning, Southwestern College offers quality online degrees to adult learners. With courses taught by expert faculty and access to a variety of student resources, SC learners are provided with the tools and flexibility needed to succeed in their education while preparing for professional advancement.
- Diverse curriculum
- Nonprofit, regionally accredited
- Receive same diploma as traditional students from our physical campus
- Complete graduate application forms
- Provide current resume
- Submit two professional letters of recommendation (at least one from a current or former employer)
- Turn in one-page personal essay
- Submit an official transcript from a bachelor’s degree-granting institution. Official transcripts must be received within 8 weeks following the start of class.
Core Major Requirements
LEAD500: Leadership Styles and Theory
The course will cover fundamentals of leadership, definitions of leadership, and an introduction to the tools available for research in leadership. Emphasis is on the application of theoretical concepts to actual organizational settings and situations, culminating in the determination of participant’s dominant leadership style and articulation of a personal leadership profile.
MGMT560: Ethics in the Global Marketplace
What are the challenges for an organization to be considered an ethical corporate citizen, locally and globally? How can an organization effectively address those challenges in a diverse global society, economy, and marketplace while also pursuing profitability? Learners explore ethical leadership and the organization, and the triple bottom line, evaluating the means and potential strategies for ethically balancing profit, corporate social responsibility, and environmental sustainability. Learners also examine the local and global impact of those strategies, inclusive of the impact on societies, cultures, economies, and stakeholder constituencies.
LEAD510: Leadership in Context
Participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how economic, social and/or political events and relationships‐‐whether local, national or worldwide‐‐affect organizations and impact culture and community. Participants will develop a plan of action for dealing with that impact.
LEAD515: Leadership Communication and Conflict Resolution
The course will teach leaders to hone and refine important communication and conflict resolution skills including interpersonal and small group communication, persuasion, media communication, and crisis communication.
LEAD520: Leadership Coaching
The course will help students coach, mentor and empower future leaders. The course will review coaching theories and models as well as the theoretical and applied aspects of teamwork. Participants will focus on building the skills of collaboration. Participants will articulate a personal leadership development plan.
LEAD560: Leading Change in Organizations
Participants will learn to navigate the world of needs assessment tools in order to build an organization’s ability to operate on the consistent generation of information. Systems used to analyze information and implement change resulting from data will be covered through case studies, individual and group exercises. Participants will develop practical tools for engaging people at all levels of an organization through inevitable change.
LEAD565: Knowledge Based Leadership
The course will cover the integration and alignment of strategic planning, mission, vision with goals and objectives to position organizations to transition to a knowledge‐based environment. Participants will develop a plan for capturing “tribal knowledge” and using that knowledge to create and communicate a shared vision.
LEAD570: Leadership for the Future
Participants will learn to identify trends, implement change initiatives, maximize resources, and develop a response to changing workforce dynamics. This course provides a thorough foundation in the methods used when leading project initiatives.
LEAD575: Organizational Structures and Behavior
Participants will learn decision making models, principles of organizational hierarchy, and how organizations are impacted by leadership styles. Participants will analyze how their own leadership behavior impacts others through 360‐degree feedback.
LEAD580: Practical Problem Solving for Today’s Organizations
Working from current and relevant case studies, students will develop the skills to make real‐world, real‐time decisions.
LEAD585: Leading Quality Improvement Initiatives
The course will address the importance of implementing quality principles integral to leadership which will benefit stakeholders, provide an understanding of the philosophies underlying quality, emphasize the importance of employee empowerment, deal with issues surrounding teams and group dynamics, and develop an awareness of process improvement and its role in building solid effective organizations. Students will be qualified to earn the credential of Certified Quality Improvement Associate.
CAPS600: Graduate Project
All learners will prepare and submit a professional electronic capstone portfolio as a graduate requirement in this course. The portfolio serves as an opportunity for the learners to demonstrate their achievement of their respective degree program outcomes through their degree program coursework, and their commitment to lifelong learning through the identification of specific future learning goals. All learners will be required to prepare, conduct, and report on an applied learning project relevant to their degree program as a second graduate requirement in this course. This project will cover theory, concepts, practices, knowledge, and skills covered across the respective degree program courses, and their application to a real‐life or simulated situation. Learners’ projects from this course are also included in the final professional portfolio submitted at the end of the course.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of all major courses.
Applicants are required to submit:
- Complete the specific program requirements for the master’s program
- Have an overall grade point average of 3.0, with no grade below a C (2.0)
- Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours
All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see Southwestern College Professional Studies Catalog for the most current degree requirements.