Leadership, MS

As today’s workforce continues to diversify, leadership tasks and responsibilities have become more complex. The Master of Science in Leadership seeks to prepare you to meet these evolving challenges by helping you cultivate a personal leadership philosophy. Leveraging students’ interdisciplinary backgrounds, this master’s degree in leadership combines real-world lessons with an action-learning approach that is designed to build and strengthen your leadership capabilities.

In September of 2009, the Master of Science in Leadership with a Concentration in Project Management received accreditation by the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center (GAC), the world’s leading association for project management professionals. Accreditation is achieved by meeting the GAC’s rigorous standards, which include an assessment of program objectives and outcomes, a review of on-site and online resources, evaluations of faculty and students, and proof of continuous improvements in the area of project management.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

LDR 6100Developing Your Leadership Capability3
LDR 6101
LDR 6110Leading Teams3
LDR 6120Developing Organizational Leadership3
LDR 6135Ethical Leadership3
LDR 6140Strategy Development and Implementation3
LDR 6145Global Leadership3
LDR 6150Innovation and Organizational Transformation3
LDR 7980Capstone4


Complete one of the following seven concentrations:


Interdisciplinary Foundations
Complete at least one of the following:4
Introduction to Organizational Communication
Leadership Communication
Complete at least one of the following:4
Foundations of Developing Cultural Awareness
Personal and Career Development
Writing Lab
International Field Study Experience

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required

Health Management

HMG 6110Organization, Administration, Financing, and History of Healthcare3
HMG 6130Healthcare Strategic Management3
HMG 6140Principles of Population-Based Management3
HMG 6160Healthcare Information Systems Management3
HMG 6170Health Law, Politics, and Policy3

Human Resources Management 

Required Courses
HRM 6015Introduction to Human Resources Management3
HRM 6025Workforce Analytics3
Complete three of the following. (Students waived out of HRM 6015, complete four of the following).9
Creating a High-Performance Organization: Strategic Organizational and HRM Choices
Compensation and Benefits
Talent Acquisition and Onboarding
The Employment Contract
Strategic Workforce Planning
Managing the Employee Life Cycle
Employee Engagement
Organizational Design
Global Human Resources Management

Leading and Managing Technical Projects

PJM 6000Project Management Practices3
PJM 6205Leading and Managing Technical Projects3
PJM 6210Communication Skills for Project Managers3
PJM 6215Leading Remote Project Teams3
PJM 6220Planning and Scheduling Technical Projects3

Nonprofit Management 

NPM 6110Legal and Governance Issues in Nonprofit Organizations3
NPM 6120Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations3
NPM 6125Promoting Nonprofit Organizations3
NPM 6130Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations3
NPM 6140Grant and Report Writing3

Organizational Communication 

CMN 6000
and INT 6000
Introduction to Organizational Communication
and Writing Lab
CMN 6020Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication3
CMN 6050Crisis Communication3
CMN 6090Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication3
CMN 6110Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management3

Project Management 

Required Courses
Note: Students with project management experience are not required to take PJM 5900:
PJM 5900Foundations of Project Management4
PJM 6000Project Management Practices3
PJM 6025Project Scheduling and Cost Planning3
PJM 6015Project Risk Management3
Complete one of the following. (Note: Students who are not required to take PJM 5900 complete two of the following).3
Project Evaluation and Assessment
Project Quality Management
Managing Troubled Projects
Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management

Sport and Social Change 

LDR 6410Leadership and Organization in Sport3
GST 6102Global Corporate and Social Responsibility4
HSV 6120Social Inequality, Social Change, and Community Building3
LDR 6360Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level3
LDR 6427Gender and Diversity in Sport3