MS in Organizational Leadership

The HFU Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program shows you how to use teamwork to solve complex problems that face businesses and other groups. You will learn to focus on ways to inspire and motivate those whom you work with when you have a role as a leader. At HFU, you will learn ways in which you can innovate and adapt in a changing world, and learn to make data-driven and strategic decisions.

You will learn how you can help coach and mold a worker into a strong, confident leader, while keeping in mind what the individual’s company is asking of her or him. The business world is always on the move, so earning a degree in organizational leadership may allow you to help a company transition individuals and whole organizations to meet new industry trends and developments as they happen. You will have the chance to develop the components that are crucial to a management position. Topics of study include ethics, communication, leadership, and globalization.

The program is unique in several ways, including:

  • A Blended Delivery Mode: Classes are offered in 8-week terms and students only meet face-to-face in two of those weeks. Face-to-face meetings are held on Saturdays at the Bensalem site. This is ideal for busy, working professionals located in Baltimore, NYC, and Harrisburg. Lodging is available at the Holiday Inn Express, directly adjacent to the Bensalem location.
  • A Healthcare Focus: The program focuses on the ever-expanding Healthcare industry. Examples of this coursework include:
    • Strategic Management & Planning for the Healthcare Organization
    • Leadership Across Boundaries in Healthcare
    • Healthcare Operations Management
  • Fast Completion: The program can be completed in just over one-and-a-half calendar years.

Program Goals

Graduating students of the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between multiple approaches to exercising leadership in order to harness collective talent, promote innovation and confront complex issues within organizations.
  2. Interpret organizational dynamics, group dynamics and engage in systems thinking in order to promote the development of a learning organization capable of orchestrating conflict, creating innovation, and adaptation.
  3. Evaluate ethical issues and aid organizational members in creating ethical culture appropriate to the organizational and/or global arena that supports operating in environments of diversity, uncertainty and unpredictability.
  4. Distinguish between the functions of authority or power and the understanding of leadership and be able to apply diverse leadership skills, utilize frameworks in order to serve organizational purposes.
  5. Apply principles of organizational leadership and human capital management to the healthcare industry.

Application Requirements

  • Educational preparation: Evidence of completion of a regionally-accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree or its 4-year international equivalent. A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 in undergraduate degree is required.
  • Experience: A current résumé detailing your professional experience, education, awards, publications, volunteer activities, etc. Applicants should typically have between 3-5 years of professional work experience to benefit fully from the program.
  • Admission essay (approximately 500 words), stating your purpose for undertaking graduate studies, your personal and professional goals, and how participation in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program will help you attain those goals.
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended.

How does a MS in Organizational Leadership differ from a MBA?

MBA coursework typically emphasizes the functional areas of business – e.g. marketing, accounting, finance, HR, operations management, etc. Coursework in economics and statistics is also quite common among MBA curricula, and there are usually supplementary courses in organizational behavior, leadership, and/or strategy. Given the structure of most MBA curricula, an MBA degree seems especially well-suited for those trying to launch a career in a functional area of business (e.g. marketing or accounting or finance) or for those positions responsible for the full range of business functions (e.g., the role of an entrepreneur).

Nonetheless, many folks have already launched successful careers and established their technical expertise in a particular field (e.g. biology, history, or marketing). Their career challenge is to move beyond that technical expertise to assume increasing levels of managerial responsibility and to demonstrate greater leadership in an organization. The MSOL degree excels here by emphasizing management, leadership, communication, and managerial skills.

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