What is Organizational Leadership?
Organizational leadership is a field of study within business management. Students learn ways in which highly functional organizations operate and the role that strong leaders play in contributing to this success. Strong leaders understand group dynamics, ethical decision making, change management, and the political nuances of organizations.
Why Should I Get an MS Degree in Organizational Leadership?
Possessing a graduate degree in business will open up many doors. Upper-level professional opportunities often require a graduate degree to be considered for the position. The MS in Organizational Leadership program will uniquely prepare you for these positions. The program shows you how to use teamwork to solve complex problems that businesses and other groups face.
You will learn to focus on ways to inspire and motivate those with whom you work when you have a role as a leader. Businesses are always innovating and adapting to a changing world.
The HFU organizational leadership program will 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.
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.
What are the goals of the MSOL program?
Graduating students of the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program will be able to:
- Distinguish between multiple approaches to exercising leadership in order to harness collective talent, promote innovation and confront complex issues within organizations.
- 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.
- Evaluate ethical issues and aid organizational members in creating an ethical culture appropriate to the organizational and/or global arena that supports operating in environments of diversity, uncertainty, and unpredictability.
- 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.
- Apply principles of organizational leadership and human capital management to the healthcare industry.
What could be your job prospects and earning potential?
Many professionals 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. Potential career pathways and salaries include:
- Computer and information systems managers
- Management analysts
- Training and development managers
- Nonprofit management
- Professional and executive coaching
- Health care management
- Human resources management
- Project management
Core Courses (Required 8 courses)
|Themes for Success in the Organization|
|Strategic Human Resources Management|
|Leadership and Change Management|
|Strategic Management & Planning for the Healthcare Organization|
|Leadership, Ethics, and Corporate Governance|
|Organizational Development and Design|
|Leadership Across Boundaries in Healthcare|
Comprehensive Examination (Required)
Electives (Take One)
|Foundations of Business|
|Healthcare Operations Management|
|Talent Management and Workforce Planning|
Capstone Course (Required)
Why should you choose HFU for your MS in Organizational Leadership degree?
What are you looking for in a university education? If you're seeking a warm, inclusionary and supportive environment, we may be the answer. While we're highly proud of our winning teams, exciting courses, and active campus life, our greatest satisfaction comes from helping students to fulfill their dreams. If you're interested, we can help you to learn more about courses and financial options.
Furthermore, our value is recognized nationally. Money® named us a 2017-1028 Best College and ranked Holy Family University as a value all-star for three years running. In 2015, The Economist ranked us #11 in the nation for economic value, while NPR ranked us a top 50 school in the nation for upward mobility. In 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked us #10 in the nation for colleges with the best salary outcomes.
More Degree Options
In addition to the MS in Organization Leadership degree, you may want to consider the following degree options:
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Master of Business Administration (MBA) for New Professionals
- Master of Science in Accountancy
- 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 an MS in Organizational Leadership differ from an 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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