Graduate Degree Programs


Outline of the Curriculum


Core Classes (18 Credits)


LDR 500

Leadership in Practice


GCC 550

Graduate Writing and Research Workshop


LDR 502

Leadership & the New Science: Research Design and Methods to Understand Leadership


LDR 504

Cultural Anthropology and Leadership


LDR 506

Moral Leadership: Defining the Character of Individuals in Organizations


LDR 508

Servant Leadership


LDR 604

Strategic Leadership in a Changing Society



Electives (Completion of 15 credits required)

LDR 510

Human Resource Management in a Changing Environment


LDR 512

Leadership and Diversity


LDR 514

Resolving Conflict Through Dialog


MB 516

Organizational Behavior


LDR 550

Special Topics in Leadership


LDR 600

Team-Building & Leadership


LDR 602

Leadership, Imagination and Communication



Total Credits






Course Descriptions


LDR 500 Leadership in Practice (3 sessions, 1 credit)
In this 1-credit, three week course participants will be introduced to the Master of Arts in Leadership.  Participants will be presented with the seminal theories of leadership and asked to begin applying them to contemporary environments.  The course will outline program requirements including the capstone project (journaling, film analysis, and ethnographic/applied leadership analysis) and will prepare participants for the expected program and graduate outcomes.   LDR 500 is a pre or co-requisite class for students in the Master of Arts in Leadership program.

GCC 550 Graduate Writing and Research (2 credits)
This course is designed to assist students who are beginning graduate study to strengthen and improve their academic writing skills. An emphasis will be placed on mastering basic techniques of academic writing, including the correct use of written Standard English, organization, summarization, analysis, and citation.  GCC 550 is a pre or co-requisite class for students in the Master of Arts in Leadership program.

LDR 502 Leadership & the New Science: Research Design & Methods to Understand Leadership
This course provides a wide-view background of the relationship between scientific thinking, decision making, research processes and design, leadership and organizational life. Students will explore the implications of the differing methods of leadership research practices and theories of change on our ideas and practices of leadership in organizations.  Students will also review the fundamentals of the scientific research process and will focus on the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods as an appropriate response to understanding how and why organizations and leadership within them function as they do.

LDR 504 Cultural Anthropology & Leadership: Organizations as Culture
In this course, students will analyze organizations using the conceptual and analytical tools of anthropology. Topics include the characteristics of culture, social organization, and the interplay between socio-cultural factors and leadership styles. Students will learn the distinctive methods that leaders and consultants borrow from cultural anthropology to deepen their understanding of their organizations. The seminar will focus on the interplay of leadership, culture, and organizational effectiveness. Participants will begin to learn the skills of ethnography, culminating in a mini-ethnographic study of an organization and a report of their findings.

LDR 506 Moral Leadership: Defining the Character of Individuals in Organizations
In this course we will explore two important and related topics: leadership and ethics in organizations.  Questions that will be explored include: What is leadership?  How does it differ from management?  Does it have an impact on organizational mission and performance?  Where are leaders in organizations, and what are their roles?  What roles do leaders play in shaping the culture and in shaping what is considered right and wrong within the organization?  Can ethical reasoning be taught, and if so, how can one learn the needed skills?  How can one learn to make right vs. right decisions and explain their decisions to others?  Since all organizational decisions are ultimately made and implemented by individuals, we will focus primarily on practical aspects of leadership and ethical decision-making as they impact the individual, rather than looking at more broad issues such as the social responsibility of businesses or organizations.

LDR 508 Servant Leadership
This course is designed as a study of the theory and practice of Servant Leadership.  It is also an exploration of how students can apply Servant Leadership in their own lives.  Servant Leadership theory was developed by Robert Greenleaf more than 25 years ago.  Since that time Servant Leadership has had a profound effect on the business and non-profit world.  Students will explore the gulf between those who lead in order to serve others, and those who lead in order to serve self.  This exploration will be undertaken from a variety of angles.  Students will trace the origins of the Servant Leader concept by reading the book from which Greenleaf obtained the original idea, Herman Hesse’s Journey to the East.  Simultaneously students will explore modern-day examples of Servant Leadership in action through the writings of top management thinkers.  Students will tie it all together by constructing practical applications of the Servant Leader theory to be used at work, school, and/or in their personal lives.

LDR 510 Human Resource Management in a Changing Environment
This course is a study of techniques and skills necessary to manage and effectively guide human resources in a rapidly changing technological environment. Emphasis is on formulation and implementation of strategies to understand, guide, and develop human resources within the modern organization. It covers analysis of humanistic and ethical issues facing management and employees in the changing workforce and behavioristic concerns as experienced within organizations.

LDR 512 Leadership & Diversity
This course will strive to enable students to understand the importance of valuing and managing the diversity of  many different kinds of people that are in the workplace. The term diversity goes far beyond race and gender. As a leader it is essential to develop awareness of our areas of bias,to gain the knowledge of diverse groups so that we can then learn skills in managing diversity in all the forms it takes and ultimately lead the way.  Students will be asked to challenge themselves and their ideas as they work through the different workplace issues related to diversity and leadership. Students will be asked to look at issues from the viewpoint of a leader. Critical thinking will be essential when it comes to examining ideas, feelings, and plans related to diversity and leadership issues. Patience and tolerance of ideas and each other will be key.

LDR 514 Resolving Conflict Through Dialog
How do parties make promises and commitments, offer rewards and threaten punishments through discussion and debate that together determine the conditions for a negotiated outcome?   How do communication style and negotiation tactics produce successful settlement of disputes?
  The meaning of conflict resolution adopted in this course is focused on peaceful, non-violent mechanisms, spanning formal and informal interactions and bargaining between disputants to reach procedural and substantive solutions.  Levels of conflicts and resolution settings are often differentiated by identifying the adversaries, whether they are nation-states, ethnic groups, business or political organizations, community groups, neighbors, or individuals. We will examine these perspectives in order to understand various layers where conflicts arise, and to make comparisons across issues and participants noting similarities and contrasts in resolution manner, effort, and achievement.

MB 516 Organizational Behavior
This course examines the theoretical assumptions of organizational behavior and the issues and challenges that arise when managing and leading. Students will investigate the interrelationships between the individual,  the group, and the organization. The course will emphasize managerial practices needed in a variety of settings and the application of these methods to realistic situations. Students will be required to demonstrate effective
communication skills throughout the course.

LDR 550 Special Topics in Leadership
In this course students will be exposed to a current issue in Leadership. Faculty and students will explore the predetermined topic and discuss its relevance to Leadership in practice. 

LDR 600 Team Building & Leadership: Intensive Off-Site Experience
In this course participants will study team leadership and teambuilding through a series of exercises, a behavioral assessment, group discussions, and readings.  Key learning components encompass: enhancing the quality of participation in a team environment, modeling effective leadership, leading groups, how to communicate more effectively, creative thinking and purposeful behavior directed towards achieving team goals. Each team will create a Team Covenant that will assist them through their academic career and one where the application will transfer into their professional lives.  In addition each learner will create a personal leadership development program to guide them in their professional careers.

LDR 602 Leadership, Imagination & Communication
Seminar members will identify and explore a large-scale “leadership change” opportunity of their choosing.  In this seminar they will learn to imagine possible futures and discover new ideas.  They will explore the role of leaders in imagining futures for themselves as well as their organizations.  Seminar members will explore ways to connect the inner life of the soul, with the outer life of organizational change and innovation.   They will explore their own creativity, discuss the creativity of successful leaders and organizations, and learn to apply theory to practice in their own personal and professional lives.  The seminar will conclude with members creating a project plan which will lead them to express their leadership in a new and novel way. 

LDR 604 Capstone Course: Strategic Leadership in a Changing Society
In this culminating course, seminar members put the finishing touches on their capstone “leadership change project”-- working extensively with each-other’s plans and learning to provide positive feedback and work across teams.  Teams work on synthesis and final integration of their field research, complete their capstone project, and conduct analysis of peer team’s projects.  The seminar re-capitulates the major themes of the program and explores deeper realms of human purpose and our roles as leaders in shaping future human potential.