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Strategic Leadership Courses

Master of Science in Strategic Leadership Course Descriptions (MSSL Degree)

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The online MSSL is in an accelerated format, meaning that each course lasts for seven weeks. Comprised of a 33 credits in total, students can complete the degree requirement in less than 24 months (18 months on average). There are generally no prerequisites to course selection except that the thesis is completed at the end of the program. In addition, the 33 credits are made up of 11 defined courses, so there are no electives within the program.

This course focuses on differentiating the conceptual and theoretical aspects and models of leadership and leadership studies in order for students to apply leadership skills and principles in their places of business.  The fundamentals of leadership are taught with an emphasis on how to live out these fundamentals in an ethical manner. 3 credits.

Students develop the ability to analyze and identify opportunities to improve effectiveness of organizations through the use of appropriate information technologies.  Technologies that influence organizational strategies, structures, risks and processes are emphasized.  Ethical global and security issues are also covered. 3 credits. 

Organizational Psychology and Behavior concentrate on employee behavior and processes in organizations.  The focus of this course is on individual, group, inter-group and organizational wide behavior and its impact on employee satisfaction and productivity. 

The course attempts to add to each student’s understanding of life in complex organizations by covering topics which span the micro or individual level of analysis (motivation, decision making) and the macro or organizational level of analysis (culture, structure).  Attention is given to group dynamics, change and development. 3 credits. 

This course focuses on the persuasive communication techniques and strategies that can be used when one does not have or does not want to resort to the use of direct authority.  The role of ethics is considered throughout.  Situations include how to overcome resistance, and how to effectively manage conflict.  Students will use their organizations, as cases employing communication technologies as appropriate. 3 credits. 

This course will engage learners in the discussion of ethics, studying how personal values, ethical models and reflective processes shape our ethical decision making in a leadership context.  Discussions and study will be grounded in western philosophical thought, organizational and societal moral realities including social responsibility.  Research will focus on ethical leadership, its importance and how leaders/learners can continue to integrate ethics into their own leadership stance. 3 credits.  
This course provides students with a broad perspective of the important issues in the 21st century global marketplace. Students will engage in readings and discussions on issues related to global markets, interrelated global economies, the impact of government mandates, and the shift to a knowledge based economy. An examination of analysis of demand, cost and output, market structure and pricing policy is included.  3 credits.  
A leader’s ability to understand and follow the change management process in a collaborative manner is a vital skill to master.  A proactive mindset is a critical element in successful business or personal change.  Students will learn the various change management models, problem solve to find the best ways to leverage change agents and how best to manage ethical change.  Students will create a model of change for workplace application. 3 credits.  

Today's business success requires intercultural awareness as well as effective cross cultural and cross generational communication skills. This course demonstrates the importance of cross cultural and cross generational communication and the benefits of being sensitive to the differences in organizational settings. Concepts of negotiating styles, cultural differences, proper etiquette and conflict/resolution will be discussed at length. 3 credits.  

*The Global Study Program MSL 6715 may be taken in place of MSL 6710

This is an in-depth study of the global business community.  Participants will travel to a major international city and examine the implications of conducting business abroad.  Students will observe cultural differences, organizational structure, leadership theories/practices, technology, legal, political, social, and ethical issues. 3 credits 

This course develops competence and judgment skills in using quantitative models for planning and decision making.  Emphasis is placed on recognizing situations where models can be used advantageously, when to work effectively with them and how to make good use of them once they have been developed. 

Topics include decision making under conditions of uncertainty, decision and risk analysis, forecasting, linear programming, modeling applications in marketing, manufacturing, finance and scheduling and project management methods. 3 credits. 

Students in this course will learn forward thinking concepts of coaching, mentoring and succession planning to promote a learning organization.  Students will learn how to leverage the Human Capital Management model as a tool to foster knowledge transfer between employees.  A focus of the course will be the elevation of learning to a strategic organizational imperative.  3 credits. 

 3 credits (Varied Faculty) 


 Certificates Attached to the Degree Programs

Students may choose to waive their thesis if they take additional coursework leading to one of two business certificates attached to their MSSL degree program:  

  1. Entrepreneurship Certificate – three extra classes 
  1. Healthcare Administration Certificate – three extra classes

For more information regarding graduate certificates at Rosemont, click here.