Program of Study: Master's
MAOL courses are an engaging, participatory, face-to-face learning experience with students who are professionals and faculty who are leaders in their own right.
In each MAOL course, you'll take an active part in challenging dialogues, group projects and role-playing simulations that develop your critical thinking, leadership, decision-making and communication skills. You'll present your research to fellow professionals — faculty and fellow students — and, likely your own organization. You'll learn to collaborate while collaborating to learn, just as you do in your dynamic workplace.
To earn the MAOL degree, you'll complete a 39-44 credit program of study consisting of:
- A Leadership Core (5 courses)
- A concentration of your choice (3-10 courses). Choose from six concentration options: Dispute Resolution, Ethics and Leadership, Healthcare Leadership, Information Services and Technology, Spirituality and Leadership, Strategic Management.
- Elective courses (1-4 courses), including global education opportunities
- A Leadership Action Project or Thesis (2 courses)
A 109-credit dual degree (MAOL/JD) option is also available.
The Leadership Core
Key learning from the core — in ethics, finance, communication and other advanced leadership skills — is at the heart of your expanding personal and professional leadership portfolio.
- Ethics and Leadership
In this course, you'll dig deep to develop as an ethical, effective and enduring leader. Working individually and in teams, you'll analyze feedback from the Leadership Practices Inventory and other instruments; reflect on personal leadership experiences; respond to case studies; review current leadership literature; and create a personal leadership credo and metaphor.
- Strategic Communication
A hands-on laboratory for developing essential written and oral communication skills for leaders, based on an issue of your choice. Assignments simulate the typical process of advocating for change. You'll learn to recognize communicator choices vis-à-vis different stakeholders and target messages for designated audiences.
- Accounting and Finance Skills for Effective Decision Making
No leader can advance without understanding the essentials of accounting and finance. You'll gain the ability to use accounting and financial data in planning and organizational decision-making — even if you're a non-financial manager. Learn how accounting information is compiled; how financial health is measured; how to prepare operational and capital budgets; and how to apply financial strategies to improve performance and decision making.
- Professional and Organizational Ethics
Moving beyond basic management to true leadership means bringing ethical decision-making to bear on organizations. It's essential to the success of every leader and every organization. You'll examine historical and current perspectives on ethical systems, the role of codes of ethics and how to strategically apply ethical decision-making tools. Learn through readings, presentations and coaching on real-world dilemmas confronting you and other students.
- Leadership Seminar
In this culminating course, you will synthesize and reflect on what you've learned. Revise your leadership portfolio by consulting with mentors and presenting your leadership philosophy statement to colleagues. Working in a team, you'll explore ways to address cutting-edge issues in an effective, ethical and enduring manner.