Master of Professional Studies | Strategic Leadership Concentration
Course Requirements & Descriptions
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Strategic Leadership Concentration | 33 Hours
NOTE: Students with full-time employment are limited to two (2) online courses per semester.
Core Requirements (9 hours; all required)
- PRST 5100/6100/7100 / Professional Environment Issues and Ethics (3)
- Overview of ethics in general, with practical tools for assessing ethical dimensions of professional life, diagnosing or identifying the moral issues at hand, and then developing reasonable options to address particular moral and ethical issues.
- PRST 5200/6200/7200 / Globalization and the Professions (3)
- The purpose of this course is to assess the impact of globalization on professional life. The course examines globalization as it relates to commerce, information flow, mass media, government, health care and education.
- PRST 5300/6300/7300 / Research Methods (3)
- The student and application of research methods appropriate to professional studies. The course will provide a general introduction to research methods, as well as providing practical exposure to Problem Statements, Literature Reviews, Writing the Research Proposal, and Organization of the Research Report. Quantitative and Qualitative Research methodologies will be covered.
Strategic Leadership Concentration Requirements
(21 hours; 7 courses required, including at least 1 course from each of the subject areas)
- PRST 5500/6500/7500 / Foundations of Leadership (3)
- Students will study leadership from a historical and contemporary perspective. Topics cover historical development, leadership theories, personal assessment, values and ethics, motivation, power, followership, group dynamics, diversity, controversy with civility, change process, and citizenship.
- LDSP 5000/6000/7000 / Current Issues and Cases in Leadership (3)
- Based on a global and cross-discipline perspective, this course provides a study of the current trends and practices in public and private sector leadership. Students will read and discuss current news, research, and case studies and will be required to complete independent and collaborative projects. Instruction will be provided on where to track trends in leadership and how to use the case method. Specific topics may vary depending upon the current trends but will generally include personal mastery and leadership development, leading organizations into the future, values-based leadership and corporate citizenship, collaborative leadership, global leadership and diversity, stakeholder relations, knowledge management, a comparative study of the roles of leaders in business, public and nonprofit (civil society) organizations, leadership at the grassroots and board levels, the impact of technology on leadership.
- ELPA 5560/6560/7560 / Small Group Leadership (3)
- Through activities in this course, students will explore their leadership skills specifically related to forming compatible achieving groups capable of completing tasks to complement the organizational vision. Students will examine the classic and contemporary literature on topics effecting groups such as conflict, collaboration, negation, power issues, decision making, compromise strategies, and team building.
Research Data & Analysis
- PRST 5770/6770/7770 / Computer-Based Decision Modeling (3)
- Topics covered within the course include basic business spreadsheet modeling, decision support using spreadsheet models, and optimization of business decisions using spreadsheet models. Models will be multidisciplinary in nature, stemming from areas such as operations, finance, and management. The contextual interpretation of results and their use in decisions will be emphasized.
- PRST 5600/6600/7600 / Statistical Analysis (3)
Organizational Structure and Change
- PRST 5310/6310/7310 / Leadership in Organization (3)
- Designed to inform the individual about the structure and behavior of actors at all levels of the organization. Through various exercises such as written assignments and discussion, the student will be able to understand “why” and “how” organizations operate and function under dynamic leadership.
- PRST 5800/6800/7800 / Organizational Skills and Development (3)
- Analysis of theory, practice and skills involved in leading organizational change, including: aligning change with the organizational strategy, understanding changes as part of a system, understanding the dynamics of and managing resistance to change, creating a vision to inspire others to become a part of the change process, the use of goal setting, feedback and incentives to promote change, and aligning individual’s roles to support change. The course will blend learning from the texts and skill building.
- COMM 5110/6110/7110 / Leadership and Communication (3)
- This course focuses on leadership as a function of communication behavior. Through discussion, cases and exercises, participants will explore effective communication strategies within an organizational setting. The course will cover team leadership skills, rhetorical sensitivity, charisma and practical suggestions for improving leadership effectiveness.
- JOUR 5450/6450/7450 / Public Relations Management (3)
- This program is meant to introduce many of the key aspects of public relations management through the readings of and understanding of public relations principles and case studies.
- PRST 5700/6700/7700 / Conflict Management and Negotiation (3)
- Negotiation and Conflict Management presents negotiation theory—strategies and styles—within an employment context. A different topic will be presented each week. In addition to the theory and exercises presented in class, students practice negotiating with role-playing simulations in threaded discussions and chat. Students also learn how to negotiate in difficult situations, which include abrasiveness, racism, sexism, whistle blowing, and emergencies. The course covers conflict management from two perspectives. From a first party perspective you will be directly engaged. As a third party, you will develop and enhance your skills in helping others deal directly with their conflicts, mediation, investigation, arbitration, and helping the system change as a result of a dispute.
Strategic Planning & Assessment
- PRST 5105/6105/7105 / Project Planning and Scheduling (3)
- PRST 5040/6040/7040 / Human Resources Management (3)
- Analysis of theories, policies, procedures, practices and regulations relevant to attracting, retaining and directing a competent work force. Analysis of the basic personnel function with emphasis on the fact that all managers are “personnel managers.” Integration of scientific theory, procedures, instruments, and federal regulations into personnel selections, placement, and security programs.
Culminating Professional Project (3)
- PRST 5998/6998/7998 / Professional Project
- Taken during the final semester of the program. Students should begin planning the project when they enter the program. Please consult with your advisor about appropriate topics and submit your proposal for approval prior to entering the final project course.
- The Professional Project is the last requirement for the MPS Degree, serving as the integrative culmination of the program of study. It should be a substantial piece of independent research or a significant professional project that is logically consistent with the theme and content of the program of study. Student’s work should demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of a body of professional literature related to a specific topic. The Project should grow out of the program of study and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the knowledge gained from this program of study.