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M.S. in Leadership

The M.S. in Leadership degree focuses on developing leadership for performance, innovation, and change. The program fulfills this aim by emphasizing on interpersonal and influencing skills, organization building and alignment in a global environment, and the leadership environment. Its curriculum is designed to help you develop confidence and expertise in influencing others, embracing and guiding change, developing teams, and directing projects within your organization. A unique feature of the Huizenga College of Business' leadership program is its association with the Center for Leadership Studies and the Situational Leadership® model, which has been used to train more than 12 million leaders worldwide. Paul Hersey, Ed.D., creator of Situational Leadership®, personally trained the instructors of the Huizenga College of Business' one-week Situational Leadership® Practicum course. Graduates are awarded a Certificate of Completion from the Center for Leadership Studies.

  • Courses offered alternating weekends on the main campus and online.
  • Opportunity to study and apply the Situational Leadership model with experts trained by originator, Dr. Paul Hersey.
  • Program can be completed in as little as 21 months.
  • Program begins four times annually with starts in October, January, April, and July.
  • Features professional competency in Value Driven Management.

For more information about the program, please contact:

The Office of Graduate Admissions
1-800-672-7223 ext. 25067

Offered on alternating weekends on the main campus, weeknights and online.

Each of the following is required (39 total credits):

MGT 5000 Orientation for Success  
MGT 5105 Managing Organizational Behavior in a Dynamic and Complex World  
MGT 5630 Influencing People for Organizational Effectiveness  
HRM 5310 Managing Human Resources  
LED 5640 Coaching and Influencing Skill  
LED 5651 Cross Cultural Leadership  
LED 5655 Leading Negotiation and Conflict Resolution  
LED 5691 Strategic Leadership  
LED 5660 Situational Leadership: Theory and Practice  
LED 5680 Leading Change for Innovation and Alignment  
LED 5685 Leading Creativity for Sustainability  
MGT 5380 Building and Leading Teams  
MGT 5640 Managing in Globally Dynamic Workplaces  
LED 5696 Leadership Skills Practicum  
* LED 5696 is a hybrid course with online work and a four day seminar on the main campus. This course is offered once a year in the winter two term.

Full-Time professionals are available to discuss the M.S. in Leadership curriculum with you in greater detail. Simply call 800.672.7223 Ext. 25168 or contact our Enrollment Services Staff.

MGT 5000     Orientation for Success  (0 cr.)

The H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship`s Real World Orientation focuses on preparing new graduate students for academic and career success. Topics include working effectively in teams, academic writing and research skills, networking, business ethics, social responsibility, sustainability and leadership qualities for effective performance in the work place. Through formal and informal interactions with faculty and business leaders students will examine, explore, and practice skills necessary to perform successfully in their academic and professional life. This course is mandatory for all MBA, HRM and LED students or concurrently with MGT 5105.

MGT 5105     Managing Organizational Behavior in a Dynamic and Complex World  (3 cr.)

Students will gain a thorough understanding of individual, group and organizational behavior. Students will utilize this knowledge to build practical skills in leading individuals and teams to high performance. Through a variety of teaching methods, students will learn to diagnose their business environment, identify and analyze problems, and develop sound, creative and socially-responsible solutions to help their organizations thrive in a complex and uncertain world.

MGT 5630     Influencing People for Organizational Effectiveness  (3 cr.)

MGT 5630 investigates strategies and skills for influencing individuals and groups for organizational effectiveness. Students will learn leadership models and skills that can be used in a diverse and global environment. Attention will be given to important leadership issues in the 21st century such as ethics, change, and innovation. Students will have the opportunity to assess their own skill sets and consider development plans for enhancing those skills sets.

HRM 5310     Managing Human Resources  (3 cr.)

Students will gain a working knowledge of planning, organizing, and managing human resource systems; and will gain hands-on abilities to design, direct, and assess human resource systems in enhancing relationships with internal and external customers, leading to organizational effectiveness.

LED 5640     Coaching and Influencing Skill  (3 cr.)

Coaching & Influencing Skills: 21st century organizations use effective coaching as a competitive business strategy for recruiting and retaining high performing talent. This course allows students to develop core coaching competencies to create an impact on personal growth, leadership effectiveness, and organizational success. The course offers coaching skills to inspire and influence others to excel while maximizing employee productivity and morale. Proven methodologies provide the framework for this course and enable students to develop powerful leadership tools which accelerate their performance and those of others for gaining a competitive advantage. Coaching Best Practices and real world cases are used to anchor coaching methodologies in the business world. Students will apply coaching materials at the individual, team, and organizational level. Prerequisites: MGT 5105 or MGT 5020 and LED 5630 or MGT 5630.

LED 5651     Cross Cultural Leadership  (3 cr.)

In a rapidly changing world, leaders risk failing to attain their goals and those of their organizations unless they recognize the dynamics of cross-cultural communication. They must also understand how cultural forces influence many aspects of the leadership phenomenon. As part of this course, participants will analyze various theoretical frameworks to help them identify culture's effect on attitudes and behaviors, as well as on approaches to ethics, motivational practices, negotiation patterns, strategic decision making, and change. Participants will also develop practical skills that will contribute to the effectiveness and success of their organizations. Case studies and experiential exercises will be used to support learning. Prerequisite: MGT 5105 or MGT 5020 and LED 5630 or MGT 5630.

LED 5655     Leading Negotiation and Conflict Resolution  (3 cr.)

This course explores the dynamics of conflict, and potential conflict, as a functional and creative opportunity for leaders to address incompatibility constructively and successfully. Because leaders need to address conflict before it affects performance, it is important for them to analyze the role they routinely play in creating, escalating, and perpetuating conflict, and to understand and practice negotiation strategies that will help them to effectively leverage and resolve it. This class will blend theory with practical application to give students an opportunity to identify, develop, and practice their own negotiation and conflict resolution skills. An overview of alternative and integrative dispute resolution techniques, mediation and ombudsman practice, interpersonal dynamics and self-awareness, collaboration, reframing, diverse and cross-cultural settings, and communication and active listening, among other concepts, will be covered. Prerequisites: MGT 5020 and LED 5630

LED 5691     Strategic Leadership  (3 cr.)

Without a well-defined strategy, leaders lack effectiveness, for they have no vision or direction. This course will help participants to develop their strategic thinking by challenging them to identify, evaluate, and address strategic issues at the organizational, departmental, and individual levels. Current approaches to the development and implementation of strategic plans will be explored including financial, environmental, and cultural considerations. The role of the leader in aligning others towards a strategic vision will be analyzed as a key element in promoting an organization's sustainable competitive advantage. The course will require participants to synthesize the knowledge gained throughout their program of study in order to formulate a developmental framework to lead strategically. Prerequisites: MGT 5105 or MGT 5020 and LED 5630 or MGT 5630.

LED 5660     Situational Leadership: Theory and Practice  (3 cr.)

This course provides a behavioral science background for the development of current leadership theory. Beginning with organizational research in the early 20th century, the course reviews the landmark theories and research that have paved the way for our current understanding of such concepts as motivation, management and leadership. The course will also emphasize the theory and practice of the Situational Leadership Model by Hersey and Blanchard which emerged from the earlier behavioral science theories. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate their own leadership style through self-and-peer-assessment and improve their ability to adjust their style to match the needs of those they attempt to influence. Prerequisites: MGT 5105 or MGT 5020 and LED 5630 or MGT 5630.

LED 5680     Leading Change for Innovation and Alignment  (3 cr.)

Individuals in organizations are continuously required to change their actions in response to changes in leadership, structures, regulatory requirements, markets, and products/services. These efforts can be more successful when individuals choose to take a leadership role in the change process. The course will allow students to become familiar with theories and models which focus on effective change, innovation and organizational alignment. Students will have the opportunity to examine and apply practical tools for individual and organizational change through case studies and class projects. Prerequisites: MGT 5105 or MGT 5020 and LED 5630 or MGT 56530.

LED 5685     Leading Creativity for Sustainability  (3 cr.)

The course invites students to leadership creativity and innovation for social and environmental sustainability. Students will work in teams and, through the study of practical business innovation and investment, will explore the creative developments of profitable and innovative enterprises using a combination of lectures, discussions, cases, and guest speaker presentations. Participants will combine their skills to develop their expertise on the leadership mindset, to study innovative business projects and what contributes to their successes and as well as challenges.

MGT 5380     Building and Leading Teams  (3 cr.)

This course focuses on how to build and lead successful teams to strengthen the overall performance of organizations. Team building models will be analyzed with emphasis on actionable steps that can be taken to overcome common hurdles and build cohesive, high performing teams. An emphasis will be placed on the role of the leader in developing successful work teams, project teams, virtual teams, and inter-organizational teams. Prerequisite: MGT 5105 or MGT 5020.

MGT 5640     Managing in Globally Dynamic Workplaces  (3 cr.)

In this course, students will gain an understanding of leading state-of-the-art management and leadership practices, concepts and theories that can be applied to real-world situations around the globe. Students will learn to understand and challenge management thinkers, and to practice developing their own theoretical and applied models for managing and leading people in today's dynamic workplaces. Students will have opportunities to assess and apply national and international management practices for market-based economies that can be value-driven and sustainable in a global context. Prerequisites: MGT 5105 or MGT 5020 and HRM 5310 or HRM 5030.

LED 5696     Leadership Skills Practicum  (3 cr.)

This course allows students to improve their leadership skills by examining and applying a variety of leadership theories and concepts covered in the MS in Leadership program. This includes advanced work with the Situational Leadership Model developed by Dr. Paul Hersey. In this course, students will have the opportunity to broaden and improve their understanding and skills needed for team leadership, coaching, negotiating, leading across cultures, and strategy. The course uses an interactive format and includes case studies, individual and group exercises, group projects, and role-plays. It is offered only in a five day, on-campus intensive format. Pre-work and post-work will be required. Prerequisites: LED 5660 and good academic standing.