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Online Master of Organizational Leadership

Many different industries are experiencing dynamic changes and reliable growth, and professionals need the leadership knowledge and skills to stay competitive in the marketplace.  The Masters of Organizational Leadership (MOL) draws on expertise of the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership to support professionals from a variety of fields in their leadership development.  USF uniquely prepares students in the theories that inform students of the issues and best practices in their respective field, plus practical experiences that make them more effective leaders.

Concentrations

This program is designed for up and coming leaders in a variety of industries.  To customize your program to fit within your career goals, you will be able to declare one of the following concentrations:

*Above links show a sample sequence of courses for the given concentration.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants to the MOL program must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
  • Possess a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • If the cumulative GPA is below 2.75 with less than five years professional work experience the applicant must take the GMAT and submit scores to the university for review.  If the applicant has 5+ years professional work experience, a resume can be submitted for review.

To apply for the Online MOL, students must:

  • Submit online application for admission
  • Submit official bachelor or higher degree granting transcript
  • Submit a letter expressing professional goals in pursuing the degree

*Note: Transcripts are official only if sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the registrar of the institution attended.

Program Outline

36 credit hours total (24 credit hours from core and 12 credit hours from a concentration). All courses are three credit hours, unless stated otherwise.

Core Courses:
  • BUS 555 - Franciscan Values and Ethics in Business
    • Introduces students to ethics-related aspects of the business decision-making process.  Students will address a variety of topics, including the theoretical underpinnings of ethics, stakeholders, decision making strategies, and utilization of such strategies in specific areas such as shareholder and employment relations, marketing, and globalization.  The emphases of the course issue recognition, application of ethical principles, application of Franciscan values, and analysis of the consistency of corporate decision-making processes with such principles and values.
  • BUS 575 - Quantitative Methods for Decision Support
    • Develops basic competency in the application of the quantitative methods to help create more effective solutions to business problems. Covers foundations of statistics, probability, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, modeling, linear programming, decision theory, and queuing theory.
  • BUS 580 - Leading Change
    • This course explores the processes needed to incorporate sustained, proactive organizational change and the role of an organizational leader in the change process. Concepts including complexity and/or chaos theory, systems thinking, the elements of learning organizations as well as other change management theories are investigated
  • BUS 631 – Human Resource Management
    • Human resource planning, recruiting and selection, assessment of performance, compensation and benefits, development of personnel, labor relations, safety, legal framework, and human resource management (HRM) issues.
  • ORGL 517 – Organizational Leadership: Theory and Practice 
    • Introduces the challenges and realities facing leaders today and the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that today’s leaders must possess. Discusses how these organizational leadership concepts and skills will be integrated throughout the MOL program of study. This course examines prevailing leadership theories, traits, and styles grounded in academic research.
  • ORGL 533 – Organizational Communication and Diversity 
    • Focuses on diversity within organizations and how organizational leaders must appreciate and respond to the organizational realities of multicultural differences. Organizational culture, prejudice, discrimination, and institutional racism will be analyzed from an organizational leadership perspective.
  • ORGL 637 – Leading the Strategic Plan Process
    • Examines the role of top management in creating a vision for the enterprise and integrating resources to achieve a competitive advantage in carrying out its mission. Focuses on total enterprise objectives with societal values and a global economy.
  • ORGL 690 – Capstone: Senior Project
    • Students will design an individualized Capstone Senior Project that integrates the learning objectives of the MOL program. This Capstone should consider the student’s current and future leadership plans and provide a meaningful summary to launch their next phase of growth. Capstone projects may include applied research and/or focused Literature Review that examines and elucidates a current issue in leadership, etc. This Capstone must be discussed and approved by the Program Director.
Concentration Courses:
Healthcare Services:
  • BUS 508 – Introduction to Healthcare
    • This course introduces healthcare delivery from a systems approach. The course will explore the history of healthcare, the key functional components of healthcare and the role of healthcare in a free market system. The course will include an overview of the intricacies of healthcare and the need for specialization in areas of finance, administration, quality, operations, and human resources.
  • BUS 650 – Quality Management in Healthcare
    • This course will familiarize students with current quality initiatives in healthcare such as patient satisfaction, JACAHO accreditation, and case management. The course will introduce the role of planning and management of outcomes-based quality improvement measures and will identify the potential rewards and costs of quality management efforts. The course will include an exploration of integrated performance improvement for healthcare. Prerequisite: BUS 508-Introduction to Healthcare.
  • BUS 651 – Healthcare Leadership
    • Describes the critical knowledge and skills needed to be effective leaders in today’s complex healthcare environment. Sessions cover conflict resolution, leadership and negotiation skills, strategic planning, and the core body of knowledge and skills of project management specific to the healthcare industry. Students learn how to define, plan and execute a project on time, on budget and within performance specifications. Topics include project life cycle, definition, and charter creation; assembling high performance teams; risk analysis; and project closure.
  • BUS 551 – Financial Management
    • Nature and scope of the finance function, the business environment, valuation theory, risk concept, analysis of financial statements, long-term and short-term financing, capital budgeting under certainty and risk, working capital management, capital structure, dividend policy, leasing, mergers and bankruptcy. Optional Prerequisite: ACCT 515
  • BUS 683 – Non-profit Financial Management
    • Emphasizes the development of skills necessary for sound financial decision making within a nonprofit. Includes financial ration analysis, capital budgeting, risk and return analysis and financial forecasting.
Non-Profit Organization:
  • BUS 658 - Nonprofit Governance and Volunteer Management
    • Explores the fiduciary responsibilities and structure of boards, the indicators of a healthy board and positive relationship between board and agency leadership, board cultivation, renewal and improvement. This course will also examine the relationship between the agency and programmatic service volunteers.
  • BUS 661 - Fund and Resource Development
    • Explores the diverse funding streams necessary to support nonprofit organizations including grants, private and corporate donors and sponsorships, fund raising events, collaborations and shared services, capital and annual campaigns, and models for sustainability.
  • BUS 665 - Program Planning, Management, and Evaluation
    • Emphasizes the key components of designing, maintaining, and improving services through programs, management of staff and resources, and program evaluation for compliance and effectiveness.
  • BUS 683 – Non-profit Financial Management
    • Emphasizes the development of skills necessary for sound financial decision making within a nonprofit. Includes financial ration analysis, capital budgeting, risk and return analysis and financial forecasting.
For-Profit Organization:
  • BUS 551 – Financial Management
    • Nature and scope of the finance function, the business environment, valuation theory, risk concept, analysis of financial statements, long-term and short-term financing, capital budgeting under certainty and risk, working capital management, capital structure, dividend policy, leasing, mergers and bankruptcy. Optional Prerequisite: ACCT 515
  • BUS 638 – Project Management
    • This course will cover the basics of project management methodologies. The principles used in this course are generic as to not lock students into any project management suites/tools. The class will explore project management through the following tools: individual and team assignments, participation in  discussion, critical thinking, and project based learning.
  • BUS 670 - Law and Ethics in the Business Environment
    • Explores business situations from both legal and ethical frameworks. The student conceptualizes and compares alternative courses of action pertinent to ethical dilemmas regarding conflicts of interest, privacy issues, safety, white collar crime, “creative” financing for buyouts, whistle blowing, marketing, and multinational issues
  • ECON 565 - Managerial Economics
    • Aspects of microeconomic theory most relevant to business decisions are addressed. Objectives of the firm, profit and values; risk analysis decision making under uncertainty; demand theory; estimation of demand; production theory, empirical cost analysis; market structure, pricing, and output antitrust regulation; program evaluation and review techniques. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of statistic
Higher Education:
  • BUS 551 – Financial Management
    • Nature and scope of the finance function, the business environment, valuation theory, risk concept, analysis of financial statements, long-term and short-term financing, capital budgeting under certainty and risk, working capital management, capital structure, dividend policy, leasing, mergers and bankruptcy. Optional Prerequisite: ACCT 515
  • BUS 683 – Non-profit Financial Management
    • Emphasizes the development of skills necessary for sound financial decision making within a nonprofit. Includes financial ration analysis, capital budgeting, risk and return analysis and financial forecasting.
  • EDUC 611 - Law and Ethics in Higher Education
    • This course prepares students to serve as ethical leaders who comprehend and are prepared to meet the legal and moral requirements related to higher education law.  Topics include the legal system; religion and private education; liability and litigation; employee, faculty, and student issues; and external private entities.
  • EDUC 658 - Introduction to Higher Education Administration
    • This course provides a history of higher education through an overview of American and international institutions of higher learning, a survey of the philosophical missions and purposes served by colleges and universities, and an investigation of some of the pressing challenges and emerging practice issues confronting these institutions. This course presents an overview of higher education, with an emphasis upon the development of colleges and universities, and how these developments help shape and define current institutional practices and policies. A number of curricular, administrative, and policy issues will be examined and selected current problems will also be discussed in greater depth throughout the semester.

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