Jul 10, 2020  
Mansfield University 2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
Mansfield University 2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts

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Offered by the Department of Psychology
Dr. Brian Bridgeforth,  Program Director
South Hall 105; (570) 662-4776; e-mail: bbridgef@mansfield.edu

The Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership at Mansfield University is a distance education program providing advanced knowledge in leadership across a wide spectrum of disciplines and organizational settings.  This interdisciplinary program allows students to enhance their knowledge about leadership and the organizational environment, applying leadership skills in real-world settings.  The program focuses on the theoretical foundations of leadership and develops practical skills for emerging leaders working in local, regional, national and international organizations.  It creates an online leadership learning environment that promotes inclusion, respect, collaboration and a view of leadership development that embraces the values of the Mansfield University Creed:  Character, Scholarship, Culture, and Service.


The Program strives to support Mansfield University’s focus on “Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders”. The curriculum will continue to help students to develop practical leadership skills they will apply to real-world organizational settings, enabling them to attain leadership positions in their chosen careers. The Program will utilize emerging technologies to provide students with improved opportunities for engaged distance learning. The Program will continuously grow in size and reputation and develop new partnerships to enhance leadership and workforce development in regional organizations.

Student Learning Outcomes, Organizational Leadership Program 

Graduates of the Organizational Leadership Program will demonstrate:

  1. An integrated knowledge of leadership theory, organizational behavior theory, change theory, and communication theory.
  2. Knowledge of organizational: planning, management, leadership and oversight of human resources.
  3. Self-awareness of personal leadership styles, strengths and skills, and a personal plan for leadership development.
  4. Scholarly inquiry to evaluate the needs, challenges and opportunities of organizations.
  5. Understanding and application of values of diversity, social justice, integrity, ethical analysis, and change to promote the common good.
  6. Practical leadership skills:
    • communicating effectively with others within and outside an organization;
    • interpersonal problem solving and conflict resolution;
    • group participation and facilitation;
    • planning and decision making;
    • budgeting;
    • evaluating internal and external environmental forces on an organization and developing a plan to manage change;
    • using current technology, statistical tools and information resources to assist in effective decision making; and
    • implementing needs assessments and evaluations of program and organizational performance.



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