Nov 29, 2023  
Mansfield University 2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
Mansfield University 2014-2015 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:

The Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership at Mansfield University is a journey of self-discovery in which students are challenged to examine and answer the questions - who am I; what am I capable of; and how far am I willing to go. Offered through a distance education format, the program provides advanced knowledge in leadership across a wide spectrum of disciplines and organizational settings.  Participation in this interdisciplinary program enhances student knowledge about leadership and the organizational environment through the exploration and examination of classic and current literature. The program focuses on the development of leadership skills for aspiring and recognized leaders working in local, regional, national and international organizations through practical exercises in real-world settings.


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 to demonstrate best practices in organizational leadership.
  2. Knowledge of organizational planning, management of changes, oversight of human resources, and leadership consistent with ethical, legal and regulatory expectations.
  3. Self-awareness of personal leadership style, strengths and skills, and how these impact others in an organization 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 accountability, 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;
    • implementing needs assessments and evaluations of program and organizational performance;
    • leading and managing human resources in diverse organizational environments;
    • analyzing legal and ethical issues as applied to organizational leadership; and
    • communicating and working effectively in global communities.



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