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Online Organizational Leadership Courses

List of All Lewis MAOL Courses

The 37-hour online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program can be completed within two years and requires candidates to have a bachelor's degree and a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students also have the option of choosing between five unique concentrations: Higher Education –- Student Services, Not-for-Profit Management, Organizational and Leadership Coaching, Organizational Management and Training and Development.

Core Courses: (19 credit hours)

LL-501 Introduction to Leadership Studies (1 credit)

Taken in the first term of the Organizational Leadership Program, this course lays the foundation for learning plans, curriculum development, literature review and initial research skills. This course introduces students to the Mission of Lewis University, essential concepts of organization studies, as well as the faculty and learning community at this University. Psychometric instrument used in this course: Learning Styles Inventory. This course replaces LL576 Organizational Assessment Note: LL-501 is required in the first term for degree-seeking students.

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LL-509 Leadership: Theories, Practices and Context (3 credits)

This course provides an analysis of foundational theories and practices of leadership, emphasizing the application of theoretical concepts to real-life leadership situations. Also examined are the impact of organizational history and structure on today's leadership challenges. Psychometric instruments used in this course: Big Five Personality Test, Type A, Locus of Control, Machiavelli Scale, Emotional Intelligence, modified MBTI, Self-Monitoring, Narcissism.

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LL-512 Assessing Leadership Skills (3 credits)

This course provides extensive opportunity for self-assessment and discovery of leadership abilities, as well as communication, decision-making and learning styles. It explores personality theories, key contributors and factors, including personal and professional experiences, values and attitudes. Course provides students with the opportunity to discover, discuss and analyze their leadership style utilizing several inventories for identifying leadership competencies. Focus is on applying various instruments to assess effectiveness of personal, interpersonal and organizational leadership styles. Psychometric instruments used in this course: MBTI, Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTSII), FIRO-B, Rath StrengthsFinder.

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LL-536 Ethics, Integrity and Social Responsibility (3 credits)

This course will engage students in the discussion of ethics, studying how personal values, ethical models and reflective processes shape our ethical decision making in a leadership context. Discussions and study will be grounded in western philosophical thought, organizational and societal moral realities including social responsibility with special attention to servant leadership. Research will focus on ethical leadership, its importance and how leaders/learners can continue to integrate ethics into their own leadership stance. Psychometric instruments used in this course: Organizational Culture Ethical Index (OCEI), Leadership Preference Continuum (LPC).

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LL-539 Conflict Management (3 credits)

Content of the course will focus both on cognitive skills (knowledge of the theories and strategies) and behavioral skills (enacting various strategies). The course also includes assessment tools whereby students can gain a greater understanding of their usual strategy along with its strengths and weaknesses. Critical thinking skills must be applied in the course. A mark of a leader is the ability to know when to go against prevailing thinking. So, while various "lists" may be introduced during the course, students are expected to challenge those lists and ascertain what is valuable in them and what is not. The course is not designed to resolve all conflicts. Using real life case studies, this course explores the theories, practices and issues involved in managing conflict in interpersonal and intergroup settings. Also discussed are methods available to leaders to use conflict to advance their organization. Psychometric instrument used in this course: Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument.

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LL-592 Workplace Research (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of processes and techniques for conducting applied research projects and evaluating various programs and initiatives at work. The course takes a practical approach to research, prepares students to evaluate the quality of workplace research instruments and data, and builds a foundation for aligning organizational objectives to workplace data. This course also includes preparation for the Capstone requirement in the MAOL program.

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LL-595 Capstone: Leadership and the Future (3 credits)

This three-credit course provides an opportunity for students to apply theory and learning from the MAOL program to the introduction of a collaborative change intervention in a real-life, organizational setting. By studying workplace scenarios and issues, students explore a vision for continuous improvement in the study of leadership. The Capstone process, which involves the student in conducting their own research methodology, includes a research paper and presentation.

Prerequisite: LL 592 Workplace Research

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Concentration Courses: (12 credit hours)

Higher Education -– Student Services

Organizational and Leadership Coaching

Organizational Management

Not-for-Profit Management

Training and Development


Electives: (6 credit hours)

LL-515 Critical Thinking and Decision Making (3 credits)

The emphasis of the course is on the examination of integrative thinking and problem solving as they pertain to leadership. The course focuses on developing problem-solving skills and methodologies for examination, evaluation and prioritization of information. Discussions center on the analysis of scientific methodology, language and interpretation, and their influence on the practice of leadership. Psychometric instrument used in this course: Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal.

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LL-522 Leadership and Technology (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of the Office suite applications (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) and their functions in assisting leaders to be successful within an organization. Students will be provided opportunities to develop an understanding of current and emerging technologies and technology-related issues within the workplace, as well as gain an understanding of application and software (i.e, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint).

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LL-530 Managing Diversity (3 credits)

This course covers issues involved in multi-cultural organizations, including developing consensus within the organization for valuing diversity, relationship building, communicating across cultures and managing people of different genders, races and cultures. Issues of stereotype, bias and resistance are examined from both a personal and an organizational perspective with an emphasis on making meaningful contributions to diversity initiatives within organizations.

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LL-545 Mentoring and Coaching (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the potential contribution of mentoring and coaching programs as resources for leadership development. With an understanding of the skills and structures required for both mentoring and coaching programs, students will discern opportunities and design plans for implementing and evaluating programs to develop professional leaders in their own organizations.

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