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Heather Powell
Norwich Graduate, Class of 2017

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Master of Science in Leadership

Affect Change Through Skilled Leadership

The most effective leaders share certain qualities: exceptional communication skills, a strategic outlook, strong ethical convictions, emotional intelligence, and passion. It’s how they lead that differs. Norwich University’s Master of Science in Leadership helps a wide range of professionals develop their leadership styles and the skills to lead and inspire positive change in their organizations.

Norwich University has a long history of leadership with graduates that have been central to some of the greatest military, social, and business decisions of the past 200 years. Now it’s your turn to join our tradition of leadership.

Degree
  • Master of Science
Concentrations
  • Human Resources Leadership
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Public Sector/Government/Military Leadership
  • Leading Change Management Consulting

Why Norwich?


Learn from a faculty of expert senior and mid-level leaders.

Build your leadership development portfolio around your career goals and track your progress as you prompt change and growth in your life and work.

Network and develop professional relationships with a diverse group of students.

Engage in a curriculum that combines contemporary business theory with workplace application for immediate results.

Develop a greater understanding of a range of perspectives about leadership.

Apply to one of four start dates.

Benefit from a university recognized as offering Best Value with respect to high academic quality and low net cost of attendance, according to U.S. News & World Report.*

*Rankings are based on undergraduate programs and on students who received the average level of need-based finanical aid.

Quick Info

1 Week Residency

Visit campus for culminating experience

15 Students

Maximum number of students per class

18 Months

Average time to program completion

43 March

Next Start Date

4 February

Application Deadline

Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

 

Recognized for academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.

 

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Timothy  Pepper
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Phone
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Curriculum

Online Master of Science in Leadership Curriculum

Norwich’s online Master of Science in Leadership program is comprised of six courses, each of which is 11 weeks in length for a total of 36 credit hours. Students master one course at a time, to create a strong foundation of knowledge and context for future topics.

Our graduates can:

  • Develop a strong foundation of leadership through ethics, strategic communication, and a personalized management style.
  • Manage organizational change and problem-solving at the highest level.
  • Demonstrate a clear perspective on leadership strategies, management theories, and contemporary business issues.
  • Apply classroom lessons within the workplace immediately.
  • Present a completed leadership development portfolio — a toolbox of leadership concepts and personal reflections that will help you adapt your personal leadership style through your career.

Core Curriculum

Students will complete the following three courses prior to choosing a concentration.

  • Leadership Fundamentals – Ethical Leadership and Value-Driven Organizations
    OL510 6 credit hours

    This course focuses on differentiating the conceptual and theoretical aspects and models of leadership and leadership studies to enable you to apply leadership skills and principles to your workplace. The fundamentals of leadership are taught within the context of present and past leaders, with an emphasis on how to practice these fundamentals in an ethical manner.

  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ) & Leadership Style
    OL520 6 credit hours

    Developing your EQ

    This course provides information about evaluating emotional intelligence, or EQ. You will be given the tools and the opportunity to evaluate your capacity to think about work through the lens of reflection and introspection as a guide to understanding the behavioral aspects of working together and providing customer service. By examining thinking patterns, you will gain new skills in developing intuitive reasoning that will enhance your professional interpersonal relationships with peers and customers.

  • Leading Change in Organizations
    OL530 6 credit hours

    A leader’s ability to understand and follow the change management process in a collaborative manner is a vital skill to master. This course focuses on the strategic leadership of change in organizations. You will learn about change from a leadership as well as a management perspective in organizations, both national and multinational. This broad-based course differentiates the conceptual and theoretical change models in order to assist the student in understanding the best ways to lead and manage change. You will learn the importance of understanding and following the change management process in a collaborative manner. The course helps students learn about and practice leadership skills that foster positive changes in people and organizations.

Organizational Leadership

Examine key leadership concepts, such as organizational behavior, change management, and emotional intelligence through a multidisciplinary framework.

  • Strategic Communication and Information Leadership
    OL540 6 credit hours

    Strategic communication is a vital skill in today's demanding, fast-paced, virtual or global workplaces. In this course, you will identify your personal leadership style, your tendencies and preferences as a professional, and how you assimilate and apply information. Experiential learning is a large component of this course. You will practice your skills at work and report your experiences through your Leadership Development Portfolio (LDP) and, as in all courses, learn from your peers in classroom discussions.

  • Strategic Organizational Behavior
    OL550 6 credit hours

    This course focuses on strategic organizational behavior in organizations. You will learn about the importance of strategic alignment in order to enable effective organizational behavior. Systems thinking and organizational behavior provide a framework that you can use both to analyze and influence the behavior of individuals and groups within the organization. This broad-based course analyzes and applies various holistic strategic organizational behavior models in order to assist you in understanding the best ways to assess and impact the strategic alignment of organizations. You will also learn the importance of a leader’s ability to understand and use various organizational behavior and organizational strategy models.

  • Strategic Organizational Leadership & Developing a Learning Organization
    OL560 6 credit hours

    You will apply principles of leading change, strategic organizational behavior, and strategic leadership to people and organizations to impact performance and ensure future success. This course develops an understanding of the implications of strategic alignment and organizational learning to the organization’s success. It differentiates conceptual and theoretical change models to assist students in understanding the best ways to lead change and foster a learning organization while considering individual and group behavior as tied to strategy. The course demonstrates how strategic leadership, organizational behavior, and change theories are applied in a collaborative manner and will lead to aligning stakeholder’s interest.

Public Sector/Government/Military Leadership

Develop the skills you need to engage stakeholders, respond to today’s issues, and shape culture.

  • Theories and Innovative Practices of Public Sector/Government/Military Leadership
    OL543 6 credit hours

    This course addresses the dynamic economic, social, and cultural transformations faced by contemporary leaders in the public sector, government, and military organizations as they strengthen agencies for tomorrow’s challenges. Part of these challenges comes from the need to cope with new forms of competition, market demands, technological innovations, and global economic and terrain shifts. Combining the latest leadership theories with the most effective lessons from the private sector, students will gain theoretical frameworks and practical tools to help effectively improve and enhance their skills to manage complex systems, influence organizational context, engage stakeholders, and shape institutional culture. The topics covered include: history and theories of successful public sector/government/military management, contemporary leadership strategies, and innovative responses to public sector challenges in a growing global marketplace.

  • Influence in the Public Sector/Government/Military: Collaborating Across Organizational Lines
    OL553 6 credit hours

    This course answers one of the main challenges of the 21st century: ensuring the readiness of public, government, and military organizations to answer complex, contemporary global challenges. As budget cuts and funding reductions continue for many public organizations, leadership is charged with finding economical ways to increase the value of services and products by streamlining processes and integrating efforts at macro and micro levels. This course addresses challenges faced by public sector/government/military leadership in developing collaborative relationships spanning across agency borders. Through understanding how to manage adaptation to changing environments and successfully dealing with multi-faceted variables using planning and control strategies, students will learn new approaches to leading people. Emphasis is placed on implementing fundamentals of strategic and performance management by leading effective change initiatives within an organization, and fostering teamwork by creating a work culture that values collaboration. Topics covered include: creating operational synergy, and leading internal and external stakeholder relationships to promote information sharing and create collaborative partnerships.

  • Capstone Studies
    OL561 6 credit hours

    This course in capstone studies provides students the opportunity to synthesize learning from all previous courses and to apply the concepts and principles in two ways: the preparation of a written capstone project that offers a practical or theoretical solution to an organizational challenge or issue of contemporary importance and relevance to the work or career goals of each student; and a 1500-word paper suitable for publication in a professional journal. Students will be required to exhibit in-depth critical thinking, organizational analysis, and effective writing. Course assignments will maximize the exchange of student suggestions and comments on the various stages of the capstone project, to include but not limited to topic section, thesis, resources, and supporting information. Prerequisites: Completion of all prior required core and concentration courses, or permission of the program director.

Human Resources Leadership

Learn the skills and strategies necessary to enact real change in your organization as a human resource leader. Explore the impact of globalization, technology, and diversity in the workplace.

  • Human Resource Leadership
    OL542 6 credit hours

    This course addresses the history and evolution of human resources leadership, along with current trends and future needs regarding various leadership strategies that are utilized within a broad range of organizations. You will examine the impact that factors such as globalization, technology, and worker diversity have on achieving the work/life balance needs and capabilities required by organizations and individuals. You will also explore the role of the leader in developing a value-based organizational culture capable of achieving strategic goals and objectives. Through the discussion and understanding of human resource leadership principles and personal reflection and integration, you will gain the ability to help design, develop, and construct strategies at an executive level while concurrently helping employees grow and develop as individuals.

  • Leveraging Human Capacity for Strategic Results
    OL552 6 credit hours

    This course focuses on the various management systems and best practices utilized within an organization to leverage human capacity to achieve strategic goals. The coursework will help you increase your knowledge of workforce development and retention strategies, through studying topics such as rewards and recognition, motivation and productivity, training and development, cultural awareness, and achieving customer excellence through teamwork and collaborative improvisation. Additionally, you will study how maximized utilization of human capital has become the centerpiece for success in an increasingly complex world, and how human resource leaders must confront ambitious goals while balancing a volatile economic market, environmental and legal risks, advancements in technology, and workforce needs that are all evolving at an increasingly rapid pace. You will also explore various measurement tools designed to help assess the efficiency and effectiveness of management systems employed and analyze methods for developing a blueprint for executing strategic objectives.

  • Capstone Studies
    OL561 6 credit hours

    This course in capstone studies provides students the opportunity to synthesize learning from all previous courses and to apply the concepts and principles in two ways: the preparation of a written capstone project that offers a practical or theoretical solution to an organizational challenge or issue of contemporary importance and relevance to the work or career goals of each student; and a 1500-word paper suitable for publication in a professional journal. Students will be required to exhibit in-depth critical thinking, organizational analysis, and effective writing. Course assignments will maximize the exchange of student suggestions and comments on the various stages of the capstone project, to include but not limited to topic section, thesis, resources, and supporting information. Prerequisites: Completion of all prior required core and concentration courses, or permission of the program director.

Leading Change Management Consulting

Study effective change management strategies, modern initiatives, and how to analyze successful or failing practices within your organization.

  • Change Management Consulting
    OL544 6 credit hours

    To paraphrase Jack Welch from his book, Straight from the Gut, if the rate of change outside your organization is greater than the rate of change inside your organization, the end is in sight. In order to remain competitive, companies are continually changing and evolving in myriad ways. This course is focused on helping students develop the tips, tools, and techniques to be a successful consultant on change management. You will examine models for implementing change initiatives, learn how the models can be adapted for various circumstances and situations, evaluate the key attributes of successful consultants, and analyze personal strengths and weaknesses for being a consultant.

  • Implementing Organizational Change
    OL554 6 credit hours

    Organizations of all types are clamoring for employees or consultants with the expertise to lead the implementation of change initiatives. As such, this course aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to help others make an immediate impact in their organizations. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on practical application of implementing change initiatives. You will analyze and synthesize information from real-world case studies of successful and unsuccessful change initiatives to determine what worked and what did not work.

  • Capstone Studies
    OL561 6 credit hours

    This course in capstone studies provides students the opportunity to synthesize learning from all previous courses and to apply the concepts and principles in two ways: the preparation of a written capstone project that offers a practical or theoretical solution to an organizational challenge or issue of contemporary importance and relevance to the work or career goals of each student; and a 1500-word paper suitable for publication in a professional journal. Students will be required to exhibit in-depth critical thinking, organizational analysis, and effective writing. Course assignments will maximize the exchange of student suggestions and comments on the various stages of the capstone project, to include but not limited to topic section, thesis, resources, and supporting information. Prerequisites: Completion of all prior required core and concentration courses, or permission of the program director.

Residency

The final academic requirement for the leadership program is a residency at the beautiful and historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. Students have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings. Academic recognition ceremonies and commencement cap off the week, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Norwich covers the cost of all meals and accommodation on campus.

Admissions

At a Glance

  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher

Admissions Requirements »

Next Start Date

Monday, March 4, 2019

Application Deadline

Monday, February 4, 2019

Contact Admissions

Mon - Thurs: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST
Friday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST
Extended hours available by appointment

 

Call: 1-800-460-5597 ext. 3371 (U.S. and Canada)
Call: +1-647-722-6642 ext. 3371 (International)
Email: msl@online.norwich.edu

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    Transfer Credits
    You may receive the equivalent of up to 12 semester credits for study conducted elsewhere. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as it pertains to transfer credits.
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    International Admissions
    Norwich University welcomes students from all countries who want to study through our online programs. You must complete all steps in the admissions process.
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    Norwich Alumni Benefits
    Reconnect with Norwich to complete your master's degree. As apart of our alumni community, you are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship and other benefits.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

Tuition & Fees

Overview

The Master of Science in Leadership program is an investment in your future that we can help you manage from a financial perspective. There are many ways to get financial assistance and many strategies that can help you achieve your goals. Whatever your individual situation, we can guide you through the financial planning process.

Tuition at a Glance

  • Credit Hours: 36
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $704

2018-19 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Master's Programs

Rate Per Credit Term Tuition Additional Expenses Total
$704 $4,224

Technology - $300/term
Library - $75/term
Graduation - $150/one-time

$27,744

Careers & Outcomes

Career Opportunities for Master of Science in Leadership Graduates

Our degree can help you advance in your current role, move into higher-level leadership positions, and even increase your earning potential. In fact, the average management professional in 2016 earned $100,790, while the average top executive earned more than $100,000 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Our graduates have pursued a variety of roles, including:

Career Roles

  • Chief of Assistance and Investigations
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Director of Enrollment Services
  • Human Resources Business Partner
  • Police Chief
  • Senior Director of Strategy and Global Operations
  • Senior Intelligence Analyst
  • Strategic Analyst

Our alumni have attained positions at top organizations, including*:

Public Sector

  • Ahlstrom Nonwovens LLC
  • Legal Nurse Alliance
  • New Mexico State University
Government

  • Department of Defense
  • State of Vermont
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Aviation Administration

What our graduates have to say:

  • Over 80% of responding Master of Science in Leadership alumni reported higher job satisfaction as a result of our leadership program.*
  • Over 90% of responding Master of Science in Leadership alumni said they acquired practical skills they can apply to their job.*
  • All of our of responding Master of Science in Leadership graduates would recommend our online program to someone they know.*
  • Read more about our Master of Science in Leadership student outcomes.

*Source: Norwich University Master of Science in Leadership Graduate Survey, fielded March 2016.

Where are Norwich Alumni Today?

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Maurice Myers

Alumnus named an FBI Special Agent in Memphis.


Faculty & Staff

If your focus is on getting results through people, you are in the right place. Our online program gives you the opportunity to interact and learn from a faculty of business managers and entrepreneurs, all of whom bring significant value directly from real-world experience.

We have an in-house instructional design team that work hand-in-hand with program faculty and staff to ensure an efficient and interactive online learning experience in each course.

Program Director

Rex Marks
Rex Marks, ABD

Rex Marks is the Program Director and a faculty member in Norwich’s Master of Science in Leadership program and Director of Norwich's Leadership & Change Institute. He specializes in leadership development and team building, problem-solving, project/fiscal management, emergency management, and organizational development. He has over 28 years’ experience as an accomplished and professional law enforcement leader. He earned his master’s degree in organizational leadership and a certificate in teaching and learning from Norwich University. He also holds an MPA with a concentration in disaster management from American Military University. He is currently completing his doctoral degree in public policy administration with a concentration in leadership, community sustainability, and terrorism with Walden University.

Meet Rex »

Program Staff

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Jeremy Hodges, PhD
Academic Associate Program Director
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Kelli Sutton-Bosley, MAH, MMH
Associate Program Director
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Iphy Tanguay, MJA
Student Services Advisor

Featured Faculty

Faculty

Alumni

Get to know the graduates of Norwich’s online Master of Science in Leadership program.

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I chose Norwich because of its distinguished history, its credibility as a legitimate institution of higher learning, and because it had the programs of greatest interest to me.


Tammy Megow-Jones
Class of 2015
Master of Science in Leadership
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I enjoyed the diversity of backgrounds of both my professors and fellow students, which allowed me to really expand my breadth of understanding outside of the military.


Michael Allard
Class of 2015
Master of Science in Leadership
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I believe that going back to school and choosing Norwich has allowed me to demonstrate the importance of lifelong learning to my children.


Kimberly Mallonn
Class of 2015
Master of Science in Leadership

Frequently Asked Questions

Leadership Program FAQs

What courses can I take in the leadership program?

Students take six courses that cover a wide range of topics and provide them insight into their own leadership style and emotional intelligence quotient. Other course topics include leadership fundamentals, strategic communication, leading change, strategic organizational behavior, and developing a learning organization.

What concentrations may I specialize in?

Students can choose from one of four concentrations: organizational leadership, public sector/government/military leadership, human resources leadership, or leading change management consulting.

How long is the leadership program?

The program's six courses (each six credits) take approximately 18 months to complete. Depending on when you start the program, you can expect your degree to be conferred in 18 to 24 months.

How have graduates of the program applied their degree?

Master of Science in Leadership alumni have found employment in a variety of public, private, and government organizations, including Capital One, Cargill, Caterpillar Inc, Omnicell, Toyota, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and numerous branches of the U.S. military. Many alumni now own their own consulting firms.

How are Master of Science in Leadership faculty members selected?

All organizational leadership program faculty members have advanced degrees (most are terminal) and are subject matter experts in leadership. They represent a wide variety of academic disciplines including: public administration, justice administration, philosophy, public affairs, criminology, education, law, and human services. They must demonstrate a wide range of university/college-level teaching experience and a history of leadership in academia, the private sector or the public sector.

What are the eligibility requirements for applying to the program?
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, or SpanTran.
  • Neither the GRE nor GMAT is required to apply, but may be requested if an applicant's undergraduate GPA is below 2.75.
  • If English was not the language of degree study, proof of English language proficiency and a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test or iBT) on the TOEFL are required, unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements.

 

How much is the online Master of Science in Leadership degree program?
  • Price per Credit: $704   
  • Term Tuition: $4,224
  • Technology Fee: $300/term
  • Library Fee: $75/term
  • Graduation Fee: $150/one-time   
  • Total Program Cost (6 terms): $27,744
Does Norwich accept transfer credits?

When you apply for admission to the leadership program, you can submit transcripts and course outlines from previously attended institutions of higher education to be considered for transfer credits. Transfer credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be accepted for up to 12 credits. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as they pertain to transfer credits.

Through an agreement between Norwich University and the Department of the Army/U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, up to six credit hours will be awarded toward the degree for OL550 Strategic Organizational Behavior.

Learn more about Norwich University’s transfer credit policy.

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