Master of Science in Leadership

Core Curriculum

Norwich's online Master of Science in Leadership program is comprised of sixe 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.

Specializations: After completing the three core courses of the program, students will select a concentration to pursue in one of four prominent areas of leadership, including:

  • organizational leadership
  • public sector/government/military leadership
  • human resources leadership
  • leading change management consulting

More information about program requirements is available in our course catalog.

Core Curriculum

All students begin the leadership program by taking the three courses listed below.

  • 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.