The Master of Leadership Development is a one-year, 36-credit hour graduate program. All students must complete the following required courses and choose from three focus areas: not-for-profit, organizational leadership or individualized.

Required Courses

15 credit hours required. All courses listed.

MLD 501 The Individual in Context
Online | 3 Credits
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Explores both historical and contemporary explanations of the self in a variety of natural and social contexts. Examines the role of society on the development of self and the impact of the individual on society.

Online 3 Credits
MLD 502 Culture, Creativity, and Leadership
Online | 3 Credits
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Explores the interaction of culture, creativity, and the art of leadership. Students will examine creative leaders throughout history from a wide variety of cultures and organizational settings. Students will explore their own creativity and its potential impact on their ability to “think outside the box” and enhance their unique relationship style.

Online 3 Credits
MLD 503 Leadership Identity
Online | 3 Credits
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Provides an overview of leadership models to help students identify their own leadership styles. Examines leadership skills that support diverse individuals in complex and technology-rich environments.

Online 3 Credits
MLD 504 Ethical Decision-Making
Online | 3 Credits
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Examines the process of ethical decision-making. Through the examination of sources and issues, students develop an awareness of ethical questions, a language with which to frame and confront these questions, and methodologies to examine their import, possibilities, and challenges. Also, addresses differences between legal and ethical issues that affect decision-making.

Online 3 Credits
MLD 505 Critical Analysis of Research
Online | 3 Credits
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Examines the research process and explores how to critically analyze research and build upon the work of others. Provides an overview of assessment and evaluation techniques, statistical procedures, and technologies that can be used to inform decision-making.

Online 3 Credits
Focus Area: Not-for-Profit

The Not-for-Profit Leadership focus area is intended to help you enhance your leadership skills in any not-for-profit organization. You will learn how to work as an integral part of the organization by building relationships with business partners, providing motivation for success and helping the organization reach its highest potential. A strong framework of ethics and critical thinking skills put you a step ahead of the rest.

Through this focus area, you will be able to:

  • Understand not-for-profit organizations and how to work within them to maximize success in fulfilling the organization’s mission.
  • Provide visionary leadership to support strategic planning that balances continuity and change.
  • Facilitate the exchange of ideas, goods and services in an ethical manner to satisfy the needs of diverse stakeholders.

Required Courses

21 credit hours required. All courses listed.

NFP 551 Proposal and Grant Writing
Online | 3 Credits
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This course introduces types of funding organizations, guidelines that should be used to select appropriate funding opportunities, partnership building, and strategies to write winning proposals and grants.

Online 3 Credits
NFP 552 Working with Stakeholders
Online | 3 Credits
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Discusses strategies that help NFP leaders work with boards, staff, volunteers, partners, and clients to anticipate, respond, and reshape their organization to adapt to changing environments. Emphasizes motivation, interpersonal communication skills, conflict resolution, goal-setting, training, and personnel evaluation within the context of the organization’s mission. Provides overview of laws related to sexual harassment, discrimination, hiring/firing, and fair labor practices.

Online 3 Credits
NFP 553 Technology and Resource Management
Online | 3 Credits
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Introduces technology that supports communication, marketing, and fundraising. Teaches strategies to identify needs and acquire appropriate resources. Also emphasizes use of technology to manage organizational processes.

Online 3 Credits
NFP 555 Vision and Strategic Planning
Online | 3 Credits
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Emphasizes development of an organizational vision and strategic plan that supports the mission and balances continuity and change. Highlights the developmental stages that organizations experience as part of the systems change process. Reinforces the importance of connecting strategic planning with ongoing operational functions of the organization.

Online 3 Credits
NFP 599 Not-for-Profit Leadership Project
Online | 6 Credits
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Online 6 Credits
Focus Area: Organizational Leadership

The Organizational Leadership focus area is your tool to leading and managing in the for-profit business arena. It is also the key to success in an increasingly global and diverse society. Not only will you be getting the grounding in business and leadership that you need, but you will learn how to implement that knowledge in an ethical way and use critical thinking to work through challenges in the workplace.

Through this focus area, you will be able to:

  • Understand organizational systems and how to work within them to maximize success in fulfilling the organization’s mission.
  • Manage financial information with ethical accountability.
  • Use conflict resolution and negotiation skills to promote a productive environment.
  • Provide visionary leadership to support strategic planning that balances continuity and change.

Required Courses

21 credit hours required. All courses listed.

OL 551 People and Change
Online | 3 Credits
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Online 3 Credits
OL 552 Balancing Customer and Organizational Needs
Online | 3 Credits
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Online 3 Credits
OL 553 Financial Management
Online | 3 Credits
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Explores management of financial resources to achieve the goals of the organization. Provides grounding in accounting, finance, and legal issues to identify key indicators of organizational health. Introduces concepts of benchmarking and interpreting reports to develop action plans.

Online 3 Credits
OL 554 Information Technology Management
Online | 3 Credits
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Online 3 Credits
OL 555 Vision and Strategic Planning
Online | 3 Credits
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Emphasizes development of an organizational vision and strategic plan that supports the mission and balances continuity and change. Highlights the developmental stages that organizations experience as part of the systems change process. Reinforces the importance of connecting strategic planning with ongoing operational functions of the organization.

Online 3 Credits
OL 599 Organizational Leadership Project
Online | 6 Credits
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Online 6 Credits
Focus Area: Individualized Path

If you’ve been searching for a graduate program that will prepare you to be a successful leader in your career, then the individualized focus in the MLD program will fit your needs. The Individualized path offers you the flexibility to choose the courses that best fit your career goals and combine them with core leadership courses that will prepare you to be an effective leader in your industry.

This path allows you to combine core leadership courses that will prepare you to be an ethical leader and a creative problem solver with courses from your specific area. You will work one-on-one with an advisor to create your own curriculum in concert with graduate work completed at another institution. After discussing your career goals, it will be determined which MLD courses would be the best fit for the focus in your specific career field. You are able to transfer in 6 to 9 credit hours of graduate work from a college of your choice in your desired area. You will then combine your career specific knowledge with your enhanced leadership skills in all culminating projects in the MLD program to complete the MLD program with a focus in the area you have chosen.