Plan of Study

Below is a sample plan of study for the Master of Science with a concentration in Leadership weekend program. Some classes may change when you enter the program—we're always evaluating and updating our curriculum to make sure it's relevant for you.

Semester 1 (fall)

  • Analysis of Research in Industry & Technology: Analysis of research and evaluation of research reports. Emphasis on understanding the application of fundamental statistical methods in design and interpretation of research findings in industrial, technical and human resource development environments. (3 credits)
  • Leading Teams: Team success is dependent on effective leadership. This course will focus on leadership processes both internal and external and the leadership functions that help teams satisfy their critical needs and regulate their behavior through goal accomplishment. (3 credits)
  • Research & Writing for Business & Industry: A study of academic research and writing practices using the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and the Purdue research databases. (1 credit)
  • Portfolio Development: Provides introduction, guidance and instruction on the development of the program portfolio. Writing, content and process are covered. (1 credit)

Semester 2 (spring)

  • Interpersonal Skills for Leaders: Developing and improving interpersonal and group dynamic skills for effective leadership in organizations. Emphasis on action learning and real-world application of skills. (3 credits)
  • Project Management in Industry & Technology: The factors influencing decisions during the initiation, implementation and termination of industrial and manufacturing projects are examined. Students work as project teams, using project management tools to develop implementation strategies. (3 credits)
  • Human Capital Management: An examination of current topics and issues in global human capital management. Emphasis on creating organizational strategic advantages within the leadership to workforce interface. (2 credits)
  • Professional Leadership Practices: Provides students an understanding of situations they will face in leadership positions and analyzes the methods, tools, and skills they may be able to use to handle those situations. (1 credit)

Semester 3 (fall)

  • Emerging World Class Leadership Strategies: The theoretical foundations and empirical research associated with emerging strategies and theories in world-class leadership.  Includes discovery of critical leadership skills and behaviors, investigating critical leadership strategies, rethinking the sources of leadership, and self-discovery of leadership strengths and weaknesses. (3 credits)
  • Organizational Development & Change: Explores the issues in leadership of organizational change, including change theories and processes.  Special emphasis is put on the people side of change as well a look at the leader’s need to identify the need for change and causations. (3 credits)
  • Ethics, Law, and Policy: One of the most important challenges of this century is the crisis in ethical leadership and decision making. Ethics involves a social conscience—through the case method, students will explore the issues surrounding ethics in business, industry and technology. (2 credits)

Semester 4 (spring)

  • Strategic Planning & Marketing in Technology: Examines concepts, models and methods useful for developing strategic initiatives in industrial business environments. Focuses on planning concepts, including industry structure, strategic mission, organizational structures, competitor analysis and technological forecasting magnitude. (3 credits)
  • Technology Innovation: A look at the innovation process in a technology environment.  The process will be investigated through research, development, management and commercialization phases. (3 credits)
  • Portfolio Project: Writing and development of a portfolio that includes the key projects, papers, research and experiences from the MS program. A specific theme of the key leadership area focused on during your degree program threads the document. Presentation of the portfolio is included in the class. (2 credits)