The Master of Arts in Ethical Leadership degree program consists of a 36 graduate semester-hour course sequence. Course descriptions are subject to change.
ELS600 Foundation and Principles of Leadership (3)
Understanding the foundation and basic principles of leadership as an academic discipline is necessary for the application of ethical leadership. This course is the groundwork for further study in leadership.
ELS610 Global Leadership (3)
Prerequisite: ELS600. This course examines leadership from a global perspective with a focus on the role culture plays in leadership formulation.
ELS620 Consulting, Change Management, and Organizational Design (3)
Prerequisite: ELS600. Consulting and leading change are critical aspects of leadership. This course teaches students the skills needed to effectively design an efficient organization.
ELS630 Ethics for Leaders (3)
Prerequisite: ELS600. This course will clarify major terms in ethical debate as well as a broad range of ethical theories, examining especially their strengths and weaknesses. Particular emphasis will be given to understanding how leaders influence the ethical thought and behavior of their followers. Cases will be explored to build the students’ ethical imagination and ethical voice in confronting the challenges leaders face in a variety of groups and organizations.
ELS640 Strategic Planning (3)
Prerequisite: ELS600. Strategic Planning focuses on the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of an organization’s planning process. Special attention is paid to the leader’s role in the process.
ELS650 Project Management (3)
Prerequisite: ELS600. Project management focuses on initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. Process improvement is analyzed in the course.
ELS660 Non-Profit Leadership (3)
Prerequisite: ELS600. This course examines the skills required to effectively lead non-profit organizations. Special attention will be paid to strategy, fundraising, volunteer services, and mission and vision statements. An overview of financial tools to support operations will be explored.
ELS665 Research Methods (3)
Prerequisite: ELS660. Research methods will focus on a variety of skills needed to effectively conduct quantitative and qualitative research. The course will culminate with a significant research project designed in consultation with the student’s faculty/employer input.
ELS670 Organizational Technology (3)
Prerequisite: ELS660. Technological advances impact almost every aspect of daily life. Leaders (students) must understand technology and how it can be used to benefit organizations. This course examines the role technology plays in organizational growth and message dissemination while improving organizational efficiency.
ELS680 Employee Training and Development (3)
Prerequisite: ELS600. Organizations need competent and committed employees. Training and professional development are necessary aspects of continuous improvement within organizations. This course examines training and development techniques within a leadership framework.
ELS690 Leading a Diverse Workforce (3)
Prerequisite: ELS600. A diverse workforce is needed for an organization to maximize its potential. This course examines the impact a leader can have on diversity within an organization. A review of the diversity climates and their impact on the workplace environment will be examined and critiqued.
ELS700 Leaders Role in the Design of Quality Practices and Projects (3)
Prerequisite: ELS600. The capstone course provides an opportunity for students to conduct an employer-based research project and presentation or a faculty approved program initiative involving elements and functions of a dynamic leadership program.