May 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Leadership Education - Organizational Leadership (LDOL) - MS

33 credits

3.0 GPA required.

Description of Program

The goal of a Master’s in Leadership Education is to prepare professional leaders to serve organizations and schools in building community, improving organizational outcomes and generating new knowledge for the profession. The Department of Leadership Education is a leader in advancing knowledge about educational and organizational change in local, national, and international contexts. Our teaching reflects a commitment to being student-centered and developing practitioner/scholars. A core of leadership education courses is combined with course work and experiences in different emphases to earn the degree. The emphases are:

Graduates are prepared to take leadership roles in non-profit, government, and public organizations.

Three requirements must be satisfactorily completed to earn the degree: 33 graduate credits, a capstone paper/thesis, and the Comprehensive Exam. A core of five Leadership Education courses (15 credits) is required of all degree candidates - each emphasis has an additional 18 credits specific to its mission.

Organizational Leadership (33 credits)

The focus of the Organizational Leadership emphasis is leadership, continuous improvement, organizational change, and communication. Excellence in professional practice, scholarly writing, technical applications, global awareness, and diversity are themes emphasized throughout the program. Skills needed in the daily management and leadership of most organizations are embedded throughout this program. This emphasis will prepare new graduates for promotion or enhanced employment opportunities in their professional fields.

Electives (6 credits)

These six credits are determined in collaboration with an academic advisor and are intended to enhance general leadership skills and/or provide career and job specific knowledge.

Capstone Writing Requirements

Candidates must write a significant research paper or master’s thesis to show proficiency in research and writing at the graduate level. The topic and proposal for this paper is initiated in LDRS 618 and brought to completion under the guidance of a capstone or thesis advisor. Guides for form and style are available from the Department of Leadership Education.

Comprehensive Examination

Each candidate must pass an oral comprehensive examination over their capstone or thesis materials.