Master of Science in Leadership and Administration (MSLA)

The Academic Program

The Master’s of Science in Leadership and Administration program totals 30 Credits. The distribution of credits involves 24 credits of module or course work and 5 credits awarded to the major paper/project. The curriculum consists of six modules or courses. Each module in turn contains three components (courses): breadth (two credits), depth (one credit) and application (one credit) for a total of four credits per module. There are three core modules and three elective modules required for a total of 24 credits.

In addition, a Personal and Professional Growth Plan valued at one credit is required of each student. Although the PPGP is the initial task for each student, it is revisited and updated periodically. All students are required to take the three core modules, although the order in which they are taken is not prescribed. Similarly, students may choose elective modules before they have completed the core requirements.

Transfer Policy

Students may transfer in no more than 15 credits. No more than two core courses may be transferred. There are no transfer options for the Personal and Professional Growth Plan or for the major paper/project.

LA500 The Personal and Professional Growth Plan
1 Credit

The Personal and Professional Growth Plan (PPGP) is addressed in detail in a separate publication. The PPGP is an initial assessment assisting the learner in the development of an individualized study program. It provides the learner with a unique perspective of past experience, present goals, and future professional growth potential, as well as a first draft of a realistic study program and time line leading to degree completion.

The Curriculum Overview
(6 Modules, four Credits each)

The curriculum is divided into two parts--the Core Modules and the Elective Modules. The Core Modules are more foundational and generic in nature. In addition, although applications to students’ fields and professions occur throughout the program, the Elective Modules particularly emphasize career options. Students may make special arrangements to take more than the required three Elective Modules.

Core Modules
3 Modules, 4 Credits each=12 Credits

LA501: Leadership and Management (4 Credits)

A presentation of the future roles and relationships between leaders, managers, and workers in both the public and private sectors, nationally and globally; examination of the relationships between authentic leadership and creative management including the challenge of followership and what leadership is about; tools of the leader; servant leadership.

LA502: Organizational Structure and Behavior (4 Credits)

An examination of the major international agencies, their structural configurations, and their roles in promoting international stability and national integrity; discussion of the likely evolution of organizations in the future and the impact of multinational organizations, international organizations and trends in organizational development and behavior.

LA503: Research Methodologies (4 Credits)

An examination of numerous research methodologies and their uses. An exploration of the principal forecasting and trending instruments used to establish the parameters and simulations of future events and behaviors, the use of risk analysis and risk assessment to estimate impacts, and the capacity of Delphi and scenarios to simulate and evaluate events.

Elective Modules
3 of 6 Modules, 4 Credits each=12 Credits

LA511: The Challenges of Globality (4 Credits)

An examination of the historical development of current globalization; a description and analysis of demographics, economics, and diversity of the global economy and competition; the commitment of multinationals to world quality standards such as ISO 9000; and the prospects in the future for international trade, global integration, and joint venture.

LA512: The Challenges of Technology (4 Credits)

An examination of the role of technology as a driving force of social change, and the major technological breakthroughs that are likely to occur in the next 25 years; the phenomenon of social change; an estimate of the various orders of impacts such technologies will have on world commerce and productivity; the use of technology assessment as a form of technology risk analysis.

LA513: Managing Change (4 Credits)

An analysis of the management of change; the use of strategic planning as a way of disciplining and monitoring change; the development of communication strategies to insure that the innovations are known, valued and shared; an appreciation of the role of the change agent. Case studies will be cited to demonstrate how different structures and organizations manage change.

LA514: Systems Thinking: Theory & Practice (4 Credits)

An examination of the basic theories of systems thinking and the uses of systems theory in practice, particularly in multi-disciplinary studies and complex situations and problems.

LA515: Communications & Information Systems (4 Credits)

An examination of the revolution in contemporary communications; an analysis of the art and science of knowledge management, the current and future state of information systems, the use of distance learning and training via internet and satellite; and the long range projections of the future of the World Wide Web.

LA516: Sustainable Development: Illusion or Reality (4 Credits)

An examination of the global environment and of environmental organizations and groups; the linkage between environmental, protection, and sustainable economic development; the limits to growth; global simulation; the prospect for environmental stability in the 21st century.

Major Paper/Project

LA550: Major Paper/Project Research (5 Credits)

The selection of a topic; working to complete the research and to write up an acceptable purpose methodology, results and conclusions; producing a satisfactory paper or project report.

How long will it take? At a minimum, 12 months to two years. Your efforts are the determining factor and will lead to academic success.

What are the tuition and fees? Greenleaf University's dual tuition option applies. A student may pay $650.00 per month (Fellowships are available) or $150.00 per credit hour. Write for more details. Apply today!