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
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.
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
LA500 The Personal and Professional Growth Plan
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.