The Master of Arts in Leadership Studies (MLOS) program caters to working professionals seeking professional advancement or a leadership position. It is ideal for individuals who already possess professional skills, but who are in need of advanced leadership and organizational skills. Above all, emphasis is placed on the development of excellent management skills and personal integrity. Graduates walk away with leadership fundamentals, a stronger understanding of organizational life, and real-life methods of practicing ethical conduct.
In the accelerated MLOS program, students may complete their degree in about 20 months. The 33-unit curriculum is concentrated into four-hour class sessions once a week and one weekend per semester and is offered in a lock-step format that coordinates students’ class and work schedules and enables them to begin the program as it suits their schedule.
Courses are taught sequentially, and the rich diversity of experiences that students bring to class result in lively discussions. Because students stay with the same group throughout the course of the program, they develop a strong rapport with other group members, who act as a support system through the completion of the degree. Many students find the networking opportunities that arise through participating in the program to be invaluable.
More than 30 cohorts of adult students have successfully completed the M.A. in Leadership and Organizational Studies program since its inception in 1994, with new groups forming continually.
All courses in the program, with the exception of MLOS 500 Research in Organizations, are based on instruction time equal to eight class periods. Because of term scheduling, a class may have only seven nights scheduled. In that event, an instructor may opt to schedule a Saturday class. In addition, the accelerated nature of the program demands that classes falling on holidays such as Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, etc. still be held. The instructor and the class may opt to make up the class time on a Saturday, but students should be prepared to attend classes irrespective of scheduled holidays.
In order to maintain the accelerated nature of the program, MLOS 500 will be scheduled over three weekends throughout the course of the degree program. Sessions for these classes take place Friday evening and all day on Saturday.