MBA, Leadership Degree Program

The MBA Leadership Program builds on the traditional MBA by providing more in-depth study into the tools that leaders use to make informed and competent decisions to the betterment of all stakeholders as well as the organization as a whole. The MBA Leadership will focus on effective leadership at the individual, team and organizational level and the addition of significant value towards organizational objectives. Students will identify and analyze a wide spectrum of information from balance sheets to socio-cultural diversity and practice using real-world inputs to think through and implement a plan of action to lead organizations forward. Studies and analysis will include the importance of ethical values and decision making as well as an understanding of the forces of globalization and cross-cultural knowledge in today’s complex business world.

Graduate Program Schedule (Full-Time)

The 36-credit hour MBA Leadership Program requires completion of core courses (18 credit hours), Jesuit value core courses (3 credit hours), leadership specific course requirements (12 credit hours) and a capstone research/project course (3 credit hours) as follows:

Core Courses
Required (9 credits):
BUS 601Business Ethics3
BUS 603International Business3
FIN 601Financial Management3
Choose One: (3 credits) (Quantitative)
ANL 601Supply Chain Management3
MIS 601Information Strategy and Management3
Choose two: (6 credits) (Qualitative)
MKT 601Marketing Management3
HRM 601Human Resource Management3
BUS 602Business Law3
Jesuit Value Core Courses: (1 credit each)
JVC 601Individual and Collective Discernment1
JVC 602Sustainability Strategies1
JVC 603Corporate Social Responsibility Strategies1
MBA Leadership Specific Courses
Foundational Course (3 credit hours)
LDR 601Org Dynamics: Leadership3
Leadership Electives (9 credit hours)
Students will choose three of the following six courses:
LDR 703Leadership and Culture3
LDR 706Leadership, Management & Humanities3
LDR 708Lessons in Leadership3
LDR 711Leading Organizational Change3
LDR 715The Emotionally Intelligent Leader : Exploring Emotional and Social Competence in Leaders3
LDR 722The Strategic and Creative Leader3
Capstone Research / Project Course
LDR 799Strategic Leadership3

Jesuit Values Core (JVC)

JVC 601. Individual and Collective Discernment. 1 Credit Hour.

This course provides an overview of a model of Ignatian Leadership where students gain insight into both individual and collective discernment practices for effective decision-making.

JVC 602. Sustainability Strategies. 1 Credit Hour.

The focus of the course is on Sustainability, and the ways in which economic success can be balanced alongside Social need, and preservation of the Environment. Specifically, Innovations in, and Corporate Strategies for, Sustainability are studies in detail so students will be equipped to deal with the pressing needs of firms worldwide in the years to come. Case discussions and team presentations are integral to developing innovative solutions and will be used in this course.

JVC 603. Corporate Social Responsibility Strategies. 1 Credit Hour.

The focus of the course is on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and the ways in which economic success can be balanced alongside Social needs. Specifically, Innovations in, and Corporate Strategies for, CSR are studied in detail so students will be equipped to deal with the pressing needs of firms worldwide in the years to come. Social Entrepreneurship is integral to the course content. Case discussions and team presentations are integral to developing innovative solutions and will be used in this course.

Leadership (LDR)

LDR 601. Org Dynamics: Leadership. 3 Credit Hours.

A study of the individual, interpersonal, group and organizational and environmental factors that interact with the culture of an organization and together determine the quality of life and performance. Readings, cases, experiential exercises and group projects will be used to help students understand the concepts and discover which are personally valid for them.

Cross-listed Courses: MGT 601

LDR 703. Leadership and Culture. 3 Credit Hours.

The course studies the variations in management and leadership styles across national settings. Factors such as political and economic systems, technology, history and social forces are examined for their relationship to leadership style. Case studies on leadership are extensively used.

Cross-listed Courses: MGT 703

LDR 706. Leadership, Management & Humanities. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will examine models of leadership drawn from classic works of literature and film. Leadership topics will include charisma, crisis management, cultural diversity, ethics, female leadership, goalsetting, the language of leadership, motivation, servant leadership, strategy, team building and transformation leadership. We will discuss the practical and theoretical foundations for these leadership models by examining cases based on the following literary and film texts: All the King's Men, Antigone, The Bridge Over the River Kwai, Citizen Kane, Gandhi, Glengarry Glen Ross, Glory, Heart of Darkness, Henry V, The Iliad, A Jury of Her Peers, The Major of Casterbridge, Moby Dick, Norma Rae, The Odyssey, Twelve O'Clock High and Twelve Angry Men.

Cross-listed Courses: MGT 706

LDR 708. Lessons in Leadership. 3 Credit Hours.

This course explores the primary ideas, values and competencies required for modern corporate and community leadership. This course will also challenge students to use what they have learned in readings and discussions to analyze both themselves and well known leaders.

Prerequisite: MGT 601 OR LDR 601.

LDR 711. Leading Organizational Change. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will tackle three basic questions: What is an organization? What is change? and How to lead organizational change? We will explore the evolving role of leadership, various metaphoric and systems views of organizations and the values and methods of organizational change and development. Student teams will also design and conduct organizational inquiries.

Cross-listed Courses: MGT 711

LDR 715. The Emotionally Intelligent Leader : Exploring Emotional and Social Competence in Leaders. 3 Credit Hours.

The concept of Leadership has been examined and dissected since ancient times, in search of a replicable process which could be somehow infused to create great leaders. From classic theories to situational explorations, the power to lead can create a better town, a more successful company, a more equitable world. In the 1990's a new voice joined the chorus of Leadership influence as Daniel Goleman spoke to the ideas of emotional intelligence- the ability to identify, assess and control emotions. This course will explore the writings, papers and presentations of Daniel Goleman in a blended format, inviting students to assess their own strategies as colleagues and leaders have a better understanding of the human side of leadership.

Prerequisite: MGT 601 or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed Courses: MGT 715

LDR 722. The Strategic and Creative Leader. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is one of two leadership courses in the certificate program which invite students to explore the practices of exceptional leaders in the Health Care field. The design of the course supports and guides the student's ability to discover, explore and assess issues in their field and to recognize opportunities which will continue to maximize their strengths as health care leaders. Conversations with numerous leaders in the health care community highlight this unique class which will enhance the student's netwwork and introduce a diverse palette of leadership thought and action.

Cross-listed Courses: MGT 722

LDR 799. Strategic Leadership. 3 Credit Hours.

The content and process of the capstone course have been designed to provide a rigorous, integrative experience in leadership theories in a variety of environments. Through lectures and discussions of articles, students are exposed to seminal theory on leadership. In addition, leadership specific, integrative thinking, and communication skills are developed throughout the discussions of the articles and cases. This course is project-based. Students will develop a leadership strategy for an organization.