Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Organizational Leadership, MA (0467)

Program Coordinator

Tanja N. Bibbs,, (270) 745-5305

The Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership is designed to meet needs of diverse students by providing professional education that is broadly based upon knowledge and research from business, communication, organizational functions, psychology, political science, and aspects of leadership to include theories, approaches, models, and constructs. The program emphasizes application: students have the opportunity to develop and refine leadership skills applicable to a variety of modern organizations within both the public and private sector. Additionally, the program allows the student to choose a defined program focus area using electives that will count towards a second credential - a graduate certificate. (Electives outside pre-approved curriculum may be utilized within the degree program with prior approval of the faculty).

Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP)

This degree offers a Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP) which provides academically outstanding students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in an accelerated timeframe. Contact the graduate program coordinator for additional information.

Program Admission

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Students who have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university or college with an overall GPA of 2.5 to 2.74 may apply for conditional admission.  

Program Requirements (30 hours)

Required Courses
LEAD 500Effective Leadership Studies3
LEAD 560Applied Research Methods in Organizational Leadership3
or EDFN 500 Research Methods
LEAD 525Leadership Ethics3
LEAD 540Leading Teams3
or LEAD 565 Leadership Coaching within Organizations
LEAD 580Leading Organizations3
LEAD 600Capstone in Leadership Experience3
Select 12 hours from the following: 112
Organizational Change
Leadership in Global Context
Leadership Coaching within Organizations
Leadership Special Topics
Contemporary Issues in Leadership
Introduction to Facilitating Change in Adults
How Adults Change
Facilitating Change Agency in Adults
Program Planning for Adults and Learning Organizations
Informatics in Education
Survey of Educational Technology Practices
Principles of Educational Technology Applications
Educational Technology Production
Integration of Educational Technology
Emerging Technology in Education
Educational Technology Leadership
Facility Management
Event Management
Facility and Event Security Management
Practicum in Interscholastic Sport
Student-Athlete Development
Governance in Intercollegiate Athletics
Issues in Nonprofit Administration
Nonprofit Grant Writing and Fundraising
Compliance in Intercollegiate Athletics
Fiscal Administration in the Nonprofit Sector
Nonprofit Practicum
Practicum in Recreation and Sport
Survey of Business Sustainability Issues
Sustainable Business Operations Management
Sustainability, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Sustainability Marketing
College and Career Readiness Foundations
College and Career Consultation & Collaboration
College and Career Program Development & Evaluation
Practicum in College and Career Readiness
Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling
Developmental Career Counseling
Introduction to Student Affairs in Higher Education
The College Student Experience
Student Development in Higher Education
Counseling Concepts and Applications for Student Affairs Professionals
International Students and Services in Higher Education
Leadership and Administration in Student Affairs
Career Development in Student Affairs and Higher Education
Critical Issues and Strategies in Student Affairs and Higher Education
Parameters of Law in Student Affairs and Higher Education
Advanced Career Counseling and Services Administration
Emergency Management Policy and Practices
Understanding Natural and Technological Disaster Risks
Terrorism, Violence, Resiliency, and Response
Advanced Disaster Planning, Management, and Preparedness
Trends in Disaster Preparedness and Management
MBA Foundation Modules
Managerial Accounting
Advanced Managerial Finance
Advanced Organizational Behavior
Advanced Marketing
Survey of Accounting Principles
Special Topics in Business
Resource Management
Theory of Constraints
Six Sigma Quality
Operations Leadership
Lean Systems
Project Management
Quality Management
Health Communication
Communication in the Nonprofit Sector
Global Leadership Communication
Health Communication Campaigns
Multinational Organizational Communication
Crisis Communication
Corporate & Organizational Advocacy
Communication and Organizational Identification
Organizational Communication in the Digital Age
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Applied Organizational Communication
Process of Group Communication
Intercultural Communication
Research Methods
Perspectives in Aging
Policy Foundations of Aging Services
Women and Leadership
Health Care Organization and Management
Strategic Management & Marketing of Health Services
Public Relations in Recreation and Sport
Strategic Public Relations Writing for Sport
Issues in Sport Media Relations
Sport Branding: A New Game
Sport Sponsorships: New Revenue Strategies
Community Organizing in Public Health
Health Inequities
Public Health Issues in Women's Health
Public Health Foundations and Practice
Applied Methods in Public Health Practice/Field Epidemiology
Principles of Environmental Health
Health Behavior Theory
Kentucky Government and Politics
Elements of Public Administration
Local Government Administration
Public Service Ethics
Human Resources Management in Public Administration
Cultural Competencies for Public Administrators
Cross-Sector Collaboration & Conflict
Public Policy Implementation & Evaluation
Instructional Design Foundations
Systematic Instructional Design
Improvement Analysis in the Workplace
Management of Instructional Systems
Training Design and Development
Distance Education Opportunities and Challenges
Trends and Issues in Instructional Design
Multimedia Design
Introduction to Mathematical Economics
Regression and Econometric Analysis
Applied Statistical Methods
Data Methods in Economics
Independent Study Economics
Applied Economics Project
Watershed Management and Science
Principles of Occupational Safety and Health
Environmental Management and Risk Assessment
Air Quality Management
Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
Environmental Toxicology
Solid and Hazardous Wastes
Public Health Management of Disasters
Principles of Cybersecurity for Data Analytics
Cybersecurity Risk and Compliance
Cybersecurity Orchestration Using Data Analytics
Contemporary Business Analytics
Total Hours30

With the approval of the instructor and based on prior academic experience, career aspirations, and/or matriculation concerns, students may select other electives.