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M.S. in Organizational Leadership Courses

Your Path to Leadership Success

With organizational leadership courses designed to maximize your strengths, the Manhattan College online M.S. in Organizational Leadership is the Leadership Roadmap to help you reach your full potential. The flexible, online course framework was created for driven professionals like you, and will provide you with relevant, practical skills that you can apply to your career from day one.


The program consists of 33 credit hours of coursework designed to provide hands-on experience for organizational leaders. You will experience:

  • 9 core leadership courses online, designed to immerse you into relevant, essential practices.
  • 2 elective online courses that allow you to focus your expertise.
  • A capstone consulting project with a real-world business where you will put your new skills and knowledge into practice.

Program outcomes include:

  • Interpersonal abilities and communication skills
  • Analysis & strategic planning
  • Individual & team leadership
  • Global and cultural understanding
  • Ethical leadership

The online M.S. in Organizational Leadership can be completed in as little as 18-22 months. Take it at the pace that works best for you.

Required Courses

MSOL 601

This survey course will provide an overview of the topic. Problem solving, ethics, conflict resolution, delegation, empowerment as well as general principles of leadership will be explored in this course. This will be overlaid by the practice of reflection.

MSOL 605

This course focuses on the persuasive communication techniques and strategies that can be used when one must or chooses to rely on influence as opposed to formal authority. Situations include: how to gain commitment, how to overcome resistance and how to effectively manage conflict. Students will use their organizations as cases, employing communications technologies as appropriate. The role of ethics is considered throughout. Prerequisite - MSOL 601 or permission from Instructor.


MSOL 601 or permission from Instructor.

MSOL 610

The focus of this course is on coordinating and sustaining cooperative activities across various types of international and cultural boundaries (including generational, gender and regional). The course covers the practical realities of leading across cultural differences and national boundaries. Students will explore differences domestically and globally.


MSOL 601 and MSOL 605 or permission from Instructor.

MSOL 615

The foundation of this course is the application of metrics to performance improvement and process reengineering. The balanced scorecard, as well as other metrics approaches, are the key elements of this course. Students will learn the essential tools and technologies required for this effective leadership technique.


MSOL 601, MSOL 605 and MSOL 610 or permission from Instructor.

MSOL 620

Students will learn how to create stimulating environments that are efficient, flexible and encourage personal growth. This course will cover techniques for challenging the organization and increasing its capacity.


MSOL 601, MSOL 605, MSOL 610 and MSOL 615 or permission from Instructor.

MSOL 625

This course approaches the study of organizations from a holistic viewpoint. It focuses on how leaders may utilize the canons of ethics and spirituality to enhance performance at the individual, group and organizational levels.


MSOL 601

MSOL 642

This course goes beyond basic project management. Students will learn advanced PM technology tools and techniques for managing complex projects and programs. Cases and simulations will allow students to learn how these advanced skills are applied to produce business/organizational results that require collaborative relationships. This course builds toward the capstone course.


MSOL 601, MSOL 605 and MSOL 615 or permission from Instructor.

Elective Course

MSOL 630

The essence of effective organizational leadership is planning. This course prepares current as well as future leaders in the areas of operational and strategic planning. The course also equips students with tools and techniques for maintaining governance in an organization.


MSOL 601, MSOL 605 and MSOL 615 or permission from Instructor.

MSOL 651

In this course, students are introduced to the principles of human resource management (HRM). The course balances the theoretical and practical approaches to HRM. Emphasis is placed on the four primary HR functions: recruitment, selection, performance management and governance. Other topical areas that are covered include compensation and benefits as well as the challenge of international HRM.


MSOL 601 or permission from Instructor.

MSOL 671

This course will dive deeply into these topics as learners reflect upon how they “show up” as people. The demands of business today require a range of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that lead to success. An individual’s success in business often hinges on his or her self-awareness and self-management. Here the ability to build trust, communicate, manage relationships, and build effective teams, as well as one’s political savvy and ethical use of power, requires management skills for everyday life.

MSOL 672

This course is a study of issues concerning global dynamics of race, religion and Conflict. Students will investigate the continual impact of severe degrees of conflict that challenge and question how race and religion can be understood. The course will examine historical and contemporary ways to analyze and think differently about race and religion in various local and global contexts.