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Program Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the theoretical foundation of organizational leadership based on professional research and best practices.
  • Evaluate the role of the leader in developing strategies to achieve established organizational goals.
  • Compare and contrast classical and contemporary leadership theories related to traits, behaviors, and situational factors influencing leaders in modern organizations.
  • Assess how effective versus ineffective leaders influence organizational change and development.
  • Analyze traditional and contemporary management theories related to the goal of improving organizational efficiency.
  • Express key concepts and theories related to organizational leadership, in written form, utilizing prescribed essay criteria.
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Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (M.A.)

The Master of Arts online degree program in Organizational Leadership is committed to helping students gain the information and the education needed to be competitive in a variety of organizational settings.

The Master of Arts degree program in Organizational Leadership is:

  • a self-paced learning program;
  • completed off-campus;
  • online learning format;
  • not structured in semesters, quarters or terms; and
  • designed to allow students to begin their online Organizational Leadership studies at any time of the year.

**Military students and some employers require students to complete courses on a per term basis.  Please contact our Admissions Department for additional information.  

The Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership requires students to complete a total of 39 semester units comprised of the following:

  • 13 core courses

**Requirements are fulfilled through coursework completed at California Coast University and coursework completed at other recognized educational institutions.  All previously completed coursework will be evaluated to determine all applicable transfer credit.  

Prerequisites to Admission:

An applicant must have earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Leadership, Management; or a Bachelor Degree in another field may be considered if the Admission Committee evaluation indicates that the applicant has the necessary foundation to succeed in the program.

    Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (M.A.) Core Courses

    Courses required are listed below. Please click on the course to read a description.

    plus-sign BAM 501 Human Relations

    3 Semester Units

    Human Relations reviews the basics of human interaction, the organizational framework, organizational activity, and strategies for improving organizational behavior and performance. Business and organizational leaders repeatedly stress the need for increased worker education and preparedness in communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, leadership, and ethics.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Explain why people work, and describe the basic philosophy associated with work.
    • Explain the purpose of the study of organizational behavior.
    • Differentiate between formal and informal communications.
    • Describe methods to improve communication.
    • Identify the features and functions of an organization chart.
    • Explain the importance of understanding the concepts of needs and motivation.
    • Explain the importance of anticipating the need for change.
    • Explain the relationship between frustration and stress.

     

    plus-sign BAM 510 Human Resource Management

    3 Semester Units

    This course examines the concepts, models, procedures, tools, and techniques of human resource management. Aspects of the individual and how the work environment influences people at work is explored, and the emphasis on recent and relevant findings from the behavioral sciences and other disciplines is discussed to help students apply appropriate human resource approaches in their organizational settings.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Distinguish the human resources responsibilities of line and staff (HR) managers.
    • Cite specific discriminatory personnel management practices in recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, layoffs, and benefits.
    • Discern at least three methods of collecting job analysis information including interviews, questionnaires, and observation.
    • Convey at least six factors that affect the usefulness of interviews.
    • Analyze important factors that shape ethical behavior at work.

     

    plus-sign BAM 511 Marketing Management

    3 Semester Units

    This course introduces basic marketing principles and policies and explores various marketing functions with an emphasis on marketing strategy planning and the integration of marketing with other business activities and functions. Price policies and controls are discussed, as well as the various trade channels, merchandising, market research, government regulations, and competitive practices.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Analyze the various fundamental marketing concepts.
    • Examine how marketing management has changed over time.
    • Distinguish between the necessary tasks for successful marketing management.
    • Examine what is included in a marketing plan.
    • Evaluate the components of a modern marketing information system.
    • Evaluate branding and how it works.
    • Analyze the steps involved in developing an advertising program.

     

    plus-sign BAM 515 Organizational Behavior

    3 Semester Units

    This course provides students an in-depth review of available theory and research on the behavior, structure, and process of organizations. Formal organizations and their structure will be critically examined, and human motivations and their constructive application to oneself and others will be discussed. Applicable behavioral science theories will be explored and students will be able to effectively apply the relevant concepts to the management of organizations.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Assess how and why organizational behavior determines the effectiveness of an organization.
    • Analyze research areas of organizational behavior such as learning, motivation, leadership, group behavior and communication.
    • Evaluate the nature of power and organizational politics.
    • Consider the relationship between organizational design and an organization’s structure.
    • Critique the various theories and models that explain why and how people and groups behave as they do.

     

    plus-sign BAM 530 Business Ethics

    3 Semester Units

    Business Ethics provides a managerial framework for integrating ethics into strategic business decisions. The framework provides an overview of the concepts, processes, and best practices associated with successful business ethics programs. This course also prepares students for the ethical dilemmas they may face in their business careers.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Explore the different types of ethical examinations and frameworks.
    • Evaluate the global complexity of business ethics.
    • Assess the concept of strategic planning with respect to ethics.
    • Explain the ethical issues that arise from relationship marketing.
    • Analyze the role of a code of ethics in organizations.

     

    plus-sign BAM 532 Organizational Theory

    3 Semester Units

    Organizational Theory will provide students with the most up-to-date and contemporary treatment of the way managers attempt to increase organizational effectiveness. Business is changing at break-neck speed so managers must be increasingly active in reorganizing their firms to gain a competitive edge. The origins of organizational culture, stakeholder approach to organizations and recent developments in organizational structure will also be covered.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Analyze how organizations function and relate to organizational structure, culture and design.
    • Examine organizational culture and the way members make decisions and interpret the organization’s environment.
    • Evaluate organizational strategy and the sources of core competences.
    • Analyze how confl ict can be managed by changing attitudes, attitudinal structuring, a procedural system, a third-party negotiator and employee rotation.

     

    plus-sign BAM 540 Project Management

    3 Semester Units

    This course takes a decision-making, business-oriented approach to the management of projects, which is reinforced with current examples of project management in action. It emphasizes not only individual project execution but also provides a strategic perspective, demonstrating means to manage projects at the program and portfolio levels. This course also addresses project management within the context of a variety of successful organizations, whether publicly held, private or not-for-profit.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Analyze how organizations go about evaluating, selecting and implementing projects.
    • Examine the role of the project manager in managing the interactions among scope, cost, schedule, team and customer expectations.
    • Discover some emerging trends in project management and predict what the process of managing projects will be like in the future.

     

    plus-sign BAM 547 Conflict Management

    3 Semester Units

    The overall purpose of the course is to enhance and strengthen skills when managing conflict. The course examines the dynamics of everyday conflicts across a variety of settings, from personal relationships to the workplace. Both theory and application will be reviewed, with an emphasis on their interrelation.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Identify the elements present in all conflicts.
    • Clarify the impact gender and culture have on conflict choices.
    • Examine typical conflict reactions in your family of origin and their impact on you.
    • Analyze the types of goals people try to accomplish in conflicts.
    • Conceptually distinguish between different styles of conflict (both individually and collectively).
    • Assess how power is best seen as relational rather than individual.
    • Distinguish between mediation, arbitration and adjudication.

     

    plus-sign BAM 550 Leadership

    3 Semester Units

    This course focuses on leadership theories that seek to explain how traits, behaviors, or situational factors influence leadership style and effectiveness. Students will develop the competencies and skills to immediately start using these principles in their personal and professional lives. The course also explores the critical question of how well a leader is able to influence followers to achieve group objectives—this is what distinguishes effective from ineffective leaders.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Analyze classical and contemporary leadership theories.
    • Examine the importance of managerial leadership skills.
    • Differentiate transformational and transactional leadership.
    • Evaluate the relationships among negotiation and conflict, influencing tactics, power, and politics.
    • Examine the importance of ethical principles, personal and company values, and socially responsible leadership practices.

     

    plus-sign BAM 554 Employee Training and Development

    3 Semester Units

    Employee training and development plays a key role in helping companies meet competitive challenges. This course explores the use of innovative training and development practices. Both employees and companies are concerned with developing future skills and managing careers. These new relationships and trends are explored in this course.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Explicate the role of training and development in companies.
    • Assess how training practices and the organization of the training function can support business goals.
    • Judge how to identify when training is appropriate.
    • Explore the various learning theories and characteristics of a learning environment.
    • Pinpoint cost-effective training by evaluating the return on investment of training and learning.
    • Compare and contrast various training methods such as presentational, hands-on methods, and group methods.
    • Distinguish new technologies that are increasingly being used in training, including web-based instruction, multimedia, distance learning, e-learning and blended learning.
    • Scrutinize developmental methods of training, including topics such as 360-degree feedback and mentoring.

     

    plus-sign BAM 562 Modern Management

    3 Semester Units

    Modern Management is a comprehensive approach to the skills of business management. Traditional concepts, theories, contemporary issues and practical applications are examined with the goal of improving organizational efficiency.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Comprehend the importance of management to society and individuals.
    • Appreciate both arguments for and against the assumption of social responsibilities by businesses.
    • Recognize the advantages of having diversity in the workforce.
    • Distinguish what kind of changes should be made within an organization and how to implement those changes.
    • Assess production, productivity and quality.

     

    plus-sign GRM 597 The Research Process

    3 Semester Units

    This is a required course for Master’s Degree students to develop an understanding of various research methods. The course provides guidance in planning research strategy, documentation of research data and design of a defensible study. It also explores and analyzes examples of research from many different disciplines, development and use of computer-aided research and writing skills and logical argumentation techniques in stating and defending research data.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate competencies comparable to those achieved within traditional institutions of higher learning that require resident instruction and evaluation.
    • Exhibit a broad comprehension of research methodologies utilized in the social sciences, health sciences, government, business, and other related fields.
    • Analyze, synthesize and evaluate the knowledge acquired in this subject area and apply it in practical situations.

     

    plus-sign BAM 599 Strategic Management: Capstone

    3 Semester Units

    Strategic Management: Capstone is designed to challenge student to integrate knowlege they have acquired across the breadth and depth of the master's program.  Students learn new strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation concepts and techniques. Utilizing this new knowledge, coupled with knowledge acquired from other courses, students will be able to chart the future direction of different organizations. Knowledge of strategic management will enable students to analyze firms in different industries, make objective strategic decisions for companies, and justify those decisions through oral or written communication.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Understand the strategic-management process.
    • Describe the benefits of good strategic management.
    • Write good vision and mission statements.
    • Discuss the value of establishing long-term objectives.
    • Describe a three-stage framework for choosing among alternative strategies.
    • Explain market segmentation and product positioning as strategy-implementation tools.
    • Describe a practical framework for evaluating strategies.

     

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