Organization and Leadership

The Organization and Leadership program is committed to providing students with knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to become leaders in educational settings and community contexts. We believe in leaders who are motivated to transform themselves, organizations and institutions by developing skills to a) understand and critique systems of power and b) reimagine, create, and lead organizations based on principles of justice, democratic participation, and service. 

Students may pursue the M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) or a M.A. or Ed.D. in Organization and Leadership. 

Organization and Leadership graduates are prepared to assume leadership positions in a variety of settings. They may also consider consulting or higher education teaching positions.

For more information, please visit the Organization and Leadership Program page.

Educational Philosophy of the O&L Program

The O&L program collaboratively prepares graduate students who will possess the knowledge, skills, values and vision to transform and change organizations as leaders. We assume that adult learners bring skill sets to the learning environment where collaborative student-centered interactions can take place among faculty and peers. It is through dialog, new knowledge and experiences that new ideas and reform can take place. In the Jesuit tradition of valuing the student learner, faculty seek to provide students with opportunities for self-renewal and growth. 

Master’s Programs

The faculty of the Organization and Leadership department offer two M.A. Programs: Master of Arts in Organization and Leadership, and the Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA).

The Master of Arts in Organization and Leadership gives students the opportunity to focus their study in several areas that represent current dimensions and challenges of leadership: the university, corporations, healthcare, technology, K-12 schooling, and international development. The M.A. in O&L requires the completion of 30 credits: 27 credits of course work and a 3-credit M. A. Thesis/ Field Project, O&L 655.

Requirements include:

  • O&L 614 Introduction to Organization and Leadership
  • GEDU 603 Research Methods of Education

Students complete 15 credits in one of the of the following focus areas:

  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Instructional Leadership
  • 21st Century Leadership

And 6 credits of electives in consultation with their faculty advisor and the O&L 655 M.A. Thesis/Field Project (3 credits).

The Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) within the Organization and Leadership (O&L) program combines a rigorous academic curriculum with practicum experiences in various areas of student life (e.g., intercultural center, student engagement, residence life) to prepare professionals working in or aspiring toward administrative leadership positions in Higher Education. Important objectives of the HESA concentration are to train professionals who will 1) understand issues of access and equity in higher education and the unique experiences and problems facing underrepresented groups and 2) think critically about the complexities involved in transforming organizations and programs in order to achieve equitable outcomes for all students. Requirements include 24 credits of course work, 3 credits of Practicum and a 3 credit Masters Capstone, ED 667.

Course work includes:

  • O&L 744 Academic and Student Affairs
  • O&L 614 Introduction to Organization and Leadership
  • O&L 741 American Institutions of Higher Education
  • O&L 663 Race, Diversity and Higher Education
  • O&L 662 Campus Environments and Cultures
  • O&L 656 Student Development in College
  • O&L 626 Sociocultural Foundations
  • O&L 657 Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education

3 credits in Practicum:

  • O&L 645 Practicum in HESA I (1 credit)
  • O&L 646 Practicum in HESA II (1 credit)
  • O&L 647 Practicum in HESA III (1 credit)

In addition to the above, students are required to complete a Masters Capstone course, O&L 667 Capstone Seminar, for 3 credits.

Masters Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Critique Systems of Power
    1. Identify ways institutions perpetuate, and create opportunities to challenge, injustice, inequality, and oppression.
  2. Organizational Complexities
    1. Identify, describe, and critique theories for analyzing organizations and institutions and their relationship to society.
  3. Leadership
    1. Identify, describe, and critique leadership theory and traditional approaches to leadership in educational settings and community contexts.
    2. Articulate a leadership philosophy and develop practical approaches to function as agents of change.

Doctoral Program 

The following are required for the above listed EdD 60 Credit program:

General Education

  • GEDU 706 Applied Educational Statistics (3)
  • GEDU 708 Research Methods in Education (3)

Foundations (3 credits required):

One course from the following:

  • GEDU 700 Philosophical Foundations (3)
  • GEDU 701 Anthropology of Education
  • GEDU 702 Sociology of Education
  • GEDU 704 Psychological Foundations of Education (3)
  • GEDU 705 Law and Education (3)
  • GEDU 720 Technology and Education

Advanced Research (3 credits required):

One course from the following:

  • GEDU 707 Advanced Statistics
  • GEDU 710 Analysis of Variance Designs (3)
  • GEDU 711 Survey Research (3)
  • GEDU 712 Qualitative Research (3)
  • GEDU 713 Content Analysis (3)
  • GEDU 714 Educational and psychological Measurement (3)
  • GEDU 715 Anthropological Research in Education (3)
  • GEDU 716 Program Ealuation (3)
  • GEDU 718 Ethnicity and Multicultural Issues in Research (3)
  • GEDU 721 Correlation Designs (3)
  • GEDU 722 Meta-Analysis (3)
  • GEDU 723 Participatory Critical Pedagogy Research (3)
  • GEDU 724 Introduction to SPSS (3)

Program Core (9 credits required):

  • O&L 750 Organizational Theory: Applications and Implications (3)
  • O&L 751 Leadership Theories (3)

And one of the following:

  • O&L 754 School, Community and Society (3)
  • O&L 763 Race, Diversity and Higher Education (3)

O&L Courses (18 Credits Required):

Students can choose 18 credits from the following

  • O&L 715 Information Systems in Education Management
  • O&L 717 International Adult Learnign in Domestic and Transcultural Setting (3)
  • O&L 718 Culture and Law (3)
  • O&L 719 Participatory Research (3)
  • O&L 721 School Finance and Budgeting (3)
  • O&L 722 Leadership in Urban Contexts (3)
  • O&L 723 Small Group Dynamics (3)
  • O&L 724 Human Resources in Educational Management (3)
  • O&L 725 Writing for Publication in Educational Management (3)
  • O&L 727 Legimation of Power in Societies and ORganizations (3)
  • O&L 728 Culture and Work (3)
  • O&L 730 Educational Leadership (3)
  • O&L 731 Politics of Education (2)
  • O&L 732 Data, Assessment & Curriculum
  • O&L 733 Professional Practice of Educational Leadership (A) (1)
  • O&L 734 Professional Practice of Educational Leadership (B) (1)
  • O&L 735 The New Distance Education (3)
  • O&L 736 Urban Superintendent (2)
  • O&L 737 Pressing Urban Issues (2)
  • O&L 738 Advocacy, Media and Law (2)
  • O&L 740 Higher Education in the Global Environment (3)
  • O&L 741 American Institutions in Higher Education (3)
  • O&L 742 Operational Management in Higher Education (3)
  • O&L 743 Program and Faculty Development (3)
  • O&L 744 Academic and STudent Affairs in Higher Education (3)
  • O&L 747 Higher Education Law (3)
  • O&L 749 Economics and Finance of Higher Education (3)
  • O&L 752 Data Based Decision Making for School Leaders (3)
  • O&L 756 Student Development in College (3)
  • O&L 757 Assessment & Evaluation in Highe Education (3)
  • O&L 758 Fundamentals of Management (3)
  • O&L 759 Women in Management (3)
  • O&L 760 Professional Rhetoric and Presentation (3)
  • O&L 761 Policy Analysis in the Pluralistic Society (3)
  • O&L 762 Campus Environments and Cultures (3)
  • O&L 764 The Community College (3)
  • O&L 765 Negotiations and Conflict Resolutions (3)
  • O&L 766 Ethical Organizations (3)
  • O&L 797 Directed Study (1-3)
  • O&L 798 Special Topics S (1-3)

Elective courses (12 credits required):

With the permission of the advisor, students can draw from the O&L courses or from other doctoral level courses in the School of Education (700 level only courses).

Dissertation Courses (9 credits required):

  • O&L 709 Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3)
  • O&L 790 Dissertation Proposal Development (3)
  • O&L 791 Dissertation Proposal Development (3)

Total requirements: 60 credits

Students complete the program by successfully defending their dissertation research in Dissertation Research and Writing (O&L 791).

The Organization and Leadership Program Learning Outcomes:

  • The programs brings before students a continuum of new knowledge and understanding that reflects current theories, research, and innovative practices.
  • The program equips students to apply the principles of leadership theory in a broad range of settings to effectively lead individuals and organizations to success.
  • The program equips students to select, implement, and manage appropriate leadership methodologies to meet individual, group, and organizational needs in K-12 through higher education, for-profit, and nonprofit settings.
  • The program equips students to utilize and conduct research to evaluate and improve organizational processes.
  • Create leaders who are able to critically examine organizations in order to promote equitable outcomes.
  • Foster advocacy for social justice with a consciousness around the experiences and challenges facing historically underrepresented groups.
  • Understand and apply research to problems of practice.
  • Develop leaders who are self-reflective of their practice and its implications for social justice and equity.

The Organizational and Leadership Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Graduates will have acquired the knowledge, understanding, tools and skills necessary to assume leadership roles in organizations at the local, state, national and international levels.
  • Graduates will have an understanding of research methods and demonstrate competencies to engage in rigorous scholarship.
  • Graduates will be able to relate theory to practice and demonstrate synthesis of advanced knowledge by improving organizations.
  • Graduates will have adopted habits of personal and scholarly reflections that examine professional practice and lead to systemic renewal.