Online Master's in Leadership
Master of Science in Management - Organizational Leadership and Change
Explore the ability to manage change effectively, and study how to improve organizational performance and effectiveness in Colorado Technical University’s Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and Change. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for management analysts is promising. This occupation is projected to grow by 11 percent from 2021-2031, which is faster than the average growth rate for all occupations.1 CTU’s program is grounded in organizational, strategic, and change management theory, and focuses on practical, growth-oriented activities for today's challenging business and institutional environments.
This program provides an opportunity to develop your decision-making skills and increase your self-awareness in situations ranging from small groups to complex organizations, including multicultural environments. You will also have the opportunity to broaden your understanding of organizational leadership theory, research, strategy and methodology, as well as explore individual and group reaction to change.
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For the eighth consecutive year, CTU's Master of Science in Management degree programs are ranked among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs (excluding MBA) by U.S. News & World Report.*
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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
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Effective April 3, 2018, this program is no longer available for future enrollments at the Colorado Springs Campus.
The Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and Change (MSM-OLC) is a 48-credit-hour program offered online and at the Aurora campus. The program includes 28 credit hours devoted to the management core and 20 credit hours for the organizational leadership and change concentration.
In this degree program, students have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in organizational leadership theory, research, strategy, and methodology. The program emphasizes self-awareness as manager/leader in small groups, complex organizations, and organizational change in multicultural contexts. While this program is strongly grounded in organizational, strategic, and change management theory, the curriculum is focused on practical, growth-oriented activities to promote educational relevance and applicability in today’s challenging business and institutional environments. The degree program is designed for those who wish to broaden and expand on their experience in organizational leadership and change management.
This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification. As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.
The mission of the College of Business and Management is to offer professional market-driven business degrees that build business competencies transferrable to all industries. The College of Business and Management accomplishes this mission by offering curriculum that aligns to industry standards, remains relevant, and builds practical skills applicable to the competitive global business environment.
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours FINC615
Emphasizes management decision making utilizing accounting and finance concepts. The following subjects are addressed in the course: financial reports and metrics, financial analysis and planning, financial forecasting, financial markets, financial leverage, working capital management, capital budgeting processes, cost of capital and long term financing. The student will apply the knowledge learned by completing a financial strategy report and accomplishing a research report summarizing an application of financial analysis from either the academic or professional literature.
Applied Managerial Finance 4 INTD670The course analyzes the concepts of leadership versus managerial roles and responsibilities relative to societal expectations for ethical behavior and regulatory scrutiny affecting both leaders and managers in an organization setting. This course also differentiates among ethical decision-making processes and decision problems with ethical implications. Students examine a variety of complex ethical issues confronting industry leaders and professionals as they work with various stakeholders of an organization. Additionally, students explore the code of conduct at work, methods to implement a code of conduct, and issues related to managing conflicts of interest within a decision making process. Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making 4 IT600
Information Technology Management explores the use of information technology to achieve competitive advantage, efficient operations and effective decision-making. This course also analyzes the functions of information technology and its impact on competitive strategy and organizational operations.
IT Management 4 MGMT604
After this course the student will be able to help potential managers deal effectively with the human element in organizations. It examines causes of human behavior and how it affects management challenges such as communication, decision-making, leadership and motivation. The course is oriented toward team and project-based organizations and builds knowledge and skills to successfully operate in contemporary organizations. As a class, students will reflect on both our experience in organizations (companies) and as an organization (class).
Organizational Behavior 4 MGMT690
Students will master analytical and integrative tools to perform in-depth analyses of industries, firms, and competitors. Course material includes methods to predict competitive behavior and develop and implement strategic plans to achieve and sustain a competitive profile in the emerging global marketplace.
Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments 4 MKTG630
This course emphasizes the application of marketing concepts, tools and decision-making processes middle managers use in developing marketing plans, programs and strategies. Within the marketing strategy framework, it also examines market analysis and measurement, profitability and productivity analysis, product development, promotion and pricing strategies, the logistics systems approach and the marketing plan. The student will apply the knowledge learned by structuring and presenting to the class a practical strategic marketing plan.
Applied Managerial Marketing 4 PM600
This course emphasizes the development and integration of project management in organizations. It provides an overview and introduction to the discipline of project management, coupled with an examination of the techniques that project managers use to complete their projects on schedule, within budgeted cost, and according to specified scope and quality. With materials presented by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) in its Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), students explore the theoretical and operational framework of project management relating to the project life-cycle of project initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.
Project Management Processes in Organizations 4 Total Credit Hours: 28
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours MGMT671
In this course, students will become acquainted with the history, major theories, research, and major figures in the field of Organizational Leadership (OL). This introduction will be followed by an exploration of the different stages involved in OL (pre-launch, entry and start-up; diagnosis, assessment, and feedback; and action planning). This course is specifically designed to provide students with the basic theoretical and competency base needed to assist with and facilitate positive, planned change efforts within organizations. Students will complete this course prepared to delve further into specific topics in organizational leadership principles and change.
Introduction to Organizational Leadership and Change 4 MGMT672
In this course, students will examine the methods, models, and processes specifically related to diagnosing and planning for organizational change. This course aims to help students become successful strategists as well as effective managers and leaders of change. This course is intended to help students develop an appreciation of the impact of internal and external factors that impact change to an organization. The course will cover techniques for developing and improving an organization through strategic change management initiatives.
Strategic Change Management 4 MGMT673
In this course, students study the differing variations of organizational design and when each type might be a useful and appropriate design that can lead the organization and its leaders to their desired goals. Other concepts/models that the student will be engaged in: integration, environmental complexity and dynamism, decision-making rights, employee commitment, job design as well as different styles of management. Practical action plans will be prepared and obstacles to success will be discussed. At the end of the course, the student will have worked through the important aspects of organizational design and redesign and be able to share work with others in an articulate manner. The outcome of this work could be applied to an organizational situation.
Foundation of Organizational Design 4 MGMT675
In this course, students study many aspects of leadership and organizational power. The student will gain the ability to identify differing styles of leadership and determine when a certain style or combination of styles might be preferred in a certain situation. The student will delve into the world of organizational power and politics and discover how those concepts can be used to keep production and morale at peak levels. Action plans will be prepared and discussed. The student will have worked through the facets of leadership and organizational power and should be able to share their work with others in an articulate manner.
Leadership and Organizational Power 4 MGMT659In the Management Capstone, students will demonstrate the application of content, concepts, and knowledge developed in previous core and concentration courses in their specific academic program. The course requires the completion of comprehensive research, analysis, and study in either a selected area of interest or a current business issue impacting the learner’s organization or company. Students will complete an in-depth project utilizing discipline-specific strategies. Research methodologies are used to prepare a formal report. Management Capstone 4 Total Credit Hours: 20
Total Credit Hours: 48
Accreditations and Alignments
The OLC concentration was developed to align with the Organizational Development Network (OD Network).
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Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:
- Active duty military status
- Number of credits transferred and accepted from other institutions
- Eligibility for a Corporate Alliances Grant (check with your CTU Admissions Advisor)
- Tuition Reimbursement (talk to your HR Manager)
- Grants or scholarships at CTU
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CTU’s Master of Science in Management (MSM) in Organizational Leadership and Change Degree Program is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant for pursuing potential opportunities in the workforce. This management degree program emphasizes development of students’ decision-making skills and increasing self-awareness in situations ranging from small groups to complex organizations. Students can broaden their understanding of organizational leadership theory, research, strategy, and methodology, as well as explore individual and group reaction to change.
As you work to complete your MSM, you will be immersed in courses where you will study these topics and much more: methods, models, and processes specifically related to diagnosing and planning for organizational change; identifying differing styles of leadership and when each might be preferred in a certain situation; and the history, major theories, research, and major figures in the field of organizational leadership.
Courses for the Master of Science in Management in Organizational Leadership and Change start online approximately every five weeks. Completion of the CTU admissions process will depend on how quickly you complete the steps in the CTU online application process. You may complete the application process over the phone with an advisor or you may go online. Once you’ve completed the online application, you may hear from an advisor within the following 24 hours to discuss the next steps toward starting your degree program. Master’s programs may have additional entrance requirements that take additional processing time.
The Master of Science in Management in Organizational Leadership and Change degree program consists of 48 credits. You may be eligible for transfer credit, which is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer.
As you study topics in management and leadership that are always being evaluated and updated to reflect industry-relevant trends, you will experience a curriculum through classroom learning and hands-on experience that aligns to industry standards and helps you work to develop skills that are applicable to the competitive global business environment.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Management Analysts, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/management-analysts.htm, visited January 30, 2023.