M.A. in Strategic Leadership Courses

GLE500: Spiritual Leadership / Personal Leadership Development (3 credits)

There are many different concepts concerning leadership. This introductory course explores the principles of spiritual leadership that are revealed in the Bible and exemplified in the lives of Jesus Christ and subsequent spiritual leaders. The course materials review selected writings from both sacred and secular authors to give the student a broad perspective of leadership, with primary emphasis placed on spiritual models.


GLE550: Leadership Strategies & Change (3 credits)

This course investigates the analytical process that enables leaders to make effective and efficient (strategic) organizational decisions for sustainable impact, with emphasis on the manner in which leaders can persuade members to bring about successful organizational change. It is a study of the methods and nature of strategic planning, including the internal and external environments and opportunities leaders face in strategic planning, the leader’s task in responding to the variables within these environments, and the impact of these variables on strategic choices. Topics include how to assess critical variables impacting organizations, key factors in the change process, and communicating essential observations and recommendations.


GLE600: History and Theory of Organizational Leadership – Online (3 credits)

This course exams the history and development of organizational theory, organizational design, and current practice regarding organizational structures and the dynamics of individual and collective behavior within organizations. A synthesis and integration of major traditions in organizational theory will help the student evaluate the impact of environment on organizational structure, culture, and leadership. Emphasis on the role of leadership and cultural values are considered from a Christian worldview. Emphasis will be placed on grounding theoretical concepts in personal and practical applications so students can better understand the chaotic and constantly changing world of organizations.


GLE605: Leadership Ethics (3 credits)

Leadership Ethics is a study of ethics in the workplace and the role of leaders in fostering ethical behavior.  Students explore the theology of ethics and leadership and consider how our biblical roots have its place in organizational ethics.  Case studies, discussion, self-assessment exercises and reading assignments explore the basics frameworks of ethical behavior.  Students will demonstrate competency in critical thinking skills to both identify and remedy ethical issues that may be encountered in organizational settings.  Students will be encouraged to develop a framework of ethical decision-making within a personal philosophy of leadership. 


GLE610: Global Leadership (3 credits)

This course is an investigation into cross-cultural competences as essential components for meaningful human relationships and on a professional level for success as a leader. Leaders need to understand how to cope with the differing ideologies of our pluralistic, modern society. This course examines biblically grounded principles and models that will enable the student to understand the extent and realities of cultural diversity, helping the student to be an effective leader in a multi-cultural context. This interdisciplinary study deals with the leadership implications and strategies of the religious, ideological, and cultural diversity that surrounds us in our local and global context. Special focus is given to the growth and dynamics of worldwide and local ethnic communities in order to form an understanding of leadership principles and practices.


GLE615: Organizational Behavior and Analysis - Online (3 credits)

This course will investigate the impact that individuals, groups, and organizational structure and culture have on behavior within organizations and how this knowledge can be applied toward improving an organization's effectiveness. The course will examine role behavior, group dynamics, motivation, conflict, job stress and satisfaction, and decision-making, and the relationship between the organization and the leader.


GLE620: Interpersonal Management (3 credits)

This course develops a conceptual foundation in the theory and practice of interpersonal dynamics. The development of successful leadership requires an understanding of group dynamics and multiple dimensions of interpersonal relationships as they affect individuals, groups, and the organizational whole. This course provides opportunities to participate in and analyze group behavior, understand the evolution of the group's life cycle, and become aware of the influence of non-verbal communication on members of a group in order to enhance an organization's accomplishment of its mission. Such topics as perception, personality, attitudes, and interpersonal communication will be addressed. This course will address various models of interpersonal behavior to managerial and organizational issues, while enhancing interpersonal competence, especially team-building, motivation, listening, and assertiveness skills.


GLE625: Project Management (3 credits)

Effective project management knowledge, skills, and values are critical to leading successfully in corporate project environments and to accomplish organizational objectives. This course will equip learners with knowledge, skills and values— by explaining core project management concepts and techniques. During the course, project management knowledge is enhanced through project management skill development that uses case study examples to demonstrate how project management best practices are applied within the context of the real world.

The course is intended for students as well as for working professionals. The course is designed to present the essential skills students need to make effective contributions and to have an immediate impact on the accomplishment of projects in which they are involved. It prepares students with marketable and transferable proficiencies and sends them into the workforce ready to apply project management knowledge and skills.

While professional certification is optional for participants in the course, the course is intentionally structured to encourage certification through the Project Management Institute. For students, the course will prepare them to take the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) examination. For working professionals with requisite project management experience, the course will prepare them to apply for and take the Project Management Professional (PMP) examination.


GLE630: Research in Leadership (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with the research skills needed to make better decisions. This includes research design, literature searching, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. lt provides students with the skills they need to complete their Capstone project.


GLE645: Thesis (3 credits)

This course is one of the final capstone options in this program. It is an opportunity for students to go into some depth in a research study of a topic of their choice related to the field of strategic leadership. It will include a literature review plus either a quantitative or a qualitative study of some depth.


GLE650: Capstone Project (3 credits)

This course is one of the final capstone options in this program. lt is an opportunity for students to do an applied research study of a topic of their choice related to the field of strategic leadership. The course will include a literature review plus an action research project which uses quantitative and/or qualitative research.