MLS 505 THE HISTORY AND THEORY OF LEADERSHIP (3): In this survey course, students explore both historical and contemporary leadership theories and models. Particular emphasis is placed on evaluating leadership theories from a biblical perspective and the ways in which these theories can be applied in their own organizations. Students are also introduced to the concepts of worldview, culture, and paradigms and the effects that such concepts have on leadership practices.
MLS 510 LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATION (3): This course is designed to build and enhance the types of specialized organizational and interpersonal communication skills that are necessary to support effective leadership. The ability to use these skills to create commitment to organizational vision, goals, and workplace culture is a specific course focus. In addition, students examine various communication models, conflict resolution strategies, and the effect of diversity and technology on communication.
MLS 515 LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS (3): The moral dimension of leadership is a primary consideration in this course as students explore the biblical and philosophical foundations of ethics in relation to organizational behavior and leadership. Particular emphasis is given to examining the relational process between leader and collaborator and the critical role ethics play in helping to shape that relationship.
MOL 520 RESEARCH METHODS (3): This course is designed to acquaint students with various research methodologies and to enable students to construct and develop data collection plans and data gathering instruments that can be used in ongoing workplace practice. The course emphasizes the use of qualitative methods in the context of conducting and interpreting research. Upon course completion, students will have gained the ability to identify issues in organizations that benefit from qualitative research analysis, develop an organizational culture description, and apply research skills in organizational settings.
MLS 525 LEADERSHIP AND MOTIVATION (3): This course investigates motivational and organizational psychology theories as a means of creating servant leadership models. In addition, strategies are investigated that organizational leaders employ to create environments conductive to high levels of self-motivation and growth among individuals in organizational settings. Specific biblical applications are compared and contrasted with current theory.
MLS 530 LEADERSHIP AND STRATEGY/ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE (3): Through a study of related theories and models, this course lays the foundation for an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of positive organizational change. In addition to investigating present and future trends in organizational change, students are shown how change can be implemented with biblical, servant-leadership perspectives and how such change models can be sustained. Students gain experience by designing a change model and applying it to their own organizations.
MLS 535 LEADERSHIP AND DECISION-MAKING (3): Decision-making theories, models, research, and techniques are explored in detail. Students will be able to apply these principles to various organizational settings. A heightened awareness of the place ethics and a biblical worldview play in effective decision-making is a specific course focus. A decision-making model, aimed at addressing a specific organizational situation, is developed by each student to enhance his/her leadership skills.
MLS 540 PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIZATIONAL FINANCE (3): Students are provided with a working knowledge of essential concepts that are used in understanding the financial picture of organizations. The application of those concepts for effective organizational leadership and decision-making is a key emphasis. In addition, students examine the importance that stewardship and ethics play in financial decision-making.
MLS 550 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - (3): This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity for self-assessment, reflection, and goal setting. Students discover ways in which self-assessment can be used to develop their own professional goals as well as encourage professional growth among other individuals in their organizations. In addition, the concepts of vocation, calling, and gift identification are explored from both the professional development and biblical literature perspectives.
MLS 555 INTEGRATED LEADERSHIP PROJECT (3): The ILP is a three-credit capstone academic endeavor that is developed over the course of the MSLS program experience, similar to a portfolio process. The ILP is a record, an expression, of the student's individual conception of organizational leadership that describes how the theories and concepts from each course contributes to his/her developing perspective. It includes chapters related to each of the courses, an annotated bibliography on organizational leadership and a concluding chapter that summarizes the student's personal philosophy of organizational leadership.