OVERVIEW

The Master of Science in Strategic Leadership Degree program prepares students to become professional leaders or administrators in their own career paths or business organizations. This program provides the process for students to develop their philosophy of leadership, the methods to analyze and think strategically and the opportunity to master concepts and techniques related to organizational leadership

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The applicant should meet the following requirements in order to be admitted to the Master’s Program:

  • An applicant must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or Management from an accredited college or university.
  • Having at least 2 years of working experience in the position of General Manager, CEO,top executives
  • Writing Examination and minimum Grade B of interview
  • Having TOFEFL Certificate 530 (minimum) or English Certificate Grade C or having Bachelor’s Degree of Faculty of English, accredited by Vietnam Ministry of Training and Education.
  • Students who have insufficient Business Administration undergraduate degrees or have not taken undergraduate business courses in Accounting, Economics, Financial Management, General Management, and Marketing may be required to take the following prerequisites survey courses for the MBA program.
  • BUS 5210 Survey of Accounting
  • BUS 5211 Survey of Finance
  • BUS 5212 Survey of Marketing
  • BUS 5213 Survey of Economics
  • BUS 5214 Survey of Management

All survey courses are one unit each. The survey courses may be waived if completed at the undergraduate level with a grade of C or higher. Also, those courses may be waived based on extensive work experience. 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The Master’s Degree Programs are comprised of 39 semester units of credit. Candidates must satisfy a combination of required core courses, emphasis courses as outlined below, and a capstone project included in the last course. Course requirements may be completed using a combination of previously earned transfer credit and Learning Modules.

The General Objectives for our Academic Programs are designed to:

  • Allow our online students to acquire an academic degree at their own convenience and without needing to attend a traditional classroom.
  • Offer students the resources, assistance and support needed to complete their degree program requirements.
  • Promote students’ satisfaction through support and services provided by the faculty and staff as they complete their degree program.
  • Provide students with a high quality curriculum that will enable them to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and skilled problem-solvers in today’s global society.
  • Create an educational experience for our students that is challenging, stimulating, and innovative while developing professionals with the latest and most comprehensive information in their field of study.
  • Promote the students’ learning and acquisition of knowledge through research, high academic standards, cutting-edge courses, and the latest use of technological resources.
  • To use the students’ knowledge to improve the functioning of the professional field and communities in which they live and work

CURRICULUM

Core Courses (All Required) 39 Semester Credit Hours

Course No.                              Title                                         Credit Hours

MIS 6110                       Management Information Systems               3

LED 5531                      Leadership Theories and Concepts                3

LED 5541                      Leader and the Leadership Process                3  

LED 5545                      Leadership in Organizations                          3

BUS 5581                      Coaching and Mentoring                              3

ORG 6130                     Organizational Behavior                               3

ENT 6431                      Entrepreneurship                                         3

HRM 6180                     Human Resource Management                      3

LED 6851                      Conflict Resolution                                       3

LED 6900                      Negotiation/Deal Making                               3

LED 6910                      Team & Group Dynamics                              3

LED 6920                      Change Management                                    3

BUS 6190                      Strategic Management Capstone                   3

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

CORE COURSES:


MIS 6110    Management Information Systems

Managing information systems has become a task for all levels of managers and all functional areas of the business. In today’s digital firm there is no escaping the opportunities (as well as the challenges) that technology brings.

This course focuses on provides the students with an understanding of the nature of the digital firm and its key issues in organizing and managing the firm.  Managers of digital firms need to identify the challenges facing their firm, understand the technologies that will help them meet these challenges; design business processes to take advantage of the technologies; and create management procedures and policies to implement the require change.  

(3 credit hours)

LED 5531  Leadership Theories and Concepts-
This course examines leadership from a holistic practical of view by looking at different ways to help the leader become more effective in different leadership situations. The concept and theories covered in this course shed light into the complexity of the challenges that face leader today.

In order to become effective, leaders need the skills to build high –performing work teams and to assure that these teams are outcome focused and integrated into organizational goals.

This course explores leadership development, the use of power and influence, leadership values, behavior and traits, situational characteristics, methods of team building, leadership skills and organizational change.

Strategic leadership skills, knowledge and abilities necessary for facilitation, creation, and maintenance of highly functional groups are also discussed. This course, therefore, acts as a guide for interpreting leadership theory and research
(3 credit hours)

LED 5541  Leader and the Leadership Process–

This course is designed to serve as a catalyst to the students of leadership’s thinking and dialogue about leaders and the leadership process. Students of leadership should look at themselves within the context of leadership in order to understand the phenomenon and the complexity associated with organizational leadership.By understanding the leadership process, the student will be able to connect the key components involved in the process: namely; the leader, the follower, the context, the process and the outcomes.Since the leadership process is both interactive and dynamic, one component will influence the others and students of leadership need to understand this dynamic in order for them to understand the leadership process. This course prepares the students to become effective leaders by exposing them to a discussion that goes beyond leadership theory.

(3 credit hours)

LED 5545 Leadership in Organizations

This course is about leadership in organizations. Its primary focus is on managerial leadership as opposed to parliamentary leadership, leadership in social movements, or emergent leadership in informal groups. The course represents a broad survey of theory and research on leadership in formal organizations. The topic of leadership effectiveness is of special interest, and the discussion keeps returning to the question of what makes a person an effective leader.

With the focus on effective leadership in organizations, the course is especially relevant to the students, to the person who is currently a manager, to the person who intends to become a manager in the near future, as well as to the practicing manager who is looking for something more than superficial answers to difficult questions about leadership. Although this is the primary book for this course, there are supplemental readings identified in this syllabus that is helpful in acquiring a broader academic and professional perspective of leadership in organizations.

(3 credit hours).

LED 5581 Coaching and Mentoring

This course offers an introduction to the necessary tools that a leader or manager needs to become an effective coach and/or mentor. Topics include: building trust, showing empathy, active listening, using influence tactics, helping others set goals, monitoring performance, giving feedback, encouraging positive actions, discouraging negative actions, training team members, helping others solve problems, helping difficult people and developing protégés. Develop effective coaching and communication skills which are vital in organizations to build rapport among colleagues, create positive instructional change, and enhance self-esteem. This course emphasizes experiential learning and the skills of effective relating and problem solving needed in today's management style.
(3 credit hours)

ORG 6130 Organizational Behavior
Organizational Behavior is the study of what people think, feel, and do in and around organizations. This course allows the student to systematically study individual, team, and structural characteristics that influence behavior in organization.The topics covered in this course enlighten the student on the complex relationships that are present among individuals, groups, organizations and society. This course emphasizes a dynamic systems approach to the understanding and facilitation of work relationships through the study of interaction of individual needs and abilities, and traits with organizational goals, structure and the long term creation and addition of value to the individual, the group, and the organization.
(3 credit hours)

ENT 6431 Entrepreneurship

This course is a primer for aspiring small business owners. Students will explore step-by-step procedures necessary to set up and manage a small business. Topics include the development of the business plan, market entry strategies, organization and financing, and critical factors for small business owners and entrepreneurs. The course provides students with the skills to build, work for, invest in, advise or consult to social ventures at any point in their career path.

(3 credit hours)

HRM 6180 Human Resource Management
This course provides a management exploration of human resource management, structure, functional applications, and labor management relations.

Based upon classical and contemporary theory, this course forms a humanistic and legal analysis of organizations, focusing on the role of human resource management in the creation of organizational strategy. This course examines managers and leaders within organizations and their responsibility to optimize performance and make decisions based on ethical criteria. Human resource divisions are articulated in this course into six broad areas of thematic emphasis: introduction and strategy in human resource management; acquiring human resources; including job recruitment, planning and aligning human performance goals with organizational objectives; managing performance and compensation issues; training and workforce development, labor relations and collective bargaining; and promotion of workplace health and safety.

(3 credit hours)

LED 6851 Conflict Resolution

This course introduces students to the foundation and theories of conflict management. The course includes an interdisciplinary introduction to conflict, sources of conflict, and conflict theory and integrates an overview of how to deal with interpersonal and inter-group, organizational, community, international, and intercultural conflict. Students will gain critical skills in multi-party and public facilitation and mediation, as well as skills mediation.  This course examines the central principles of effective conflict management in a wide variety of contexts, especially in the workplace. By using a combination of up-to-date research and examples, the students receive a theoretical and practical foundation in conflict management.

(3 credit hours)

LED 6900 Negotiation/Deal Making
This course discusses the nature of negotiations that are difficult to resolve. We examine the nature of impasses- What makes negotiations intractable-and discuss four elements that make negotiations difficult to resolve: the parties, the negotiation setting, the types of issues, and the conflict management process.We explores the fundamental mistakes that negotiator make that cause negotiation impasses. Finally, we discuss strategies that negotiators can use to resolve impasses and get negotiations back on track. Later, we turn to power’s complement, influence- the actual strategies and messages that individuals deploy to bring about desired attitudinal or behavioral change. During negotiations, actors frequently need to convince the other party that they have offered something of value, their offer is reasonable, and they cannot offer more.

Negotiators may also want to alter the other party’s beliefs about the importance of their own objectives and convince them that their concessions are not as valuable as they first believed.

Negotiators may portray themselves as likeable people who should be treated decently. All these efforts are designed to use information, as well as the qualities of the sender and receiver of that information, to adjust the other party’s positions, perceptions, and opinions; we call this group of tactics, influence

(3 credit hours)

LED 6910 Team and Group Dynamics
This course provides the student with a step-by-step introduction of the principles and practices of small group communication, and teaches students to develop and apply critical thinking in group problem solving. Group participation is an uplifting and energizing experience. Students are given the tools to help them move towards this outcome. Research and theory is also presented that gives students an understanding that communication behaviors create the overall group experience, and that working effectively in groups is a practical necessity today.

(3 credit hours)

LED 6920 Change Management

This course provides new tools for understanding and managing the impact of a rapidly changing environment. Today’s organizations are faced with increasingly complex and dynamic changes. The vast majority of newly formulated business strategies, no matter how well crafted or ingenious they are, fail in their implementation. In some cases, they end up as faint, half-hearted replicas of the original plans; in other cases, they simply never materialize altogether. Company rise and fall not according to their strategic brilliance orcleverness, but according to their ability to execute on their strategic intents. This course addresses the managerial challenge of strategy implementation, particularly by examining the organizational elements that must be drawn to support a strategy, as well as the immense difficulties of changing an organization. Accordingly, the course relies on two overarching frameworks: The first being a model of organizational alignment; the second being a model for managing the change process. The course will emphasize application and practice, primarily by the use of cases. This course equips leaders at every level of the organization to be successful change agents.

(3 credit hours)

BUS 6190 Strategic Management Capstone

This course is designed to prove a deeper understanding of strategic management principles, theories, and concepts. During this course, students will examine the basic concepts in problem analysis and decision making in corporate strategy. Students will learn how to develop mission statements, and assess both the external and internal environments in order to determine organizational strengths and weaknesses. This course will include analyses of various methods for formulating and implementing strategy, as well as the numerous issues associated withtechnology and innovation, entrepreneurial ventures and small businesses, not-for-profit organizations. The MBA capstone course is broad in scope and integrative of all other required course. The focus is on the strategic analysis, formulation, and implementation issues facing top management. The project will include topics such as competition, core competencies, and gaining and sustaining a competitive advantage at the business, corporate, and international levels, and corporate governance, structure, and entrepreneurship.

(3 credit hours)