Azusa Pacific University System
Master of Arts
Leadership & Organizational Studies
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Leadership & Organization Studies Program Requirements
The Master of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies program features a sequenced course design consisting of 11 classes which total 33 units. Students take one course at a time completing two classes each semester. The required courses are:
This course offers the student the opportunity to study research methodology as it relates to the needs and goals of the organization. The emphasis of this course is on the means by which research processes create information for organizations through both primary and secondary research methods.
The contribution of small groups and teams to organizational functioning. Students examine how group and team membership, role dynamics, work habits, and decision-making behavior affect the overall effectiveness of organizations.
Review of the basic functions of marketing and the development of the marketing process, marketing mix, and marketing environment. A planning approach using problems, case studies, and readings places the student in the role of the marketing manager. Preparation of a research project or marketing plan is an essential part of the course.
Introduction to computers in a business context providing the basic understanding that managers need regarding the use of the computer as a tool in solving operational and managerial problems. While productivity tools and microcomputers are used, the emphasis is on users of computers rather than the development of computer specialists. Topics include management of computer resources; fundamentals of computers, including the hardware and software available to computer users; word processing and management information systems; and common and specialized computer applications in business.
The purpose of this class is to investigate the impact that individuals, groups, and structures have on behavior within organizations for the purpose of applying such knowledge toward improving an organization’s effectiveness. This course examines role behavior, group dynamics, communication, conflict, leadership, organizational structure, and motivation.
Students study the establishment of human resource objectives and requirements in an organization. Emphasis is on executive decision making in dealing with formal employee-employer relationships. Collective bargaining, organization of employees, negotiation, and administration of collective bargaining agreements are covered.
This course raises the student’s moral recognition of ethical issues of the organization’s functions and environments. Leadership, as it applies to the management of power and authority issues, is studied. Emphasis is placed on ethics and leadership as illustrated by Christian principles.
This course examines the essential components of organizational finance that are critical for any business leader and provides a solid foundational overview and comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of organizational finance. These domains include but are not limited to goals and functions of financial management, financial analysis and planning, working capital management, capital budget processing, long-term financing, and expanding the perspective of corporate finance.
This course focuses on the processes of informal conflict in organizations, as well as more formal situations of negotiation and bargaining. By observing conflict and negotiation in a variety of settings, the student learns multiple methods of analysis and response to this type of organizational situation.
This course provides an introduction to fundamental concepts and methods of quality and productivity improvement and examination of the organizational development professional’s role in designing and implementing programs to improve the quality of products and services. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the forces that make quality and productivity critical organizational issues.
This course examines the strategic planning process, including the setting of mission statements, goals and objectives, and determining what should be done to accomplish them. It examines the decision-making activity used by managers to ensure the future success of their organization and work units.
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