Master in Executive Management: Curriculum


Required Core Courses  (18 credits)

EDU    503    Applied Research Methods 3
MAN    700    Organizational Behavior 3
MPS    580    Managing Technology 3
MPS    600    Leadership Foundations and Skills Assessment 3
MPS    615    Performance Measurement and Control 3
MPS    620    Contract Negotiation and Development 3

Executive Management Specialization  (15 credits)

MPS    630    Organizational Communication and Leadership 3
MPS    635    Legal and Ethical Aspects of Organizations 3
MPS    640    Organizational Leadership and Change 3
MPS    645    Global and Cultural Diversity in Leadership 3
MPS    650    Conflict Resolution and Mediation 3

General Electives  (3 credits)
Choose one course from the following courses

MPS    655    Grant Writing 3
MPS    660    Project Management and Leadership 3
MPS    670    Quality Management 3
MPS    675    Managing Innovation in Organizations 3

MASTER IN EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT:  COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise specified)

EDU 503 Applied Research Methods
An introductory course that surveys the variety of research designs used in educational settings with an application of evaluation research. Intended to make the student an informed consumer of research.
Course must be taken within the first or second term of enrollment.

MAN 700 Organizational Behavior
This course provides a micro-perspective on organizations within the context of motivation, leadership, communication, interpersonal relations and group dynamics. Students will be encouraged to apply theoretical material to case studies and their own organizations.

MPS 580 Managing Technology
This is an introductory technology course on using and understanding information for people who use computers as everyday tools both at home and at the workplace, not for individuals aiming to learn programming and designing computer systems. This course focuses on communications using computer technology, the digital revolution, the Internet, and the World Wide Web. It covers the fundamental computing concepts surrounding the digital age including software, hardware, data, people, communications, and procedures. It also examines ethical issues in the information age and investigates emerging technologies that could impact individuals as well as organizations in the future.

MPS 600 Leadership Foundations and Skills Assessment
This introductory course emphasizes empowerment; collaboration; participative management; team decision-making and organizational challenges. The course focuses on the models of leadership in today’s organizations. The course also investigates the psychology, leadership abilities, and learning styles based on personal and professional experiences, values, and attitudes. Students develop a personal profile of their leadership style utilizing several inventories for identifying leadership competencies. Focus is on applying various instruments to effectively ascertain group leadership styles and increase knowledge of organizational dynamics.

MPS 615 Performance Measurement and Control
This course develops a broad understanding of the economic environment in which organizations operate. Budgeting and control systems in organizations are emphasized in a manner that includes the establishment of performance criteria, accountability, and measurement of results.

MPS 620 Contract Negotiation and Development
This course focuses on management of the overall contract negotiation process and examines the basics of negotiation, including the procedures, processes, psychology, and skills. Perspectives of both government and commercial interests are explored.

MPS 630 Organizational Communications and Leadership
This course encompasses research, theories, and models of communication in organizations. The systematic nature of communication processes within the context of organizational environment, culture and structure are examined inclusive of maximizing communication effectiveness to overcome barriers and meet contingencies in achieving organizational goals.

MPS 635 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Organizations
This course encompasses the legal aspects of organizations to include regulatory agencies and their influence on organizations, torts, consumer protection, intellectual property rights, equal employment opportunity, and litigation. Ethical values include a study of their origins and the ways they are manifested in organizations as a basis for and stimulant of culture.

MPS 640 Organizational Leadership and Change
This course is a capstone course. This course provides knowledge of organizational development methods used in promoting organizational and large system change through concepts of diagnosis, development and implementation of intervention strategies and analyzing the effectiveness of change strategies. A leader’s role in promoting change through strategic planning and change management is emphasized. In addition, students will produce a project-based research document examining their knowledge and skills gained from previous coursework.

MPS 645 Global and Cultural Diversity in Leadership
This course will prepare participants to recognize the differences in cultural value systems and behaviors in the global environment and how they affect leadership. Covers issues involved in multi-cultural organizations, including developing consensus within the organization for valuing diversity, relationship building, communicating across cultures, and managing people of different genders, races, and cultures. The course compares and contrasts styles and effectiveness of leadership practices of contemporary and historical leaders.

MPS 650 Conflict Resolution and Mediation
Theory, structure, and practice of collaborative negotiation and mediated negotiation. Application of the skills used to resolve conflict is emphasized. This approach to conflict resolution is generic and therefore appropriate for all professions whether formally or informally involved in resolving conflict.

MPS 655 Grant Writing
Examines beneficial strategies for focusing proposal efforts including organizing time invested in grant seeking. Stresses developing proposal ideas, determining priorities, documenting needs, organizing materials into a proposal, identifying potential funding sources, and managing a funded project.

MPS 660 Project Management and Leadership
This course will explore the dimensions and elements of project management; concepts, methodologies, strategies, and structures. Attention will also be given to cost controls, teamwork, and quality management. The role of the leader in managing projects will also be examined. The focus will be on general business project management.

MPS 670 Quality Management
This course emphasizes applications of principles and techniques of total quality management (TQM) in organizations. There will be an introduction to TQM tools, techniques, models, and strategies. Develop skills in analyzing the concepts and techniques in a TQM case study.

MPS 675 Managing Innovation in Organizations
This course focuses on the sources of change and innovation in the business environment, and strategies for managing change, especially in dynamic environments. The course will review the impacts of technological innovation as well as social, economic, and cultural change on management strategy. Topics include a systems framework for understanding the types of change, reframing as a change management tool, and the practice of innovative leadership in diverse organizational settings.

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