Leadership and Organizational Management (M.S.A.)


Dr. Kelley Wood, Assistant Professor of Business Administration (program chair) 


The Master of Science in Administration (MSA) promotes and facilitates the development of leaders in public, private, and nonprofit organizations by focusing on key competencies, which positively influence others to achieve goals and realize a shared vision. Learn real world applications of behaviors and attitudes of effective leaders rooted in positive values aligned with your organization’s strategic vision and mission. The MSA offers courses to help leaders develop unique attributes of self-awareness, self-mastery, interpersonal influence, critical thinking, and a problem-solving mindset. MSA leaders influence organizations, agencies, and associations in the private, nonprofit, non-government, education, and government sectors including, private business, consulting groups, government agencies, public utilities, schools, colleges, museums, parks and recreation, workplaces, healthcare facilities, and public health settings.

The Master of Science in Administration (MSA) is an alternate weekend, 36-credit, 20-month program with an 18-credit focus in the following career specializations:

  • Dynamic Leaders and Organizations
  • Education Leadership
  • Health Advocacy
  • Human Resource Management

Degree Requirements

ALL of the universal resources for leaders core courses (18 credits):

ADMN 601 Excellence in Managing Contemporary Organizations
ADMN 603 Excellence in Leadership: Theory and Practice
ADMN 607 Accounting and Finance for Evaluation and Control
ADMN 613
ADMN 628
INT 601 Intro to Research Design and Methods

Specialization Requirements

Dynamic Leaders and Organizations

The Dynamic Leaders and Organizations program facilitates the development of leaders who have a positive influence on their followers, organizations, and their stakeholder communities to produce outstanding, innovative, and provocative results. The Dynamic Leaders and Organizations specialization prepares students to assume positions in executive leadership and senior management in in complex organizations experiencing increased globalization, competition, and stakeholder expectations. Overall, the Dynamic Leaders and Organizations program facilitates the examination of the relationship between leader and organization to support success.

ALL of the dynamic leadership courses (18 credits):

ADMN 615 Comparative Global Management Practices
ADMN 617 Crisis Leadership: Response and Resolution
ADMN 661
ADMN 665
ADMN 669
ADMN 699

Education Leadership

The MSA in Education Leadership engages students in curriculum program development and teaching toward cultural diversity and inclusion. This program is designed for education professionals who have a career interest in educational administration or educational program management and do not require professional licensure.

ALL of the education leadership courses (18 credits):

EDAD 602 Technology and Systems
EDAD 603 The School, the Community, and the Society
EDAD 605 Curriculum and Program Development
EDAD 607 Cultural Diversity
EDAD 608 Teaching and Learning in a Trauma Informed School
ADMN 699

Health Advocacy

Help others by advocating and promoting sustainable health practices with people who struggle with health while facing disparities and inequalities in healthcare.  Healthcare as a practice, and as an industry, has become more complex and difficult to access and navigate, especially for disparate populations previously unattended or unrecognized. Increasingly the need for advocates in healthcare has become integral to successful health care.

Health Advocacy encompasses a range of practices and perspectives, which include improved health for individuals, families, and communities at the local, state, national, and international level. Advocates are involved in effecting cognitive and behavioral change to enable an individual’s control over her or his health; direct patient care advocacy for access and services; advocate for policies that transform healthcare systems to be more accessible, just, and compassionate for those who are disenfranchised or unrecognized as well as those who otherwise have access and care.

ALL of the following health advocacy courses (18 credits):

HADV 601 Health Disparity and Social Inequality
HADV 603 Cultural Competence in Health Advocacy
HADV 621 Health Advocacy: Access and Navigation
HADV 631 Health Advocacy and Behavior Change
HADV 641 Epidemiology and Biostatistics in HADV
HADV 699 Capstone in Strategic Planning for HADV

Human Resources Management

Promote an inclusive and engaged workforce of talented and committed individuals in vibrant and energetic organizations.  Human Resources Management has rapidly evolved from a functional to a strategic member of any organization, agency, or association; collaborating with executive leadership and senior management to engage teams in the vision and goals of an organization.  Human Resources professionals are leaders who understand the purpose of the organization, the global environment, and climate to promote the ethical treatment of diverse individual members and facilitate the development and retention of top talent and high performing members.

ALL of the following human resources management courses (18 credits):

HRM 603 Negotiation & Conflict in HRM
HRM 611 Employment Law & HRM
HRM 621 Workforce Development
HRM 623 Motivation, Compensation & Benefits
HRM 641 Human Resources Development
HRM 699 Capstone in Strategic Planning for HRM

Program Management for Government Concentration (optional)

The Dynamic Leaders and Organizations track also offers an optional concentration in Program Management for Government (PMG).

The Program Management for Government (PMG) concentration prepares graduates for professional certification in Program Management from the Project Management Institute (PMI). The PMG students also prepare for the National Contract Manager’s Association (NCMA) certification as a Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) or as a Certified Project Contract Manager (CPCM).

ALL of the advanced skills and knowledge for leaders courses (6 credits):

ADMN 615 Comparative Global Management Practices
ADMN 617 Crisis Leadership: Response and Resolution

ALL of the dynamic leadership courses: (12 credits):

ADMN 622 Public Finance and Administration
ADMN 623
ADMN 625 Contracts & Procurement for Public Programs
ADMN 699

MSA/MPH Dual Degree Program

The MPH/MSA dual degree program offers an interdisciplinary, and cost efficient, approach to students earning two advanced degrees. The dual degree option allows students to complete one degree prior to completing the other. The MPH program may accept up to 12 credits from the MSA program.

Program Policies

Capstone Semester:

The MSA in leadership and organizations program requires students to complete a comprehensive capstone project, paper, and presentation in a capstone course as required by the degree and the relevant specialization. The comprehensive capstone project will consist of a program proposal, a research article, or a project developed by the student and approved by the instructor.  Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in the Capstone Seminar to complete the program.

Dual Concentrations: If you are interested in more than one concentration or specialization to take advantage of unique career opportunities, please discuss this with your advisor or the program chair.

Cross-tallied Courses:
Unless noted otherwise, courses that are cross-tallied represent identical courses offered with a different program prefix. Students may not enroll in or receive credit for more than one iteration of a cross-tallied course even in different semesters.

Grades in Graduate Courses:
Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to graduate, no more than one grade of “C” on the transcript can satisfy degree requirements, and no grades below a “C” can satisfy a degree requirement.

Elective Courses:
All courses must be for graduate credit at the 500-level or higher to count toward the degree.

Pass/No Pass:
Graduate students may not take courses on a Pass/No Pass basis; courses taken Pass/No Pass do not fulfill certificate requirements.

TELL Policy:
TELL credits are not applicable toward the degree.

Transfer Policy:
Students may transfer up to 6 graduate credits from other appropriately accredited institutions of higher learning toward the degree with approval from their faculty advisor. Associations recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEA) confer appropriate accreditation; these associations include but are not limited to regional accreditors.