Completion Time: 1.5 years
Earned Credits: 36
Saybrook’s master’s degree in Leadership and Management program explores management through a multidisciplinary lens, recognizing that many areas of knowledge and practice must intersect when we want to make constructive, real-world impacts. These areas include:
The M.A. in Leadership and Management program is designed to help professionals advance their career in organizational management while promoting positive change at systemic levels of society. The M.A. in Leadership and Management program incorporates distinct approaches to help support the professional results today’s organizational careers demand, including the use of practitioner-scholar instructors, team projects, adaptable learning activities, a unique multidimensional leader-management development model, and a final capstone project. Graduates of this M.A. in Leadership and Management program will be prepared to create innovative solutions to organizational challenges in their current positions or various for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
Central to the M.A. in Leadership and Management program is developing skills to analyze social systems in an integrative way. Professionals advance their career in organizational management while becoming a visionary change-agent leader through a variety of courses, residential conferences, practical projects, research essays, case study analyses, journal reflection activities, peer-to-peer dialogues, and mentoring.
- Specialization in Global Workforce Collaboration
- Specialization in Strategic Management of Sustainable Business Systems
- Specialization in Innovation Leadership
- Specialization in Project Management and Collaborative Work Systems
- Specialization in Executive and Civic Leadership
More program information can be found in our academic catalog.
Participation in three five-day residential conferences (RCs) is required. Students must attend the RC each semester they are enrolled except for summer. Dates are announced well in advance so students can plan and prepare for the required participation.
The 12 courses are taken in a prescribed sequence. All courses are 3 credits, comprising the 36 credits required to graduate. Coursework must be evaluated as equivalent to B or better at the graduate level to earn credit.
Satisfactory “class attendance” in online courses requires students to log into the university’s online course site multiple times during the week to participate in discussions and other learning activities. Course syllabi indicate their specific participation requirements.
Organizational Systems and Culture
Leaders in all sectors encounter complex systems that directly impact culture in organizations. They are challenged to co-create models and systems that sufficiently address the complexity while poising the organization to meet future challenges. This course explores leadership and organization behaviors through multiple lenses and in various contexts. It critically examines the dimensions of system and culture that leaders must navigate. 3 credits
Talent Management Principles, Practices, and Contemporary Issues
While technology has a commanding presence in the business landscape, leaders recognize that the organization’s talent is its most valuable asset. This course introduces the fundamental theories and practices of talent management. This includes a focus on essential elements including employee development, succession planning, and employee engagement. Students will be introduced to best practices in talent management that they will be able to apply in their practice of leadership and management. 3 credits
Collaborative Work Systems and Teams
This course examines the vital role that teams play in contemporary organizations. The theories of team development, team leadership, and collaboration will be analyzed with an emphasis on testing practical utility. The role of culture, diversity, and identity are surfaced so that students develop an understanding of principles of inclusion. Students are tasked with identifying various types of teams, including virtual, and the characteristics of each. They will identify leadership and followership skills required to work successfully in collaborative systems. 3 credits