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Master of Arts – Leadership

Overview

Create new opportunities in your career with a Master of Arts in Leadership online degree program from the University of the Virgin Islands. This program teaches you how to apply various leadership theories and practice to make you more successful in a leadership role.

  • WHAT WILL I LEARN IN THE ONLINE MASTER OF ARTS IN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM?
    As a student, you will explore key concepts such as emotional intelligence, strategic communication, and how to lead change.
  • WHAT CAREERS CAN I PURSUE WITH AN ONLINE MASTER OF ARTS IN LEADERSHIP DEGREE?
    The Master of Arts in Leadership will give you the background and skills you need to effectively lead, manage and handle personnel situations in any organization.
  • HOW LONG WILL THE ONLINE MASTER OF ARTS IN LEADERSHIP DEGREE PROGRAM TAKE TO COMPLETE?
    The Master of Arts in Leadership online degree program from start to finish is designed to be completed in 24 months. However, it could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term. The total program credit hours are 36.
  • HOW MUCH WILL THE ONLINE MASTER OF ARTS IN LEADERSHIP DEGREE PROGRAM COST?
    The undergraduate rate is $735 per credit hour, no additional institution fees. UVI also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.

When Can I Start?

Courses begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are. Contact us at online@uvi.edu to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or enrollment process.

Master of Arts in Leadership Degree Program Outcomes

After successfully completing UVI’s 100% online Master of Arts in Leadership program, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate leadership at various levels, including people, structures, culture, and tasks.
  • Explore key leadership areas such as: management, ethics, strategic thinking, and organizational culture.
  • Analyze the importance of promoting diversity, inclusion, and trust, while ensuring leadership accountability in a global setting.
  • Implement leadership skills through action-learning and research projects
  • Examine and apply leadership theory through practice experience.
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curriculum

PROGRAM CORE:

UVI Online Course No : Course Name : Credits :
GSS 5000 Graduate Student Success 1
  This course is designed to provide the students the opportunity to learn and improve strategies and skills that are essential for academic success at the graduate level. Through activities, application, and reflection, the material covered in this course should support and assist students in completion of their graduate program. Students should develop confidence in their ability to succeed as a graduate student.
MOL 5000 Introduction to Leadership 3
 

This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of organizational leadership, providing a framework for other courses in the program. It provides students with a broad understanding of the leadership styles, skills, roles, and functions of leaders in organizations. Students will also gain a cursory understanding of the history and origins of leadership, theoretical approaches to leadership, and ethical issues facing contemporary leaders. Finally, the course will provide students who are new to a leadership or management position or aspiring to such a position, with an introduction to the skills required to manage and lead people effectively.

Previously LSD 5010

MOL 5100 Quantitative Research Methods 2
  This course will enable students to understand quantitative research methods. It also provides the opportunity for students to sharpen their research design and analytical skills through hands-on research experiences including surveys, questionnaires, and structured interviews. Furthermore, students will be exposed to different data collection methods and quantitative data analyses and reporting techniques.
MOL 5110 Qualitative Research Methods 2
 

This course provides an overview of qualitative research methods. It allows students to explore qualitative research designs including narrative, case study, grounded theory, phenomenology, and ethnography. Students will also be exposed to different qualitative data collection methods (e.g. unstructured or semi structured interviews, observations, and document analyses), data analyses, and reporting techniques.

MOL 5200 Leadership & Communication 4
 

The Leadership and Communication course equips students with the expertise to communicate clear messages, negotiate solutions, influence others, and resolve conflicts. It helps students develop communication skills to be confident and competent in oral and written presentations. Additionally, this course helps students become more collaborative and innovative leaders who demonstrate strategic thinking. Finally, it enables students to enhance and deepen their interpersonal, organizational, and managerial abilities.

Previously LSD 5200

MOL 5300 Leadership Theory & Strategies 3
 

This course will explore the theory and practice of leadership. It provides an in-depth review of the main leadership theories that have developed over the past century. Participants in the course will study the different ways leadership has been defined and studied during this period, the similarities and contradictions among the most common leadership theories, and the way that leadership has been exercised in various contexts. You will analyze through readings, discussions, assignments, videos, case studies, and personal reflections, the relevance of leadership theory and reflect on consequent strategies that may be employed in the work that you will do as leaders in your careers and communities. Students will evaluate their own leadership style through various self-assessments throughout the course, providing the framework for self-awareness and evaluation.

Previously LSD 5300

MOL 5400 Coaching, Mentoring and Leadership Development 3
 

Continuing skill acquisition and mastery are essential to ongoing leader effectiveness. This course bridges theory and practice in considering behavioral skills associated with one’s development as a leader. The course identifies and describes essential strategies in becoming and growing as a leader. Students will be coached in such behaviors as modeling, vision-casting, team-building, nurturing and empowering team members. The behavioral skills and strategies are analyzed within a cultural and social justice context with a view to developing culturally sensitive, values-based leaders for the 21st century.

Previously LSD 5400

MOL 5500 Human Resource Development 3
 

The human resource function of modern organizations is critical, as people are our most important resource. The course is a graduate level survey of principles, practices, theory, and current issues facing organizations as related to attracting, selecting, and maintaining a productive workforce in today’s competitive operating environment. This course helps students to better understand the complexities of managing people in organizations, with primary focus on human resource management strategy, organizational staffing, human resource development, total rewards, employee and labor relations, and risk management. By focusing on the strategic, operational and administrative roles of human resource management, students acquire critical knowledge of the changing nature of issues facing their most important organizational asset: human resources. In addition to the functional topics listed above, attention is also given to developing human resource system support competencies, such as job analysis and design, human resources law, ethics, economics and theory application.

Previously LSD 5700

MOL 5600 Cross-cultural and Global Leadership 3
 

This course presents students with the challenging political, economic, technological and cultural issues that impact the global environment. It delivers critical knowledge and skills in ethical cross-cultural leadership and aims to develop leaders through applied and reflective learning. Moreover, it helps students to connect globally and understand the role of cultural nuances, behaviors, attitudes, and emotions in a harmonious and equitable global environment. The topics covered include civic and political engagement, social action, international trade and relationships, consumption and production of media, global workplace, cross-cultural adjustment and competence, and other practical issues.

Previously LSD 5500

MOL 5700 Ethics in Leadership 3
 

This course embraces ethical theory and applies ethical practice in the field of business through the exploration of contemporary case studies. Concepts covered include ethical issues, decision-making, cultural factors, social responsibility, designing and managing ethical programs, and the practice of ethical decision making. A collection of relevant cases, provocative discussions, and papers serve as the basis for mastering the content.

Previously LSD 5600

MOL 5800 Organizational Behavior 3
  This course focuses on the application of key behavioral concepts and theories related to organizational leadership. Each unit in this course covers a topic that contributes to enhancing students’ understanding of organizational processes and interpersonal relationships. Topics covered include effective communication, hiring, negotiation, performance management, politics, change management.This course considers the issues of human and organizational learning that changes performance
MOL 5900 Leading Organizational Change 3
 

The course provides students with an understanding of organizational change theories and practice, and helps them to identify and develop personal qualities, skills and experience in support of becoming effective agents of change. The course explores the attitudes, behaviors, and strategies that help students effectively communicate about change, collaborate, and resolve differences. A systematic approach to leading organizational change is covered by envisioning why change is needed, how it is to be implemented, and what the anticipated results should look like. Students will also identify the sources of resistance to change and how to successfully mitigate and/or leverage those forces.

Previously LSD 5800

MOL 5990 Capstone Project 3
 

This course enables students to bring together a comprehensive set of knowledge, skills, dispositions, and attitudes gleaned from the courses in the program. It requires that students apply reasoning, decision-making, analytical, and research skills previously learned in the curriculum to the work environment. The project is completed individually; students are encouraged to select work-related projects that are of particular interest and will result in professional growth and benefits to the organizational environment.

Previously LSD 5990

Program Snap Shot

 
Program Core 36  
Program Electives 0  
Total Program Credits 36  

career outlook

The Master of Arts in leadership online program was intended for field and industry experts that want to move forward in their careers by obtaining leadership positions.
Generally, potential career paths are leadership positions within your field of experience or educational backgrounds. These career paths will vary based on your undergraduate degree field.

Potential career paths and positions include:

The median annual wage for postsecondary education administrators was $90,760 in May 2016.1

The median annual wage for management analysts was $81,330.2

1 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/postsecondary-education-administrators.htm

2 https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/13-1111.00#WagesEmployment

Employers can include:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Multi-national corporations
  • Financial institutions
  • Large-scale retailers
  • Major manufacturers
  • Government – local, state and federal