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Master of Professional Studies in
Psychology of Leadership

Courses

The 33-credit curriculum will help you develop your awareness of the ethical issues that can arise when leading others, and increase your knowledge about more specialized applications of leadership research and theory in such domains as multinational organizations, creative and innovative teams, and decision-making teams.

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Students will examine the social and psychological processes underlying leadership in organizations.

  • 3
    credits

    Students will examine the psychological and social processes underlying behavior, motivation, and attitudes in work settings.

  • 3
    credits

    Students will examine the role of ethics in leadership with an emphasis on supporting ethical decision-making in organizations.

    • Prerequisite

      PSY 532

Psychology Elective Courses (select 15 credits)

    • 3
      credits

      Development of behavioral skills associated with outstanding leadership of individuals, teams, and organizations through advanced information technology, experimental exercises, and case analysis.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Analysis and application of models, theories, and strategies for managing an increasingly diverse workforce and customer base.

  • 3
    credits

    Students will examine the relation of cultural variations in psychological and social factors affecting the effective leadership of individuals and groups in work organizations.

    • Prerequisite

      PSY 532 and PSY 539

  • 3
    credits

    Students will examine the influence of leadership on the psychological and social processes related to effective decision making in work groups.

    • Prerequisite

      PSY 532 and PSY 539

  • 3
    credits

    Students will examine the influence of leadership on the psychological and social processes related to developing creative ideas and implementing them within work groups and organizations.

    • Prerequisite

      PSY 532 and PSY 539

  • 3
    credits

    Students will examine the psychological and social processes related to leading work groups and teams.

    • Prerequisite

      PSY 532 and PSY 539

  • 3
    credits

    Students will examine the importance of developing followers and leader-follower relationships, by investigating servant and authentic leadership.

    • Prerequisite

      PSY 532 and PSY 539

  • 3
    credits

    Students will explore the impact of negative and destructive leader behaviors including toxic leadership, abusive supervision and leader error.

    • Prerequisite

      PSY 532 and PSY 539

  • 3
    credits

    Students will examine the topic of shared and collective leadership, which includes the psychological processes surrounding collective, team-based, and dyadic leadership in organizations.

    • Prerequisite

      PSY 532 and PSY 539

  • 3
    credits

    Students will examine a variety of assessments used for assessing leadership capabilities, take those assessments themselves, and reflect on their results to reach personal insights they can use in creating their own leadership development plan.

    • Prerequisite

      PSY 532 and PSY 539

Non-Psychology Elective Courses (select 6 credits)

Students have opportunities to take selected courses in one or more of these areas: Communications (COMM), Fundraising Leadership (L A), Health Policy and Administration (H P A), Human Resources and Employee Relations (HRER), Labor and Human Relations (LHR), Management (MGMT), Organizational Leadership (OLEAD), and Workforce Education (WF ED).  Permission from the respective program may be required.

Only selected courses from the above-listed areas can be taken by Psychology of Leadership students. The list of approved courses is available from the PSYLD program director, Barbara Watters ([email protected]), or by visiting the program's website for the most current offerings.

Culminating Experience (3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Supervised, professionally oriented student activities that constitute the culminating experience for the program.

Course Availability

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