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.

Course List - Master of Professional Studies in Psychology of Leadership

 

Required Courses (9 Credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Psychological Foundations of Leadership PSY 532 Students will examine the social and psychological processes underlying leadership in organizations. 3 credits
Ethics and Leadership: Psychological and Social Processes PSY 833

Students will examine the role of ethics in leadership with an emphasis on supporting ethical decision-making in organizations. Prerequisite: PSY 532

3 credits
Foundations of Behavior, Motivation, and Attitudes at Work PSY 539 Students will examine the psychological and social processes underlying behavior, motivation, and attitudes in work settings. 3 credits

 

Psychology Electives: Take 15 Credits
Title Abbreviation Description Credits

Full Range Leadership Development

or

Diversity Leadership

LEAD 555

or

LEAD 556

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

 

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

3 credits
Global and Cross-Cultural Leadership PSY 811 Students will examine the relation of cultural variations in psychological and social factors affecting the effective leadership of individuals and groups in work organizations. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 539 3 credits
Group Leadership and Effective Decision Making PSY 812 Students will examine the influence of leadership on the psychological and social processes related to effective decision making in work groups. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 539 3 credits
Leadership for Creativity and Innovation PSY 813 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. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 539 3 credits
Psychology of Leading Work Groups and Teams PSY 814 Students will examine the psychological and social processes related to leading work groups and teams. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 539
 
3 credits
Psychology of Servant and Authentic Leadership PSY 815 Students will examine the importance of developing followers and leader-follower relationships, by investigating servant and authentic leadership. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 539 3 credits
Dysfunctional Leadership PSY 816 Students will explore the impact of negative and destructive leader behaviors including toxic leadership, abusive supervision and leader error. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 539 3 credits
Psychology of Shared and Collective Leadership PSY 817 Students will examine the topic of shared and collective leadership, which includes the psychological processes surrounding collective, team-based, and dyadic leadership in organizations. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 539 3 credits

 

Non-Psychology Electives (Take 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 Employment Relations (LER), 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 administrative assistant, Peggy Anthony ([email protected]).

Culminating Experience (3 Credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Capstone Experience PSY 894 Supervised, professionally oriented student activities that constitute the culminating experience for the program. 3 credits

 

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