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
|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 533||
Students will examine the role of ethics in leadership with an emphasis on supporting ethical decision-making in organizations. Prerequisite: PSY 532
|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|
|Full Range Leadership Development||LEAD 555||Development of behavioral skills associated with outstanding leadership of individuals, teams, and organizations through advanced information technology, experimental exercises, and case analysis.||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
|Students will examine the psychological and social processes related to leading work groups and teams. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 539
Analysis and application of models, theories, and strategies for managing an increasingly diverse workforce and customer base.
|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|
|Conflict Resolution and Negotiation||CAS 404||Theories and strategies important for conceptualizing, developing, and managing conflict negotiation, mediation, and third-party intervention. Prerequisite: CAS 100||3 credits|
|Communication Skills for Leaders in Groups and Organizations||LER 464/OLEAD 464||Theory- and research-based communication skills for leaders dealing with work-related problems in contemporary groups and organizations.||3 credits|
|Positive Organizational Behavior and Wellbeing||MGMT 507||Exploration of positive organizational behavior and wellbeing concepts for developing the "human sustainability" factor in organizations.||3 credits|
|Leadership Development: A Life-Long Learning Perspective||OLEAD 409||The course examines the continuing influence of social and environmental factors in shaping leadership and leadership development.||3 credits|
|Capstone Experience||PSY 894||Supervised, professionally oriented student activities that constitute the culminating experience for the program.||3 credits|
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