The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership at Cameron is designed to prepare men and women to be leaders in military, governmental, entrepreneurial, and corporate ventures as well as for further graduate study.
Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
The program objectives are to provide common bodies of knowledge at an advanced level regarding:
- Organizational behavior;
- Leadership & knowledge management;
- Training and development and human resource issues within organizations;
- Strategic knowledge and change management;
- Synthesis and communication of information gleaned from data sets for decision making purposes; and
- Global policies and strategies.
The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership has two options. The first option is the non-thesis option, which consists of a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate credit in three parts: a core of 18 hours, electives or possible specialization classes totaling 12 hours, and a master’s project/research paper class (3 hours). Students selecting the first option will be required to successfully complete a written comprehensive exam. The second option is the thesis option, which consists of a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit in three parts: a core of 18 hours, electives or possible specialization classes totaling 12 hours, and a thesis (6 hours). Students selecting the second option will not be required to complete a written comprehensive exam.
A minimum of thirty-three (33) semester hours in approved graduate courses is required in the MSOL program.
I. CORE COURSES.................................................................. 18 hours
MGMT 5703 Organizational Behavior
MGMT 5723 Training & Development and Human Resources in the Organization
MGMT 5803 Global Policy and Strategy
ORGL 5713 Leadership and Knowledge Management
ORGL 5733 Strategic Knowledge and Change Management
ORGL 5743 Data-driven decision-making
II. ELECTIVES/CONCENTRATION....................................... 12 hours
Although not required to do so, students may choose an area of specialization within the program by completing 12 hours of electives within a single discipline (Management or Finance).
(Note: Not all specializations may be offered during any given two year period.)
All elective/specialization graduate courses must be approved by the M.S.O.L. Graduate Advisor, the Dean of the School of Business, and the Graduate Council.
III. CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE*............................................ 3-6 hours
Select one of the following options:
Research Paper, Non-Thesis Option (3 hours)
ORGL 5893 Master’s Project/Research Paper
Students who choose the non-thesis option will be required to complete ORGL 5893 Master’s Project/Research Paper. Students pursuing this option will be required to pass a written comprehensive exam administered by the School of Business.
Thesis Option (6 hours)
Students who choose the thesis option (six hours) will not be required to complete the written comprehensive exam administered by the School of Business. Students who choose to write a thesis must complete the following steps prior to enrolling in ORGL 5991-6 Thesis:
- complete 18 hours of required core courses (Part I above),
- secure the approval of the M.S.O.L. Graduate Advisor,
- obtain a faculty supervisor in the discipline area of the thesis study,
- form a thesis advisory committee in accordance with the Thesis Information Handbook, and
- complete the Thesis Topic Form, obtaining approval of the Office of Graduate Studies prior to data collection.
*Students who select the thesis option must complete six hours of Thesis, although all six hours do not have to be completed in one semester. Students who complete ORGL 5893 and subsequently decide to switch to the thesis option must complete six hours of Thesis credit. ORGL 5893 will not substitute for ORGL 5991-6.
The entrance requirements are to be based upon a combination of undergraduate GPA and GMAT or GRE scores. To be admitted to the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program, students must complete the following procedure:
- Take either the GMAT or GRE exam and have the scores sent directly to Cameron University,
- Apply and be admitted to the School of Graduate Studies at Cameron University;
- Submit a letter of application describing career objectives and how the particular degree will contribute to those objectives. Additional information on leadership positions, previous work experience and other factors should also be highlighted when appropriate;
- Attend an orientation meeting with the Graduate Coordinator via e-mail, phone, or in person; and
- Sign a formal Plan of Graduate Study.
Students in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program must adhere to the scholarship requirements and retention standards in place for graduate studies at Cameron University. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in all work attempted for graduate credit at Cameron University is required for completion of the program. No grade below C (2.00) is acceptable for graduate credit and no more than six semester hours of C grade shall be applied toward the program. A student, regardless of admission status, who has completed nine or more graduate credit hours at Cameron, will be placed on academic probation if that student's cumulative graduate grade point average at Cameron is less than 3.00 at the end of any semester or summer term. Failure to achieve a grade point average of 3.00 or above during any semester or summer term during which the student is on academic probation will result in suspension from graduate studies for a minimum of one year. Students who have been suspended must apply for re-admission. If approved for re-admission, students will be admitted on probation. Failure to achieve a graduate GPA of 3.00 or above during any semester or term after a student has been suspended for academic reasons will result in an immediate and indefinite dismissal from graduate studies at Cameron University. The office of the School of Graduate Studies will notify the student of probationary, suspension, or dismissal status.
Students in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program must participate in Cameron University’s comprehensive outcomes assessment program that consists of entry-level placement, program outcomes assessment, and student satisfaction assessment. Participation in the assessment activities is required as a condition of enrollment and graduation. Students must complete either a written comprehensive examination or a thesis. Students who do not complete a Thesis in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Program will be required to successfully pass a comprehensive exam based upon applied case studies within three attempts.
Also as part of the outcomes assessment process, students must complete an exit interview.
These interviews, which are conducted on-line, allow students to identify what they perceive as the strengths and weakness associated with the degree program. Administrators and graduate faculty use this information to effect programmatic improvements. Specific information regarding the exit interview is provided by the appropriate Graduate Advisor following the filing of an Application for a Graduate degree, and the completion of a file audit.
Students must have completed all degree and outcomes assessments, and have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 or above to be awarded a degree.