Core MOL Curriculum

The curriculum of our Masters of Organizational Leadership is designed to immediately improve the ministerial competencies of our students.

MOL 5010 Personal Leadership (3 credit hours)
Exemplary leaders recognize that self-leadership is a prerequisite to leading others. Learners in this course examine personal leadership attributes, characteristics, and behaviors. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is used to help learners understand their personal preferences, leadership styles, personality differences, and how to use that information as leaders, particularly as servant leaders. This foundation is used to develop learning strategies, sense of Christian vocation, and anticipate professional opportunities.

MOL 5020 Concepts of Leadership (3 credit hours)
This course provides learners with a broad overview of leadership strategies and practices in a variety of organizational settings. Leadership theories, processes, and best practices are analyzed and applied with special emphasis on servant leadership. Also included are inventories of learners’ leadership behaviors and the creation of individual leadership development plans. Development of leadership portfolios begins.

MOL 5100 Organizational Culture (3 credit hours)
This course examines the various factors that influence the culture of an organization and focuses on the importance of utilizing an understanding of culture to build a well-performing organization. Learners discern the importance of identifying strategic values and, as servant leaders, the importance of listening and empathizing, when attempting to manage organization-wide change.

MOL 5110 Organizational Politics (3 credit hours)
This course investigates the importance of social skills and managerial intelligence in organizations and analyzes organizations from the perspective of internal political systems. Learners recognize, as servant leaders, the ethical use of power and empowerment and how important it is for leaders to understand, exploit, and smother the political climate in an organization to maximize the organizational outcome and satisfaction levels of the people.

MOL 5150 Conflict Management and Negotiation (3 credit hours)
This course assists learners in integrating the experiential and intellectual learning components of negotiation and conflict resolution. Learners examine sources of conflict between supervisors and subordinates, as well as between/among peers, with a focus on methods of resolving such conflicts for the betterment of individual, team, and organizational performance. Considerable emphasis will be placed on simulations, role-playing, and cases.

MOL 5160 Human Resources, Ethics, and the Law (3 credit hours)
This course provides an overview of the importance of ethical and values-based foundations of organizations as well as the legal environments in which they operate. Learners acquire greater understanding of and appreciation for the impact of values, ethical behavior, and diverse legal and regulatory requirements on the shaping of leadership style and organizational performance. The servant leadership model is used to help learners recognize the importance of deep commitment to the growth of each individual within his or her institution.

MOL 5170 Financial Stewardship in Organizations (3 credit hours)
Provides learners with financial interpretation skills necessary to knowledgably read financial statements and understand how the results of leaders’ decisions can impact their organizations’ fiscal performance. Topics include basic accounting concepts, fundamentals of finance, budgetary concepts, project cost-benefit analysis, and the general business environment, and how to assess the financial well-being of an organization.

MOL 5180 Cultivating Networks and Fundraising (3 credit hours)
This course invites learners to identify the role of the local, state, federal as well as international social service and mental health organizations and agencies. Learners evaluate or create a communication medium for corporate and community leaders and the appropriate audiences. The elements of fundraising are examined, particularly for nonprofit organizations.

MOL 5300 Leading and Building Teams (3 credit hours)
This course explores research, theories, and models of team performance, including the design and implementation of high-performance leadership in organizations. Assessments, simulations, and case studies are utilized by learners to gain further insight into personality styles, power and influence, trust-building, risk-taking, communication styles, motivational strategies, and team dynamics.

MOL 5310 Leading in Diverse Communities (3 credit hours)
This course examines the interactive impact of leaders on diverse communities. This course asks learners to identify the Christian leadership needed in communities (local, regional, national and international) and to explore the institutional influences of family, religion, education, government, and commerce.

MOL 5400 The Leader as Change Agent (3 credit hours)
This course covers the context of change and potential barriers to organizational change efforts. Learners are introduced to a variety of change interventions and best leadership practices to promote employees’ acceptance of and enthusiasm for change. As servant leaders, learners recognize the need to consider the human side of institutional change. The leader as change agent is emphasized with attention given to techniques for human resources, process, and techno-structural and strategic interventions to facilitate organizational transformations.

MOL 5900 Strategic Planning for Servant Leaders (3 credit hours)
This capstone course surveys models and best practices for organizational strategic planning, including leaders’ roles in the planning process and in implementing the plan at various operational levels. Various methods for analyzing and solving problems, as well as decision-making strategies, are examined for utilization as change in organizations’ operations becomes necessary. Using the servant-leadership model, learners will discern how to serve others while staying focused on achieving results in line with the organization's values and integrity.