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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

 

 
  • Build your strategic leadership competencies
  • Lead your organization to greater effectiveness and success
  • Develop your philosophy of leadership
  • Learn methods to analyze and think strategically
  • Negotiation ● Entrepreneurship ● Coaching
 
 
Affordable Tuition:
Program Application Fee No of Courses Tuition per Course Total Program Tuition

Master of Science in Strategic Leadership

Kshs 3,000/= 13 Kshs 28,000/= Kshs 364,000

*Textbooks are not included in your tuition. We do suggest resources for where to find textbooks.

CURRICULUM

Core Courses (All Required) 39 Semester Credit Hours

Course No. Title Credit Hours
MIS 6110 Management Information Systems 3
LED 5531 Leadership Theories and Concepts 3
LED 5541 Leader and the Leadership Process 3
LED 5545 Leadership in Organizations 3
BUS 5581 Coaching and Mentoring 3
ORG 6130 Organizational Behavior 3
ENT 6431 Entrepreneurship 3
HRM 6180 Human Resource Management 3
LED 6851 Conflict Resolution 3
LED 6900 Negotiation/Deal Making 3
LED 6910 Team & Group Dynamics 3
LED 6920 Change Management 3
BUS 6190 Strategic Management Capstone 3

OVERVIEW
The Master of Science in Strategic Leadership Degree program prepares students to become professional leaders or administrators in their own career paths or business organizations. This program provides the process for students to develop their philosophy of leadership, the methods to analyze and think strategically and the opportunity to master concepts and techniques related to organizational leadership.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
The applicant should meet the following requirements in order to be admitted to the Master's Program: An applicant must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. While a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration or Management is preferred, a bachelor's degree in another field may be accepted if the Admissions Committee indicates that the applicant has the foundation needed to succeed in the program.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
39 credit hours completed / Minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher / Minimum grade of a "B" in all required courses / Capstone Project

MAXIMUM TRANSFER CREDIT 9 credit hours

THE MASTER'S CAPSTONE PROJECT
As part of a student's curriculum in the Master of Science in Strategic Leadership program, the final course will include a Capstone Project. This project will require each student to consult with a company of their choice in order to evaluate a current corporate strategy and to develop a plan to improve the organization's competitive position. The Capstone Project may be presented as a traditional research paper, report or as an innovative document, so long as it appropriately represents in a thoughtful and meaningful way, the summation of the student's work at California Miramar University. Specific requirements for this project will vary by faculty member. The Capstone Project may take up to four weeks beyond the end of the final course to be completed.

A successful Capstone Project will integrate the student's management and organizational knowledge acquired over a course of study at CMU. The main objective is to develop a deep understanding of a question of interest and find a solution using the intellectual tools and knowledge developed in the Masters program and through the student's own personal experience.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A CAPSTONE PROJECT AND A THESIS
Students who complete a Capstone Project will experience similarities to writing a Master's thesis. CMU's Capstone Project is supervised by faculty members, and it includes substantial written reports involving research design, execution, writing and production. However, the aim of the Capstone Project and a thesis are significantly different. The connotation of a "thesis" is academic, while "project" suggests action as well as study. While a thesis might be based entirely on library resources, a Capstone Project involves both library and field research activity.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Information About Master of Science in Strategic Leadership at CMU

CORE COURSES:

MIS 6110    Management Information Systems
Provides an understanding of the nature of the digital firm and its key issues in organization and management. This course will prepare students to face the challenges involved in managing a firm, understand problem solving technologies, design business processes, and create management policies in order to implement change.
(3 credit hours)

LED 5531 Leadership Theories and Concepts
This course focuses on building effective, high-performing work teams by assuring that they are outcome focused and integrated into organizational goals. Explores leadership development, the use of power and influence, leadership values, behavior and traits, situational characteristics, methods of team building, leadership skills and organizational change.
(3 credit hours)

LED 5541 Leader and the Leadership Process
By understanding the leadership process, the student will be able to connect the key components of leadership including: the leader, the follower, the context, the process and the outcomes. This course goes beyond leadership theory by introducing the interactive and dynamic process of leadership, with one component influencing the others.
(3 credit hours)

LED 5545 Leadership in Organizations
Explores a wide range of leadership topics including: managerial and parliamentary leadership, leadership in social movements, and emergent leadership in informal groups. The topic of leadership effectiveness is of special interest, and the discussion continuously returns to the question of what makes a person an effective leader. This course is especially relevant to managers who are looking to expand their leadership skills.
(3 credit hours)

LED 5581 Coaching and Mentoring
Examines topics such as: building trust, showing empathy, active listening, using influence tactics, helping others set goals, monitoring performance, giving feedback, encouraging positive actions, discouraging negative actions, training team members, helping others solve problems, helping difficult people and developing protégés. This course emphasizes experiential learning in today's management style.
(3 credit hours)

ORG 6130 Organizational Behavior
The topics covered in this course enlighten the student on the complex relationships that are present among individuals, groups, organizations and society. This course emphasizes a dynamic systems approach to the understanding of work relationships through the study of individual needs and abilities in reference to organizational goals and structure.
(3 credit hours)

ENT 6431 Entrepreneurship
This course is a primer for aspiring small business owners. Students will explore step-by-step procedures necessary to set up and manage a small business. Topics include the development of the business plan, market entry strategies, organization and financing, and critical factors for small business owners and entrepreneurs. The course provides students with the skills to build, work for, invest in, advise or consult to social ventures at any point in their career path.
(3 credit hours)

HRM 6180 Human Resource Management
Provides a management-oriented exploration of human resource management, structure, functional applications, and labor management relations. Based upon classical and contemporary theory, this course forms a humanistic and legal analysis of organizations, focusing on the role of human resource management in the creation of organizational strategy. Examines a leader's responsibility to optimize performance and make decisions based on ethical criteria.
(3 credit hours)

LED 6851 Conflict Resolution
Includes an interdisciplinary introduction to conflict theory by integrating an overview of interpersonal and inter-group, organizational, community, international, and intercultural conflict. This course examines the central principles of effective conflict management in a wide variety of contexts, especially in the workplace. By using a combination of up-to-date research and examples, the students receive a theoretical and practical foundation in conflict management.
(3 credit hours)

LED 6900 Negotiation/Deal Making
This course addresses the four elements that make negotiations difficult to resolve: the parties, the negotiation setting, the types of issues, and the conflict management process. Explores the fundamental mistakes of negotiation, and strategies used to resolve impasses in order to get negotiations back on track. Topics also include: analyzing the qualities of the sender in the midst of negotiation, adjusting to the other party's position, influence and other tactics.
(3 credit hours)

LED 6910 Team and Group Dynamics
Provides a step-by-step introduction of the principles and practices of small group communication. Students will achieve an understanding of communication behaviors within a group setting, with the ultimate goal being effective, collaborative work.
(3 credit hours)

LED 6920 Change Management
This course provides new tools for understanding and managing the impact of a rapidly changing environment. Addresses the managerial challenge of strategy implementation, the organizational elements that must be drawn to support a strategy, as well as the immense difficulties of changing an organization. Accordingly, the course relies on two overarching frameworks: The first being a model of organizational alignment; the second being a model for managing the change process. By the end of this course, students will have learned to be successful change agents at every level of the organization.
(3 credit hours)

BUS 6190 Strategic Management Capstone
This course is designed to examine problem analysis and decision making involved in corporate strategy. Students will learn how to develop mission statements, and assess both the external and internal environments in order to determine organizational strengths and weaknesses. This course will also include analyses of the following: various methods for formulating and implementing strategy, issues with technology and innovation, entrepreneurial ventures and small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, competition, core competencies, and gaining and sustaining a competitive advantage at the corporate level. This capstone course is broad in scope and integrative of all other required courses.
(3 credit hours)