Online Master of Arts

Online Master of Arts[br]Leadership

Leadership Has Never Been More Important

Leaders all over the world are experiencing unprecedented change and uncertainty. St. Bonaventure University's online Master of Arts in Leadership will prepare you to lead in any business climate with a solid foundation of leadership skills in communication, strategic thinking, change management, innovation and team-building.

Through this program, you'll learn how to transcend manager roles and become the compassionate leader your team needs. As you sharpen your leadership skills, they will be rooted in St. Bonaventure values, which means leading with compassion, humanity, ethics, integrity, an aim towards positive social change and with the mindset of a servant leader.

Distinguish Your Leadership — Transform your approach to leadership by cultivating a more holistic and powerful idea of leading humanly, deeply and well in the world.

Build Your Value — Boost your overall earning potential by immediately applying your growing skills in change management, organizational dynamics, mentorship, remote and global work environments, team building and more.

Communicate and Empower — Master the art of impactful communication to create genuine relationships, foster clarity and trust, and empower staff across interdisciplinary boundaries and ever-changing realities.

Advocate for ChangePosition yourself for career growth by learning to craft an authentic scope of influence and impact as a change agent and social advocate who can think beyond (but including) the bottom line.

Grow Personally and Professionally — Hone your personal ethics code and motivations as a leader to think and operate on a completely different level, transitioning from individual contributor or manager to highly skilled, compassionate leader.

Graduates of our online Master of Arts in Leadership program not only become strong managers, but true servant leaders who can think strategically, empower and inspire others to fulfill their own potential, and communicate with eloquence and confidence.


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ML 605 Leadership and Values

Students begin the program with a cornerstone course that introduces them to contemporary leadership principles and practices. Franciscan values related to effective leadership such as servant leadership, respecting each person’s dignity, and humility as leaders are explored and self-assessments are used to help students gain insight into their own leadership strengths and areas for improvement. Students will complete a 360 degree evaluation and receive individual coaching on their leadership abilities.

ML 610 Leadership and Diversity

People have intrinsic value beyond their tangible contributions in the workplace and the community. Understanding the unique contributions of diverse individuals makes an organization effective by capitalizing on all of the strengths of each employee. This course investigates the increasingly prominent issues surrounding diversity. Theories on gender and minorities in the workforce are reviewed so that students gain an understanding and appreciation of the special circumstances they face in modern society. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the leader in organizations that are addressing the needs of a diverse workforce.

ML 620 Global Leadership

Effective leaders promote the transformation of self, organizations, and systems to create a culture of service and to build community. In this way, leaders must be effective in working in multiple contexts to effectively empower and motivate others. This course builds on theories in managing human resources that help leaders effectively select, train, develop, and build shared vision among employees. Students will evaluate team leadership strategies for empowering and involving others, as well as examine a leader’s coaching and mentoring roles as performance enhancement strategies.

ML 625 Organizational Structure and Behavior

This course focuses on issues that drive global policies, economics and behavior. As we live in an increasingly global world, this knowledge can help leaders to make far more informed decisions in their own work environments and understand more clearly the impacts of those decisions on people, nations, and global systems. The latest leadership theories, models, concepts, principles and practices regarding leadership issues, within the context of global, international and multicultural organizations are explored.

ML 640 Leading Change

This course explores ways to change organizations, ranging from start-up companies to established institutions, to meet the demands of ever-changing environments. Areas of in-depth discussion include the theoretical framework of organizational development and change, models of planned organizational change, barriers to implementing change and ways to overcome them, and the roles of the change agent and/or consultant. Students will gain skills in organizational entry and contracting, and will gain a better understanding of the challenge of change through analysis of the theory, research, and practice of IMC development.

ML 660 Leadership Portfolio​ (1 credit)

Students will be expected to prepare a Leadership Portfolio of projects and activities that best demonstrates their professional development throughout the program. Students will be individually advised and coached on the quality and content of their portfolio and the goals achieved in the program.