Leadership Core :: Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership :: St. Catherine University

The Leadership Core

The five-course leadership core curriculum is the foundation for the MAOL, on top of which you'll choose one of six concentrations (or the dual MAOL/JD degree program), electives and a final action project or thesis. Key learning from the core — in ethics, finance, communication and other advanced leadership skills — is at the heart of your expanding personal and professional leadership portfolio.

  • Ethics and Leadership
    In this challenging foundation course, you'll dig deep to develop as an ethical, effective and enduring leader. Working individually and in teams, you'll analyze feedback from the Leadership Practices Inventory and other instruments; reflect on personal leadership experiences; respond to case studies; review current leadership literature; and create a personal leadership credo and metaphor.
  • Strategic Communication
    This hands-on course is a laboratory for developing essential written and oral communication skills for leaders, based on an issue of your choice. Assignments simulate the typical process of advocating for change. You'll learn to recognize communicator choices vis-à-vis different stakeholders and target messages for designated audiences.
  • Accounting and Finance Skills for Effective Decision Making
    No leader can advance without understanding the essentials of accounting and finance. In this course, you'll gain the ability to use accounting and financial data in planning and organizational decision-making — even if you're a non-financial manager. Learn how accounting information is compiled; how financial health is measured; how to prepare operational and capital budgets; and how to apply financial strategies to improve performance and decision making.
  • Professional and Organizational Ethics
    Moving beyond basic management to true leadership means bringing ethical decision-making to bear on organizations. It's essential to the success of every leader and every organization. In this course, you'll examine historical and current perspectives on ethical systems, the role of codes of ethics and how to strategically apply ethical decision-making tools. Learn through readings, presentations and coaching on real-world dilemmas confronting you and other students.
  • Leadership Seminar
    In this culminating course, you will synthesize and reflect on what you've learned. You'll revise and add to your leadership portfolio by consulting with mentors and presenting your leadership philosophy statement to colleagues. Working in a team, you'll explore ways to address cutting-edge issues in an effective, ethical and enduring manner.