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Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

The master of arts in organizational leadership provides students with the skills and experience to not only effectively understand the processes and strategies necessary to be successful in business, but also the human element involved in all business. Being an effective leader requires so much more than just business knowledge. Understanding and navigating relationships, organizational culture, and teams is essential to success throughout the entire company. The program is built on a foundation of neuroscience, performance and business research, and scriptural teachings. The curriculum allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of leadership, helping them to connect with people and foster motivation in the workplace. Students pursuing a master of arts in organizational leadership complete 33 credit hours from OL 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, and two courses from OL 610, 611, and 612.

Credential Program in Leadership Coaching 

The Credential Program in Leadership Coaching prepares students to successfully facilitate relationships that help others transform their lives and careers. Students will learn the eight core competencies of coaching, and gain insight into, coaching theory and research, coaching practice, and scriptural application. The credential program is offered in an online format. Students may complete one of the following levels in Huntington University's Credential Program in Leadership Coaching: associate or professional. The Associate Leadership Coaching Credential requires the completion of nine credit hours from OL 600, 612, and 614. The Professional Leadership Coaching Credential requires the completion of 12 credit hours from OL 600, 612, 614, and 695. The curriculum contains International Coaching Federation (ICF) approved training within each course. Students successfully completing either the Associate or Professional Leadership Coaching Credential will have met the required 60 hours of coach specific training and 10 hours of mentor coaching of the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation with the ICF.  Additional coaching hours and passing the Coaching Knowledge assessment (CKA), as required by ICF, will be necessary for students to be eligible to apply for the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential through ICF. For additional information about ICF credentialing, students may visit the ICF website and select the ACC ACSTH Path. (The Gold Standard in Coaching | ICF - ACC Paths (

Courses in Organizational Leadership

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GR 011 Graduate Student Orientation
( credits )

New students will be enrolled in an online orientation module when accepted into a graduate program (excluding OTD students). Online learning provides a very flexible learning environment that requires students to take ownership for learning. This course is designed to be self-paced and will introduce students to the online learning management system, University policies and ensure students know how and where to seek assistance and support.

OL 506 Performance Optimizing Organizations
(3 credits )

Sustainable organizations are often identified by their high performance in several strategic areas. Such optimizing organizations are committed to consistency, efficiencies and quality across the company. Primary topics in performance optimizing are examined, including performance measurement, motivation and human worth, quality control, quality improvement, analysis tools and implementing optimizing initiatives. Experiential learning opportunities emphasize the importance of the four phases of process management: assess, plan, prepare and execute.

OL 511 Effective Organizational Assessments
(3 credits )

Organizational assessments provide the foundation for reviewing present performance and setting strategic initiatives. Key benefits of such assessments are to achieve greater results and help ensure sustainability. Organizational assessments identify areas of strength and vulnerability in the organization related to effectiveness: ownership, governance, management, resources, culture, processes, products, brand and results. This course includes the study of best practices used in assessing organizations in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Course experiences include the completion of assessments of leaders and existing organizations.

OL 600 Personal Development Skills Process Group
(3 credits )

Students learn the five basic skills of coaching and come away with a written plan for how to use those skills in life and work. This experience is highly participatory with heavy emphasis on the integration and practice of each basic skill. It provides 20 hours towards a Coach Approach Skill Training (CAST) Certificate approved by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

OL 601 Organizational Leadership and Character Development
(3 credits )

Students will identify and distinguish major leadership theories and styles. Through application and assessment, students will gauge personal leadership and develop an action plan by which to strengthen leadership character and competencies through a Christian lens. Students will continue to invest in a Christian community of practice to evaluate character.

OL 602 Building Healthy Culture and Performance
(3 credits )

The various aspects of organizational structure will be explored. Students will learn how leaders create a healthy culture that drives individual, team and organizational performance. Various drivers and obstacles to performance will be discussed along with strategies to enhance performance.

OL 603 Leadership Styles, Neuroscience and Emotional Intelligence
(3 credits )

Students will gain an overview of the different styles of leading a team or organization. The latest research from neuroscience will be explored and applied to leadership. Students will understand the concept of emotional intelligence and its different relational and self-management skills.

OL 604 Leading Change and Motivation
(3 credits )

The major drivers or inhibitors of motivation and organizational change will be explored. Students will learn the leadership competencies to provide rapid, profound and sustainable change. This course will also focus on how to assess and make structural changes in the organization's culture that make change easier.

OL 605 Team Building and Conflict Management
(3 credits )

Students will investigate theories and best practices of team leadership, including virtual team. Exploration of concepts such as multiple intelligences, self-managing teams and conflict competence will serve as the foundation for practical application of planning and implementing team leadership.

OL 606 Leadership and Transformation
(3 credits )

Students will learn the different affective, cognitive and behavioral strategies that lead to transformational change in a coaching relationship. Emphasis will be placed on creating affective experiences that lead to character growth. Students will also learn to design leadership programs for organizations.

OL 607 Decision Making, Creativity and Problem Solving
(3 credits )

Students will learn various decision-making strategies and the common pitfalls to good decisions. The critical role that creativity plays in leadership will be explored. Using a variety of methods, students will gain experience in creativity and problem-solving.

OL 608 Capstone Seminar in Organizational Leadership
(3 credits )

Students will investigate an organizational issue in-depth through original research. As scholars and practitioners, students will generate a professional paper, justifying the relevance, exhibiting theoretical knowledge and demonstrating practical application.
Prerequisite: Students must complete 21 hours prior to enrollment in OL 608.

OL 610 Leadership and Organizational Assessment
(3 credits )

This course will review the various assessment instruments for individual leaders, team and entire organizations such as: Emotional Competency Inventory; Kolb Learning Style Inventory; Inventory of Leadership Styles; Organizational Climate Survey. Students will learn how to communicate findings to leaders to empower them.

OL 611 Systems and Project Management
(3 credits )

Leadership requires the capacity to get things done on a scalable level, from large projects to designing systems that integrate resources in the proper channels. This involves thinking strategically, accumulating resources, bringing the right talent into the right teams and driving the process.

OL 612 Developing the Executive Coaching Relationship
(3 credits )

Students deepen their use of the basic skills of coaching while introducing advanced skills and group and team coaching skills incorporating them in a written plan. This highly participatory course utilizes a variety of learning styles including guided meditation, coaching demonstrations, physical movement, and peer learning. Each person will discover their own coaching style. It provides 20 hours towards a Coach Approach Skill Training (CAST) Certificate approved by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

OL 613 Advanced Executive Coaching
(3 credits )

Students will develop advanced skills to deal with resistance and obstacles to performance. Students will learn process group skills to lead their own groups. Students will become proficient in coaching clients in the following areas: financial, marital and parenting. Students will learn how to build, market and manage their coaching practice.

OL 614 Executive Coaching and Character Development
(3 credits )

Students explore a variety of topics including the ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics and further development of a plan for how to use coaching in life and work. Participants will receive verbal and written feedback in both group and individual mentoring sessions with a certified coach. It provides 20 hours towards a Coach Approach Skill Training (CAST) Certificate approved by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and 10 hours of mentor coaching required for ICF certification.

OL 695 Professional Leadership Coaching Practicum
(3 credits )

Students have opportunity to practice and proved a variety of coaching related activities that would normally be expected of a leadership coach. The practicum requires a minimum of 300 hours and includes weekly individual interaction and coaching from a university supervisor. The required 300 hours are meant to assist students toward achieving their required hours for the PCC designation with ICF.
Prerequisites: OL 600, 612, and 614

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