Course Descriptions - Master of Arts in Leadership for Service

M.A.L.S. Degree Requirements

The M.A.L.S. degree requires 36 semester hours as stipulated below.

Stewardship Competency: 12 semester hours

MLS5100 Servant Leadership   
3 semester hours
This course explores the philosophy of Servant Leadership. Students will consider a general organizational ethic, meaning the moral principles and values governing organizations, as well as the feasibility of servant leadership practice within those. The characteristics of the servant leader and application of the same to various distinct career disciplines will be considered.

Integrated Concept Courses

MLS5400 Stewardship, Ethics/Values, Trust   
1 semester hour
This course examines Stewardship and its related components, including Trust. We will contrast a service orientation versus martyrdom, and individually identify the roots of Ethics and Values as well as how they inform a personal leadership framework.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MLS5100.

MLS5450 Self Awareness, Team Building, Presence   
1 semester hour
We will examine mindsets and biases that support and defy our leadership potential as individuals, and contributory potential within a group. We will explore the concept of presence and flow both individually and within a group.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MLS5100.

MLS5500 Motivation, Empowerment, Coaching   
1 semester hour
This course will contribute to the growth of the skills helpful to truly empathize with the goals and needs of others, in order to remove the obstacles blocking the inherent self-motivation in beings, as well as inspire value added coaching.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MLS5100.

MLS5550 Authenticity, Vulnerability, Humility   
1 semester hour
We will explore the essential Authenticity required for Servant Leadership, provide insight as to how to navigate the resultant Vulnerability, all in the pursuit of organizationally productive humility.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MLS5100.

MLS5600 Followership, Usefulness, Changing the Pyramid   
1 semester hour
This course explores the practice and importance of effective followership, its potential impact on organizational structure, and those structures that indicate or are indicated by Servant Leadership. The commitment to Usefulness as defined by the rights and responsibilities of organizational citizenship will be considered.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MLS5100.

MLS6100 Experiential
Credit is met by participating in and formally reflecting upon, a service oriented, “hands on” experience.  This experience may consist of an international or domestic service opportunity.  The granting of credit for an experiential opportunity not facilitated by the university is at the discretion of the program director.  Participation in a campus Net Impact chapter project is one such example.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MLS5100.

MLS6300 Foresight, Intuition, Listening   
1 semester hour
Foresight driven by Intuition and Continuous Learning will be examined, as well as strategies and skills essential to the productive management of resultant organizational change.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MLS5100.

MLS6350 Conceptualization, Creativity,Systems Thinking   
1 semester hour
We will engage in activities to empower individual Creativity, coupled with the introduction of Systems Thinking. The intersection of these two is where executable Conceptualization is born.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MLS5100.

MLS6400 History of Servant Leadership, Sustainability,Faith/Culture    
1 semester hour
This course will survey the presence of Servant Leadership in history. A broad variety of faith and cultural perspectives will be analyzed regarding differences and commonalities. We will explore the financial sustainability supported by Servant Leadership.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MLS5100.

Entrepreneurial Competency:   
6 semester hours

MLS6200 Social Entrepreneurship    
3 semester hours
This course will explore the ways that Servant Leadership in action manifests in innovative solutions which address the systemic causes or perpetuation of social injustice. Specific cases of Social Entrepreneurship will be reviewed and analyzed, followed by the execution of a case, PBL or special project.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MLS5100.

EDU8225 Philosophies of Adult Learning    
3 semester hours
The course begins by defining common characteristics of adult learners. Readings include the research literature on learner-centered instruction. The course emphasizes theories of self-regulated learning and motivation, focusing particularly on: constructivism, social cognition, efficacy, attribution, and self-determination. The course accentuates adult-oriented constructivist methods of teaching and learning, including problem-based learning.
No prerequisites.

Financial Competency:   
6 semester hours

MBA5120 Foundations of Accounting    
3 semester hours
This course introduces basic financial and managerial accounting concepts from the viewpoint of the user. Emphasis is on developing critical decision-making skills through the study of problems and cases. It will also cover financial statement analysis.
No prerequisites.

MBA5140 Foundations of Economics    
3 semester hours
Students will be introduced to the domestic and global economies, business cycles, unemployment, and inflation. They will also be exposed to the economic decision process of firms and individuals as they attempt to maximize their relative well-being.
No prerequisites.

Interpersonal Competency:   
6 semester hours

Select:

SWK6381 Social Work Practice II: Group Work    
3 semester hours
The course examines social work practice from a macro perspective introducing group work practice skills.
No prerequisites.

OR

SWK6382 Social Work Practice II: Community    
3 semester hours
The course examines social work practice from a macro perspective introducing community direct practice skills.
No prerequisites.

MBA6620 Leading Strategically    
3 semester hours
This leadership concentration course addresses how leaders can effectively utilize creative strategies. Students will explore innovative strategies for overcoming barriers to the ethical resolution of conflict and crisis. Students will also discuss moral ethical and legal issues that affect the ability to lead an organization. The subsections are (1) conflict resolution (2) crisis strategies and (3) moral, ethical and legal leadership (4) leading strategic changes.
No prerequisites.

Concentration Courses:   
6 semester hours

MLS6770, 6771,6772, 6773,Leadership Capstone: “Concentration 6774, 6775    Specified”   
3 semester hours
This course will guide students through the application of a service oriented lens to their chosen concentration. The systemic circumstances within the environment of the chosen concentration will be explored, and a conceptualization plan for the student’s path within that environment will be constructed.
Prerequisite:  Completion of a minimum of 18 semester hours in the MALS program.

Elective of Choice or Master’s Thesis    
3 semester hours
Students will select a graduate level course or may construct a Master’s Thesis to supplement their concentration area program. Course selections and thesis topics are subject to the approval by the Director of the MALS Program.
Elective course examples might include, but are not limited to:

ACC5520 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting    
3 semester hours
This course focuses on accounting and budgeting concepts applied to the management of public, not-for-profit, and non-profit organizations: program budgeting, fund accounting, and systematic analysis as they apply to public sector and not-for or non-profits.
Prerequisites: ACC2010 and ACC2020 or MBA5120.

SWK6390 Social Work Practice with Diverse & Vulnerable Populations    
3 semester hours
This course is an exploration of historical and current economic, social, cultural and political forces that affect a wide range of minorities. Focus is on development of ethnic-sensitive, culturally competent practice skills. Self-awareness and attitudes towards self, others and differences are explored.
No prerequisites.

SWK6900 MALS Thesis
A research based thesis will be prepared by the student, in consultation with a faculty member and/or discipline based mentor.  A multidisciplinary environment is maintained intentionally, in order to facilitate broad analysis and critical thought.
Prerequisites:  18 semester hours completed In the MALS program