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Union Launches the Bachelor degree with a major in Organizational Leadership

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Program Chair Dr. Frederick K. Read significance of Union’s new Bachelor’s major in Organizational Leadership.

Dr. Frederick Read

Faculty Chair | Business Administration, Business Management, and Leadership

Kicking off this fall, is the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Organizational Leadership. The new major is designed to give graduates a key competitive edge and endless career paths. Dr. Frederick K. Read, Chair of Business Administration, Business Management, and Leadership discusses the significance of the new major in this Q&A. 

What does the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Organizational Leadership offer to students?

“The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Organizational Leadership opens the door to a better tomorrow by equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed to become effective leaders who can think critically, provide diverse perspectives, solve problems, and implement creative solutions.”

Why does today’s workplace need leadership skills?

” Today’s workforce is ever changing and increasingly competitive. Organizations are searching for people to envision something different, look beyond the status quo, analyze and research problems, create visions, implement creative solutions, and tell people what they don’t want to hear, but need to.”

What makes the major exciting and unique?

“First, the program is designed to be real world and practical. The program is not delivered in a sterile, academic environment.

Second, the program offers six core courses and each focuses on leadership. Each course begins with the word leadership which is the curriculum’s foundation. 

Third, each course includes an embedded research component and the capstone project is immersed in each course. Students will also be given the opportunity to choose a capstone project that relates to their own work place. 

Fourth, guest presenters are not going to lecture but involve the students in substantive situations.

How does this degree answer the call for a skilled workforce?

“Graduates will have a solid understanding of what leadership is and be able to practice the skills immediately. Their skills have been developed as opposed to being trained. A manager’s job is to ensure things get done. A leader looks down the road and envisions what can be.”

Why did Union decide to implement the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Organizational Leadership?

“We wanted to offer a multidisciplinary degree program grounded in the social sciences that provides graduates unique attributes for the emerging job market. The major outcomes of the program include:

  • Identify various concepts of change, problem solving and decision making as they relate to leadership.
  • Analyze and apply a variety of leadership concepts and theories.
  • Evaluate leadership approaches in diverse, multi-cultural, and global environments.
  • Examine ethical leadership as it relates to the leader-follower relationship and social responsibility.
  • Examine leadership from social sciences, and arts and humanities perspectives. ”
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Organizational Leadership program

Spotlight: MSOL Student Kristina Thomas

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To learn more about Union’s Master in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) degree, we asked current student Kristina Thomas about her experience in the program.

Kristina Thomas

Current Student | Organizational Leadership

To learn more about Union’s Master in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) degree, we asked current student Kristina Thomas about her experience in the program. Kristina Thomas is an executive for Macy’s Inc. with extensive experience in relationship building, analyzing, planning, developing, implementing and measuring corporate-wide internal and external growth initiatives designed to align corporate goals with stakeholder interests, resulting in long-term stability and growth. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management. Awards include the 2007 Leaders for the Future Award, 2009 YMCA Black Achiever, and 2011 Cincinnati Business Courier Forty Under 40 Award Recipient. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Links, Incorporated.

How has your experience at Union been as a student?

“Challenging. I have found the program to be challenging and exhilarating. Every day, I am growing professionally and personally.”

How is the MSOL program helping you to achieve your goals?

“Professionally, my approach is more strategic and systemic. Meetings with my team are more purposeful and interactive. I also hold leadership positions in nonprofits. Before the MSOL program, it was too easy to get off point. Now I lead from a structured viewpoint and engage to accomplish goals. “

What is the best part of the MSOL program?

“The real world experience my cohort offers is invaluable. The discussion forums and comments make one vulnerable but strong enough to implement suggestions.”

Why did you choose Union for your studies?

“Union chose me. This is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I know the skills I am learning will propel me professionally.”

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Spotlight: Organizational Leadership Grad Emily Swegert

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MS Organizational Leadership

Emily Swegert, Higher Education Professional and 2014 MSOL Grad

To learn more about Union’s Master’s in Organizational Leadership degree, we asked recent graduate Emily Swegert (M.S. 2014) about her experience in the program.

What problem did the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership solve for you?

When I began the Master’s in Organizational Leadership, I sought to solve a communication issue within my organization. I wanted to find a way to better serve our external stakeholders and track their needs. Through the Organizational Leadership program, I discovered new ways of utilizing tools that we already had in place, as well as developing new methods for communication strategies.

What was effective about the Master’s in Organizational Leadership approach or delivery?

Working in an online format was new for me, but it provided the opportunity to complete my work on my time. I enjoyed the chance to collaborate with my classmates electronically and develop new ideas without taking time in the middle of the day to attend class. I also found the application-based focus of the program effective because it allowed me to immediately utilize and develop my leadership skills in my own position.

Why did you choose Union?

I chose Union for the flexibility and affordability. The online courses allowed me to keep my full time job while pursuing a master’s degree and still complete it in one year.

How did this degree change your work?

The degree allowed me to be eligible for a promotion at work. I also began to use my leadership skills to promote change within my position and department.

Would you recommend Union to others?

I would recommend the Master’s in Organizational Leadership to anyone who is seeking to further their education and has a passion for leadership. The possibilities with this degree are endless and it provides the training and real-world experience needed to become a leader in a variety of fields in today’s workforce.