Organizational Leadership Specialization

  • Enhance Your Leadership Ability to Drive Results and Inspire Others

    Effective leadership is a universal and differentiating characteristic of managers within the private, public and non-profit sector. When properly executed, its impact on business goals and even an organization’s bottom line can be substantial. The organizational leadership specialization within the online MPA program focuses on leadership in multiple contexts — both within the organizational setting as well as in the larger community. This approach can help reinforce your instinctual leadership abilities with an advanced understanding of the theories and strategies used by all great leaders. 

    Online MPA Organizational Leadership Specialization: Courses

    In addition to the online MPA core curriculum, successful completion of the following three courses is needed to specialize in organizational leadership. Courses in this specialization focus on community development, as well as leadership within the public, private and non-profit sector. Individual course descriptions are listed below.

    GMPA 632 Nonprofit Management and Leadership 
    Total credits: 

    Through extensive reading and site visits, you will explore the many challenges facing nonprofits and examine the functions and roles of nonprofit staffs and boards. You will also reflect on the similarities and differences between the business, government and nonprofit sectors and the effective ways in which these three sectors collaborate.
    Prerequisite: None

    GMPA 745 Community Development Process
    Total credits:  3

    This course teaches you how to define community problems and establish priorities and objectives for the response of the public and private sectors. You will focus on program planning and administration, with an emphasis on developing comprehensive, coordinated and innovative approaches. Citizen participation and community control are also discussed.
    Prerequisite: None

    GMPA 763 Leadership and Environments of Administration 
    Total credits:  3

    Administration, whether it is in the public, private or non-profit sector, is strongly influenced by various contexts internal and external to the bureaucracy. The major contexts are: cultural, economic, political, governmental, legal and administrative. This course will survey each in an effort to understand its role and, through seminar deliberations, formulate strategies for better performing leadership and managerial roles within large, modern complex organizations.
    Prerequisite: None

    Online MPA Organizational Leadership Specialization: Career Outlook

    Principled leadership is a core pillar in many success organizations and hiring managers actively seek out candidates to possess this integral skillset. Below are just a few career paths that MPA graduates with a specialization in organizational leadership would be uniquely qualified for:

    • Political scientist
    • City manager
    • Director
    • Political leader
    • Government relations manager
    • Human services manager
    • Policy Analyst
    • Director
    • Nonprofit manager

    Career growth is solid in these fields. For example, in 2012 the median annual wage for a political scientist was $102,200 with the top ten percent earning more than $155,490. Growth in the field between 2012 and 2022 is predicted at 21 percent, almost double the national average for all jobs.

    Online MPA Organizational Leadership Specialization: Program Outcomes

    Once you have completed the three courses within the online MPA organizational leadership specialization, you will have the confidence, knowledge and skills required to:

    • Communicate effectively.
    • Motivate team members to create high-achieving organizations.
    • Apply traditional and cutting-edge leadership skills.
    • Think and act critically.
    • Conduct strategic research by interpreting and applying research findings to ensure effective organizational performance.
    • Promote growth in others to achieve common organizational goals.