The University of La Verne’s Master of Science in Leadership and Management (MSLM) curriculum educates effective future leaders for all types of organizations. The program provides students with the experience to apply theory to real-world applications, and graduates leave with both the ability to apply organizational leadership theory and the problem-solving skills needed to manage an organization.
La Verne’s MSLM consists of 33 semester hours (36 for students without an undergraduate degree in a management-related field), with 12 devoted to a concentration. Students can complete courses online or at one of several campus locations. Classes prepare professional leaders and managers to successfully address the challenges and complexity of 21st-century organizational life.
MSLM faculty believe in creating personalized classroom environments and close-knit relationships with students, and core classes help students develop an essential managerial knowledge base. Students then customize the balance of coursework with either electives from one focused concentration or a more generalized program of study. The capstone course, built upon two or three required research courses, results in the research, writing, and presentation of either a thesis or an applied research project.
La Verne offers four concentrations for graduate students in the Master’s in Leadership and Management program: Organizational Development, Human Resource Management, Nonprofit Management, and Aging Studies. By pursuing a concentration, students have the ability to choose a specialization that reflects a specific career path. Concentrations offer a variety of course options, including: Managing Groups and Teams, Negotiations and Bargaining, and Managing Nonprofits. These courses cover topics from human resource analysis to effective organization design.
Flexibility for working professionals
To provide maximum convenience and flexibility, this program is offered online and is available at several locations throughout California, including La Verne, Bakersfield, Burbank, College of the Canyons, Irvine, Ontario, Oxnard, and Victorville, as well as at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) and Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC).
Those earning the degree online may complete coursework, view lectures, and access discussion boards at any time. The same professors that teach at the La Verne campus instruct the online classes, so students receive a high-quality education without the commute.
Leadership and Management Careers
Because La Verne structures the leadership and management program toward no specific field, graduates can take their knowledge in a range of directions—corporate environments, nonprofits, government organizations, health care, startups, and even entrepreneurship. The topics and practical emphasis prove to be an asset in department and team leadership roles, including project management, human resources, and executive positions.
As the economy changes, more and more businesses and organizations need management and leadership personnel who bring out the best in their teams, get results, and make a difference. Illustrating this, the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates openings for management jobs across a range of industries will grow 7 percent by 2028.
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