Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

Enhance your leadership skills to innovate, solve, and inspire

You’re already a leader—and as a good leader, you’re always looking to build on your strengths. Developing “soft skills” like team-building, communication, change management, negotiation, and collaboration is still hard work. But a Nichols MSOL degree will help you develop all of these game-changing capabilities, at your own pace.

The flexible and innovative program builds big-picture leadership and problem-solving capabilities that you’ll find yourself applying immediately to your current job. With an MSOL degree from Nichols, you’ll be even better equipped to lead within your organization and to navigate an ever-changing business landscape, both today and down the road.

Each 3-Credit Course

Costs Only $1,800

Finishes In 7 Weeks

Why a Nichols MSOL?

Get There Faster

Courses are offered in accelerated seven-week sessions, so you can complete your MSOL in as little as 18 months.

Build skills you’ll use today

With a curriculum that’s always current and a faculty of industry experts, you’ll develop skills you’ll use in your career right now and in the future.

Learn how you want & when you can

With HyFlex learning, you can balance your MSOL degree with the rest of your life. Choose how you want to learn each week—in class or online in real time.

Get an MSOL degree that pays off

A Nichols MSOL is an exceptional return on your investment. Nichols offers great value for the time and money you dedicate.

Admission Requirements

* Waived for Nichols College graduates

Financial Aid

Students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine eligibility for federal and state financial aid. The Nichols school code is 002197.

Countdown to Your MSOL

Finish as soon as April 2017

Outcomes & Courses

Graduates of the Nichols MSOL program will have the business leadership skills to:

  • Apply leadership principles, theory and critical thinking to creatively solve problems in organizations
  • Use an ethical framework to analyze complex situations, identify organizational needs and develop effective strategies to address them
  • Apply negotiating, coaching and mentoring skills to have productive and collaborative relationships among individuals, teams and organizations
  • Use cultural awareness and communication skills to interact with global issues
  • Employ qualitative and quantitative research methods for organizational analysis and problem solving

Required Courses
Common Master Level Skills (12 credits)

  • BUS-610 Experience Nichols I - Learn.Lead.Succeed.

    This course leads new students through a comprehensive overview of the College, its advantages in the business field, and the resources that are readily available to students.  In addition, this course guides students through the process of personal development necessary to succeed in the program and today’s business market.  (This course is designed to be completed as a series of three one-credit segments.  BUS 610: 1 credit – First Session of your program, BUS 611: 1 credit – 15 credits into your program, and BUS 612: 1 credit – 27 credits into the program.)

    As a result of completing all three parts of this course, the student will:
    1. Identify Nichols community, culture, learning tools, and college resources
    2. Locate methods and tools for research as 21st century learners
    3. Analyze emotional intelligence (self-awareness, self-management, collaboration, and teamwork)
    4. Develop personal learning objectives for maximizing return on investment in a master’s program


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  • BUS-611 Experience Nichols II - Learn.Lead.Succeed.

    This course leads new students through a comprehensive overview of the College, its advantages in the business field, and the resources that are readily available to students.  In addition, this course guides students through the process of personal development necessary to succeed in the program and today’s business market.  (This course is designed to be completed as a series of three one-credit segments.  BUS 610: 1 credit – First Session of your program, BUS 611: 1 credit – 15 credits into your program, and BUS 612: 1 credit – 27 credits into the program.)

    As a result of completing all three parts of this course, the student will:
    1. Identify Nichols community, culture, learning tools, and college resources
    2. Locate methods and tools for research as 21st century learners
    3. Analyze emotional intelligence (self-awareness, self-management, collaboration, and teamwork)
    4. Develop personal learning objectives for maximizing return on investment in a master’s program


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  • BUS-612 Experience Nichols III - Learn.Lead.Succeed.

    This course leads new students through a comprehensive overview of the College, its advantages in the business field, and the resources that are readily available to students.  In addition, this course guides students through the process of personal development necessary to succeed in the program and today’s business market.  (This course is designed to be completed as a series of three one-credit segments.  BUS 610: 1 credit – First Session of your program, BUS 611: 1 credit – 15 credits into your program, and BUS 612: 1 credit – 27 credits into the program.)

    As a result of completing all three parts of this course, the student will:
    1. Identify Nichols community, culture, learning tools, and college resources
    2. Locate methods and tools for research as 21st century learners
    3. Analyze emotional intelligence (self-awareness, self-management, collaboration, and teamwork)
    4. Develop personal learning objectives for maximizing return on investment in a master’s program


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  • BUS-615 Business Communications

    Communication is key to success, whether through inter-office reports and communications, marketplace messages and conversations, or inter-personal interactions.  This course will aid students in developing skills and abilities in the area of communication - personal and business. 

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Generate well-organized and effective informational and persuasive presentations
    2. Analyze and draw inferences from written material
    3. Write effective proposals and reports
    4. Develop strategies for employing style, structure, format, and for maximizing impact
    5. Apply frameworks in the digital age of communication


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  • BUS-620 Cultural Awareness in Global Business Today

    Today’s business reaches across national and international borders, and the successful business leader understands this paradigm.  This course will lead the student through discovery, analysis, and utilization of international business practices.  In order to complete this course successfully, the student will identify and understand governmental policies, international organizations and competition as well as models for doing business in developing nations using culture in the decision-making process.

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Analyze global business initiatives
    2. Identify issues related to globalization from a variety of viewpoints
    3. Develop an ethical framework and analyze issues through that framework
    4. Identify, describe, and debate major themes concerning globalization, culture, and ethics
    5. Analyze teamwork dynamics across geographic and cultural boundaries
    6. Evaluate business culture and practices in developing nations


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  • BUS-625 Current Trends in Leadership

    As business practices evolve to meet the changing demands of the marketplace, leaders must constantly evaluate and make adjustments to stay on top of the field.  This course is designed to help students identify, evaluate, and analyze current trends and then to make judgments on the viability and wisdom of those trends. (pre-requisite BUS 610)

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Compare and contrast leadership styles, including leading with vision, inspiring, and motivating others
    2. Analyze and summarize critical issues in leadership and ethical decision-making
    3. Analyze current professional literature
    4. Examine the evolution of teams


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MSOL Core Courses (18 Credits)

  • MSOL-705 Leadership Experience

    Organizational success rises and falls on leadership.  This interactive course draws upon life experience to enhance understanding and implementation of best practices for leading an organization. (pre-requisite BUS 610)

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Analyze organizational culture and its impact on performance
    2. Apply leadership concepts, theories, and processes to real life business models
    3. Identify leadership traits, personal strengths and weaknesses
    4. Analyze how leadership traits manifest themselves in behaviors in work and community environments
    5. Devise a plan for personal growth and improvement


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  • MSOL-710 Change and Innovation Management

    Organizations, and their members, are usually resistant to change.  The innovative manager understands this hesitancy and employs practices that ensure the success of any changes in the organization.  This course is designed to help the student identify and practice strategies for successful innovation and change. (pre-requisite BUS 610)

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Outline a structured approach for ensuring that changes are thoroughly and smoothly implemented and that the lasting benefits of change are achieved
    2. Examine the roles of sponsorship, buy-in, involvement, communication and readiness in achieving thorough, smooth and lasting change
    3. Examine the use of positive psychology to enhance performance


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  • MSOL-715 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

    Negotiation and conflict occur routinely within and between organizations, and the ability to handle these situations is critical.  This course examines the strategies and techniques needed to become an effective negotiator.  Students will examine the elements of the negotiation process, including bargaining and persuasion strategies, within a variety of settings.  Conflict management will also be addressed and we will focus on interpersonal conflict, mediation, investigation, and arbitration. (pre-requisite BUS 610)

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Learn to recognize conflict as it is beginning
    2. Evaluate the characteristics of different conflict types
    3. Apply techniques to adapt to different situations and diffuse conflict
    4. Identify personal conflict style


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  • MSOL-720 Competition, Innovation & Strategy

    This course is designed to assist the student in identifying the competitive forces and charting organizational direction.  Additionally, this course will help the student develop innovative strategies that will place them ahead of the competition by bringing an original idea (business opportunity, product or service) from concept to potential launch. (pre-requisite BUS 610)

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Analyze competitive dynamics including primary, secondary and emerging competition
    2. Observe and interpret how organizations interact with their environment to uncover new opportunities and reframe business problems
    3. Apply analytical, creative, and intuitive thinking styles to seek out and diagnose problems
    4. Identify obstacles to success and design strategies to overcome them


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  • MSOL-725 Individual, Team, Manager, Mentor, Leader

    Individuals assume many roles within modern organizations.  The goal of this course is to aid the student in identifying the various roles and analyzing personal traits that best qualify individuals to move up in the organization and lead and mentor others. (pre-requisite BUS 610)

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Critically evaluate principles of leadership, team building, and human relations
    2. Identify roles of various employees using appropriate assessment methods
    3. Contrast the overlapping roles assumed by personnel and devise strategies to improve effectiveness
    4. Illustrate the cultivation of mentoring and leadership skills


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