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.
Our flexible and innovative program builds big-picture leadership and problem-solving capabilities that you can apply immediately to your current job. Plus, with our Mentor Program, you can learn more about today's business environment from experienced leaders and top executives and get valuable guidance on achieving your career goals. 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.
Costs Only $21,000
Finishes In 18 months part-time
Why a Nichols MSOL?
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.
Learn From Experience
Our experienced faculty, Mentor Program, and extensive alumni network will introduce you to success.
Get there faster
Time is money. So our courses are offered in accelerated seven-week sessions.
Learn how you want & when you can
Seamlessly balance your education with the rest of your life. Choose how you want to learn each week—in class or online in real time.
For those students who qualify, financial aid is available. 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
Begin your degree when it’s best for you
With 6 start dates to choose from, Nichols lets you boost your career and balance your life. Be sure to check out our simplified course sequence maps so you can plan for what to expect. If you choose to start on a January, May, or August start date, you’ll follow Course Sequence I. If you choose to start on a February, June, or October start date, you’ll follow Course Sequence II. To find out the exact start date for your course, take a look at our academic calendar and Master Graduate Course Schedule.
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
Common Master Level Skills (12 credits)
BUS-610 Experience Nichols I - Explore
This 1 credit course will be taken during the first session of a student’s program. The purpose of this course is to expose students to our six core competencies. They will begin to understand the language and business trends associated with each, as well as develop an awareness of their strengths and weaknesses in each area.
Every week, students will explore a new competency and how it relates to their personal and professional success, Nichols College and the workplace.
BUS-611 Experience Nichols II - Reinforce
This 1 credit course will be taken when a student is 15 credits into their program. The purpose of this course is to give students an opportunity to reflect upon their journey to date, while introducing progressive materials and the opportunity to collaborate with other students to reinforce the six core competencies.
Every week, students will have the opportunity to reflect upon and strengthen their six core competencies. This class is similar to Nichols I, only now the content is more robust and there are a variety of collaboration opportunities to help expand upon and reinforce learnings.
BUS-612 Experience Nichols III - Cultivate
This 1 credit course will be taken when a student is 27 credits into the program. The purpose of this course is for students to reflect deeply upon their journey while learning how to sustain and pass on their knowledge of the six core competencies.
Every week, students will leverage the core six competencies as they work towards creating a TED Talk-esque presentation in a team environment. Students will walk away from this class with tangible new ways to communicate and keep their skills fresh long after graduation.
BUS-615 Business CommunicationsCommunication 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
BUS-620 Cultural Awareness in Global Business TodayToday’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
BUS-625 Current Trends in LeadershipAs 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
MSOL Core Courses (18 Credits)
MSOL-705 Leadership ExperienceOrganizational 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
MSOL-710 Change and Innovation ManagementOrganizations, 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
MSOL-715 Negotiation and Conflict ResolutionNegotiation 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
MSOL-720 Competition, Innovation & StrategyThis 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
MSOL-725 Individual, Team, Manager, Mentor, LeaderIndividuals 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
MSOL-800 Action Research ProjectAs the capstone course in the MSOL program, this course is designed to allow the student to test strategies and theories in a simulated business setting. Students will identify a problem or opportunity. They will conduct research, develop proposals and recommendations, and an implementation plan. (pre-requisites BUS 611, MSOL 705, MSOL 710, MSOL 715, MSOL 720 & MSOL 725)As a result of this course, the student will: 1. Synthesize competencies learned from past classes 2. Apply in-depth knowledge of discipline area in identifying current issue and presenting alternative solutions