MBA Organizational Leadership

The Master of Business Administration in Organizational Leadership is designed for upwardly mobile, mid-career professionals seeking to advance to the leadership level in a contemporary organization. Students attain a graduate-level business foundation and a concentration in leadership that emphasizes an understanding of human behavior and the important issues for the international and multicultural organizations of today. This knowledge base is critical to achieving success in today’s diverse global marketplace.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to: 

  • Evaluate leadership principles and practices at the individual, group, and organizational levels.
  • Explore leadership principles and practices in a multicultural setting.
  • Outline the issues of leadership that arise from influencing change in an organization.
  • Summarize the challenges facing leaders in a global economy.
  • Determine the influence of political and economic environment on leaders of organizations.
  • Predict the effect of future ecosystem challenges on the role of organizational leaders.

Career Opportunities

The Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-2009 indicates that managers whose accomplishments reflect strong leadership qualities will have the best opportunities for high level positions. It further states that “in an increasingly global economy, experience in international economics and business will also be beneficial.” In choosing a career in organizational leadership, you might want to consider a job as:

  • General Operations Manager
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Chief Executive Officer

Occupational Outlook*

  • Median annual salary in 2011 $101,250
*Bureau of Labor Statistics: 2008-2018 employment projections. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2008-2018).

Start Date

Winter B - February 2015 

Required Courses

  • GRN 645 - Global Sustainability

    This course addresses how sustainable practices can be implemented around the world under differing operating principles. Topics include sustainability practices in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, South and East Asia, Africa, and South America.

  • LED 650 - Survey of Global Leadership

    This course will address various ways to demonstrate effective leadership. A survey of important theories will be the foundation of this course. The focus will be on leadership in dyads, groups, and strategically across hierarchical levels, as well as beyond organizational boundaries. Traditional approaches, as well as emerging approaches such as transformational and values-based leadership, will be highlighted. Leadership will be considered in a global context, including how effective leadership practices can differ across cultures

  • LED 625 - International Political History

    This course will examine important historical and contemporary themes in international relations that set the stage for analyzing the current international system. Capitalism, colonialism, imperialism, Marxism, revolution, nationalism, anti-colonialism, neo-colonialism, and modern economic globalization are all important eras of international political history, and their effects have shaped the current geopolitical order immensely. The emphasis will be on the effect of these historical events on international business decision making.

  • STR 606 - Strategic Management

    This course synthesizes and integrates the concepts and techniques developed in prior courses for developing business objectives and strategic plans. This course incorporates the external and internal events that influence strategic direction of the firm through the use of cases and computer simulation. An important element of this course is a course-long project in which students examine a specific industry from a strategic success perspective.

  • MBA 500 - Foundations in Graduate Studies

    The Cleary University MBA program places unique demands and expectations on the student. Computer and Internet technologies to help students learn more efficiently and effectively are emphasized. In addition to the content presented in this online course, students are also invited to an on-campus component of this course. Software and Internet techniques to maximize information technology in learning, which have counterparts in business practice, will be explored. Overall strategies for academic success, such as graduate-level approaches to secondary research, and writing at the graduate level are reviewed. This class familiarizes students with the University’s graduate academic policies and resources. Successful completion of this course is required for continuation in the MBA program.

  • ECO 645 - Managerial Economics

    Micro- and macroeconomic theories are taught to help students understand the effect of these theories on the firm’s goals. The student’s ability to analyze the economic constraints within which the firm operates and the implication of government monetary and fiscal policies is discussed in this course. Practical application of economic theory to business cases is integrated into the course.

  • MKT 605 - Strategic Marketing Management

    This course prepares managers to deal with core domestic marketing issues in the consumer/industrial, and private/public/nonprofit sectors, by providing a strategic way to think about the firm’s products, services, and markets, including marketing strategy and implementation. Central to managing a business, marketing provides intelligence about customers, competitors, and the general business environment to ensure long-term viability of the enterprise.

  • MGT 636 - Organizational Behavior and Theory

    This course focuses on the skills and techniques necessary to help organizations operate more effectively in today’s fast-changing, competitive environment. An effective organization is one that fosters teamwork and partnerships, both internally and externally, with the goal of improving quality and productivity. From this perspective, organizational success requires attention to behavioral, structural, planning and human resource components. In addition to behavioral topics such as leadership and motivation, this course will also focus on key issues associated with organizational structure and planning, including systems thinking, change management, planning, control and service management. Human resource management topics such as recruitment, selection, employee training and development are also included.
  • MGT 625 - Quantitative Managerial Analysis

    This course uses case studies as a method to analyze data using descriptive statistics and basic inferential techniques such as hypothesis testing using t-tests. Students will also learn to analyze relationships between variables through predictive modeling and time series analysis, design of experiments, and methods for quality improvement.

  • MAC 605 - Financial Accounting

    This course introduces the fundamental concepts in financial accounting that are used to create corporate financial statements for external users. Major topics include accrual accounting, transaction analysis, construction of the balance sheet and income statement, and statement of cash flows. Students will then apply their knowledge of financial accounting to analyze and interpret financial statements.

  • FIN 605 - Financial Management

    This course provides a foundation to financial management, which will enable students to understand and use financial information. Students will learn to apply risk and time value of money concepts in capital budgeting, capital structure, and lease financing. Topics such as dividend policies, risk management, and mergers and acquisitions also will be taught.

  • PSY 615 - Cross-Cultural Psychology

    This course blends the two components of culture and psychology to study communication and behavior from a leadership perspective in a multicultural and often virtual workplace. Students will examine psychological theories of behavior and personality and apply those theories to diverse business settings. The impact of cultural conditioning as it influences values, attitudes, and beliefs will also be addressed. Students will gain an appreciation of the nuances of expression, socio-cultural variations in human behavior, and the importance of cultural awareness. Application of theory will be made to contemporary issues in leadership.

  • MGT 675 - International Business

    This course covers the intricacies of globalization and international business. Students will learn the impact of the economic, political, legal, and socio-cultural environment on international business. Topics such as international trade and investment, planning global strategies, and managing international operations will be discussed.

  • LAW 605 - Law and Ethics

    Law, ethics, and social responsibility often have important influences on business operations, and managers have the ability to influence them. Through this course students will gain an understanding of basic business legal and regulatory principles; how federal, state, and local regulatory agencies work; how societal forces affect businesses; and how managers can take a proactive lead in the process.