Master of Arts in International Leadership Courses

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Master of Arts in International Leadership Courses

(All courses are 3 credits and are listed in the recommended sequence)

INT 6210 Foundations
of International Leadership
This course provides the foundation for students to think and act across cultures. The course examines a variety of cultural concepts of leadership and work that span different cultures, economies, politics, and geographies throughout the world. Particular attention is given to developing leadership and sustaining successful transnational organizations.

LDR 6220 The Focused Leader
The Focused Leader provides students with insight- and action-based skills focused on understanding oneself and one’s impact on others—skills necessary for effective interactions in the global arena. The course builds upon research in emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and motivation, and gives students an understanding of the role of emotional intelligence as an aspect of personal empowerment and professional effectiveness, in the global context in particular. Students learn methods of managing emotions triggered by differences, develop strategies for building harmonious and productive relationships, and gain tools and strategies to help others develop emotional intelligence. Students will leave the course having identified goals for their own personal development, strategies for meeting those goals, and a plan for implementing those strategies. Prerequisite:  INT 6210

ORG 6499 Cultural Diversity and Individual Differences
This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors. Prerequisite for MA-IL: INT 6210

INT 6225 International Leadership Integrative Project I
In this course, students further their exploration, assessment, and development of themselves as leaders. The course will provide an opportunity for students to develop and reflect on an understanding of themselves and how such self-awareness contributes to effective organizational leadership. Students will explore a range of self-assessment tools, take part in an immersive cultural experience, and synthesize new learning with knowledge and skills gained in previous Leading Self courses to develop plans to further develop the emotional and cultural intelligence required to be effective leaders in the global arena. Prerequisite(s): LDR 6220 and ORG 6499

INT 6230 Leading Across Boundaries
Effective organizational leadership occurs when groups collaborate across boundaries to achieve outcomes that are above and beyond what those groups could achieve on their own. No longer do leaders work only within an intact group in which leaders and followers share a culture, values, and interests. Global leaders must also be able to lead across groups, where a diversity of experience, expertise, and culture intermingle.

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills required to lead successfully across intra-and inter-organizational group boundaries in the global, multi-cultural environment. Students explore leadership styles, principles, and theories; cultural competence required to lead successfully in the global environment; characteristics and challenges of the six boundaries that leaders encounter (vertical, horizontal, stakeholder, demographic, and geographic); and specific strategies for spanning these boundaries in the global context. Prerequisite(s):  INT 6225

RES 5240 Applied Research Methods
This course involves the study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will be introduced to social scientific inquiry and the research design process, as well as some of the most common quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will learn how to determine the appropriate use of research design, recognize errors and biases in conducting research, and communicate the methods and results of particular studies. Prerequisites for MA-IL:  INT 6225 and no sooner than the 6th course

INT 6240 Cross-Cultural Coaching
This course will guide students in examining and analyzing essential constructs and practices for effective cross-cultural coaching, and the impact and influence that cultural differences have on the coaching process and its participants. Students will explore cutting-edge executive coaching models, various coaching orientations, tools, and techniques of effective cross-cultural coaching, and will have the opportunity to build basic skills in coaching such as establishing rapport and purpose, effective listening skills, giving effective feedback, and goal setting. Students will conclude the course designing a cross-cultural coaching session. Prerequisite(s): INT 6225

INT 6245 International Leadership Integrative Project II
International leaders must learn to effectively lead cross-cultural and virtual teams. The ability to build and maintain relationships is critical and requires a focus on the needs of others with both cognitive and emotional skills.  This course will provide students with the opportunity to gain both knowledge and real-world experience building and leading cross-cultural teams. Students will use knowledge, skills, and tools acquired in the course and previous courses to lead the team in the development of a proposal to address a pertinent organizational issue and develop a change management plan to effectively implement the initiative within a diverse, trans-cultural or transnational organization. Prerequisite(s): INT 6240 and ORG 6405/RES 5240

INT 6250 Glocalization: Leading Across Cultures and International Communication
This course introduces the concept and evolution of glocalization over past decades. The dialectic of global and local are examined within complex globalized marketplaces where global dexterity is required. Students are grounded in basic theories of communication and explore how dimensions of culture influence leading and communicating across cultures, particularly at an organizational level. Students design a plan to “glocalize” an organization by adapting their leadership and communication behaviors and styles. Prerequisite(s): INT 6245

ORG 6260 International Legal and Ethical Issues
This course provides students with the opportunity to research, identify, and analyze ethical and legal issues and concerns related to and affecting leadership and management in a global environment.  Students will review the ethics and legal considerations related to international organizations operating in different economic, legal, environmental, and cultural settings, and discuss variances in individual ethics, organizational codes of conduct, and governmental regulations among diverse nations and regional cultures. Students will examine specific ethical and legal issues and case studies such as those surrounding bribery, human rights, drug policies, child labor, and environmental standards, and apply this knowledge to recognize and propose solutions to legal and ethical dilemmas faced by international organizations. Students will leave the course with knowledge of legal and ethical issues needed to customize their leadership behavior and decision-making in the global arena. Prerequisite(s): INT 6245

INT 6270 International Financial Leadership and Management
This course is designed to empower students with a framework of essential finance and accounting terminology, concepts, and applications for a range of organizations in the private, non-profit, and public sector.  Students will learn how financial decisions impact the operation of organizational units and the viability of organizations.  Students will also learn the key elements of typical finance and accounting operations in organizations and how such activities relate to the effective development and deployment of leadership strategies in an organization. INT 6245

INT 6280 International Strategic Leadership
This course provides students with the knowledge, tools, and skills required to develop a coherent and effective organizational strategy and to lead strategically within an international environment that features diverse economic systems, volatile political environments, conflicting labor practices, and other complex global and/or regional realities. Students will explore the essential elements of an effective strategic plan; the leader’s role and responsibilities in the application of strategic thinking, planning, and implementation within international organizations; and the extrinsic factors that influence the success of a strategic plan.  Students will gain knowledge and skills that allow them to better align their leadership and work with the strategic goals of international organizations and the larger, long-term interests of a global community. Prerequisite(s): INT 6245

INT 6285 International Leadership Integrative Project III
Effective leadership requires a strong outward focus and perspective.  As a capstone experience, this course will give students the opportunity to integrate knowledge from prior courses to identify critical strategies, relate human capital concepts to those strategies, and produce actionable organizational strategies and plans that are globally focused through a practical, real-world experience. Students will work in teams to design a social innovation initiative, develop an effective grant proposal for the initiative, evaluate proposals, and assess their leadership strengths in light of the experience. The course is delivered over the course of six weeks in an asynchronous online environment. Prerequisite(s): All coursework.

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