About

Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics

 

what is Netplus?

The NetPlus! Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics (MSLOD) is a mixed-mode MS in Leadership, which is often called a hybrid MS in Leadership or a blended MS in Leadership. This approach combines the personal interaction of a tradition face-to-face MS in Leadership supplemented with an online MS in Leadership experience. This format offers the networking benefits of in-class experiences with the convenience of online learning. The NetPlus! MS in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics is designed to be accessible to busy working professionals from a wide geographic area. While we do not call the program an executive MS in Leadership, virtually all of our NetPlus! MS in Leadership students are working full-time.

Utilizing this format, 60% of coursework is completed online and the remaining 40% of the program is in the classroom. The NetPlus! MS in Leadership is also similar to a weekend MS in Leadership since the in-class meetings occur on two weekends (Friday and Saturday) per semester. These weekend "residencies" focus on the benefits of interaction among students and the professor. The ineractions are enhanced through simulations, guest speakers, team-based learning, presentations, and many other engaging activities. As you can see, the NetPlus! format is a combination of a weekend MS in Leadership, an online MS in Leadership, and a traditional in-class MS in Leadership.

What is the Ms in leadership and organizational dynamics?

In today's challenging and complex business environment, managers are expected to react to emerging market opportunities; have the mental agility to execute new strategies; and possess a deep understanding of human behavioral dynamics and organizational design capacities so as to capitalize on emerging opportunities.

Students will learn not only state-of-the-art theoretical underpinnings of leadership and organizational dynamics, but also how to strategically implement these theories through simulated "real world" applications and exercises in the classroom and the online environment. The MS in Leadership will allow you to work effectively as a self-aware, relective change agent, armed with a deeper understanding of organizational dynamics and the knowledge to improve outcomes, while employing leadership practices that will help you guide your organization to success.

 

NetPlus! Weekend Residencey Schedule
7:30 am - 8:30 am  Catered Breakfast / Networking
8:30 am - 12:30 pm AM Class Session
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Catered Lunch / Networking
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm* PM Class Session

*A light snack is also served during the afternoon class session.

Residency session attendance is mandatory.

 

NOTE: If a NetPlus! student takes two courses in the same semester (one AM Course and one PM Course), that student will be on campus for the entire day on both Friday and Saturday of each weekend residency. If a student elects to take a single course in a semester, said student will be on campus for half a day Friday and Saturday, either the morning or afternoon session, depending which time slot the course is scheduled.  When registering for courses, students should elect only one course for each time slot (AM or PM).  Students can take a maximum of two courses per semester due to the on-campus sessions.

 

Courses

While the curriculum has a distinct focus on organizational applications, the macro environment of management is thoroughly explored, both domestically and internationally, allowing for a smooth intellectual integration with the organization’s micro environment.

 

Program Requirements

The MSLOD is a 30 credit hour, 10 course program.  The Foundation courses may be waived if the students meets the waiver criteria; but a student must replace the waived course with an MBA course to meet the 30 credit hour requirement.

 

Foundation Courses (9 Credit Hours):
  • MGT 501, Organizational Communication and Negotiation
  • MGT 541, Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 582, Strategy, Organization Theory, and Design

 

Advanced Courses (21 Credit Hours):
  • MGT 505, Talent Management
  • MGT 544, Ethical Leadership
  • MGT 546, Advanced Negotiation: Theory and Practice
  • MGT 547, Strategic Innovation Management
  • MGT 548, Leading Organizational Change
  • MGT 549, Contemporary Issues in Leadership
  • MGT 583, International Management

 

Focus Areas

There are four areas of focus with in the MS in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics.  Students will blend leadership techniques into these areas of focus.  Students will find that courses within the program cover a multitude of issues and crossover to other focus areas.  

 

Change Management
  • MGT 505, Talent Management
  • MGT 541, Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 548, Leading Organizational Change

Understand the human behavior in organizations and how this contributes to the individual elements of motivation, personality, perception and diversity.  Recognize organizational policies, how they affect human behavior and their influence on hiring new people, developing existing people into different roles, transitioning people out of the organization.  What motivates people and how does power, conflict and group dynamics affect leadership and decision making?  Exam tools for managing and leading change while assessing current organizational practices.  Analyze how leaders bring about change and how to become a more effective change agent. 

 

Communications & Negotiations
  • MGT 501, Organizational Communication and Negotiation
  • MGT 546, Advanced Negotiation: Theory and Practice

Students will learn advanced processes vital to improving negotiation and organizational communication.  Our professors take you on a learning path from theory to practice with an emphasis on preparation, motivation, process, and outcomes of negotiation. Learn to focus on the complexities involved in multi-party negotiations, cross-cultural negotiation, mediation processes, and conflict management.

 

Ethics and Innovation
  • MGT 544, Ethical Leadership
  • MGT 547, Strategic Innovation Management

Ethics is central to great leadership.  Be introduced to ethical issues that arise in managerial leadership situations and learn about the major ethical leadership approaches.  Innovation is a valued component of leadership.  Understand reasons why innovation matters, how strategy is developed, sources for innovation, explore opportunities, and managing in an uncertain environment. 

 

Leadership Success
  • MGT 549, Contemporary Issues in Leadership
  • MGT 582, Strategy, Organization Theory, and Design
  • MGT 583, International Management

What are the challenges and opportunities for managers?  How do current trends affect organization-wide change?  Explore cultural diversity, leadership issues and the importance of organization theory, design and overall strategy on an organization.  As a leader, consider an organization’s issues operating across national boundaries along with the macro and micro approaches to globalization and how to implement initiatives that align with the overall mission of the organization. 

 

Program Length

Students can complete the MS in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics as few as 20 months; but take as long as five years to complete the degree.

 
20-Month Sample Schedule
  • Fall:  MGT 582 & MGT 501
  • Winter:  MGT 549 & MGT 541
  • Spring:  MGT 544
  • Summer:  MGT 548
  • Fall:  MGT 505 & MGT 583
  • Winter:  MGT 547 & MGT 546

Program Costs

In-State Tuition

Credit Hours Tuition Fees** Total
30 $897.42/cr hr Included $26,922.60

 

Out of State Tuition

Credit Hours Tuition Fees** Total
30 $1,065.42/cr hr Included $31,962.60

NetPlus! Costs Include:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Meals and refreshments for on-campus sessions

** Semester fees are based on two courses per semester in Fall/Winter. Students taking one course will see an additional $83.50 in fees because they are not pro-rated over two courses.

Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice by action of the University of Michigan Board of Regents.  Last updated: 6/21/2017

BOOKS

Students can find course materials and textbooks for courses at the University of Michigan-Flint Bookstore.  Books come with ISBN numbers so that students can purchase the correct book edition.  

 

 

 

Applying

To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

  1. ONLINE APPLICATION FOR GRADUATE ADMISSION
    Apply online at umflint.edu/graduateprograms
  2. $55 APPLICATION FEE
  3. GMAT OR GRE SCORES
    Minimum score for MBA & MSA: 450
    Minimum score for MSLOD: 500
    GMAT or equivalent GRE score required.

    Minimum Score for MBA & MSA:  146V, 146Q (minimum score can fluctuate with higher/lower V/Q scores)
    Minimum Score for MSLOD:  148V, 149Q (minimum score can fluctuate with higher/lower V/Q scores)
    GMAT/GRE waivers may be available to qualified students. See SOM website for waiver criteria. 

  4. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS FROM ALL COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES ATTENDED
  5. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
    Type and submit a one-page response to the question: “What are your leadership goals and how will the MSLOD contribute to accomplishing these goals?”  Responses may be submitted online during the application process or emailed to graduate@umflint.edu
  6. RESUME
    A minimum three years of supervisory experience is required.  Include all work and educational experience.  Responses may be submitted online during the application process or emailed to graduate@umflint.edu.  
  7. TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION 
    Recommendations can be professional and/or academic. One supervisor recommendation is required.  Please utilize recommendation form provide within the online application.

  8. ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIRED FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
    See the International Center webpage for specific requirements.  

 

ADMISSION

The School of Management uses all the materials collected in the application to determine admission.  The MSLOD program calculates the students overall undergraduate GPA from all schools attended and combines it with their GMAT or GRE score.  Students must have a minimum 500 GMAT/GRE score and a 3.0 GPA.  The MSLOD program will review a student’s statement of purpose, resume and recommendations.  A minimum 3 years of managerial experience is required to be accepted into this program.  A decision is based on a student’s entire application.  The quantitative formula is (GPAx200) + GMAT/GRE.  A student achieving an index of 1100 or greater has an opportunity for a standard admission, with an index of 1000-1099 a student may have an opportunity for probationary admission.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES
  • Fall Semester Early Deadline: May 1*
  • Fall Semester Final Deadline: August 1
  • Winter Semester: November 15
  • Spring Semester: March 15
  • Summer Semester: May 15

*You must apply by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester and September 1 for the winter semester.