Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership at Cameron is designed to prepare men and women to be leaders in military, governmental, entrepreneurial, and corporate ventures as well as for further graduate study.

Program Objectives

Current objectives for the M.S.O.L. program are listed on the Cameron University Transparency webpage

Program Admission

To be admitted to the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program, students must obtain admission to graduate study at Cameron University and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5.
  • Have a minimum score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) of 500 or a comparable converted score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) utilizing the GRE Comparison Tool for Business.
  • Have a minimum composite score of 1000 using the formula: Score=GMAT + (200 x undergraduate GPA).

Program Options

The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership has two options.  The first option is the non-thesis option, which consists of a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate credit in three parts: a core of 18 hours, electives or possible specialization classes totaling 12 hours, and a master’s project/research paper class (3 hours).  Students selecting the first option will be required to successfully complete a written comprehensive exam.  The second option is the thesis option, which consists of a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit in three parts: a core of 18 hours, electives or possible specialization classes totaling 12 hours, and a thesis (6 hours).  Students selecting the second option will not be required to complete a written comprehensive exam.

Program Requirements

A minimum of thirty-three (33) semester hours in approved graduate courses is required in the MSOL program.

REQUIREMENTSHOURS

MGMT 5703 Organizational Behavior

MGMT 5723 Training & Development & Human Resources in the Organization

MGMT 5803 Global Policy and Strategy

ORGL 5713 Leadership and Knowledge Management

ORGL 5733 Strategic Knowledge and Change Management

ORGL 5743 Data-driven Decision-making

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II. ELECTIVES/CONCENTRATION

Although not required to do so, students may choose an area of specialization within the program by completing 12 hours of electives within a single discipline (Management or Finance).

(Note: Not all specializations may be offered during any given two year period.)

All elective/specialization graduate courses must be approved by the M.S.O.L. Graduate Advisor, the Dean of the School of Business, and the Graduate Council.

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III. CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE*

Select one of the following options:

Research Paper, Non-Thesis Option (3 hours)

ORGL 5893 Master’s Project/Research Paper

Students who choose the non-thesis option will be required to complete ORGL 5893 Master’s Project/Research Paper. Students pursuing this option will be required to pass a written comprehensive exam administered by the School of Business.

Thesis Option (6 hours)

Students who choose the thesis option (six hours) will not be required to complete the written comprehensive exam administered by the School of Business. Students who choose to write a thesis must complete the following steps prior to enrolling in ORGL 5991-6 Thesis:

  1. complete 18 hours of required core courses (Part I above),
  2. secure the approval of the M.S.O.L. Graduate Advisor,
  3. obtain a faculty supervisor in the discipline area of the thesis study,
  4. form a thesis advisory committee in accordance with the Thesis Information Handbook, and
  5. complete the Thesis Topic Form, obtaining approval of the Office of Graduate Studies prior to data collection. 

*Students who select the thesis option must complete six hours of Thesis, although all six hours do not have to be completed in one semester.  Students who complete ORGL 5893 and subsequently decide to switch to the thesis option must complete six hours of Thesis credit.  ORGL 5893 will not substitute for ORGL 5991-6.

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Degree Conferment

The M.S.O.L. degree will be awarded when the student has met all of the following requirements:

  • Completion of core courses,
  • Completion of a minimum of 33 graduate hours listed on the Graduate Plan of Study with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above,
  • Passing the written comprehensive examination and ORGL 5893 or successful completion of the Thesis Option,
  • Completion of the Application for Graduate Degree, and
  • Completion of an exit interview.