Trevecca Nazarene University

New online graduate program starting in April

In April of 2010 the University will begin offering a new master’s degree program in organizational leadership (MOL). This totally online program is designed for persons whose busy careers prevent their being able to enroll in traditional graduate programs—executives, managers, pastors, supervisors, and others who seek additional knowledge and skills for their careers.
    This interdisciplinary program stresses the application of management research to real-world situations by taking a close look at how people and groups are motivated at work and finding ways to develop leadership that derives better results from employees and enhances the company. Focusing on leadership and service, this program’s overarching theme is the model of servant leadership, a theme that is directly aligned with Trevecca’s mission statement. The MOL can also be part of a program that prepares students to enter a Ph.D. program, a theoretical discipline-oriented research degree for students looking to become a tenured faculty or researcher within the university.
    Trevecca Associate Provost Carol Maxson, director of this program, explains the uniqueness of the MOL: “Currently, Trevecca does not offer a graduate program that prepares learners how to think deeply about organizational leadership and how to use their imagination to apply their new knowledge to the profession and society. The MOL is one of the best ways for learners or mid-career professionals to understand the ins and outs of a company and its operations.”
     The first class is scheduled to start in April 2010.     
     Online orientation will take place on April 5 with class set to start on April 19. Applications are still being taken for this first cohort. Interested persons should contact Becky Headrick at 615-248-1663 or at RHeadrick@trevecca.edu.

Program Objectives
The Trevecca Nazarene University MOL graduate will
1.Recognize how personal leadership style, strengths, and skills interact with and impact others in an organization.
2.Demonstrate Christian values in the role of servant leader.
3.Connect theories from multiple disciplines to the practice of leadership.
4.Assess and manage organizational culture, diagnose problems, and lead implementation of change.
5.Identify and attend to the relationships between leaders and systemic process such as organizational, cultural,
    behavioral, and political influences on policy change.
6.Apply knowledge of organizational planning, management of change, oversight of human resources, and leadership
    consistent with ethical, legal, and regulatory expectations.
7.Develop constructive means for leaders to communicate, negotiate, and manage conflict in organizational and
    community settings.
8.Demonstrate an individual philosophy of ethics, both personal and professional, in leadership situation.
9.Embrace diversity and tolerance as essential to organizational success, effective leadership, team building, and
    community partnerships.
10.Apply theoretical concepts to real-life organizational situations.