Graduate Department of Leadership and Policy

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2014-15 academic year.

Irwin Nesoff, Chair and Associate Professor

Michelle Gibbons-Carr, Instructor

AVAILABLE PROGRAMS OF STUDY:

Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership

Dual Degree: Master of Social Work/ Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership

Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership

MSW Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership

MS/Nonprofit Leadership/30 credits

Description of the Nonprofit Leadership major

The thirty-credit Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership is designed to prepare a diverse group of students for leadership roles in nonprofit organizations and NGO’s. Students will be prepared to take on administrative, executive and leadership positions through a series of required courses and advanced electives providing them with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to assume leadership roles. Designed for working adults, the master’s degree can be completed in four semesters part-time. Students completing the four-course core curriculum will be awarded a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. The courses in this sequence include: Organizational Mission, Strategy and Leadership; Planning Evaluation and Marketing; Organizational Governance; and, Budgeting, Financial Management and Resource Development.

After completing the four course core curriculum students will then take a four- course required sequence designed to further enhance their leadership skills in organizational governance and change. Students will also have the opportunity to choose two advanced electives.

As part of the master’s degree advanced-year four-course required curriculum, students will complete a two-semester Capstone Project. This group project will consist of applied research in a specialized area of interest, providing students with a critical learning experience as they seek to address an identified organizational priority, issue or service delivery challenge. Over the course of an academic year, students will work in teams to address an organizational challenge and identify organizational opportunities or to conduct applied research on a specific issue of interest. Through this hands-on group experience, students will have the opportunity to become engaged in real-world issues and problem solving, while integrating and enhancing their learning.

Upon completion of the degree, students will have a unique combination of theory, knowledge of practical applications to organizational issues, leadership skills and applied knowledge that will qualify them for a wide-range of leadership positions in nonprofit organizations and NGO’s. Consistent with Wheelock’s mission of improving the lives of children and families the master’s program will also provide students the skills and knowledge to lead diverse multicultural organizations with a global perspective focusing on social and organizational change.

Students will:

  • Understand the broad social, cultural, political and economic contexts that influence the lives of all children and families at the local, national, and international levels;
  • Engage, individually and collectively, in lifelong learning, embrace multiple perspectives, and participate within diverse communities;
  • Realize their capacity for leadership that creates a more just world for all children and families;
  • Develop expertise in the education and human service professions along a continuum from entry level to advanced practice;
  • Explore new ideas, experiences, and collaborative partnerships, and integrate academic learning and community-based experiences;
  • Apply multicultural and developmental perspectives to understand individual, family, community, and societal growth;
  • Develop an understanding of leadership skills and effective practices that contribute to organizational success;Gain an understanding of legal and governance issues in social sector organizations

Requirements30 credits
ORL 510     Organizational Leadership, Mission and Strategy/3 cr
ORL 620 Organizational Governance/3 cr
ORL 530 Planning, Evaluation and Marketing/3 cr
ORL 540 Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management/3 cr
ORL 520 Leading People: Developing Human Potential/3 cr
ORL 610 Leading Organizational Change/3 cr
ORL 710 Capstone I/3 cr
ORL 711 Capstone II/3 cr
Advanced Electives (2)/6 cr
Dual Degree - Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Science In Nonprofit Leadership/78 Credits
Description of the Dual Degree major

The dual MSW/MS in Nonprofit Leadership offers the student interested in human service administration careers a unique opportunity. Students will develop justice-based social work competence as well as the organizational leadership skills and general orientation to human services that are necessary to perform as a leader in the human services sector. Dual degree graduates are well positioned to become administrators and policy leaders in organizations that deliver social services.

Students will complete all requirements for the MSW program which is designed to educate a diverse group of students who are committed to effecting change in the social conditions of oppressed and disadvantaged groups. Toward this goal, students will be prepared for advanced social work practice with a series of required and elective courses that will provide them with knowledge, skills and values that reflect strengths-based and empowerment approaches that are family-centered, community-based and Inter-professional, and are directed toward change at the individual, family, community and system level. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students will attain an appropriate level of mastery of the Core Competencies and Practice Behaviors identified in the Educational Policy and Standards set out by this accrediting agency.

Students will also complete all requirements for the Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership, preparing them to take on administrative, executive and leadership positions. Through a series of required courses and advanced electives, students gain the knowledge, skills and values necessary to assume leadership roles. Students will learn to build effective multicultural organizations, where the talents and contributions of individuals from diverse backgrounds are recognized, respected, and valued.

Students complete the MSW in its entirety and are eligible for social work licensure enabling them to work as a social worker while they complete the final part-time year of Nonprofit Leadership courses. Students enrolled in the Certificate and the Master’s program are waived from SWK 610 Leadership and Administration, a required social work course, and dual-degree students are also waived from two Social Work electives.

There are three program options. Students can enroll in the Dual Degree program as full-time, part-time or Advanced-Standing MSW students.

MSW Goals for the Dual Degree major:

Students will:

  • Practice justice-based social work with client systems of all sizes with a concentration on children and families, based on advancing human rights and social and economic justice in both local and global contexts, and reflecting the values and ethics of the social work profession;
  • Utilize generalist knowledge and skills to critically analyze, implement, and evaluate the differential use of social work theories, practice models, social policies, and social work research in practice with children and families;
  • Demonstrate appropriate leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of social work practice that is strengths-based, multi-culturally competent, family-centered, and community-based, using an ecosystemic and collaborative framework;
  • Engage in continuous self-reflection, ongoing professional development and evaluation of their own professional practice, with the aims of implementing best practices, enhancing personal development, and making the greatest contribution to the profession and the world.
Nonprofit Leadership learning outcomes for the Dual Degree major:
  • Understand the broad social, cultural, political and economic contexts that influence the lives of all children and families at the local, national, and international levels;
  • Engage, individually and collectively, in lifelong learning, embrace multiple perspectives, and participate within diverse communities;
  • Realize their capacity for leadership that creates a more just world for all children and families;
  • Develop expertise in the education and human service professions along a continuum from entry level to advanced practice;
  • Explore new ideas, experiences, and collaborative partnerships, and integrate academic learning and community-based experiences;
  • Apply multicultural and developmental perspectives to understand individual, family, community, and societal growth;
  • Develop an understanding of leadership skills and effective practices that contribute to organizational success;
  • Gain an understanding of legal and governance issues in social sector organizations;
  • Increase their working knowledge of financial management and organizational and program budgeting;
  • Develop fundraising skills that include grant and proposal research and writing;
  • Gain a working knowledge of developing plans and strategies that will serve to move an organization forward;
  • Develop a working knowledge of financial management and organizational and program budgeting;
  • Increase and improve those personal attributes, traits and behaviors that foster effective leadership;
  • Develop skills for leading change
Dual Degree Full Time - Master of Social Work (MSW) and Part Time Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership/78 Credits

Full time study is completed on a 6-semester, 3-year schedule. The first two years are full-time MSW and ORL courses, and the third year is part-time ORL courses.

Part-time study can be completed within five years, usually including 10 part-time semesters, on a fall and spring semester schedule.

Dual Degree Full Time - Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership/78 Credits
Requirements78 credits
SWK 510     Human Behavior and the Social Environment I /3 cr
SWK 520 Social Policy/3 cr
SWK 540 Generalist SWK Practice I/3 cr
SWK 550 SWK Field Practicum and Seminar I/3 cr
SWK 511 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II/3 cr
SWK 530 Foundations of Social Research/3 cr
SWK 541 Generalist SWK Practice II/3 cr
SWK 546 Multicultural SWK Assessment/3 cr
SWK 551 SWK Field Practicum & Seminar II/3 cr
SWK 561 Dynamics of Oppression & Privilege/3 cr
SWK 640 SWK Practice with Children & Families I/3 cr
SWK 650 SWK Field Practicum & Seminar III/3 cr
SWK 690 Integrative Project Seminar I/3 cr
SWK 620 Social Policy Practice/3 cr
SWK 641 SWK Practice with Children & Families II/3 cr
SWK 651 SWK Field Practicum & Seminar IV/3 cr
SWK 691 Integrative Project Seminar II/3 cr
ORL 510 Organizational Leadership, Mission and Strategy/3 cr
ORL 620 Organizational Governance/3 cr
ORL 530 Planning, Evaluation and Marketing/3 cr
ORL 540 Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management/3 cr
ORL 610 Leading Organizational Change/3 cr
ORL 520 Leading People: Developing Human Potential/3 cr
ORL 710 Capstone I/3 cr
ORL 711 Capstone II/3 cr
Advanced Electives/6 cr
Dual Degree Full Time - Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing (MSW) and Master of Science in Non-Profit Leadership/ 54 credits

Full-time Advanced Standing MSW students complete the 36-credit program in 3 consecutive semesters (summer, fall and spring), and then continue for 2 semesters of part-time study to complete the Nonprofit Leadership degree.

Part-time Advanced Standing MSW students complete the 36-credit program in five semesters (summer, fall, spring, fall, spring), and then continue for 2 semesters of part-time study to complete the Nonprofit Leadership degree.

Dual Degree - Advanced Standing MSW / MS Nonprofit Leadership Program
Requirements54 credits
SWK 801     Gateway Research and Policy In Larger System Environments/2 cr
SWK 802 Gateway Practice and Field Seminar/2 cr
SWK 803 Gateway Multicultural Assessment and
Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege/2 cr
SWK 640 SWK Practice with Children & Families I/3 cr
SWK 650 SWK Field Practicum and Seminar III/3 cr
SWK 690 Integrative Project Seminar I/3 cr
SWK 620 Social Policy Practice/3 cr
SWK 641 SWK Practice with Children & Families II/3 cr
SWK 651 SWK Field Practicum and Seminar IV/3 cr
SWK 691 Integrative Project Seminar II/3 cr
ORL 510 Organizational Leadership, Mission and Strategy/3 cr
ORL 620 Organizational Governance/3 cr
ORL 530 Planning, Evaluation and Marketing/3 cr
ORL 540 Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management/3 cr
ORL 610 Leading Organizational Change/3 cr
ORL 520 Leading People: Developing Human Potential/3 cr
ORL 710 Capstone I/3 cr
ORL 711 Capstone II/3 cr
ORL Advanced Elective/3 cr
Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership/12 credits

Recent research indicates that within the next five to 10 years, more than half of current nonprofit leaders will retire and their organizations are not involved in succession planning or training of the next generation of leaders. This is also true of higher education, where we will be seeing a generational shift in leadership. As these shifts are approaching, more opportunities will be opening up for people interested in taking on leadership positions and responsibilities in these institutions. In this program, students will gain skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience needed to advance in nonprofit and higher education management and leadership. The certificate program is designed for nonprofit professionals, higher education administrators, social workers, and for-profit professionals and others who want to transition into the nonprofit sector. This program provides students with the fundamentals of effective management and leadership in as little as one year. The courses in this program can also fulfill the foundation year requirements for Wheelock’s full Master of Science degree.

Requirements
ORL 510     Organizational Leadership, Mission and Strategy/3 cr
ORL 530 Planning, Evaluation and Marketing/3 cr
ORL 540 Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management/3 cr
ORL 620 Organizational Governance/3 cr

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