Graduate Department of Organizational Leadership and Policy

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2013-14 academic year.

Irwin Nesoff, Chair and Associate Professor
Michelle Gibbons-Carr, Instructor

AVAILABLE PROGRAMS OF STUDY:

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Dual Degree: Master of Social Work/ Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Certificate in Organizational Leadership MSW Certificate in Organizational Leadership

MS/ Organizational Leadership/30 credits

The thirty-credit Master of Science in Organizational 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 masters degree can be completed in four semesters part-time. Students completing the four-course core curriculum will be awarded a Certificate in Organizational 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 two 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 specific to higher education or nonprofits.

As part of the masters degree, all students will also 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 realworld 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 masters program will also provide students the skills and knowledge to lead diverse multicultural organizations with a global perspective focusing on social and organizational change.

Requirements30 credits
ORL 510 Organizational Leadership, Mission and Strategy/3 cr
ORL 520 Leading People: Developing Human Potential/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 620 Organizational Governance/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 Organizational Leadership/78 Credits

The dual MSW/MS in Organizational 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 interprofessional, 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 Organizational 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 Organizational Leadership courses. Students enrolled in the ORL Certificate and the ORL Master's Program are waived from SWK 610 Leadership and Administration, a required social work course, and 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.

Dual Degree Full Time - Master of Social Work (MSW) and Part Time Master of Science in Organizational Leadership/ 78 Credits

Full time study is completed on a 6-semester, 3-year schedule. The first two years are fulltime 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 Organizational Leadership/ 78 Credits

Requirements
SWK 510 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3 credits
SWK 520 Social Policy 3 credits
SWK 540 Generalist SWK Practice I 3 credits
SWK 550 SWK Field Practicum and Seminar I 3 credits
SWK 511 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3 credits
SWK 530 Foundations of Social Research 3 credits
SWK 541 Generalist SWK Practice II 3 credits
SWK 546 Multicultural SWK Assessment 3 credits
SWK 551 SWK Field Practicum &Seminar II 3 credits
SWK 561 Dynamics of Oppression &Privilege 3 credits
SWK 640 SWK Practice with Children &Families I 3 credits
SWK 650 SWK Field Practicum &Seminar III 3 credits
SWK 690 Integrative Project Seminar I 3 credits
SWK 620 Social Policy Practice 3 credits
SWK 641 SWK Practice with Children &Families II 3 credits
SWK 651 SWK Field Practicum &Seminar IV 3 credits
SWK 691 Integrative Project Seminar II 3 credits
ORL 510 Organizational Leadership, Mission &Strategy 3 credits
ORL 620 Organizational Governance 3 credits
ORL 530 Planning, Evaluation and Marketing 3 credits
ORL 540 Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Managemen 3 credits
ORL 610 Leading Organizational Change 3 credits
ORL 520 Leading People: Developing Human Potential 3 credits
ORL 710 Capstone I 3 credits
ORL 711 Capstone II 3 credits
Advanced Electives 6 credits

Dual Degree Full Time - Master of Social Work â€" Advanced Standing (MSW) and Master of Science in Organizational 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 Organizational 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 Organizational Leadership degree.

Dual Degree - Advanced Standing MSW / MS Organizational Leadership

Program Requirements
SWK 800 Advanced Standing Summer Gateway 6 credits
SWK 640 SWK Practice with Children &Families I 3 credits
SWK 650 SWK Field Practicum and Seminar III 3 credits
SWK 690 Integrative Project Seminar I 3 credits
SWK 620 Social Policy Practice 3 credits
SWK 641 SWK Practice with Children &Families II 3 credits
SWK 651 SWK Field Practicum and Seminar IV 3 credits
SWK 691 Integrative Project Seminar II 3 credits
ORL 510 Organizational Leadership, Mission &Strategy 3 credits
ORL 620 Organizational Governance 3 credits
ORL 530 Planning, Evaluation and Marketing 3 credits
ORL 540 Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management 3 credits
ORL 610 Leading Organizational Change 3 credits
ORL 520 Leading People: Developing Human Potential 3 credits
ORL 710 Capstone I 3 credits
ORL 711 Capstone II 3 credits
ORL Advanced Elective 3 credits

Certificate in Organizational 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.

Requirements12 credits
ORL 510 Organizational Leadership, Mission and Strategy /3 cr
ORL 530 Planning, Evaluation and Marketing/3 cr
ORL 540 Budgeting, Financial Management and Resource Development/3 cr
ORL 620 Organizational Governance/3 cr

MSW/Certificate in Organizational 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.

Requirements12 credits
ORL 510 Organizational Leadership, Mission and Strategy/3 cr
ORL 530 Planning, Evaluation and Marketing/3 cr
ORL 540 Budgeting and Financial Management and Resource Development/3 cr
ORL 620 Organizational Governance/3 cr

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