Masters of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration in Leadership and Change

The Department is dedicated to developing leaders who embody the values of the School of Business and Technology and demonstrate consistently the highest levels of ethical decision-making, social responsibility, global awareness, and professional excellence. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Leadership and Change program is designed for students who want a broad knowledge base in all areas of business, strong technical skills, professional and personal effectiveness, and capabilities in leadership and change management. Understanding of organizations in a global environment is fundamental to the program. Ethics, social responsibility, personal awareness, and cultural acumen in a global setting are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Leaders today need more than foundational knowledge to guide organizations through times of change and growth. They need a deeper understanding of organization development and a greater appreciation for the social impact of each decision they make.

Our MBA in Leadership and Change offers the business knowledge you require, while weaving in vital strands of organizational behavior, leadership, and change management. One of the largest and most unique MBA programs in the state, this program prepares innovative, adaptable professionals across a variety of industries.

Detailed Program Description

The 36-semester-credits program is offered in an evening format that allows professionals to maintain their current work schedules while enhancing their knowledge and skills. The MBA in Leadership and Change program can be completed in as little as 12 months, depending on whether a student takes one or two courses per eight-week term.

Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the MBA in Leadership and Change program, students will be able to:
A.  Demonstrate critical thinking and high level reasoning through effective oral and written communication skills.
B.  Identify competing values, behaviors, and assumptions that are relevant to the implementation of proposed change initiatives.
C.  Analyze, design, and deliver change-based interventions and strategies.
D. Describe and explain to the client system the cultural context that affects a proposed change initiative.

Admission Requirements for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Leadership and Change
The Master of Business Administration  in Leadership and Change program considers applicants who:

1. Submit a completed Graduate Admission Application form;
2. Have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
3. Submit all official transcripts of baccalaureate and graduate coursework that is relevant to consideration for admission to this program;
4. Have an earned minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.8;
5. Submit a Graduate Management Programs Written Essay per the instructions that are shown below; and,
6. Submit two Graduate Recommendation forms.


  • International applicants will need to complete additional admission requirements.
  • Meeting minimal entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission.

Topical Essay
Please prepare a 600-word (minimum) essay, typed and double spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins. Applicant may choose a topic of interest (e.g., organizational behavior, communications, finance, management, or economics) but it should be relevant to the MA in Management or MBA in Leadership and Change program to which s/he is applying. The essay should represent your highest level of academic writing and demonstrate an ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced academic program.

Degree Requirements
A total of 36 semester credits are required for graduation. Credit toward the degree will be given for courses with a grade of "C" or better; students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. A maximum of six graduate semester credits may be transferred from another accredited college or university if they meet program requirements and are approved by The College of St. Scholastica. The MBA in Leadership and Change program must be completed within seven years, and students must make sufficient academic progress toward the degree during their enrollment. Credits more than seven years old as of the date of graduation will not count toward the degree. Evidence of regular progress in the program generally means registration in at least one course each semester during the academic year. Students will be allowed to register for courses only when they have met course prerequisites and have demonstrated sufficient academic progress toward the degree.

Summary of Curriculum  (required courses)
MGT6420-Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
MGT6412-Research Skills for Practitioners (3 credits)
MGT6413-Communication across Cultural Boundaries (3 credits)
MGT6455-Strategic Leadership for Change (3 crredits)
MGT6201-Consultation - Theory & Practice (3 credits)
MGT6430-Organization Development (3 credits)
MGT6220-Design & Scale in Organizational Change Interventions (3 credits)
MGT6320-Contemporary Approaches to Change Management (3 credits) **
MGT6405-Ethical Issues & Wholeness in Change Leadership (3 credits)
MGT6310-Conflict, Negotiating, & Coaching the Client Group (3 credits)
MGT6800-Final Capstone Options (6 credits)

Students have the opportunity to choose from three capstone options, including:
• Global capstone: Travel abroad with faculty for an experiential learning opportunity
• Group practicum: Apply theory to practice through a small group project with your peers
• Traditional thesis: Conduct original research and compose an academic paper