The CSS MBA in Leadership and Change is a unique graduate program that prepares students to lead strategic change in their organizations, professions, and communities. Grounded in principles of organization development, leadership, and experiential learning, students develop their critical thinking, cultural competency, and ethical decision-making abilities, all essential for leading and managing in a rapidly changing, global environment. As members of a close-knit learning community, students also benefit from opportunities for networking, feedback, and collaboration with peers and faculty.
Many graduates from our program fill significant leadership roles in a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, whereas others facilitate change initiatives either as internal or external scholar-practitioners. All are fully prepared to help improve organizational effectiveness and to realize their full potential.
Detailed Program Description
The program is offered in an evening format that allows professionals to maintain their current work schedules while further developing their knowledge and skills. The MBA in Leadership and Change program can be completed in as few as 12 months, depending on whether a student takes one or two courses per eight-week term.
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.
Note: Meeting minimal entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission.
Applicants are required to prepare a 600-word (minimum) essay, typed and double spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins. Applicants should choose a topic of their interest that is relevant to subject matter contained in the MBA in Leadership and Change (e.g., organization development, leadership, organizational culture). The essay should represent the applicant's highest level of writing and demonstrate an ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced, academic program.
The MBA in Leadership and Change requires students to complete 10 x 3-credit courses plus a six (6) credit capstone, for a total of 36 semester credits of study needed for graduation. Credit toward the degree will be given for courses in which students attain 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. Following completion of the capstone and before the degree is conferred, students will participate in an end-of-program assessment with a faculty panel. One week prior to this session, the Program Director will send the student instructions and scenarios that will be discussed during the assessment.
Summary of Curriculum (required courses)
MGT6420-Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
MGT6413-Communication across Cultural Boundaries (3 credits)
MGT6430-Organization Development (3 credits)
MGT6431-Research Skills for Practitioners (3 credits)
MGT6201-Consultation Theory & Practice (3 credits)
MGT6220-Design & Scale in Organizational Change Interventions (3 credits)
MGT6310-Conflict, Negotiating, & Coaching the Client Group (3 credits)
MGT6320-Contemporary Approaches to Change Management (3 credits) **
MGT6405-Ethical Issues & Wholeness in Change Leadership (3 credits)
MGT6455-Strategic Leadership for Change (3 crredits)
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
** Note: MGT6210-Seminar on the Cape and other approved special offerings may be substituted for MGT6320-Contempoary Approaches to Change Management
** Note: Courses 6202, 6203, 6205, 6208, 6209, 6412, 6440, 6445, and 6530 will only be offered to students completing the Master of Arts in Management program and will not be offered to incoming students in the MBA in Leadership and Change program.