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Charter Oak State College Official Catalog

Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership

The Master of Science in Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership is designed for students interested in or currently pursuing a leadership position. This Master of Science degree allows students seeking an advanced degree to assess their own personal leadership style, to critically exam organizational challenges and analyze the various aspects of organizational interactions at all levels (individual, group and organizational) to gain the professional competencies to effectively lead others and bring about change. This will be accomplished by drawing upon the student’s current knowledge and “real world” experience while exploring in depth the theoretical knowledge, methods and concepts that focus on organizational effectiveness and individual leadership competencies.

The Master of Science in Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership is 33 credits. The Core courses total 24 credits and the Concentration is an additional 9 credits There is no room in the degree for elective credits.

A minimum 'B-' grade is required in all graduate courses. Students must obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) in order to graduate. All students should refer to the Academic Probation policy regarding grades lower than a 'B-' in the graduate program.

Core Courses

Core Total24cr
OEL 501: Learning Community *3cr
OEL 520: Personal Leadership3cr
OEL 530: Organizational Development Landscapes3cr
OEL 525: Group Process and Team Dynamics3cr
OEL 610: Intercultural/Global Perspectives3cr
OEL 615: Developing and Leading Others3cr
OEL 690: Applied Research Project3cr
OEL 695: Capstone Seminar **3cr

* This course must be taken in the students first semester and will not be accepted in transfer.

** This course will not be accepted in transfer and can only be taken at Charter Oak. Minimum grade of 'B' is required for passing.

Program Prerequisite

  • An undergraduate course in Statistics is required. This may be satisfied by taking MAT 105 Statistics from COSC, or an equivalent transfer course. It may also be fulfilled by the completion of an online, non-credit statistics review course administered by COSC by the beginning of the second term of the program.


Students enrolled in this program, must choose one of the concentrations below:

Option 1: Business

Concentration Total9cr
OEL 541: Business and Economics of an Organization3cr
OEL 542: Effective Communication3cr
OEL 643: Leading Organizational Change3cr

Option 2: Non-Profit

Concentration Total9cr
OEL 553: Nonprofit Management3cr
OEL 554: Nonprofit Resource Development and Fundraising3 cr
OEL 655: Roles of Nonprofit in Fostering Social Change3cr

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Master of Science in Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership will be able to:

  1. assess and design learning communities in organizations;
  2. evaluate and formulate an individual leadership style; 
  3. develop professional communication skills; 
  4. reccomend how one develops effective groups;
  5. construct organizational leadership strategies; 
  6. explain the complexities of organizational design and the interconnection between organizational structures; 
  7. design and implement organizational change processes; 
  8. create strategies to support intercultural/global inter-relationships; 
  9. develop strategies that support the advancement of organization's vision and mission;
  10. apply various nonprofit fundraising principles and practices to accomplish the organization's financial goals;
  11. formulate change strategies that supports a continual changing landscape for nonprofit organizations;
  12. apply financial and economic tools to improve organizational performance;
  13. develop a research project proposal that clearly defines a problem, identifies project objectives or research questions, recommends and supports methodologies to address the above, and hypothesizes resultant actions; and
  14. formulate, propose, and develop a plan utilizing appropriate tools and interventions to implement solutions designed to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness. 

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