Course Descriptions

Doctoral Cohort:
Three Year-Plan
Organizational Leadership Program




601 History and Philosophy of Organizations (THEORIES OF ORGANIZATIONS) – (3 credits)

This course provides a thorough overview of the field of organizational research.  Using organizational concepts and theories students will trace the development, rationale, and purpose of organizations in our society.  A critical lens will be used to assess how organizations can best serve as leaders in our community and world.

602 Theories and Processes of Organizations (THEORIES OF LEADERSHIP) – (3 credits)

The course examines theories, methods, and practices that influence leadership. Grounding in key leadership theories is an essential foundation for the development of research skills and also helps to shape the lens through which one can critically evaluate other studies or arguments. The course will also focus upon knowledge and skills necessary to practice effective leadership within organizations.


603 Politics, Organizations, and Leaders: Legal and Ethical Issues (ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY) – (3 credits)

This course offers an introduction to ethics and social responsibilities. Students will examine and debate the minimal social expectations for organizations embodied in legal doctrines and principles. Also, broader corporate social responsibilities will be explored by drawing upon the norms and values necessary for a vibrant civil society.

611 Quantitative Research (FOUNDATIONS OF QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH) – (3 credits)

Introduction to the field of quantitative research through the development of knowledge and application of research skills and methodologies needed to select, read, and interpret relevant professional literature. Research design projects will be emphasized.


610 Qualitative Research (FOUNDATIONS OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH) – (3 credits)

Introduction to the field of qualitative research through the development of knowledge and application of research skills and methodologies needed to select, read, and interpret relevant professional literature. Research design projects will be emphasized.




612 Statistical Applications and Interpretations – (3 credits)

This course focuses on descriptive statistics, probability and sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, simple linear regression, and correlation. Emphasis on the application of concepts using real data sets in an omnibus statistical package. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ORLD 611 (i.e. earning an A or B) and prior graduate-level Statistics coursework.

604 National and International Organizational Research and Development (CULTURAL COMPETENCIES IN ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP) – (3 credits)

This course will take a comparative approach to organizational leadership, including an examination of developing and emerging global cultures. Content focuses on how different cultures interpret and impact organizational structure, policy, and effectiveness.


613 Statistics and Information Management (STATISTICS II) – (3 credits)

Introduction to statistical regression models and the basic concepts underlying linear and nonlinear statistical modeling. Emphasis on application of concepts using real data sets in an omnibus statistical package. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ORLD 612 (i.e. earning an A or B).  

618 Public Relations and Marketing in the Non-Profit Sector (SOCIAL MARKETING AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP) – (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of theories of social marketing and social entrepreneurship.  Students will investigate how social marketing and social entrepreneurship contribute to a critical evaluation of the field of organizational leadership.  


614 Multi-Variate Statistics (ADVANCED TOPICS IN QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH) – (3 credits)

Introduction to advanced statistical techniques, such as Structural Equation Modeling. Specific topic determined based on student need and demand. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ORLD 613 (i.e. earning an A or B).




617 Personnel Development, Management, and Evaluation (HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT, MANAGEMENT AND EVALUATION) – (3 credits)

The course covers leadership strategies required in recruitment, development, and in-service, effective use of human resources, along with evaluation techniques which will promote a highly motivated professional delivery system.  

623 Organizational Policy Analysis and Change (POLICY ANALYSIS AND CHANGE) – (3 credits)

This course will assist students in understanding how to perform a policy analysis and utilize it to improve organizational effectiveness. Students will: understand how organizations and communities design and sustain effective change strategies; apply theories of learning and performance, knowledge management, and strategic change; and learn how to analyze societal policies that affect organizations.


620 Research in Organizational Leadership – (3 credits) 

This seminar will focus on scholarly research and publication. Students will conduct a pilot research project that includes data collection and analysis. The goal of this seminar is to produce researchers and scholars who will contribute to the knowledge base of organizational leadership. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ORLD 614 (i.e. earning an A or B).   


624 Advanced Seminar in Theory and Methods (DOCTORAL CAPSTONE IN ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP) – (3 credits)

This course will be a capstone intended to aid the students in tying current theory and research methods together for the basis of writing a dissertation proposal. The topic of the seminar is the relationship between contemporary theories of organizational leadership and their linkage to research design and method selection. The final product of the seminar is expected to be a draft of their dissertation proposal. 


ORLD 700 Comprehensive Exam – (1 credit)

This is a required course for students eligible to sit for the comprehensive examination and for those who must retake any part of the comprehensive examination. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all core, research and strand courses and the internship. Repeatable credit.

ACOL 898 Internship Credits – (6 credits)

The Doctoral internship is an experiential-based learning opportunity completed as a field experience related to current or future professional interests. Activities must be performed on site in concert with fellow professionals. Insight through engagement of academic organizations, governmental agencies, and/or health and human services agencies must be available. New learning is an essential component of this experience that will yield a scholarly product that has been supervised by an expert in the field and approved by the student’s research Advisory Committee. Repeatable credit.

ORLD 899 Dissertation Credits – (12 credits)

The Doctoral dissertation in the Organizational Leadership Program is a self-directed, analytical, and comprehensive product of scholarly inquiry which will stand as a model within the field of professional literature. This project, demonstrating excellence, will be the center piece of the academic experience that will add to the body of knowledge relative to organizational leadership and contribute to the human endeavor. The dissertation will be conducted in accordance with the policies and procedures of the UMES Graduate School. Repeatable credit.

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