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Courses | M.A. in Leadership and Innovation

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Take a look at the list below to get an idea of the types of available courses. Also, be sure to review the official program requirements in the Biola University catalog.

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising.

Core Requirements

This course focuses on the development of managerial skills to enhance personal and organizational effectiveness. Students will examine and critique academic articles, professional literature and business cases related to personal and organizational productivity, operations management, human behavior in organizations, leadership and general management. Students will be required to reflect deeply upon the meaning of managerial effectiveness and will further be expected to challenge their own practices in light of these lessons. Special attention will be placed on the development of one's personal faith and a Biblical perspective of management. Grade Mode: A.

Authentic and innovative leaders inspire and navigate their teams through the challenging waters of organizational change. This course focuses on becoming a leader through the understanding and development of essential innovative leadership dimensions. Students will examine leadership through the lens of innovation by surveying and analyzing contemporary constructs and by applying their learnings to their personal lives and organizational workplace. Students will also study biblical examples of innovative leaders and integrate this knowledge into their writing and discussion. Grade Mode: A.

This course is a study of the biblical principles of leadership from the Scriptures as they shape the foundation for best business practices both in relationships and in developing a healthy culture for great organizations. Students will study leadership lessons from Scripture and identify the principles of godly leadership and how to lead with excellence. Students will develop a Christian understanding of leadership to include practical application in order to effectively lead organizations. Students will engage in personal reflection exploring the crucial role of character and the leader’s heart. Grade Mode: A.

Organization leaders at all levels must increasingly demonstrate innovative and creative thinking and be able to produce original and useful solutions to the challenges they face. The purpose of this course is to equip you with creative problem solving ideas and strategies that can positively impact your work and leadership. This course is designed to introduce to you skills and strategies for generating creative ideas and building a culture of innovation in any organization. The emphasis is on practices that are supported in the problem solving literature that can be applied in any professional context and used to make decisions and solve problems with originality and inventiveness. Grade Mode: A.

This course is designed to teach students how to create and manage change for productivity, through individual and group leadership. Students will study traditional and cutting-edge methods for initiating and supporting innovation in new and existing organizations, as well as pitfalls to avoid. The crucial role of leadership in the change process will be examined, and opportunities for experience in innovation and change will be made part of class time and assignments. Students will also study significant variables that influence organizations and individual effectiveness necessary for developing effective leadership in the contemporary workforce while examining the role of change from a Biblical perspective. Grade Mode: A.

This capstone course ties together all of the materials covered in the Master of Arts in Leadership and Innovation program. Students will complete an integrated capstone project that demonstrates their mastery of business competencies, innovation and leadership. Grade Mode: A.

The course will explore the place of work within God's kingdom program for history. The contours and major movements in God's program to rule the creation will provide the context for identifying the biblical understanding of the purpose and nature of work in the present age. These major movements include the pattern of work in the initial created order, patterns of work within the theocratic society of Israel, and finally work redeemed in the truth of Jesus Christ for the present age. Special attention will be given to the place of work in the believer's spiritual formation as the source for being a leader for Christ in the workplace. Grade Mode: A.

Select Credits

Select 15 credits from the following:

Cross-cultural study of leadership including diverse patterns of authority, legitimacy, public support, leadership recruitment, and training as they affect communication, church growth and development worldwide. Grade Mode: A.

Students learn to manage the marketing process in the context of the firm's strategies and objectives. Topics include analyzing marketing opportunities, selecting target markets, developing marketing strategies, planning marketing programs, budgeting the marketing program, and implementing and controlling the marketing effort. Students will also be introduced to economic principles that affect marketing decisions. Throughout the course students will reflect on Biblical and ethical issues in marketing, and how they potentially affect the marketing management process. Grade Mode: A.

The objective of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to understand the complex accounting and financial data they will receive as operating managers. In particular, students will learn how to use the data as an effective management tool for coordinating managerial and organizational activities. Financial accounting, managerial accounting, and financial management are covered with consideration of international, economic, and legal issues. Students also consider the nature of numerical analysis as a description of reality, giving rise to ethical and other Biblical issues of interpretation. Grade Mode: A.

An examination and evaluation of financial decision making in the Corporate environment: valuation of future cash flows, characterization of risk and return and evaluation of options available to firms to finance their operations or fund growth opportunities. Students will learn how to analyze financial data to provide information to management decision makers on how to improve the financial performance of their firms and make the best capital investment decisions. Grade Mode: A.

This course examines the means for achieving control while exploring improvement alternatives. Topics such as financial statement analysis, budgeting, tax issues, restructuring, reengineering, and current topics in financial management are discussed. Learning focuses on the methods used by managers to guide employee actions in ways that are both financially and Biblically appropriate. Grade Mode: A.

Students will understand the role that digital technologies and statistical analysis play in the competitive advantage of a business. Includes a review of basic business statistics concepts. Students will work with the latest technologies and methods used for corporate decision-making in a laboratory environment and then apply the results to real-world situations. Notes: Online coursework in Information Systems and Statistics required through Ivy Software with a passing grade of 80% or above unless waived through undergraduate coursework. Grade Mode: A.

Within the context of Scripture, philosophical and ethical principles are identified, discussed, and applied to business problems and situations including the organization's obligation to the individual and to society, and the individual's responsibility to the organization. Grade Mode: A.

This course examines the historical and re-emerging role of business in world missions. Attention will be given to (1) the theology of work, business and 'business as mission', and (2) the practical issues related to creating and managing a business that advances the cause of Christ at home or abroad. Students will also develop and present to class their own ideas for a Business as Mission company. Grade Mode: A.

Elective course in such topics as advertising and social media, negotiation and conflict management for the change agent, and practical leadership theory. Notes: May be taken twice with a different topic. Grade Mode: A.

The study of the management principles, concepts, and practices in nonprofit organizations. Topics include the development of mission statements, success measures, organization structure, stakeholder management, promotion, fundraising, and strategic decision-making. Grade Mode: A.

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