Jun 17, 2019  
Graduate Bulletin 2007-09 
Graduate Bulletin 2007-09 [Archived Catalog]

Division of Organizational Leadership and Supervision

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Division of Organizational Leadership and Supervision
Kimberly McDonald, Chair
Linda Hite, Graduate Program Director
260-481-6420 ~ www.ipfw.edu/ols ~ Neff Hall 288

The M.S. in organizational leadership and supervision offers students a foundation in the key principles of organizational leadership through core courses and the opportunity to choose a specialization, in either leadership or human resource management, that will provide in-depth knowledge and skills. Organizational Leadership and Supervision programs focus on understanding and working with people within organizations and the practical application of leadership concepts and theories. Graduates of the program will be prepared for leadership and human resources roles in a wide variety of organizations including industrial, medical, service, and other profit and nonprofit organizations.


The OLS graduate committee considers several factors to be important for academic success at the graduate level and uses a balanced perspective in evaluating candidates based on those factors. Candidates for the OLS master’s degree are required to have earned an undergraduate degree from an appropriately accredited institution, preferably with a B or better average. In addition, candidates are expected to show leadership potential through strong interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills as well as a high standard of equitable and ethical behavior.

The admissions process will require: (1) completion of an application including an essay that demonstrates writing skills, ability to articulate a leadership perspective, and clarity of career objectives, (2) official transcripts of all previous college and university work, (3) a recent resume, and (4) two recent letters of recommendation that reflect on professional and/or academic skills. If applicants are within five years of completing academic work, at least one of the letters should be from a former faculty member.

Applicants with undergraduate grade-point averages below 3.0 (4.0 scale) must present recent scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admission Test. Applicants for whom English is not a native language must present evidence of their proficiency in English by presenting appropriate TOEFL scores or equivalent results on a similar instrument (for example, the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency).

Degree Requirements

The M.S. in organizational leadership and supervision is a 36-credit-hour program composed of 18 credit hours of core and applied research requirements, and 18 credit hours in either the leadership or the human resources options.

Transfer Credit

No more than 6 graduate transfer credits earned at other accredited institutions may be considered for application to the plan of study. Requests fortransferring credits into the program must be approved by the graduate admissions committee. No more than 12 graduate credits earned in non-degree status will be counted toward the degree.

Academic Requirements

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or better is required through completion of the program. Students must earn a C (2.0) or better in all OLS courses applied to the degree. Any course grade below C (2.0) is not counted towards degree requirements; although all grades are used in computing the cumulative GPA.

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