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Master of Leadership and Management





This program provides a broad-based education in leadership and management principles and practices that will enable working professionals to navigate the ever changing world of complex organizations. The program combines the traditional approaches of leadership and management with the emerging ideas necessary for leading organizations in the 21st century.

Program Objectives


The program provides a holistic perspective to the fields of leadership and management. Certain courses explore more specialized areas such as organizational development and behavior, change management, cross-cultural management, leading innovation, negotiation and conflict management, and team building. Other courses provide a detailed knowledge of the quantitative and qualitative tools for research, critical thinking and decision-making.


The Master of Leadership and Management program is organized into a curriculum of leadership and management courses that stress the core principles and practices as well as new approaches to leading and managing any organization.

The student must complete a total of twelve courses totaling a minimum of 36 units and then complete a program comprehensive examination or complete an approved project within seven years of enrollment in the program.

The courses may all be taken through distance education. Please see Patten's web site at for course fees.


Program Objectives


The overall objectives of this program are for the student to be able to: (1) demonstrate a structured knowledge of leadership principles and practices; (2) demonstrate a structured knowledge of management principles and practices; (3) assess and use the various techniques for organizational design and change; (4) explain how leadership and management practices are used in a cross-cultural relationship; (5) apply analytical skill in the research and solution of problems; (6) demonstrate facility in critical thinking and ethical decision-making; and (7) develop and use communication, negotiation, quantitative and synthesizing techniques.


Course List

  • Leadership – Principles and Practices - Course 612

  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution - Course 636

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resources - Course 659

  • Critical Thinking and Decision Analysis - Course 669

  • Organizational Theory, Design and Change - Course 670

  • Building and Managing Project Teams - Course 671


     Strategic Leadership - Course 672


      Advanced Approaches in Leadership - Course 676

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