Management & Leadership Specialization
The specialization in Management and Leadership gives you the practical knowledge and applied skills necessary to effectively lead and manage organizations from nonprofits and public agencies to global institutions and private corporations with a social mission.
Today's complex and interconnected world demands that public service leaders ignite innovative thinking, initiate transformational change, and drive collective action. From strategically positioning your organization to managing its day-to-day footprint, you’ll need a unique blend of both management and leadership skills to make an impact.
After completing a core management course, you'll take courses in three areas of expertise: Strategy & Organizations, Human Resources & Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Performance Management.
Below is an overview of the required coursework. For detailed information, view the program checksheet
DEGREE CORE COURSES
Students complete the following courses:
Students must also complete 6 credits from the following areas of expertise:
Strategy & Organizations
You will learn to design organizations, systems, and strategies that anticipate and respond effectively to dynamic and complex environments. Through these courses, you'll develop an understanding of the multiple stakeholders for which organizations are responsible and the collaborative and competitive dynamics in fields and sectors. It helps you understand the "big picture" as you build organizations for long-term prosperity. The required course in this area is PADM-GP 2110, Strategic Management and Leadership.
Human Resources & Organizational Behavior
This area of expertise develops your skills in a variety of interpersonal, organizational, and leadership processes. This includes: supervising and motivating employees to do their best work, working in groups and teams, influencing up and down hierarchies and across social networks, negotiating and managing conflict with others, learning from cultural diversity, and reflecting on and changing your own practice. You will learn to manage yourself and others in organizational contexts. The required course in this area is PADM-GP 2135, Human Resources: Leading Talent Development.
Organizational Performance Management
You will learn to plan and manage the day-to-day work of organizations by building appropriate infrastructures and systems to ensure their success. You'll gain the skills to manage operations, measure performance, analyze data, and report outcomes for all stages in the production process—from inputs (e.g., financial and human resources), to operational activities (e.g., project planning, budgeting and service delivery), to short-term outputs, to long-term outcomes. The required course in this area is PADM-GP 2170, Performance Measurement & Management.
Choose electives from a wide array of Wagner courses.