Master of Arts in Mindful Leadership At a Glance
Designed to entwine leadership theory and application with personal and professional growth and the empowering and transformational practice of mindfulness, the Master of Arts in Mindful Leadership is a holistic approach to a significant and much needed social science. Great leadership is desperately needed today. Will you rise to the call?
Leadership is generally understood as the intersection between a leader, followers, and a situation, with direction, alignment, and commitment being the action elements. The focus in this program is first on the individual--knowing yourself and leading from the inside out; then on the relational aspect--leadership only occurs in relationship with others; and finally, on the transpersonal level--uniting a group to something bigger than themselves. The Master of Arts in Mindful Leadership was designed to guide you through these core elements: bringing out your best self, enriching your abilities, and providing you with a framework in which to learn, apply, grow, and give back to the community.
Students who successfully complete the Master of Arts in Mindful Leadership will be able to:
- Articulate the fourteen leadership competencies and apply them in their own lives and in the context of addressing optimal leadership of people, teams, and organizations.
- Analyze the factors and dynamics involved in change and conflict; as well as, identify and critically examine their own attitudes and experiences with regard to change and conflict within themselves physically, psychologically, and spiritually. Graduates will address change and conflict management/resolution through an applicable project.
- Understand the power of a leader, use power ethically and skillfully according to the situation, and provide vision and direction to individuals, groups, and organizations.
- Reflect on their own skills and limitations as a leader, as evidenced by self-reflective exercises and performance in working with case studies.
- Develop the presence of mind in order to meet the demands of high-performance leadership.
- Utilize a variety of theories and philosophies regarding moral rightness and wrongness in order to make ethical choices as a leader.
- Critically examine their own personal and intellectual journey as scholars in leadership studies and as evolving leaders.
- Demonstrate mastery of the theory, research, and skills for leadership.
- Articulate a broad understanding of key challenges and opportunities in leadership studies in various settings and contexts.
- Demonstrate an ability to integrate theory and practice by applying a theory to a particular situation or case study.
As students in the Mindful Leadership program prepare to bring their academic experience to a conclusion, it is important that they demonstrate their ability to apply what they have learned in the program to a particular issue or case study.
The Capstone Project course represents the culmination of a student’s academic work in the Mindful Leadership program. This is the last course students take to fulfill the degree requirements. The Learning Outcomes for this project are as follows:
At the conclusion of the Capstone Project course, students will have:
- Demonstrated their knowledge, scholarship, and skills through approved research projects developed in the required Research Methods course.
- Met the capstone course and program criteria for successful project completion with a Mindful Leadership focus, using academic and professional contexts to address a specific problem.
- Applied leadership theories and models effectively to the stated problem, using appropriate research methods, critical thinking, and analysis.
- Within the confines of the course, completed their individual projects and either: a) written a 15-to-30-page paper that contains a research question (hypothesis), relevant literature review, explanation of research methods used, findings, and recommendations for future study of the problem or b) developed a case study of similar length that effectively analyzes a specific leader or organization using leadership principles, theories, and/or models.
- Effectively met course and program criteria for writing, conceptual frameworks, valid research methods, and ethical standards.
- Collaborated and communicated with their supervising mentors throughout the project, meeting project deadlines throughout the course.
- Effectively presented their work orally and in written form as the summative assessment for the Capstone course.
Prior to enrolling in ML 6090, students must obtain the consent of a faculty member to be the mentor for this project. Students will work with a faculty mentor who is available and willing to work with them on the project they have selected. Students will have selected a project and formulated a draft of a proposal for this project as part of their work in the Research Methods course. The mentor and the student will work together on the formulation of the final version of the proposal and on a plan for doing the research and writing the results in APA style.
Once the mentor and the student are satisfied that the project is complete, the mentor will initiate the scheduling of an oral presentation in Zoom. This presentation will be open to faculty and interested students. The aims of this oral presentation are: 1) to give the student an opportunity to share the results of their project with members of the academic community and 2) to celebrate the student’s successful completion of the capstone project. After the mentor introduces the student, the student will spend about 15 minutes sharing the main points of the project with those present. Then, the floor will be open to dialogue with those present (about 30 minutes).
39 Credit Hours, 13 online courses, includes a Capstone Project (Degree Completion Plan)
All courses are offered online allowing students and faculty from all over the globe to interact and learn from one another. Courses are offered in four, 12-week semesters.
Core Required Courses (33 credit hours)
Elective Courses (9 Credit Hours): Choose 2 of 4