The MS in Global Leadership degree program focuses on developing leadership skills tailored to global business, emphasizes the importance of cultural sensitivity in the political and economic arenas, and includes a two-course Certificate in Project Management. 

Since its establishment in 1999, the MSGL program has graduated more than 800 leaders from all walks of life, including government, military, and business professionals. Developed to meet the needs of working professionals, the MSGL program offers a high level of flexibility, most notably in the integration of online and traditional classroom learning. The MSGL program is comprised of a 16-month, 31-unit curriculum that focuses on developing leadership skills tailored to global business. 

Graduates of the MS in Global Leadership program are equipped with the technical business and leadership skills, and the fundamentals of applied ethics required for success in today’s evolving global marketplace. 

Download a printable PDF of the 14 required courses.

  • MSGL 502 – Ethical Foundations of Business Leadership

    This course examines ethical principles and theories, ethical decision-making techniques, and obstacles to ethical behaviors. Practical comprehension, empathic reasoning, and applications to military, government, business and international agencies are emphasized. Topics include traditional ethical theories, popular ethics tests, relativism, values, character development, stakeholder theory, and psychological aspects of moral development and impediments to ethical behavior such as rationalizations. Teaching methods include lecture, case studies, discussions, and debate.

  • MSGL 503 - International Comparative Leadership & Management

    This course will prepare participants to recognize the differences in cultural value systems and behaviors in the global environment, and how they affect leadership. Practical suggestions on how to succeed as a manager in foreign cultures and as a manager of foreign nationals will be examined. The course compares and contrasts the styles and effectiveness of leadership practices of contemporary and historical leaders. Teaching methods will include lecture, discussion, group exercises, and case study.

  • MSGL 506 – Leading Others: Individuals, Teams & Organizations

    This course explores multiple leadership models and examines their applicability to diverse global situations. It also trains participants in essential skills for leading individuals, teams and organizations. Topics include power and influence, transactional versus transformational leadership, emotional intelligence, leadership styles, situational contingencies, team facilitation, process analysis and strategic planning. Teaching methods include self-assessment, lecture/discussion, team projects, film analysis, role-plays, process observation, case analysis and experiential exercises.

  • MSGL 507 - Understanding Organizations

    This course develops an understanding of fundamental organizational concepts to include basic organization theory, structures of organizations, the learning organization and organizational change techniques. The course begins by establishing knowledge of basic definitions and structures, moves to build an understanding of organizational cultures and concludes by discussing strategies for change—building more effective organizations. Teaching methods include lecture, discussion, exercises, team assignments and various audio and video sources.

  • MSGL 509 – Capstone Business Simulation Project

    This course is the capstone of the global leadership program. Each master’s candidate will participate in an international business simulation that will model the challenges and behaviors of a realistic corporation involved in the global arena. The simulation will serve to exercise skills and knowledge gained during the completion of the entire curriculum, integrate the essence of all courses and serve as a realistic bridge between academic study and practical experience.

  • MSGL 510, 512 and 513 A Comparative Geo-Political Tour of the Major Regions of the World

    This sequence of three courses will adopt an interdisciplinary comparative survey of the social, economic, and political forces that affect the strategic interests of the United States. Regions examined may include the Americas (North, Central, South), Asian Pacific Rim (People’s Republic of China, North Korea, Japan, Philippines), Indian Ocean Rim (Middle East, India, South Africa, Australia), and NATO countries.

  • MSGL 510 - Global Society

    This course will focus on the historical, cultural, ethical, leadership and religious traditions of the major countries within each region. Topics include rituals, value systems, interpersonal interactions, customs, attitudes, social organizations, etiquette, protocols, and gender relations. Teaching methods include lecture, case studies, and discussion.

  • MSGL 512 - Global Politics, Policy and Law

    This course examines the complex array of politics, ethics and law in the global environment, the influence of culture on ethics and law, international organizations, and methods for resolving international disputes. Topics include national security issues, international law and policy making, labor and employment issues, strategic alliances, human rights, state sovereignty, intellectual property rights, and aspects of foreign commercial and investment activities. Teaching methods include lecture, case studies, discussion and debate.

  • MSGL 513 – Understanding International Business

    This course develops an understanding of the global environment in which international business takes place as well as the role and behavior of the international firm as it responds to the environment. The course provides the knowledge, skills and sensitivities that help manage business operations more proactively in the turbulent international environment. Through cases and discussions within a social and ethical framework in the international marketplace, aspects of production, research, marketing and finance—along with their interrelationships—are studied.

  • MSGL 531 – Marketing for Global Business

    This course examines the key elements of marketing, the opportunities and the challenges of operating in a rapidly changing global marketplace. This course will cover topics such as the cultural environment in which marketers operate information systems and market research, product management and product development, segmentation, positioning, promotion, pricing, and distribution. Lastly, this course will focus on practical decision making within a socially responsible and ethical framework

  • MSGL 523 – Finance for Global Business

    This course in Finance and Accounting will cover topics in corporate finance such as the time value of money, ratio analysis, capital budgeting and international finance. Additional topics include the structure of basic financial accounting statements, a comparison of cash flow to accounting profit, and the analysis of financial derivatives and their use in currency risk management. You will learn some of the financial tools used by professionals and also increase your understanding of the tasks and issues that are relevant to conducting business globally.

  • MSGL 526 – International Negotiations

    This course examines the science and art of negotiation. The science will be learned largely through readings and discussions of the readings. The art will be learned through experience gained in simulated negotiations. These negotiations normally are set in a foreign country, exposing the participants to nuances of different cultures. Teaching methods will include lecture, discussion, group exercises, and case study.

  • MSGL 527 - Strategic Planning and Management

    This course examines strategic planning including the development of appropriate mission statements, international and global environmental analyses, the establishment of objectives, and the development of appropriate strategies and tactics to fulfill the objectives. In a military context, these principles can be applied to situations such as disaster relief, drug interdiction, border security and regional military actions. Teaching methods include lecture, discussion, group exercises, and case studies.

  • MSGL 532 - Project Management for Global Business

    The focus of this course will be directed at the tools and techniques needed for managing global projects. This course will take a detailed look at the first four of the five phases of project management in the international arena: initiating, planning, executing, and controlling. Deliverables will provide experience perfecting the skills needed to successfully complete global projects. Students will also gain expertise with MSProject® through in-on-line tutorials, class exercises and outside assignments. Additional emphasis in the course will be on the nomenclature and skills needed to successfully pass the PMP® certification examination in project management. Teaching methods include lecture, case studies, and experiential exercises.

  • MSGL 533 – Project Leadership for Global Business

    This course examines the relationships a project manager has with all project stakeholders, especially focusing on the nature and importance of leadership in projects. A strategic approach is taken to successfully managing within the larger organization, forming, leading and forging the project team, and satisfying the customer. Topics include project leadership, forming and forging the project team, responsibilities and authority, staffing projects, project communications, and time management. Emphasis in the course is on the nomenclature and skills needed to successfully pass the PMP® certification examination in project management. Teaching methods include lecture, case studies, and experiential exercises.