M.A. Organizational Leadership Course Descriptions

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LED 503 – Christian Leadership and Work

Learners will consider the relationship between faith, work, and thought, specifically informed by biblical analysis, to be equipped to develop a uniquely Christian approach to organizational leadership. (3 hours, fall online)

LED 513 – Foundations of Organizational Leadership

A foundational survey of predominant leadership theories, their underlying worldview perspectives and prominent scholars in the field. Case studies, biblical exegesis, and questionnaires will help students analyze their own leadership style in light of current research, theory, and the Bible. (3 hours, fall online)

LED 613 – Organizational Theory and Culture

Understanding the theories behind organizations and organizational culture is essential for any leader. This course provides an understanding of organizational culture and structure as well as organizational lifecycle development. Learners examine the role of the leader as an organizational architect evaluating both the social and technical systems of organizations. (3 hours, fall online)

LED 623 – Organizational Communication

A look at organizational leadership from a communications perspective. This course offers learners an opportunity to develop their communication competencies and techniques as well as their negotiation and conflict resolution skills for improving relationships within an organization. This is accomplished by expanding the learner’s repertoire of communication styles to more effectively and efficiently handle routine and crisis situations. (3 hours, spring online)

LED 633 – Leading People and Teams

Understanding the organizational behavior theories, concepts, and skills needed to lead and motivate individuals and groups is essential. This course explores the psychological contract between leader and follower that takes any of many forms between two people or between the leader and small groups. Learners study group formation and group development, as well as the intricacies of coaching and mentoring. (3 hours, spring online)

LED 643 – Leading Change and Transformation

Organizations are constantly in a state of change. Leaders must be able to exercise strategic foresight in planning and making decisions that will bring about positive transformation not only for the organization but also for the individuals within it. This course will look at the processes of change, current best practices and case studies, and will give leaders the necessary tools to bring about effective change in a biblically informed manner. (3 hours, spring online)

LED 683 – Developing Research in Leadership

In preparation for possible doctoral studies, it is essential to introduce Masters students to basic research methodology and analysis. Learners will engage with current peer-reviewed literature to become familiar with various approaches to social research in leadership studies. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be briefly examined throughout this course. This course is extended over the complete Spring semester for greater flexibility and comprehension. (3 hours, Spring 16 Weeks, online)

LED 693 – Organizational Leadership Capstone

The Capstone is an opportunity to showcase the learning that has occurred over the course of the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program. A final project or portfolio will be created and presented to faculty and peer-reviewers as the highlight of this final course. (3 hours, Summer online)


MAN 613 – Legal & Ethical Decision Making

Utilizing TFC’s motto to discuss leadership from the perspective of developing Christian character, this course is an inquiry into the personal, organizational, and social values present in legal issues and moral dilemmas. Learners will develop skills in ethical decision-making, and recognize how to act with biblical integrity as organizational leaders within a global context. (3 hours, fall online)

MAN 633 – Knowledge Management

Knowledge is critical to the success of an organization. This course focuses on how knowledge is created, captured, represented, stored, and reused in the context of managing the design, development, and operation of information technologies so as to fully leverage the intellectual assets of an organization. (3 hours, spring online)

MAN 623 – Strategic Management

This course provides students with a pragmatic approach to strategic management that will guide the formulation and implementation of corporate, business, and functional strategies. Strategic management explores the basic direction and goals of an organization and analyzes the environment, industry, and market structure, along with organizational strengths and weaknesses to develop the resources and capabilities needed to gain and sustain a competitive advantage. Students are expected to integrate and apply their learning and Christian ethics to consider modern analytical approaches and enduring successful strategic management practices. (3 hours, summer online)


MIN 613 – Spiritual Formation in Leadership

This course examines the nature and practices of spiritual formation as indispensable for ministry leaders. Creating an integrated biblical and theological framework for spiritual formation will lead to an exploration of spiritual formation practices that will affect the whole of a ministry leader’s life in ways that will also assist them in discipling others. (3 hours, summer online)

MIN 623 – Followership: The Other Side of Leadership

This course will analyze an often overlooked variable of leadership, without which there is no leadership. Content will include definition and typologies of followership, consideration of the leader as a follower, as well as effective and ethical followership. (3 hours, fall online)

MIN 633 – Critical Issues in Leadership

This course will consider the biblical and philosophical approaches to determining a Christian approach to ongoing critical cultural issues. Students will be able to identify multiple and conflicting perspectives on the issue and identify uniquely Christian approaches. (3 hours, spring online)


SPM 613 – Sport Facility and Event Management

Developing sharp management and event planning skills is critical in the administration of sport facilities and events. This course provides the foundation necessary to build confidence and understanding in these skills, preparing the manager to navigate the unique aspects of sport event and facility management. The course explores, from a biblical perspective, the theories, practices, and operational procedures necessary to manage all types and sizes of sport facilities (gyms, fields, arenas, stadiums, multipurpose structures, etc.) and events (non-profit fundraisers, athletic competitions, mega sporting events, etc.). Specific topics that will be covered include project management and designing the event experience, event bidding, risk management, facility design, revenue generation, customer service, and sustainability. Students will develop a hands-on, action-learning sport facility/event management project and thus will gain an understanding in the complexity of the sport industry environment.

SPM 623 – Sport Sales and Sponsorship

A unique aspect of sport is the importance and role of sales and sponsorship in the management and sustainability of the sport business. This course is designed to provide students with specific knowledge and skills related to the creation and execution of sponsorship programs within sport organizations, along with effective sales strategies that are specific to the complexity of the sport product. Relevant topics will be covered including consumer behavior, ticketing strategies, brand synergy, sponsorship activation, emerging and technology sponsorships, and individual brands versus corporate brand sponsorships. Applying the sales skills and sponsorship strategies learned throughout the course, students will prepare a comprehensive sponsorship proposal in a mock-bid process, providing an active experience in the development and management of sport sponsorships.

SPM 633 – Communication and New Media in the Sport Industry

Successfully navigating the changing world of media and the use of technology in sport can be challenging. This course provides an exploration of the role of communication and technology within the sport industry by examining the role of communication in sport, through sport, and in a sport setting. Special focus will be given to topics in the fields of sports information, public relations, media production, interactive media, support systems, and integrated marketing communication in sport. The course will also cover ways in which technology is used and has affected the sport industry in areas such as ticketing, fan engagement, security, emerging sports (e.g., esports), etc.


ICS 613 – Leading Culturally Diverse Teams

Leaders encounter many challenges as people from different cultures, social structures, religions, and languages participate in a globalized landscape and workforce. Learners in this course explore the leadership perspectives and skills necessary to develop high-functioning, culturally diverse teams and develop an understanding of the interrelatedness of nations in the global economy. Particular emphasis is placed on discerning the values underlying behaviors, as well as the attitudes, beliefs, skills, knowledge, and self-awareness necessary for leaders to effectively serve in diverse contexts. (3 hours, summer online)

ICS 623 – International Non-Profit Organizational Development

Non-profit organizations provide opportunities to meet societal needs when effectively established through a growing number of models, including traditional donor-based, business as mission, social entrepreneurship, and others. In this course, students will explore organizational leadership theory within the framework of non-profit organizations in order to increase mission effectiveness, strategic direction and overall sustainability. (3 hours, fall online)

ICS 633 – Developing Strategic Partnerships

This course will explore the many facets of leadership in the development of strategic partnerships across a wide range of organizational, cultural and missional contexts. Within this unprecedented globalized world, it is more important than ever to consider the complexities of inter-cultural relationships, leadership theory and practice, and biblical approaches to the development of healthy networks that birth successful partnerships. (3 hours, spring online)


TFC 500 – Orientation

The Toccoa Falls College Orientation designed for students who are new to graduate studies at TFC. The course equips students with knowledge, skills, and resources necessary for a positive experience at TFC. The college does not charge tuition for this course since it is a non-credit course; however, a passing grade in the course is a requirement for graduation. (0 hours, either semester)