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Business Track
The graduate will be able to:
Demonstrate understanding of the
relationship between threat analysis
and organizational failure.
Demonstrate competency in systems
approach to organizational
development.
Demonstrate competency in conflict
management, team-building, and
interpersonal dynamics.
Demonstrate competency in budgeting
and resource allocation.
Demonstrate creative entrepreneurial
thinking, including innovative
positioning strategies for an
organization.
Demonstrate understanding of the role
of leadership in shaping social
responsibility.
Demonstrate understanding of the role
of leadership in shaping
organizational culture.
Education Track
The graduate will be able to:
Advocate, nurture, and sustain a
school culture and instructional
program conducive to student
learning, professional development,
and community partnerships.
Analyze the ramifications of economic,
social and political influences on
education decision making and policy
development.
Utilize current educational research to
create effective learning environments
that meet the needs of diverse
students and enhance student
achievement.
Strengthen one’s content knowledge to
improve instructional practice.
Nursing Track
The graduate will be able to:
Effect change through advocacy for
the profession, interdisciplinary health
care team and the client.
Communicate effectively to achieve
quality client outcomes and lateral
integration of care for a cohort of
clients.
Actively pursue new knowledge and
skills as the CNL role, needs of clients,
and the health care system evolve.
Properly delegate and utilize the
nursing team resources (human and
fiscal) and serve as a leader and
partner in the interdisciplinary health
care team.
Identify clinical and cost outcomes
that improve safety, effectiveness,
timeliness, efficiency, quality, and the
degree to which they are client-
centered.
Use information systems and
technology at the point of care to
improve health care outcomes.
Participate in systems review to
critically evaluate and anticipate risks
to client safety to improve quality of
client care delivery.
Assume accountability for health care
outcomes for a specific group of clients
within a unit or setting while being
sensitive to the multiple influences on
the delivery system.
Synthesize and apply research-based
information to design, implement and
evaluate client and care environment
outcomes.
Use appropriate teaching/learning
principles and strategies as well as
current information, materials and
technologies to facilitate the learning
of clients, groups and other health care
professionals.
Capstone Experience
The graduate will be able to:
Synthesize the major concepts of the
program in the design and
implementation of a scholarly project
relevant to the student’s practice area
for the purpose of effecting change
and improving practice.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
All courses in the common core and all
courses in the student’s chosen track are
required to complete this 40-credit-hour
degree.  No courses are elective.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Common Core
GRST 501 
Leading for Change I: Introduction to
Innovative Leadership
1 credit
This course provides an orientation to the
Master of Science in Innovative Leadership. 
Focus is on the exploration of leadership as
well as the process necessary to succeed in
an intense graduate program.  Students will
be exposed to a variety of perspectives on
leadership while simultaneously exploring
the personal skills needed to develop self-
authorship in future coursework and the
benefits of mentorship in leadership
development.
GRST 510
Evidence-based Practice
3 credits
This course focuses on the analysis of
evidence for application to the students’
professional practice setting.  This course
will provide a foundation for students to
explore the strengths and limitations of
various research designs and develop
critical skills essential to the interpretation
and application of evidence.  This course
will equip the students with the skills that
will be needed throughout the program as
well as for the students’ capstone
experience. (Prerequisite: GRST 501.
Concurrent with GRST 511.)
GRST 511
Leadership and Decision Making
3 credits 
This course will examine leadership and
decision making in its organizational
context.  The emphasis will be on exploring
the role of cognitive processes, developing
problem diagnostic skills and developing
an understanding of the challenges
involved in implementing decisions.  The
course will continually emphasize the
acquisition of the skills necessary to apply
concepts from decision making theory to
areas of professional practice. (Prerequisite:
GRST 501. Concurrent with GRST 510.)
GRST 520
Interpersonal Workplace Dynamics 
3 credits
This course will examine roles, role
expectations, and social systems in the
workplace.  Human motivation theories,
group dynamics, and strategies for building
community and a shared vision will be
studied.  Students will learn how to connect
theory and practice, identify system
components for best practice, mobilize
resources, apply knowledge in diverse and
authentic work settings, and manage
conflict.  How to act with integrity and
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