Strategically innovative organizations are characterized by unique qualities exemplified in their people, culture, structure, systems, and processes.  Our Strategy and Innovation graduate programs focus on the actions that leaders take to enable organizations to execute change for increased value and growth.  The program explores how leaders create and evaluate opportunities, develop analytical capabilities, and implement strategies to achieve success. Success depends on overcoming the challenges of leading innovation to produce concrete results, which requires skillfully applying decision-making and planning tools to guide development of new products and services from idea to marketplace.

There are two options for applicants interested in strategy and innovation. First, a four course Graduate Certificate in Strategy and Innovation (credits are applicable to the master's degree program). This certificate may be completed in as little as one year. In addition to the graduate certificate, we offer a Master of Science (M.S.) in Organizational Leadership with a Strategy and Innovation concentration. This program typically takes two years to complete.

Course Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Strategy and Innovation

This certificate is comprised of four courses (12 credits). Students must complete the following:

  • OL 603 Strategic Marketing

  • OL 605 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • OL 607 Strategic Management and Planning
  • OL 638 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a Strategy and Innovation Concentration

In addition to the four courses required for the graduate certificate (listed above), you will take the following seven courses (21 credits) that constitute the Organizational Leadership core curriculum:

  • OL 500 Leadership Theory and Practice

  • OL 502 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • OL 504 Research Methods
  • OL 505 Organizational Ethics
  • OL 530 Organizational Communications for Leaders
  • OL 651 Financial Operations and Analysis
  • OL 676/677 Thesis or research-based project

Cost and Career Information

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Contact Us

Anne Zaphiris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Organizational Leadership
Office: Preston 322
Phone: 814-824-3382

Kseniya Kampova
Graduate Enrollment Coordinator
Phone: 814-824-3384