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Leadership Development Concentration | Graduate Degree Program

Leadership Development Concentration

The Online MBA with Leadership Development concentration provides you with high-quality professional advanced study in business. Courses incorporate personal values and professional ethics. For maximum flexibility for working adults, Business Administration degree program courses are offered in the evening in a classroom setting and online.

Online Leadership Development Concentration

You’re a born leader and ready to discover what’s possible in your career. A graduate education from Ottawa University can help you achieve your goals and reach new heights in executive leadership. In our Leadership Development MBA track, you’ll gain advanced leadership skills and the ability to think at an executive level. This 36-credit-hour Master’s in Business Administration program consists of eight required core courses and four courses designed specifically for those in the Leadership Development track:

  • Developing Leaders and Leadership Capabilities
  • Developing Leaders to Create Value
  • Servant Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Capitalize on your talent for leading others in Ottawa University’s MBA program. Contact us today to learn more about our Leadership Development MBA track.

Develop your leadership skills with this concentration. You will discuss contemporary issues in business leadership and study how to create more value for a business through your leadership. Strong leadership and management skills will serve you well in any position.

From large corporations to small businesses, there is always a need for good management. In addition, not-for-profit organizations look for leaders with good management and business skills. A graduate degree in business is also an important factor in reaching senior management ranks within most companies. Through this MBA program you can qualify for jobs in the private sector, the public sector and in academics.

If you’re looking for an online MBA degree program that gives you the flexibility to learn from the comfort of home, consider choosing Ottawa University. Our Master’s degree program is also available on-campus in Arizona, Indiana, Kansas and Wisconsin. It’s a great option for working professionals who have limited time for school.

Business Administration Careers

Upon completion of your Master’s in Business Administration degree, you can be ready to pursue careers in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Sales and marketing
  • Small business management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human resources management
  • Project management
  • Operations management

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Ottawa University, accreditation of selected business programs.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.


Leadership Development is offered at the following locations.

  • Ottawa, KS (Residential Campus)
  • Surprise, AZ (Residential Campus)
  • Overland Park, Kansas
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • Online

MBA with Leadership Development Concentration (36 credit hours)

Leadership Development Concentration Courses (12 credit hours) 

Developing Leaders and Leadership Capabilities | BUS 7003 (3 credit hours)  
Course focuses on strategic and tactical approaches to developing comprehensive leadership, talent management, and succession planning processes for an organization. It involves defining leadership capabilities needed by a company at the individual, team, and organizational level. 

Leading Business to Create Value | BUS 7004 (3 credit hours) 
Course focuses on how leaders create value for the organization and key stakeholders. Students will compare various whole system approaches to assessing organizations. Topics include strategy, values, norms of behavior, reward systems, decision-making and accountability, processes and systems, and the role the leader plays in managing and aligning those components to add value to the business. Dynamics within organizations, including those at a personal, interpersonal and organizational level, will be assessed. Various approaches a leader can use to align and focus and organization, such as strategic performance management or the Balanced Scorecard, will be considered for appropriate application and expected benefits to the business. 

Servant Leadership | BUS 7006 (3 credit hours) 
Course explores the philosophy of life and leadership dedicated to the growth of others as well as values-driven institutions that contribute to just, caring, and sustainable societies.  Topics include enhancement of student awareness of their values and how those values are reflected in their decisions and actions, the gap and tension between stated individual and organizational values that drive behavior, identification of points of leverage to affect change in operational systems, leadership philosophies, styles, and strategies, and contemporary concepts of values and system-level thinking integration. 

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace | HRC 7341 (3 credit hours) 
Research shows emotional intelligence (EI)is more important than IQ in determining outstanding job performance. Examines variety of instruments and writings used to build EI in workplace.

Master of Business Administration Courses

Module 1 - Behavioral Courses (6 credit hours)

Organizational Behavior and Theory | BUS 7000 (3 credit hours) 
Examines human behavior as it impacts the work organization. Includes theoretical foundations of motivation, group dynamics, leadership, decision-making, satisfaction and performance.

Value Systems and Professional Ethics | BUS 7200 (3 credit hours) 
Study of personal and corporate value systems and decision making. Investigation of personal beliefs, purposes and attitudes, and their effects on self and others. Examines the ethical dimensions of organizational structures and practices.

Module 2 - Core Courses (15 credit hours)

Strategic Marketing | BUS 7450 (3 credit hours) 
Covers the identification and selection of marketing opportunities, target markets and design, and implementation and evaluation of marketing programs.

Managerial Economics | BUS 7500 (3 credit hours)
Application of economic theory to managerial. Emphasis on both quantitative and qualitative application of microeconomic principles to business analysis.

Managerial Finance | BUS 7600 (3 credit hours)  
Application of the theories and tools used in financial decision making. Topics include present value and capital budgeting, financial analysis and forecasting, market efficiency and capital structure.

Management Information Systems | BUS 7700 (3 credit hours)
Examines the use of computer information systems in business organizations with emphasis on how information technology supports business functions and aids managerial decision-making. Explores current trends and emerging technologies.

Management Accounting | BUS 7800 (3 credit hours) 
Explore use and application of accounting information for planning, control and decision making. Topics include: cost analysis and allocation, budgeting and behavioral aspects of accounting systems.

Module 3 - Capstone Course (3 credit hours)

Graduate Seminar: Business Policies and Strategy | BUS 8500 (3 credit hours)   
Capstone course in which participants develop a major case study of business administration issues, programs and policies in a current organization. Draws from and utilizes concepts, theories, and skills developed in previous courses.

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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
Almost all courses in Ottawa University’s programs are available online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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