The Leadership and Innovation program works to empower students, foster creativity and promote collaboration and community building in the pursuit of student goals. Students learn essential skills, including innovative thought, critical analysis, and transformational leadership, that are implemented within a variety of organizational settings. The program has helped develop leaders in Buffalo, Western New York and internationally for twenty years. Leadership and Innovation- transforming individuals, teams, and systems.
- Classes are in a cohort-based, seminar format.
- Interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes the internalization, integration, and application of self-awareness, team building, effective communication, systems thinking, and creative problem-solving for change.Projects are designed as hands-on laboratories for testing ideas and applying leadership skills.
- Students work closely with faculty and are encouraged to work collaboratively. Individualized learning objectives are incorporated into the program and research assignments.
- To maximize learning, the program stresses an experiential, interactive and reflective format sharing personal work experiences, evaluating case studies and meeting guest lecturers. Goals and learning objectives are supplemented through the use of multimedia technology, web-enhanced learning, and off-site visits.
- The 36 Credit Hour Program is delivered in two formats and can be completed in 24 months:
- Winter/January start - Tuesday evening format that meets once a week
- Fall/September start - Wednesday evening format that meets once a week
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Specializations allow students to meet their personal and career learning objectives. Leadership and Innovation students customize their research project/thesis and complete the specialization leadership course in one of four specialty tracks:
- Health Professions
- Higher Education
- Not-for-Profit Organizations
This program is designed as a cohort-based seminar-style learning experience. Classes are offered sequentially and students are able to rapidly integrate their learning into practice. Program overview:
- Modular design – nine credit hours per module for MS.
- Options for specialization – in Research and Specialty Module there are four options from which one specialization course is chosen.
Module 1: Foundational Module
- LEAF 500 - Organizational Leadership and Self-Development
- LEAF 501 - Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making: Methods of Organizational Research
- LEAF 502 - Leadership and Organizational Ethics, Values, and Social Environment
Module 2: Application Module
- LEAF 513 - Developing Leadership Skills: One-on-One Leadership, Conflict Management, and Team Building
- LEAF 514 - Leadership and Community: Empowerment, Collaboration and Dialogue
- LEAF 515 - The Business of Leadership
Module 3: Research & Specialty Module
- LEAF 540- Research Project/Thesis I
- LEAF 529- Transformational Leadership and Organizational Change
- Specialization courses (Choose one)
- LEAF 525 - Leadership in Higher Education
- LEAF 526 - Leadership in Business
- LEAF 527 - Leadership in Social Impact Organizations
- LEAF 528 - Leadership in Health Care Organizations
Module 4: Concluding Module
- LEAF 541- Research Project / Thesis II
- LEAF 530 - Customers, Stakeholders and Markets
- LEAF 560 - Capstone Course in Leadership and Change
About Our Program
Scholarships may not be combined; students may only receive one scholarship.
Graduate Merit Scholarship
30 percent off the graduate per credit hour tuition rate awarded to accepted students of this program who have earned an undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or above.
Graduate Alumni Scholarship
Additional scholarships may be available for alumni, please contact your admissions counselor for more information.
Americorps Matching Scholarship
Awarded to accepted Leadership and Innovation students who have completed an Americorps service commitment. Daemen College will match the 100 percent of the Segal Americorps Education Award OR provide a 30 percent tuition scholarship discount for Americorps alumni enrolling in our program.
- Complete the online application.
- A written statement from the applicant which describes the applicant's interest in the Leadership and Innovation degree and assesses the applicant's strengths as a leader and describes what the applicant hopes to gain from a graduate degree.
- Provide a resume of professional experience.
- Two letters of recommendation from an employer, professional colleague, or major professor which evaluate the applicant's leadership potential and capacity to complete a graduate degree.
- Official transcript(s) from all accredited colleges or universities attended indicating the award of an undergraduate degree (international applicants must submit foreign transcripts in the original language and an English copy).
- Submission of an official TOEFL score by each international applicant who has graduated from a foreign college or university and whose native language is not English.
- Personal interview with program director.
A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 must be maintained to remain in good standing. A failed course must be repeated. It may also be necessary to repeat coursework in which a grade below B (3.0) has been earned in order to maintain the 3.0 overall GPA. A student is allowed a maximum of two repeats before being dismissed from the Executive Leadership and Change program.
Application for Degree: All graduate students are required to file an Application for Degree (PDF) form with the Registrar's Office at the onset of the final term of study. The application form is accessible on the Registrar's web page.
Students in the program enter and finish as a cohort, maintaining continuous registration in sequenced courses. The ordinary time limitation for completion of the program is three years and compliance with the time limitation will be monitored by the Program Director. While this model offers an optimal learning experience, exceptions may be made for people who must temporarily leave the program. Such students must discuss their situation with the Program Director and file a formal leave of absence. The precise timing of the student's return from leave will be subject to the sequence availability within an appropriate cohort for the student's program re-entry. In cases where lack of an appropriate cohort causes a student to exceed the allowed one year's leave of absence from the program, the student will be permitted and expected to re-enroll at the earliest availability of an appropriate cohort. All other Daemen College policies on leaves of absence and time limitations for program completion (including extensions) will apply.
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