North Central College - Naperville, IL

Leadership Studies Courses

NOTE: This page contains course descriptions for Master of Leadership Studies program (MLD).The program also draws on courses from the Business Administration (BUS, MGT) program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

MLD 525 Theories & Models of Leadership (3.00)
Students will study the theories and models of leadership, including situational leadership, trait and skill theory and servant leadership. Explores self-awareness through assessment tools, as well as strategies for personal, team and organizational leadership. Emphasis on application of theoretical concepts to actual leaders and leadership situations.

MLD 545 Ethical Challenges of Leadership (3.00)
An examination of the ways in which ethics provides the grounding for the practice of leadership. Attention is given to how leadership involves the use of a set of values and an ethical stance to engage followers. Leadership is defined as more than occupying an organizational position or wielding power. Topics covered include ethical systems, the nature of values, the reciprocal relationship between leaders and followers, the exercise of power, and decision-making.

MLD 558 Conflict Resolution (3.00)
Studies the prevailing theories and methods of conflict resolution from a variety of perspectives and in a number of settings - including interpersonal, business, cross-cultural, and international. Special attention is given to developing facilitative communication and negotiation skills.

MLD 565 Global Leadership (3.00)
Students in Global Leadership will explore the role of a leader in our expanding, culturally diverse world. Students will consider the effect of globalization on leadership, and define the characteristics necessary to successfully lead internationally. They will explore concepts such as nationalism, study international notions of power and justice, and examine international regions and leaders within a wide range of contexts. The impact of cultural diversity and multi-cultural awareness will also be explored.

MLD 611 Developing a Vision for a Social Impact Venture (3.00)
This course surves the current and historical landscape of social entrepreneurship and analyzes innovative, market-oriented approaches that address the world's most challenging social issues. Students engage with tools for personal reflection and assessment, and develop a vision for how their unique backgrounds, experiences, and talents can intersect with global need. Learning takes place by engaging with the texts, case studies, group discussions, fields experiences, ang guest speakers who have successfully launched social ventures. The course culminates in an industry-standard pitch-competition where unique venture ideas are shared and critiqued.

MLD 614 Administration of Higher Education (3.00)
This course studies the prevailing theories and research regarding the role of the administrator in American higher education. Students will examine the organizational and governance context in which the administrator operates and develop skills that will broaden their capacity to respond to the changing managerial and leadership needs in higher education.

MLD 618 The Business of Sport (3.00)
An introduction to the business of sport management, with a special emphasis on sport finance. This course provides students with an opportunity to study and learn skills relative to financial issues in sport management, including the basics of sport finance, how to obtain funds, entrepreneurial ventures, financial analysis, capital structuring, financial management, profit management, and exit strategies. It is intended for students with an interest in sport business careers.

MLD 624 College Student Development (3.00)
An overview of college student development theory. This course is designed to give students the opportunity to study, critique, and apply student development theories and models as they relate to teaching, advising, and working with diverse college student populations.

MLD 628 The Science of Sport (3.00)
Scientists use technology and other tools to examine a wide range of sport phenomena ranging from the measurement of baseball pitch velocity to the design of new football equipment to make the game safer. This course will allow you to understand and use some of these tools to examine athletic performance, perhaps even your own, and to investigate the design and production of sports equipment. Variable topics, such as the physics of sport performance, psychological aspects, or the role of exercise and brain function for performance health and learning will be considered.

MLD 631 Launching the Social Impact Venture (3.00)
Social entrepreneurs often disrupt conventional business paradigms as they define new frontiers of value creation and social impact. This course equips students to move an idea from concept to launch. Students gain the practical knowledge needed to start a social venture, including an understanding of business entity models, traditional and non-traditional financing sources, how to evaluate risk, and the creation and use of a business plan. Personal mentoring and connections to potential resources give students the realistic prospect of launching a high-impact social venture.

MLD 634 Legal & Ethical Issues in Higher Education (3.00)
An examination of the legal and ethical issues relevant in college and university environments. Students will be introduced to the law as it relates to higher education and will be asked to critically examine the impact of legal issues on practitioners. Approaches for managing the ethical challenges of higher education administration are also explored.

MLD 638 Social Significance of Sport (3.00)
The course will consider topics of historic and current cultural interest, such as the role of sport in the construction of race, gender social class, or ethnicity; the use of sport to achieve political ends; the socio-political purposes of urban and suburban sport spaces; the religious nature of sport; the globalization of sport as an economic and cultural function; and the role of sport in socialization processes. The seminars are intended to provide students with a greater understanding of the theoretical and practical roles of sport in society.

MLD 641 Sustaining and Growing the Social Impact Venture (3.00)
Growing and sustaining a mission-driven enterprise requires a unique approach to management and operation. This course prepares students to effectively lead an organization in pursuit of the triple bottom-line of social, environmental, and financial success. Attention is given to the fundamentals of accounting, finance, personnel development, marketing, and impact assessment. Through case studies and practical application, students are able to lead a social enterprise toward sustainable and scalable growth, reaching new levels of financial and social impact.

MLD 683 Leadership for Social Change and Renewal (3.00)
A study of contemporary leaders who have developed organizations and programs addressing critical environmental and social issues. Their strategies for building consensus and constituencies are considered in light of social and ethical theory.

MLD 692 Special Topics in Leadership (3.00)
A topical course offering a study of the leadership skills and strategies necessary for success in a wide variety of contexts including business, higher education, athletics, and social entrepreneurship. Repeatable once with different content.

MLD 693 Practicum (3.00)
An applied leadership course requiring independent work conducted for an on-campus office or program which is project driven and completed on an individual basis under faculty supervision. Both instructor and MLD program coordinator/Dean of Graduate programs approval required for enrollment. Instructor consent required.

MLD 695 Master's Project (3.00)

MLD 696 Thesis (3.00)
Production of a journal quality written research document addressing a narrow leadership issue with significant depth. Taken in lieu of MLD 695. Program Coordinator or Dean of Graduate Programs approval required. Instructor consent required.

MLD 697 Leadership Studies Capstone (3.00)
An advanced leadership learning experience with a significant written component, done as groups or individually, and tailored, to the extent possible, to the interests of particular courses of study.