Fall 2012University Updates

New master’s degree offers fresh approach to leadership

The first master’s degree program from UIndy’s School of Adult Learning takes a new approach to the study of leadership, emphasizing human-resources and problem-solving skills that can boost the effectiveness of any business or not-for-profit organization. SAL saw a strong turnout at a recent open house to introduce the new program, the Master of Science in Strategic Leadership & Design.

“This is a type of degree that employers are looking for and have not been able to find,” said Judy Apple-VanAlstine, dean of SAL. “People are more interested now in the creative side of leadership, looking at leadership in its societal, economic, and psychological context.”

The program includes entire courses dedicated to vital skills that sometimes are glossed over in other types of management and leadership training, such as performance appraisal and conflict resolution. Other courses include Organizational Design, Cognitive Systems, and Managing Information Technology Systems. As a capstone project, each student designs an organization or redesigns an existing one.

“The focus is less quantitative and more qualitative and behaviorally oriented,” Apple-VanAlstine said. “It looks at all the systems within an organization.”

The courses are offered in a hybrid format of online activities and weekly night meetings, with students grouped in cohorts for mutual support. A student can continue to work full-time while completing the 36 credit hours in just two years. The degree is applicable to a range of career options in not-for-profit or public-sector leadership, commercial business, project management, consulting, and other fields. More information is available at http://sal.uindy.edu.

Two other new graduate programs debuting this year also are designed for working professionals who want to further their careers. Also debuting this fall:

Doctor of Nursing Practice

As demand grows for nurses with advanced clinical and management skills, the UIndy School of Nursing this year is launching its first doctoral degree program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Aimed at nurses who are working in administrative or advanced-practice roles, the 35-credit-hour post-master’s program will provide students with a mix of clinical, organizational, financial, and leadership skills. Graduates will be prepared to use the latest research to enhance patient care as well as to evaluate and improve healthcare delivery systems. The School of Nursing, known for its range of Master of Science specialties, expects the first wave of students to come primarily from its own alumni ranks, Dean Anne Thomas said.

“They’ve been asking us for a program like this,” she said. “Many hospitals in the area are now seeking doctorally prepared leaders for executive and mid-level management positions.”

The degree also would be valuable to nurse practitioners, anesthetists, and other specialists, she added. Aside from an intensive three-day session on campus at the start of each semester, the new DNP program will be provided in an online format convenient for working professionals. Full-time students can complete the courses and field work in two years, including a summer session, but most students are expected to choose a part-time option that typically would be completed in three years, including two intervening summer sessions. Students will proceed through the curriculum in cohorts of 10 to 12, with new cohorts beginning each fall.

MS in Sport Management

The first master’s degree program in the Department of Kinesiology prepares students for management-level careers in intercollegiate athletics. The Master of Science in Sport Management makes the most of UIndy’s location near downtown Indianapolis, the “Amateur Sports Capital of the World” and home to the NCAA headquarters. Courses are co-taught by staffers from the national governing agencies, conference offices, and intercollegiate athletics programs based in the city. What’s more, each student will be paired with a professional mentor who can provide advice and support, even after graduation.The program involves 36 credit hours of study that can be completed in less than two calendar years. The hybrid format combines weeknight class meetings with online study and experiences in the field. Graduates will be prepared for work in areas including facility and operations management, business and ticket office management, compliance, development, sports information, and media relations. More information is available at http://kinesiology.uindy.edu.

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