Program Requirements


This is a 30-credit program and is designed for both full and part-time students. Core Courses will be offered on campus and at the Dixon Center in Harrisburg. Course sequences are flexible and core courses have no prerequisites.

Information for summer and fall 2017:

Graduate scheduling is at 8:00 am on Monday March 20th. Yes, you can schedule throughout until summer starts on May 22 or fall begins. But if you do it at 8 am on March 20th for summer and fall you have the best chance of getting the classes you want.

Pay attention to dates and locations carefully. Most summer classes are in Term A (May 22-June 30) but some run all summer.

The capstone class, SOC 570, and the internship, SOC 609, will appear in Summer Term A but run all summer. Please check the dates for the SOC 570 class carefully – it is meeting 1 night/week this summer. You will be able to schedule SOC 570 yourself (if you have a problem contact our office). You can’t schedule SOC 609 yourself. You must have the completed paperwork approved first.If you haven’t already received the internship info for summer from me and you think you are doing the internship in summer 2017, contact me immediately!

Please note there are some classes that you need to request form me and you won’t be able to schedule yourself. Those are indicated. Higher Ed S and P students – CNS classes are no longer considered so please don’t request those. You should take Dr. Grove’s Higher Ed policy class in fall.

Of the 4 core classes: SOC 560 is offered online in summer term A, and will be at Ship on Monday nights in spring 2018. SOC 550 will be at Ship/Dixon Center in fall 2017 and online in winter 2018. PLS 501 and 601 are both in the fall and both start Aug 21, a week ahead of the semester start on August 28th. PLS 601 will be online in winter 2017. PLS 501 will also be in spring at the alternate location (Ship). So you can plan accordingly. Check the schedule when it is officially available carefully for all of this information. (UC means Dixon Center in Harrisburg.)

Any other questions, feel free to email me. And don’t forget we have a new concentration, Leadership in Society, which is interdisciplinary social science-based. You may want to switch concentrations.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses (12 Credits)
  • SOC550 Leadership Theory and Practice
  • SOC560 Leadership, Change and Innovation
  • PLS501 Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • PLS601 Research Methods

Recommend taking after completing 18 - 21 credits:

  • SOC570 Applied Leadership and Organizational Analysis (3 credits) (has prerequisites)
  • SOC609 Internship (within concentration area, 3 credits)
Concentrations (12 Credits)
Capstone Experience 6 credits (includes an internship)
  • All students must fulfill the capstone experience that requires completion of a 3 credit internship combining experiential learning with leadership opportunity within their concentration area. Most ODL students work full-time, so internship experience is suited to their employment schedule. The internship will be taken concurrent with or consecutive to the Applied Leadership and Organizational Analysis course (3 credits) where students will conduct an organizational analysis project.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the standards for admission established by the School of Graduate Studies.

Applicants must:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75. If GPA is below 2.75, an interview is required.
  • Submit the graduate application form along with:
    • a current resume
    • a personal goals statement, usually one page single-spaced explaining your personal and/or professional goals for the program
    • an undergraduate transcript
    • Track Selection Form
    • requisite application fee.

Students may e-mail their personal goals statement and resume to GradAdmiss@ship.edu. Other courses in concentrations may be approved by Program Coordinator.