Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development (MS LOD)

The Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development program is designed specifically for students wishing to develop their skills and understanding of the Leadership and Organizational Development activities undertaken within the context of the evolving and complex world of today’s business environment. The MS LOD program provides students with a high-quality professional education in modern theory and practice of Leadership and Organizational Development. Graduates from the program would be able to analyze, solve problems and effectively respond to and manage rapid technological and organizational changes prevalent in the modern business environment.

This program supports the pillars of the Abu Dhabi 2030 Vision, especially those directed at the promotion of a large empowered private sector, and a sustainable knowledge-based economy. The degree provides the underpinning knowledge to students wishing to follow a career in the fields of leadership and organizational development.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing the MS LOD program will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the ethical and cultural dimensions of leadership.
  1. Evaluate and apply organizational development theory, process, structure and systems.
  1. Synthesize the purpose, design, functions, and character of leadership and organizational development.
  2. Apply a critical selection of appropriate research instruments and advanced problem solving skills to utilize knowledge from the external and domestic factors and drivers that determine leadership and organizational development.
  1. Appraise the role of leadership in driving organizational outcomes.
  2. Use effective leadership and teamwork skills to solve complex organizational development problems and communicate decisions to relevant audiences.

Accreditation and Affiliation

The program is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs through the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA).

Mode of Delivery

Courses will be delivered over a 10-week period on weekdays from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Each course will have 45 contact hours; two to three courses are scheduled to be held each term. Classes will be held over four terms in a year (fall, winter, spring and summer).

Length of Program

Students may undertake the program on either a full-time or part­-time basis. Students will be able to complete the program in 12 months by taking two or three courses in each term.

Program Structure

The MS LOD program consists of a total of 30 credit hours comprising 8 core courses and 2 elective courses.

Course Code Credit Hours
Research Methods* RES 8111 3
Leadership Culture and Ethics LED 8312 3
Leadership and Organizational Development Principles and Applications** LED 8213 3
Managing Organization Change** BUS 8214 3
Leading Sustainable Performance LED 8215 3
Strategic Management Principles  BUS 8421 3
Achieving Business Excellence QTY 8217 3
Leading Organizational Development LED 8320 3
Total Credits (Core) 24
Creative Problem Solving BUS 8418 3
Conflict Management BUS 8419 3
Total Credits (2 electives) 6
Grand Total 30

* First Semester requirement
** Co-requisites


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