Become an innovative leader and gain the ability to guide an organization in adapting to changing environments and consumer needs with this MBA specialization.

Learning Objectives

Concordia University Chicago's MBA specialization in leadership and change management will build the business fundamentals you need to advance your career while focusing on leading people and organizations. The courses are designed to help students understand the value of an array of leadership theories, the intercultural impact of leadership practice, and the intricacies of facilitating strategic change. Students develop servant leadership, interpersonal, and influencing skills to effectively shape group change. Graduates will successfully champion systemic change while achieving their organization’s mission.

Specialization Outcomes

  1. Correlate and critique global mentoring, training, and coaching practices to specific organizational leadership challenges and the impact on the business and stakeholders.
  2. Examine and evaluate transformational leadership strategies and techniques to promote capacity, sustainability, and renewal at all levels of the organization.
  3. Explore and evaluate how leadership styles impact global face-to-face and virtual organizations through effective use of communication and technology to inform strategic planning and decision-making.
  4. Analyze and synthesize descriptions and conditions for diagnosing organizational change culture, agenda, processes, and practices providing management the guidance to execute and lead organizational change.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in use of technology to make and evaluate data driven decisions.

Career Possibilities

  • Executive leadership: CEO, CMO, COO
  • Entrepreneur/Small-business owner
  • Human resource manager
  • Global manager
  • Consultant

Demand for MBA Graduates

According to the Graduate Management Admission Council® survey of 185 companies in 33 countries worldwide, 87-percent of employers plan to maintain (43%) or increase (43%) headcounts for new MBA hires. Forty-one respondents are affiliated with companies in the Fortune 500, and include 22 from Fortune 100 firms.         

Specialization Information

Leadership & Change Management*

Offered Terms

Semester 1

1st  (8 weeks)  


The Leader as Trainer, Mentor and Coach

2nd (8 weeks)  


Leader Development

Semester 2

1st  (8 weeks)  


Leadership Communication and Decision Making

2nd (8 weeks)  


Agents of Change

*Courses are offered on a rotational basis

The Leader as Trainer, Mentor and Coach

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the methods used by leaders to approach training, coaching and developing their organizational workforces. Faced with the constant of change and ever increasing global competition and pressures, organizations must find ways to develop the individuals, teams and leaders in their organizations if they are to remain relevant and competitive in today’s marketplace. Students explore various means that can be used for development including various forms of training, mentoring and coaching. Ethical issues as they relate to development and coaching are also examined.

Leader Development: Cultivating, Sustaining and Renewing the Organization

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for exploration and critical examination of self in the context of leadership development and proficiency. The organizational leader is viewed as the lead learner whose responsibility is to cultivate, shape and sustain the development of the organization and personnel. Emphasis is placed on the practice of self‐reflective leadership grounded in established theory and principles. Students are encouraged to self‐assess and articulate their own generative capacities, professional renewal initiatives and leadership legacy. Purpose, intention and actionable plans for leadership growth and development are encouraged.

Leadership Communication and Decision-Making

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the key elements of communication and decision‐making in 21st Century organizations. Current, relevant and timely resources are explored to provide students with opportunities to analyze elements and functions of communication and decision‐making. Significant emphasis will be on effective communication skill sets and competencies utilized in organizational communication and decision‐making in the current global milieu, working in both real‐world and virtual environments.

Agents of Change

In this course students will examine the various roles and processes in organizational intervention as they relate to identifying, implementing and sustaining change. Organizational culture, climate, communication practices, mental models and change theories will be explored.

Seminar in Higher Education (EDU 6015)

In addition to the base program curriculum, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course. This requirement will not apply to international DBA students studying exclusively online.

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