Lehman Offers CUNY’s First Masters of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership

Lehman College’s School of Education launched a new graduate program, a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership (or MSOL), which aims to prepare students to assume leadership positions within the nonprofit, corporate, government, and healthcare fields. “Lehman’s School of Education and our leadership faculty are very excited to begin offering the MSOL program,” said Dr. Janet R. DeSimone, associate professor and coordinator of the College’s graduate programs in Educational Leadership.

Lehman is the only CUNY institution—as well as the only public institution in the Bronx—to offer a graduate degree in organizational leadership. Director of Graduate Studies Richard Finger considers MSOL to be “ideally suited to the Bronx” due to the fact that the borough is home to several hospitals, city agencies, and social service organizations. With this program, Lehman offers students yet another set of tools to build the skills needed to make them viable employees at a wide range of businesses. By extension, the MSOL program will contribute to the economic development of the borough.

“More than ever, we need leaders armed with the practical competencies that can conjure institutional and organizational success,” said President José Luis Cruz of Lehman College. “The School of Education is launching this unique Masters of Science program with the full expectation that, in the years ahead, its graduates will help increase the impact and expand the reach of our College’s efforts on behalf of the Bronx and the region we serve.”

The program will begin its first cohort in the Fall 2017 semester. It offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that caters to the needs of a broad variety of professions. Students who enroll in the program must complete 30 credits of coursework, as well as fieldwork. The conceptual framework for MSOL is based on the School of Education’s Lehman Urban Transformative Education mission to develop competent, caring, and qualified leaders in fields ranging from nonprofits to the corporate world.

“This new degree in organizational leadership will give students the specific skills needed to lead and manage multiple types of organizations,” said DeSimone, “which ultimately will result in their own professional advancements, as well as contribute to the success of the organizations that employ them.”

There will be an Open House for prospective students on February 22, from 6-7 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room in the Music Building. For more information on the program, visit the program’s website.