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Student’s Capstone Leads to Latino Affairs Position at City of Austin

Marion Sanchez MSOLE ’12 completed a Capstone project entitled “A Brown Legacy" on the evolution of Latino political leadership in Central Texas. Her report helped earn her a permanent position with the City of Austin as the first community engagement consultant for Latino issues.

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Organizational Leadership and Ethics (MSOLE)

The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Ethics at St. Edward’s prepares you to become a champion of ethical leadership in society — paving the way for leadership roles in corporations, nonprofits, governmental agencies and schools, among others.

You’ll explore leadership strategies and learn how to help teams and organizations make informed, values-based decisions in day-to-day operations. You’ll also examine what it means to be an ethical leader and how to promote those traits in others — helping them recognize that success is driven by who you are as much as by what you do.

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Ethics

Convenient Class Schedules:

The MS in Organizational Leadership and Ethics is designed to accommodate the busy schedule of working professionals. You will focus on one seven-week class at a time, meeting for 3.5 hours each week. Students take two seven-week classes each semester, which allows them to finish the MSOLE in two years.


In the MS in Organizational Leadership and Ethics program, you’ll develop skills in analysis and communication at the individual, group, organizational and multi-organizational levels and study ways to motivate people and carry out organizational change. Students are encouraged to share their workplace experiences and perspectives in the classroom and gain insights from each other’s stories and challenges.

Career paths for graduates lead to any setting where the importance of ethical leadership comes to bear. You could work as a program officer for a charitable foundation, a human resources director for a university, a director of strategic planning for a financial institution, or a chief of staff for a legislator. Our recent graduates have founded successful businesses and nonprofits, served as elected officials, joined the Peace Corps, and taken management roles in government and professional organizations.

Course Preview:

MS in Organizational Leadership and Ethics majors take courses from these groups:

Students complete initial courses that include Foundations of Organizational Leadership, Critical Thinking and Leading Organizational Change.

Students take core courses that include Building Ethical Organizations, and Leadership and Financial Performance.

Your final course, a Leadership Capstone, combines all you’ve learned throughout the program and puts it into practice. Working independently or with classmates, you’ll apply your knowledge and skills to help a local organization achieve an objective or examine an issue related to organizational leadership and/or ethics. This six-month research project culminates in a public presentation of your findings.

Past Capstones have included working with a city police department to bolster internal communication, helping a college preparatory group develop strategies for expanding their programming, and assisting a technology firm with processes for communicating their vision and values during an economic turndown.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Ethics.

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