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The Military College of South Carolina


Graduate Certificate in Military Leadership

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The Graduate Certificate in Military Leadership provides an opportunity for civilian and military students to pursue a course of study in military leadership. The courses, offered 100% online, examine world and U.S. military leaders from the perspective of effectiveness, style and practice. In addition, the program includes the study of the evolution of military leadership thought within the larger body of knowledge on leadership. Finally, courses cover contemporary military leadership issues and strategy. The certificate program includes an individual research project focused on a specific dimension of military leadership. This serves as the student's capstone experience in the program. Finally, the five courses in the certificate program can be coupled with seven additional courses to complete the M.S. in Leadership degree.

(15 credit hours)

LDRS 750 – EVOLUTION OF MILITARY LEADERSHIP THOUGHT

Course Description: 3 Credit Hours. This foundational course utilizes principles, theories, and empirical models of effective and principled leadership to explore the development of military leadership thought. Leadership will be examined as a behavioral science and applied in the specific context of military teams, units, and organizations. The course welcomes graduate students from various organizational and career backgrounds who are interested in military leadership.

LDRS 751 – SURVEY of U.S. MILITARY LEADERS

Course Description: 3 Credit Hours. This course gives the student the opportunity to apply the leadership theories and models learned in LDRS 750 to examine U.S. military leaders. The course will focus on selected U.S. military leaders. These leaders will be examined for their historical significance, their successes/failures, their styles, their backgrounds, how they developed as leaders, and their leadership skills and effectiveness. Prerequisite: LDRS 750 or LDRS/BADM 722

LDRS 752 – SURVEY of WORLD MILITARY LEADERS

Course Description: 3 Credit Hours. This course examines military leadership in world history, identifying the qualities and precepts of military leadership to distill applicable principles and instructive examples for contemporary and future leaders. It examines military leadership at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels, and across multiple eras. The focus is on non-American military leaders. Prerequisite: LDRS 750 or LDRS/BADM 722

LDRS 753 – STRATEGY and CONTEMPORARY MILITARY LEADERSHIP ISSUES

Course Description: 3 Credit Hours. This course focuses on contemporary military leadership issues derived from the examination of the current environment for military leadership. In addition, the course covers the basics of strategy and will include a significant examination of U. S. military strategy. Prerequisite: LDRS 750 or LDRS/BADM 722

LDRS 711 – LEADING CHANGE: ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSFORMATION

Course Description: 3 Credit Hours. In this course students examine the leadership processes associated with achieving effective change, including transformational leadership. Students will study the conscious and purposeful processes invloved in developing an organization's capabilities targeted toward achieving its mission. Students will engage in organizational diagnoses and study leader intervention methods aimed at achieving organizational change with the goal of improvement toward mission accomplishment. Prerequisite: LDRS 750 or LDRS/BADM 722

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