Program Mission, Cost & Features

Program Mission Statement

The Master of Science degree in Leadership and Organizational Development (M.S. in LOD) provides adult learners and working professionals with a graduate-level learning experience that is accessible, affordable and includes an integration of Franciscan worldview and values. Our program prepares organizational leaders, individuals in the field of health care and human resources professionals the opportunity to work collaboratively for the purpose of developing and implementing strategies that sustain high levels of individual, team and organizational performance. The M.S. in LOD program delivers content required in today’s 21st century workforce as it specifically aligns with the following industry standards for organizational leaders: Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), and the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL).

 

We’ve just made our program more flexible and affordable. Beginning in Fall 2019 - -

 

Flexible delivery like no other master’s program in Northeast Wisconsin. We have the working professional in mind who is seeking an advanced professional degree delivered in a manner that helps sustain work-life balance.

  • Courses are offered on an 8-week block.
  • Start any 8-week block in the Fall or Spring.
  • Flexible 12-24 month completion timeline, and even change the pace at any time… When life situations happen, and they do - You could elect to  start with a 12-month completion timeline in mind, and slow that pace down if needed.
  • Our program is delivered in a hybrid format, meaning half of the courses involve in-person sessions, time to network and engage in collaborative learning. The other half of the courses are offered in the flexible online delivery with optional web conferencing sessions to maintain connections with the instructors and your classmates.
 

Affordable:  Strategic Partnerships discounts ranging between 30-50% available AND first course free (up to 3 credits).  We leverage strategic partnerships as a means to reduce out of pocket expenses to students. The 2019-20 tuition cost per credit is $580, or $17,400 for a total tuition cost for our 30-credit program. 

  • After applying a 30% Strategic Partnership discount, the net total cost reduces tuition from $17,400 to $12,180. In addition, apply the first course free to further reduce net expense! 
 

Personable and values-based. At Holy Family College, our master’s program develops leaders and Organizational Development professionals who base their leadership on values and address the whole human being (mind, body, and spirit).

  • Our learning experiences develop values that are rooted in our Franciscan tradition and values, such as: Care for all creation, Compassion, Peacemaking, and Community. Our graduates exit the program with a higher regard for others, the organizations they serve, and the communities in which we all live.
  • Get to know your instructors and classmates through our smaller class sizes.
 

Relevant and addresses skills needed of leaders and Organizational Development professionals who work together to address the challenges that occur in today’s organizations.

  • This program takes a multi-disciplinary approach (leadership AND Organizational Development) to developing skills and effective practices related to:  leadership, teams, change management, performance management, business ethics and corporate social responsibility, communication, organizational design and performance, process improvement, LEAN thinking, organizational learning, use of data and models for innovation, and sustaining competitive advantage, among others.
  • In our program Leaders and Organizational Development professionals work collaboratively to identify and create strategies to address the talent pipeline needed to maintain a quality workforce for years to come.

 

Meet the Faculty

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Dr. Jim Begotka

Department of Business

Director of Leadership and Organizational Development, and Assistant Professor of Business
james.begotka@holyfamilycollege.edu

920-686-6227

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation from the program, students will:

  • Evaluate effective practices in leadership, change management, and performance management.
  • Develop interpersonal and intrapersonal skills necessary to sustain effective leadership, collaboration, and consulting role in a diverse workforce.
  • Analyze strategies for establishing competitive advantage through individual, team, and organizational performance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of organizations as complex systems operating in a rapidly changing global economy with constant change in the external and internal environment.
  • Evaluate dimensions of organizational learning and models of continuous improvement.
  • Evaluate dimensions of organizational culture, change, systems, and processes.
  • Explore strategies for hiring, developing, evaluating, and retaining high performance of an organization’s human capital.

You could become a ...

  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Leader and Supervisor
  • Talent Development Manager
  • Technical Trainer
  • Management Analyst
  • Director, Senior Director

You could pursue a career in ...

  • Training and Development
  • Human Resources
  • Instructional Design
  • Consulting
  • Leadership and Management (all levels) 

Alumni Spotlight

“Holy Family College has provided me with a comfortable learning environment, great professors and a college that puts my needs for success as a No. 1 goal. I also received my bachelor’s degree from Holy Family College, and when it came time to select a college for my master’s degree, I researched other colleges, but my choice was to return to Holy Family College. I chose Holy Family College because the other colleges didn’t seem to fit my personal needs and educational goals. Receiving my degrees from Holy Family College also has provided me with professional opportunities and goals that I could not have obtained without my educational experience at this wonderful learning institution.” - NORMAN PAWELCZYK. FALL 2016 GRADUATE

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Alumni Spotlight - Jordan Lindstrom

1. When did you graduate from the LOD program at Holy Family College?

1. When did you graduate from the LOD program at Holy Family College?

I graduated May 2018.

2. Tell me a little bit about yourself. What’s your name, age, and hometown?

2. Tell me a little bit about yourself. What’s your name, age, and hometown?

Jordan Lindstrom, 26, originally from Brookfield, WI. I currently live in Sheboygan, WI. I have worked at Acuity for 3.5 years in Human Resources.

3. What drew you to Leadership and Organizational Development specifically?

3. What drew you to Leadership and Organizational Development specifically?

I wanted a program that aligned with my career progression in HR and training and development. I knew I wanted my career to continue towards training and development, so this program would improve my own credibility in my organization.

I also hoped I could work on projects that directly related to my job, although I wasn’t sure when I started that would be the case. However, all the coursework I reviewed prior met my goals as I was given an opportunity to take over Acuity’s training and development program for managers.

4. How closely have you worked with Jim Begotka and other faculty? Was there a faculty member who made a significant impact in your education and why?

4. How closely have you worked with Jim Begotka and other faculty? Was there a faculty member who made a significant impact in your education and why?

Very closely. Jim is one of the reasons I stayed in the program. He has an incredible passion for the content and his students. I still stay in touch with Jim and we meet regularly even after graduation. I am now a member of the LOD advisory board, which meets several times per year. I have considered teaching and developing curriculum if Jim sees that as fitting the program needs.

5. What kind of practical skills did you learn while studying LOD at Holy Family College?

5. What kind of practical skills did you learn while studying LOD at Holy Family College?

Big Picture Thinking. I have always enjoyed looking at a project from a big picture perspective. This program showed me if you don’t do that, your training often won’t be impactful as training outcomes can become unimportant or not relevant to the goals.

Transfer of learning. One of the more important aspects I have taken with me is transfer of learning. While I can deliver content, if it isn’t changing behavior, then I haven’t done my job. This also brings about questions for evaluating training, did I train in a way that I can measure the impact? My key takeaways: training must provide application/practice within the session, or I must be present after trainees go back to their jobs to ensure they are held accountable to the content.

Understand the audience. I’ve also learned the importance of understanding my audience. In my organization, this is especially important as I am training managers who have been in their profession and are experts in their field. I am not an expert in their field but have to build rapport and trust so they use me as a resource in areas they may not be an expert (HR, law, performance management).

Design Thinking. Design thinking is essential. Customers/trainees needs and insights must be incorporated into training and outcomes.

More generally, I was able to see ways to impact my organization because of the program. Whether it was hearing how another organization was struggling through a peers insights in the program, and determining how I could address that problem in my organization, or being able to identify ways my organization could improve, perhaps because of learning best practices in the field.

6. Was there any specific class or topic that has stood out to you, was your favorite, or challenged you the most?

6. Was there any specific class or topic that has stood out to you, was your favorite, or challenged you the most?

I was most challenged by the levels of learning in Blooms Taxonomy. I think as I am more engulfed in training and doing it for longer periods, I will see the learners meet greater complexity and specificity in learning objectives and Bloom’s will become clearer.

7. What is an example of how the faculty of LOD went “the extra mile” to help you in your studies and career goals?

7. What is an example of how the faculty of LOD went “the extra mile” to help you in your studies and career goals?

Jim was willing to customize nearly all of my content, while staying true to the program learning objectives. I can’t imagine that happening anywhere else. He picked up the phone several times (since I was out of the area) and walked through adjustments to my program to meet my needs. It was incredible. In class, he made everyone feel welcomed, and when someone didn’t understand a projects objective, he was willing to take time to walk through that content.

8. Did you work or have a job while attending classes? How did the 8-week rotating course schedule work for you and your schedule?

8. Did you work or have a job while attending classes? How did the 8-week rotating course schedule work for you and your schedule?

I did. I worked full time in Human Resources at Acuity Insurance. I liked the 8-week focused content. I don’t think I would have learned as much with overlapping classes. While it was a lot of content in a short period, it was focused.

9. What is your job title now? How did the LOD program prepare you for your current job?

9. What is your job title now? How did the LOD program prepare you for your current job?

I still operate as a Human Resources Specialist. The LOD program, in my opinion, should change your perspective on how you look at training and development and how you tackle problems within your organization. While in the program, I revamped interview training for my company. I was able to eliminate content that didn’t align with the training goals because of insights gained from this program. I continue to re-evaluate training to ensure it aligns with organizational goals.

It’s also given me more conviction on areas of training that frustrated me prior. I felt I should be more involved after training was completed, to ensure transfer of learning occurred, and to provide valuable insights to management as they navigate personnel issues. I was missing Level 3 of Kirkpatrick’s model, and unfortunately not a part of assessing behaviors. With my learning, I speak more confidently on the importance of transfer of learning and how it will influence our company.

In general, I am better and solving problems and providing insights keeping my team on track from a “goals” perspective.

10. What advice would you give to an individual thinking about Holy Family College’s LOD program?

10. What advice would you give to an individual thinking about Holy Family College’s LOD program?

Find ways to integrate your learning into your work. I believe I retained a lot more of the program because I would go to class/write a paper and then go apply that content the next day. I think you naturally take more from the program if you have real world experience.

Program Requirements

  • A completed graduate application form.
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. A GPA lower than 3.0 will be considered for provisional acceptance. A GPA less than 2.75 may require an on-campus interview.
  • Official transcripts of all completed undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • A current resume, including information related to your professional training that may be relevant to assessing your professional experience and readiness for graduate study. Applicants are required to present strong academic credentials, Letters of Recommendation and Statement of Purpose.
  • A Statement of Purpose (750- to 1,000-word essay). This statement will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your writing ability and explain your reasons for seeking an M.S. in LOD.
  • Three (3) professional or academic recommendations from persons qualified to evaluate your promise of academic achievement and potential for professional growth.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all students whose native language is not English and whose degree was obtained in a country where English is not the official language.

Program Curriculum

Leadership and Organizational 
Development Program Curriculum

30 credits

 

Courses

As part of the graduate program, students highlight the knowledge, skills and projects from these courses on professional resumes and career profiles.

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LOD Core Courses

30 credits

LOD 500 Leading Organizational Change

3

LOD 502 The Learning Organization

3

LOD 507 Leadership and Teams

3

LOD 508 OD: Systems and Processes

3

LOD 510 OD & Performance Management

3

LOD 514 Strategic HRM

3

LOD 515 Data and Innovation

3

LOD 519 Corporate Strategy

3

LOD 520 Diversity and Professionalism

3

LOD 529 Integrated LOD Capstone

3

 

*Students may transfer up to six credits from an accredited institution.

Access Dr. Jim Begotka's Presentation: Leadership is Complex. What is a recommended approach to leadership? 

In this video of a presentation, Dr. Jim Begotka delves into the challenges today’s leaders face, regardless of context, such as: talent shortages and skill gaps, the multi-generational workforce, ever-present change and team formation.

Developing your leadership (the noun and verb) takes time – it should be examined over the course of one’s career. Dr. Begotka brings his ongoing study of leadership to a point – with intentionality, time and experience, leadership will evolve from you as you work with your strengths.

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