Program Structure

Learning Objectives

  • Expand individual capacity to lead in a global, rapidly-changing and diverse society.
  • Develop in-depth insight and knowledge of self as a foundation for effective leadership of teams, organizations and community initiatives.
  • Broaden the leader’s capacity to engage and inspire others, while being authentic, ethical and true to personal values.
  • Improve the capabilities to lead and collaborate across organizational structures and formal boundaries.
  • Build an understanding of and skills to lead change initiatives.
  • Enhance the ability to coach and mentor others in a manner that builds trust and demonstrates empathy, constructive feedback and collaborative problem-solving.
  • Enhance skills in strategic management and implementation including, establishing an organization’s vision, mission, and strategic direction.

Program Duration

The program may be completed in as little as 14 months by taking the three electives during the same 14-month period you complete the four core courses, or can be completed over two years by completing the elective courses after completing the core classes.

Core Courses

The Executive Master of Leadership (EML) program consists of a 28-unit curriculum (seven classes), comprised of four core courses and three electives. The core courses are completed over a 14-month period in an intensive format, which is highly interactive and designed to accommodate the scheduling demands of working professionals. 

Each four-unit course meets for eight full days. The core leadership classes are scheduled around weekends, typically in two or three blocks per semester. These weekend leadership workshops meet approximately four weeks apart, and typically require all-day attendance.

Degree Requirements (16 units)

PPD 640 - Leadership Foundations: Competencies and Core Values (Fall)

An intensive introduction to leadership  with an emphasis on examining self as an instrument of change. The course provides an array of assessments and group exercises to deepen an understanding that 21st century leadership demands the ability to be emotionally aware, build collaborative relationships and and inspire others.

The course will focus on the following competencies:

  • Personal Awareness: Deepen an understanding of self as a basis for authentic and transformational leadership.
  • Empathy: Learn the ability to experience and relate to the thoughts, emotions, or experiences of others.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Improve the capacity to  manage self and regulate behavior through awareness and action.
  • Reflective Thinking:  Learn the practice of reflection as a fundamental component of critical thinking and emotional intelligence.

PPD 641 - Leading Individuals, Groups, and Teams (Spring)

This course emphasizes leadership of and within teams. 21st century leaders must be equipped to collaborate with diverse stakeholders and groups that cross formal organizational boundaries. PPD 641 is designed to deepen an understanding of team dynamics and improve effectiveness of team leadership and participation.

The course will focus on the following competencies:

  • Inspiration and Engagement:  Explore mindsets, perspectives and tools used by great leaders to  energize and engage diverse stakeholders, coalitions and teams.
  • Social Awareness:  Learn to  understand the emotions, needs, and concerns of other people,  pick up on emotional cues, and adjust behavior to build more effective relationships with others.
  • Power, Inclusion and Influence:  Deepen an understanding of leading from a position of power and authority vs influence and inclusion. Develop tools to listen more effectively, provide feedback and leverage the strengths of the team and workforce.
  • Communication: Improve the ability to build effective relationships and influence others through empathic listening, high impact non-verbal and verbal communication.
  • Broad Thinking: Examine theories and practices of team development and the importance of taking a long-range and strategic approach to building high performing teams.

PPD 642 - Strategic Leadership of Organizations (Summer) 

The course exposes students to theory and practice around development of  a shared  organizational purpose and mission, strategic direction and leadership of  organizational change.

The course will focus on the following competencies:

  • Organizational Awareness:  Explore fundamental concepts of systems thinking and relationship between leadership behavior and culture.
  • Organizational Change:  Examine models, approaches, perspectives, and skills necessary in driving successful and sustainable large-scale change.
  • Leading Across Boundaries; Obtain an understanding of the need and capabilities required to lead through networks and coalitions in organizations that are complex, undergoing change and uncertainty.
  • Communication: Learn the approaches and skills needed to  build effective relationships and influence others through empathic listening, high impact non-verbal and verbal communication.
  • Broad Thinking: Develop an understanding of models and theories that address organizational culture, learning and change.

PPD 643 - Leading Transformations Across Sectors (Fall)

This course examines the trends, processes, skills  and approaches necessary for leading transformations in rapidly changing environments in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

The course will focus on the following competencies:

  • Ethics and Character Development: Obtain insight and perspective on ethical responsibility,  and authentic community and stakeholder engagement in leading across all sectors.
  • Transformational Leadership: Examine methods and approaches that business, political, governmental, and organizational leaders use to transform their organizations, communities, cities and/or regions.
  • Strategic Communication: Learn the importance of strategic communication when leading change and transformation within and across organizational systems.
  • Innovation and Creativity: Deepen an understanding of the need for leaders to tap into the ideas within an organization in support of breaking through status quo thinking, building the capacity for change and high performance.
  • Broad Thinking: Develop an understanding of models and theories that focus on cross and intersectoral leadership.

 

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Sample One-Year Course Schedule

 
Fall
Spring
Summer
Fall
Core Courses in Los Angeles
PPD 640
PPD 641
PPD 642
PPD 643
 
September
(Fri - Sun)

October
(Fri - Sun)

November
(Fri - Sun)
January
(Fri - Sun)

February
(Fri - Sun)

March/April
(Fri - Sun)
June
(Thurs - Sun)

July
(Thurs - Sun)
September
(Fri - Sun)

October
(Fri - Sun)

November
(Fri - Sun)
Elective Courses
(Los Angeles or Sacramento)
 
Intensive-schedule
or weekly class
Intensive-schedule
or weekly class
Intensive-schedule
or weekly class

Sample Two-Year Course Schedule

Year 1
Fall
Spring
Summer
Fall
Core Courses in Los Angeles
PPD 640
PPD 641
PPD 642
PPD 643
 
September
(Fri - Sun)

October
(Fri - Sun)

November
(Fri - Sun)
January
(Fri - Sun)

February
(Fri - Sun)

March/April
(Fri - Sun)
June
(Thurs - Sun)

July
(Thurs - Sun)
September
(Fri - Sun)

October
(Fri - Sun)

November
(Fri - Sun)
Year 2
Spring
Summer
Fall
Elective Courses
(Los Angeles or Sacramento)
Intensive-schedule
or weekly class
Intensive-schedule
or weekly class
Intensive-schedule
or weekly class

 

Electives

Elective courses enrich your learning experience. EML students have access to numerous options.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Financial management, budgeting, or accounting
  • Policy formulation, communication, and implementation
  • Human resources
  • Strategic planning and management
  • International development
  • Transportation and urban planning
  • Participatory methods in planning and policy
  • Community and economic development
  • Contract management
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Homeland security and public policy
  • Geographic information systems
  • Information technology
  • Health management and policy
  • Organizational behavior
  • Political leadership and public administration advocacy