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Curriculum & Plan of Study: GC - Leadership in Diverse Organizations (Z131)

Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. To learn more, prospective students should contact the program director, Dr. Les Andrist via email:


  • GC- Leadership in Diverse Organizations is a 12-credit, 4-course graduate program that that provides training in leadership skill sets and credentials to sufficiently deliver on strategic planning promises. 
  • Learn how to evaluate organizations for best practices, implement policies that impact the capacity to lead organizations, and understand social interaction and human behavior to solve complex problems.
  • Program can be completed in in twelve months of continuous part-time enrollment. See Designation of Full-time/Part-time Status.
  • Program uses the semester academic calendar with classes held during fall and spring semester (16 weeks each) and Summer Session (two 6-week sessions).


  • Below is a listing of all program courses. For a detailed course description that includes pre-requisites or co-requisites, see The Graduate School Catalog, Course Listing as follows: SOCY Course Descriptions

SOCY641: Leadership in Diverse Organizations, 3 credits.
SOCY643: Power and Status in Organizations, 3 credits.
SOCY646: Public Image Management and Policy Solutions, 3 credits.
SOCY657: Constitutional Law and Public Safety, 3 credits.
SOCY***: Applied Research Methods, 3 credits.

Registration Overview

  • See the sample plan of study, below. Students should use this as a guide to develop a plan with the academic program director. 
  • Actual course offerings are determined by the program and may vary semester to semester. Students should note if a course has a pre-requisite or co-requisite. 
  • Specific class meeting information (days and time) is posted on UMD’s interactive web service services, Testudo. Once on that site, select “Schedule of Classes,” then the term/year. Courses are listed by academic unit.
  • The program uses specific section codes for registration, which are listed on the sample plan of study.
Semester Course Number Section Code Credits
Fall SOCY646 PLL* 3
Fall SOCY657 PLL* 3
Spring SOCY641 PLL* 3
Spring SOCY643 PLL* 3
  • The program features 100% online instruction with engaging and interactive learning.
  • Instruction provided by University of Maryland faculty and professionals in the field. 
  • Using advanced audio and video technology, UMD’s online learning environment delivers dynamic and interactive content.
  • Featuring convenience and flexibility, online instruction permits asynchronous or synchronous participation.
  • Lectures are video archived. Students who are unable to attend in real time can review the session through asynchronous participation.

Upon successful completion, graduates will have mastered the following competencies:

  • Evaluate their organization in terms of employee outcomes and best practices 
  • Understand policies that impact the capacity to lead organizations. 
  • Develop strategies to lead diverse organizations. 
  • Better understand human interaction and human behavior to better work with organizational members to solve complex problems.
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