University Senate                                                         

Proposed: January 29, 2010
Adopted: January 29, 2010 by voice vote with one nay and one abstention

 

RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM LEADING TO
A MASTER OF SCIENCE IN LEADERSHIP
(GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

 

WHEREAS, there is a need for senior executives with formal leadership education, and

WHEREAS, the proposed program would appeal to those with ten or more years of successful business experience including at least five years in management, who are planning a career change, who are on a corporate sabbatical, who are planning on writing or teaching in their retirement, or even those who want to study at Columbia for intrinsic rewards, and

WHEREAS, the proposed degree brings into a single degree the curriculum of the School’s flagship Columbia Senior Executive Program with courses from the Ph.D., E.M.B.A. and M.B.A. programs, and

WHEREAS, the proposed program will allow seasoned executives to engage in a more substantial and formal course of study than that afforded by the executive education program, and

WHEREAS, the program will serve students who plan to deploy their enhanced expertise toward expanding their careers rather than toward academic research, and

WHEREAS, Columbia is well positioned to add this degree to its current curriculum because the Business School already has the expertise and reputation to attract a strong group of applicants, and

WHEREAS, the proposed program will not replace or duplicate any existing program in any other part of the University,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate establish the Master of Science in Leadership.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Education Committee shall review the program in five years.

Proponent:
Committee on Education

 


Columbia University internal approval section

PURPOSE AND NEED

1) Purpose
A) Describe the purpose of the proposed program and the professional and educational assumptions that underlie it.

In order to prevent duplication of efforts, insert here the 250 word program summary that you have prepared for the NYSED part of this proposal

The Columbia Business School proposes a Master of Science in Leadership to fill the need of senior executives seeking additional formal leadership education.  The proposed degree brings together curriculum of the School’s flagship Columbia Senior Executive Program (CSEP) with courses from the PhD, EMBA and MBA programs, into a single degree, with broad appeal to applicants having ten or more years of successful business experience, including at least five years in management positions.  These would include seasoned executives who are planning a career change, on corporate sabbatical, or planning on writing or teaching in their retirement, and even those who want to study at Columbia for intrinsic rewards. 

Students in the program will complete six semester-long, three-credit courses from a directed menu of classes, participate in CSEP, a four week residential program requiring 160 hours of class time, with content that draws on the successes of the faculty of Columbia Business School to bridge theory and practice, and complete a directed final writing project. 

The program would be one-year in length.  One of the coursework semesters would consist of the CSEP curriculum, including supplemental graded written assignments, one will be a full semester of courses, and the final semester would consist of thesis writing, and additional courses to make the required six. 

The MS in Leadership thus promises to be not only a viable degree program, but central to the School’s aspirations to bridge theory and practice, and the Management Division’s role in that important effort.

 

B) How does the new program relate to ongoing programs? Will it replace any existing program(s)?

This new degree will fill a gap in the Business School’s current degree offerings by providing an opportunity for seasoned executives to pursue a degree while engaging in a more substantial and formal course of study than afforded simply by the executive education programs. 

 

The proposed program will not replace any existing programs.

The position of this program in the intellectual life of the school may be explained as follows: Doctoral study trains students not only to solve sophisticated problems but also to select the important problems to be solved.  The MBA program trains students to create organizations and to manage them.  Our Master of Science in Leadership is designed for students who are seeking to add expertise and rigor to an already flourishing professional career.

 

C) Does the proposed program completely or partially duplicate (an) existing program(s) in any other unit of the University?           

The proposed program will not completely or partially duplicate any existing programs in any other part of the University.

 
D) Does the proposed program rely to a significant extent on courses that are offered by other units of the University?

The proposed program does not rely to a significant extent on courses that are offered by other units of the University.

 
2) Need

A) Why is the proposed program needed locally, statewide or nationally?

There is a need among senior executives seeking additional formal leadership training.  Although Master of Science degrees in business disciplines are offered by a number of other Business Schools, offerings in the field are expanding.  At present, Columbia is well positioned to add a Master of Science in Leadership degree to our current curriculum because the Business School already has the expertise and the reputation to attract a strong group of applicants. 

We believe that with Columbia Business School’s reputation and New York City location, we will expand the pool of interested Master of Science students rather than cannibalize the applicant pool of other schools.

 

B) Have students at the University or elsewhere requested this program? How many?

While we have not polled students regarding the creation of this program, we intend to begin the program with a very small enrollment in order to gauge demand and build the program over time.    Doing so will allow us to assess the market demand very concretely.
London Business School and Stanford University currently offer the Sloan MS for seasoned executives; these are the current comparables.  These programs have strong demand, but do not compete with Columbia geographically, because of their distance from the Northeast.

 C) If the program is career or professionally oriented, have persons in the profession or career requested establishment of the program? Have the employment needs of professionals in the field been taken into account when designing the program?

We have regular contact with executives who are potential participants the MS Leadership program every year through the Columbia Senior Executive Program.  Every time that program runs, there are some participants who ask about related degree offerings at Columbia.  Furthermore, the design of the MS Leadership program reflects what we have learned about the employment needs of this group, both through our consultation with our Senior Executive Programs, and by reviewing survey analyses from graduates of the London Business School’s MS Leadership Program.  Those channels suggest that this audience looks for a focus on the topics of leadership and strategy, a mix of learning styles, contact with other executives, and efficient use of time in residence at Columbia and away from their jobs. All of these features are reflected in the design of our MS Leadership program.
D) What other institutions in the metropolitan area and in the Northeast offer similar programs? Have you consulted with them on the potential effect on their programs of our entry into the field?
New England:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers the “MIT Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership.”  This program, however is a structured much more like a typical MBA curriculum with courses in Marketing, Finance, Accounting and Economics as a core of the program, and has different geographic appeal from Columbia.  Therefore, we anticipate that the Columbia program would expand rather than cannibalize the applicant pool.

Northeastern University offers an MS in Leadership, but the program may be completed on-line completely or in part, so is fundamentally different from the proposed Columbia program.

Mid-Atlantic Region:

University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice offers a master’s degree in the Leadership of Nonprofits and NGOs (Non-governmental Organizations).  However, the specialized focus of this program makes it fundamentally different from the proposed Columbia program.

We have not consulted with these institutions because we believe that the small program size is unlikely to have a significant impact on their markets.