2020-21 Catalogs

BS in Leadership and Organizational Studies - Integrative Professional Studies

The Integrative Professional Studies (IPS) completion degree program is an option within the Leadership and Organizational Studies program, and is intended to meet the needs of transfer and returning students* who have a variety of academic backgrounds, employment experience, and career aspirations. Students in the program complete their degrees through a combination of LOS courses, transfer credits, and prior learning assessment.

This program may be completed face-to-face on our Portland campus, fully online, or through a combination of the two.  For more information, please contact Admissions at admitusm@maine.edu

Please visit the Office of Admission for application information.

*Returning USM students must not have been enrolled for at least three years in order to be eligible for this completion degree program option. This option is not available as a double major or dual degree.

Requirements for students pursuing this concentration within the major are:

  • At least 75 credits transferred into the program*
  • Completion of at least 120 credits
  • Satisfaction of the 30 credit hours residency requirement for USM
  • Satisfaction of the USM core curriculum requirements including LOS 400 Senior Seminar: Global Citizenship (e.g., Capstone)
  • Completion of the following courses (16 credits):
    • Any LOS approved Ethics Course that is three or more credits and 200-level or higher (e.g., SBS 370 Toward a Global Ethics) 3-4 cr
    • LOS 299 Writing in the Major 1 cr
    • LOS 300 Organizational Theory 3 cr**
    • LOS 301 Group Dynamics 3 cr
    • LOS 350 Leadership 3 cr**
    • LOS 440 Leading Organizational Change 3 cr
  • Completion of 12 credit hours in LOS electives that are 300-level or higher. LOS Electives are listed below. Please note that not all LOS electives are available online.
    • LOS 302 Organizational Behavior 3 cr
    • LOS 310 Science, Technology, and Society 3 cr
    • LOS 312 Human Resource Management 3 cr
    • LOS 314 Employee Relations 3 cr
    • LOS 316 Diversity in Organizations 3 cr
    • LOS 327 Leading through Conflict 3 cr
    • LOS 330 Cultural Contexts 3 cr
    • LOS 336 Dealing with Difficult People and Behaviors 3 cr
    • LOS 345 Leadership and Film 3 cr
    • LOS 360 Innovation in Organizations 3 cr
    • LOS 361 Entrepreneurship 3 cr
    • LOS 387 Collegiate Leadership Competition 3 cr
    • LOS 398 Independent Study 3 cr
    • LOS 399 Special Topics 3 cr
    • LOS 422 Leadership in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors 3 cr
    • LOS 425 Training and Development 3 cr
    • LOS 436 Risk, Public Policy, and Society 3 cr
    • LOS 439 Women's Ways of Leading: Building Partnerships, Creating Change 3 cr
    • LOS 462 Community Leadership and Civic Engagement 3 cr
    • LOS 470 Leadership Study Abroad 6 cr
    • FSP 100 Introduction to Food Systems 3 cr
    • FSP 200 Food Power and Social Justice 3 cr
    • FSP 215 Entrepreneurship and the Business of Food 3 cr
    • FSP 310 Food and Environment 3 cr
    • FSP 311 Food Policy and Planning 3 cr
    • FSP 320 Poverty and Hunger 3 cr
    • FSP 395 Internship in Food Studies 1-6 cr


*Returning USM students must not have been enrolled for at least three years in order to be eligible for this completion degree program option. This option is not available as a double major or dual degree.

**All LOS and LOS IPS majors must earn a grade of B- or better in both LOS 300 and LOS 350. No waiver courses or substitutions will be permitted for LOS 300 and 350.

Prerequisites for major courses may be met through specific courses, through any one of several programs of prior learning assessment sponsored by USM, or through waiver by the instructor of the course. Before taking 300-level courses in this major, students must have completed a 100-level college writing course or an equivalent with at least a grade of C-, or an equivalent.

No more than two courses from outside the major may be used toward completion of the requirements for the major without permission of the faculty—students may work with their advisor for this permission.

Students selecting this completion degree program as an option within the LOS major work closely with advisors to facilitate transfer credit, prior learning assessment, and course selection.