Leadership Studies

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 Undergraduate Admission for application information.

*Returning USM students must not have been enrolled for at least 3 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 LAC 480 Senior Seminar (e.g., Capstone)
  • Completion of the following courses (16-17 credits):
    • Any Ethics Course that is three or more credits and 200-level or higher (e.g., LAC 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 Organizational Change and Development 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 308 Lean Systems and Methods (Principles) 3 cr
    • LOS 309 Lean Systems and Methods (Practicum) 3 cr
    • LOS 310 Science, Technology, and Society 3 cr
    • LOS 312 Human Resource Management 3 cr
    • LOS 314 Employee Relations 3 cr
    • LOS 315 Training and Development 3 cr
    • LOS 316 Diversity in Organizations 3 cr
    • LOS 318 Database Management 3 cr
    • LOS 323 The Media and Politics 3 cr
    • LOS 325 Advancing Innovation in State and Local Government 3 cr
    • LOS 326 Leadership in Sports 3 cr
    • LOS 327 Leading through Conflict 3 cr
    • LOS 330 Leadership in Different Cultures 3 cr
    • LOS 336 Dealing with Difficult People and Behaviors
    • LOS 337 Project Management 3 cr
    • LOS 345 Leadership and Film 3 cr
    • LOS 351 Exploring Transformational Leadership 1 cr
    • LOS 352 Exploring Servant Leadership 1 cr
    • LOS 353 Exploring Authentic Leadership 1 cr
    • LOS 354 Exploring Chaos & Complexity Leadership 1 cr
    • LOS 355 Exploring Relational Leadership 1 cr
    • LOS 356 Exploring Followership 1 cr
    • LOS 360 Innovation in Organizations 3 cr
    • LOS 361 Entrepreneurship 3 cr
    • LOS 373 Managing Nonprofits 3 cr
    • LOS 398 Independent Study 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 430 Applied Social Policy 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

 

*Returning USM students must not have been enrolled for at least 3 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.

Leadership Studies graduates have many career options.  For example, they work as Community Developers, Unit Supervisors, Project Managers, Executive Directors, Philanthropists, and Airline Administrators in organizations as varied as the Bell Manufacturing, Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council, SYNERNET, National Semiconductor, Wright Express, Central Maine Medical Center, FaithWorks, and the International Red Cross, to name just a few.