Message from the Dean

The School of Continuing & Professional Studies is excited to announce the new Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL). This program is built to reach learners at all stages of professional development: the adult learner who wants to pursue a position in middle management and needs to obtain their master’s degree; the mid-career executive seeking to develop additional competencies to be successful in their upper management position; the adult learner who is looking for a career change that requires professional leadership skills; and the emerging entrepreneur intent on leading a new organization with a novel service or product.

Personalized professional growth for our leadership learners is a priority. We currently focus on a high touch enrollment and advising process, as well as providing mentorship from quality faculty, which creates a positive and supporting environment that leads to higher engagement and academic success.

This program is necessary for future managers/leaders as experts in leadership have identified “complex thinking” skills as necessary to lead in today’s world including cognitive adaptability, self-awareness, boundary spanning, collaboration, and network thinking[i]. Leadership skillsets are evolving due to the volatile, uncertain, complex and uncertain (VUCA) contexts in which we operate. These changes require leaders to alter their mindset and apply new methods and skills rather than adhering to conceptions and approaches of the past.[1] Students will develop leadership skills enabling them to lead others and organizations to success using a humanistic approach, rather than focusing on workplace functions like budgeting and accounting.

Additionally, the World Economic Forum (WEF) projects that from 2018 to 2022, 133 million new jobs will likely emerge. Emerging jobs for 2022 will require specific skills.

The top 10 emerging skills for 2022 are as follows[2]:

  1. Analytical thinking and innovation
  2. Active learning and learning strategies
  3. Creativity, originality, and initiative
  4. Technology design and programming
  5. Critical thinking and analysis
  6. Complex problem-solving
  7. Leadership and social influence
  8. Emotional intelligence
  9. Reasoning, problem-solving
  10. Systems analysis and evaluation

It is my hope that you will join our school as we navigate a path of distinction and encompass the university values of: Be Bold and Think Differently; Put People First; Do the Right Thing. 

Best wishes,

 

Shelley Osagie, EdD

Dean, School of Continuing & Professional Studies
Thomas Jefferson University

 

[1] Petrie, Op. cit.

[2] http://reports.weforum.org/future-of-jobs-2018/

[i] [1] Ibid., p. 9. [2] For a discussion of essential attributes to encourage innovation at the company level, see: de Jong,

M., N. Marston, and E. Roth. “The Eight Essentials of Innovation.” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2015