Ethics & Organizational Behavior, M.S.

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The vanguard of critical thinking, moral debate, the search for truth, leadership, and the respectful engagement of controversial topics affecting organizations around the world.

Catherine T. MacArthur School

Online , West Palm Beach



About PBA's Ethics and Organizational Behavior M.S.

Includes Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies

The public square generally, and organizational leaders specifically, are in dire need of critical thinkers who can engage, understand, and solve morally problematic and challenging issues within the pluralistic and global society in which we live. This program seeks to develop our students’ abilities to critically analyze theory and argument, identify often hidden philosophical assumptions, seek out logical fallacies in argument, locate truth and wisdom, and develop cogent and innovative solutions as unique problem solvers.

We encourage the engagement of philosophy as related to theory and practice not to simply understand, but to isolate falsities, understand related issues, and seek out truth for the good of the individual, the organization and our global community. We do not seek to merely “teach” our students. Instead, we focus on encouraging them to contemplate in new ways, critically evaluate research and relevant issues, and to think freely for themselves with an appreciation for the bias we all carry with us each day.

The M.S. in Ethics & Organizational Behavior at PBA is a rigorous program focused in philosophy and theory as related to relevant organizational and societal issues. Our faculty are well respected as academicians and aim at nothing less than developing critical thinkers who will pioneer change and help make organizations, societies, and the world a better place.

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Program Details

  • M.S. Degree with a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Leadership is flexible for individual life circumstances and can be completed in 12 or 24 months.
  • Students can enter the program during any sub-term throughout the year.
  • Learning culminates with a Capstone Project or Thesis, which is up to the student.
  • Focuses on the full spectrum of human beliefs, attitudes, intentions, and behaviors.
  • Students can attend any class either in-person or asynchronously online.
  • Students can attend full-time or part-time at their own pace.
  • Students can tailor their learning and research to their own unique interests.
  • Offers opportunities to partner with faculty in research endeavors and present at conferences and publish books or articles.

  • Executive Leadership and Senior Management
  • Ethics Compliance and Regulatory Affairs
  • Public Policy Research & Think Tanks
  • International Affairs & Humanitarian Issues
  • Healthcare Administration & Bioethics
  • Management & Organizational Consulting
  • Nonprofit and Social Justice Initiatives
  • Preparation for a PhD or other Terminal Degree

All Sections Offered Each Year Both Online and In-person Each Sub-Term Listed with the Number of Credit Hours(cr.) and courses listed in bold are required to obtain the Certificate of Graduate Studies in Leadership:

EOB 5013 – Organizational Leadership Concepts & Theory (Summer A Term 3cr.)
This course provides a foundational exploration of organizational leadership studies including definitions, theory, concepts, and practices. Students will examine the history of leadership thought and understand how leadership theory has evolved over time. Students will synthesize key concepts of effective leadership that enhance the organization while assessing the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary leadership theory. Students will enhance their academic writing by applying their research to synthesize logical arguments through critical thinking and writing expected at the graduate level.
EOB 5003 – Organizational Behavior (Summer B Term 3cr.)
This course draws on insights from theory and practice to better understand how beliefs, attitudes, intentions, and behaviors of individuals affect the organization. The psychological foundations of group formation and interdependent relationship-building will be explored. Theories of individual beliefs and motivation, group decision-making, conflict management, group formation and behavior will be explored. Students will apply related psychological theories to synthesize arguments and further their graduate level research.
EOB 5123 – Biblical Leadership in Pluralistic Organizations (Fall A Term 3cr.)
This interdisciplinary course explores biblical texts to discover issues related to current organizational theory and practice with a view toward understanding leadership in various modern pluralistic contexts. Attention will be given to biblical metaphors and themes that will help shape a better understanding of contemporary organizational challenges involving individuals that hold to differing worldviews and philosophies of life.

EOB 5063 – Leading Organizational Behavioral Change (Fall A Term 3cr.)
EOB 5053 – Strategic Leadership and Planning (Fall B Term 3cr.)
EOB 5133 – Human Resource Development (Fall B Term 3cr.)
EOB 5023 – Philosophy of Social Science (Spring A Term 3cr.)
EOB 5033 – History of Ethics (Spring A Term 3cr.)
EOB 5113 – Philosophy of Moral Leadership (Spring B Term 3cr.)
EOB 5093 – Research Thesis (Any Term as approved 3cr.)
EOB 5001 – Research Thesis Continued as Needed (Continuation Term 1cr.)
EOB 5011 – Research Thesis Continued as Needed (Second Continuation Term 1cr.)

Note: Students intending to pursue the Ph.D. (especially in the social sciences as opposed the humanities) are recommended to take BUS 5043 – Quantitative Methods during their matriculation in the M.S.

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The Catherine T. MacArthur School

The Catherine T. MacArthur School will empower you to bring positive change to the world. You’ll take part in a multi-dimensional approach to learning, exploring how to effectively lead intellectually, spiritually and professionally both locally and globally.

Catherine T. MacArthur School



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