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Integrative Leadership Graduate Minor (ILM)

Overview

The graduate-level academic minor in integrative leadership (ILM) will enhance the preparation of graduate students to lead and foster collective actions across boundaries of individuals, groups, organizations, sectors, and nations to solve some of the world’s most pressing and complex problems. Any student in any University of Minnesota graduate or professional program (see exceptions below), regardless of college or enrollment, is encouraged to apply for this minor.

By pursuing this course of study, students will:

Students must already be admitted to a master's, doctoral, or professional degree program at the University of Minnesota. As with all graduate minors, a student must identify a minor adviser for the integrative leadership minor. The minor adviser must be included in the student's committee and attend the final oral examination, for degrees requiring oral examination.

Administration

Center for Integrative Leadership

This new minor was developed by faculty who are members of the Center for Integrative Leadership (CIL), a University-wide initiative dedicated to examining and advancing a new vision for cross-sector leadership that will be highly effective at tackling the challenging issues of our time. Four sponsoring colleges, the Carlson School of Management (CSOM), the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (HSPA), and the School of Public Health (SPH) are engaging across units to offer this minor as a joint program to inspire the innovative leaders that our society needs. The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) will serve as the minor's academic home.

Curriculum

Master's Minor (9 credits)

The minor program for master's students is a minimum of 9 graduate-level semester credits. Credits from required courses in a student’s major program (a.k.a. non-elective courses) will not count towards the minor. The following courses (or equivalents approved by Steering Committee) are required:

Overview of Leadership Theory (Required course - choose one)

Leading Engagement Processes (Required course - choose one)

Final Course (Required course - No substitutions will be allowed)

The program for an individual student will be developed by the student, the major adviser, and the director of graduate studies (DGS) of the integrative leadership minor. With permission of the ILM DGS, students with sufficient background and previous course experience equivalent to one or more courses within the curriculum may apply for waiver of appropriate requirements and replace waived courses with additional electives to meet the 9 credit minimum.

Doctoral Minor (12 credits)

The minor program for doctoral students requires a minimum of 12 graduate-level semester credits. Credits from required courses in a student’s major program (a.k.a. non-elective courses) will not count towards the minor. The following courses (or equivalents approved by Steering Committee) are required:

Overview of Leadership Theory (Required course - choose one)

Leading Engagement Processes (Required course - choose one)

Final Course (Required course - No substitutions will be allowed)

A minimum of three additional credits must be taken in courses selected from the list of elective courses below. The program for an individual student will be developed in consultation among the student, the major adviser, and the director of graduate studies (DGS) of the integrative leadership minor. With the permission from the ILM DGS, students with sufficient background and previous course experience equivalent to one or more courses within the curriculum may apply for waiver of appropriate requirements and replace waived courses with additional electives to meet the 12 credit minimum.

Illustrative Elective Courses

An illustrative set of elective courses acceptable for the minor (additional courses may be approved by the Steering Committee):

* The specific special topics listed above are the only ones that are approved - other topics offered under these designators may not be accepted. If you have questions, check with your adviser or the ILM DGS.

Admissions

Prior admission into an established master's, doctoral, or graduate professional degree program is required. The Graduate School has determined that the following professional programs are not eligible for a minor: JD, MD, PharmD, DVM, DDS, and LLM (see Graduate Degree Plan form). Students interested in admission to the minor should contact the ILM DGS. Admission requires the addition of the required minor coursework to the student's Graduate School degree plan form and the ILM DGS's signature on the form. Students must demonstrate relevant academic background and experience. Competitive standards are expected to limit enrollment to 15 students a year.

Program Contact

Dr. Louis Quast
Director of graduate studies for the integrative leadership minor
Email: louquast@umn.edu

Revised January 9, 2014

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Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, and reviewed for acceptance monthly.

ILP Application form
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