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Inaugural MS in Executive Coaching Class Graduates

05/06/13 -  

Last week, the first class of MS in Executive Coaching students graduated from Queens' McColl School of Business. While all of our graduate alums have elevated themselves into an elite group by joining the 8% of our population that has earned a graduate degree, the prestige does not stop there for our recent MSEC alums; the eleven MSEC graduates are the first to earn this type of degree in North America, and perhaps even the world.

Of this accomplishment, Dr. John Bennett, director of the MSEC program, says: "I am pleased that our first cohort of students completed their degree requirements and graduated in early May. They are pioneers in the field of executive coaching as the first graduating class of the first and only MS in Executive Coaching in North America. They have learned the theory and practice of coaching, consulting and leader development that can be applied in a variety of ways including as professional coaches in private practice, working for a leadership development firm, serving as an internal coach or consultant, or applying coaching as a manager. They are part of a new level of professionalism among coaches. I am proud of them and the work they have done to develop, grow, and learn."

This group of students came from a wide variety of backgrounds as well as paths that led them to coaching. "I enrolled in the MSEC program after earning coaching certification and beginning to coach professionally. My goal was to deepen my understanding of coaching and increase my competency. In addition to enriching my practice, I was surprised by how much being in the program taught me about myself through my relationships with cohort members and the professors!" said Catie Harrison, ACC, MSEC '13, Talent Development Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo.

The two-year program, which utilizes a low-residency format, includes a final Capstone project that is the culmination of the student's learning throughout the program. The research and writing intensive course requires, through applied research, the integration of the major theories and principles from each of the preceding courses so that the student creates a defining perspective of the entire program of student. The students presented on their Capstone projects the day of graduation! Below are the students that presented, as well as their Capstone topics:



Jerry Allen
Catie Harrison
How Executive Coaches Seek and Use Community for Development
Kristine Hodsdon Coaching for Meaning: Purpose-Centered Health Professionals
Jane Triplett Horner The Comparative Influence of Collective Identities on Subjective Well-Being
Madelon Capozziello
Henry Lescault
Exploring the Impact of Coaching on Executive Leaders' Performance
Maria Quant The Impact of Transformational Change on Self-Efficacy
Kathy Sullivan The Impact of Executive Coaching on the Clients' Well-Being
Susan McConnell
Teri Orsini
Mind the Gap: Comparing Queens' Culture to a Coaching Culture
Valerie McMurray What is the Content of an Assessment that Will Help Women Measure Identified Career Success Competencies?

 The McColl School of Business congratulates the 2013 graduates of the MS in Executive Coaching Program!

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