Dual Degree: BA to MA, Leadership Studies

Study Format Online

This accelerated bachelor's degree is offered 100% online.

Program Length 1-2 years


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Become an effective leader

The MA in Leadership teaches students how to lead and produce effective change in an organization through its most valuable resource, its human capital. Students will focus on topics like leadership theory, cultural implications of leadership and leader influence. The program’s central core focuses on leadership theory and offers specializations in knowledge information management, health services, servant leadership, higher education leadership and organizational leadership.

Program objectives

The Masters in Leadership Studies program is based on the conviction that servant leaders must learn to lead change so that services and deliverables are effectively, ethically and efficiently delivered to an increasingly diverse population, in the context of a changing economy and rapidly developing technologies. The graduate program in leadership studies focuses on the needs of practitioners by linking theory to the best practices of leadership.

Degree requirements: Completion of the 33 hours of coursework including the Master’s Leadership Capstone

What is a Dual Degree?

Through careful planning and academic advising, a student majoring in Organizational and Health Care Management may move seamlessly into CUC’s MA Leadership Studies Program.

Benefits of a Dual Degree

  • As a graduate of the Accelerated Degree Program, candidates will take three (3) fewer credit hours toward the Leadership degree
  • 1 course may be waived in the Leadership Studies Master’s Cohort (if eligible)--OLDR 6002 Ethical and Social Leadership (3 semester hours)
  • 100% online
  • 8-week accelerated courses
  • Letters of recommendation are waived
  • No application fee
  • No GRE requirement
  • Transcript service will be provided upon completion of ADP degree

Admission requirements

  • Minimum of a 2.85 GPA upon degree completion
  • Grade of B or higher in OMP 4610, OMP 4431 and OMP 4020
  • Successful completion of ADP Organizational or Health Care Management
  • Official transcript
  • Completed application for admission
  • Objective statement

Specialization areas (18 credits)

Higher Education Leadership

The curriculum encourages students to draw upon and build on knowledge and experiences related to their professional work, while also requiring students to develop strong research skills and a familiarity with evidence-based decision-making in higher education institutions. While grounded in topics related to Higher Education leadership systems in the United States, this emphasis also provides opportunities to explore the internationalization and globalization of higher education.

Organizational Leadership

The curriculum will support the development of scholar practitioners who will grow their organizations and systems by incorporating various methods of strategic planning and forecasting, innovative change initiatives, organizational diagnostic strategies and purposeful reform interventions.

Health Care Leadership

The curriculum in health care leadership is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in the health care industry. Students study leadership and administration, human resources, public policy, epidemiology, law and ethics in a health care context. Key policies, principles and practices of health care administration and leadership are explored within the context of personal and professional development.


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