Leadership Studies Master's Cohort

Study Format Online
Program Length 33 credits*


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. Students often ask, what is the difference between the MA in Leadership and the MBA program? The MBA provides a broad foundation of functions such as economics, global management, accounting, managing human capital, finance, global marketing, entrepreneurship, and ethics for those interested in leading in the global marketplace. The MA in Leadership focuses on leadership theory, research and analysis, and people skills. Students who complete the MA in Leadership graduate with the essential leadership toolkit to lead and develop others. Both the MA and MBA offer the opportunity to specialize.

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.

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.

Degree Requirements:

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

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