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Master of Science in Leadership

Learn How to Lead in Today’s Modern Workplaces

Every company needs knowledgeable leaders ready to navigate their unique challenges. Our 12-course master’s in Leadership program can prepare you with the skills to fill that role and to lead individuals, teams, departments, and organizations to achieve success amidst ongoing growth and change.


Develop Your Natural Leadership Skills

Our master’s in Leadership online and campus programs can help you develop your natural leadership qualities and teach you effective techniques for leading people, groups, and even entire organizations.

As we guide you in refining your leadership style, you’ll explore what you can do to more effectively communicate with and influence others. During the Master of Science in Leadership program, you’ll have the opportunity to build knowledge of strategies for negotiating, managing growth, solving problems and interpersonal conflicts, setting an example others will follow, and fostering teamwork across diverse disciplines. These skills will be critical for successfully managing and leading organizations in today’s dynamic local and global environments.

After graduating with your master’s degree in Leadership, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Assess how individuals, cultures, society, ethics, and psychological principles affect a leader’s decisions and actions.
  • Influence others through using effective communication skills and clear, scholarly, and persuasive arguments.
  • Apply critical thinking to examine qualitative and quantitative data, including using data to identify and solve organizational problems.
  • Demonstrate information literacy, including the ability to determine what and how much information is needed, critically evaluate information and its sources, and use information effectively, ethically, and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.

Study Individual, Team, and Organizational Leadership

Led by experienced instructors* who provide you with one-on-one support and mentorship, our individual, team, and organizational leadership master’s degree courses cover topics that include:

  • Leadership, organization theory, and change
  • Leadership ethics, culture, and politics
  • Organizational behavior and communication
  • Team building and group dynamics
  • Emotional intelligence and leadership
  • Coaching and professional development
  • International leadership
  • Strategic negotiations
  • International negotiations
  • Strategic human resources management
  • Organizational development and change management
  • Strategic leadership and implementation

Flexible Options for Earning Your Master’s in Leadership

Our master’s programs in Leadership are available fully online or through a mix of on-campus and online learning. In the blended modality, students meet on campus every other week, while completing online coursework between these face-to-face meetings. Accommodating those with busy lives and careers, both learning styles are well suited to those searching for an executive leadership program.

You can complete South University’s blended on campus + online Leadership master’s degree program in as little as 18 months or earn your master’s in Leadership online in 15 months.

Master’s in Leadership Admissions Requirements

Our requirements for the on-campus + online and fully online Leadership master’s degree programs include a completed admissions application and:

  • An earned undergraduate degree from an acceptable accredited institution with a CGPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale
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  • An earned undergraduate degree from an acceptable accredited institution with a CGPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale during the applicant’s last 60 semester or 90 quarter hours earned on the bachelor’s degree or subsequent graduate work
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  • An earned undergraduate degree from an acceptable accredited institution with a minimum combined GMAT score of 400 or GRE scores of 150 Verbal and 150 Reasoning
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  • An earned graduate degree from an acceptable accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0).
Scholarships and financial aid are available to those who qualify. Currently employed individuals may be eligible for education benefit programs with their employer that can help with lowering the cost of earning a degree. For questions about financial aid or admissions, call 1.800.688.0932 or complete a request information form today.

What Can You Do with a Master’s in Leadership

Our master’s in Leadership program is designed for experienced professionals seeking to enhance their careers as well as individuals with limited professional experience seeking to develop new skills for roles that involve managing and leading individuals, teams, departments and organizations.

After earning your master’s degree in Leadership, jobs you may qualify for include leadership and management roles in public, private, and nonprofit organizations. The skills you learn in this program can help you to gain increased professional responsibilities as well as pursue opportunities to increase your earnings. For a professional with a master’s in Leadership, salary can vary based on factors like experience level, employment type, industry, and geographic region.

Request information today to learn more about how our master’s degree in Leadership program can help you to achieve your personal career goals.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

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