May 19, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    
Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Leadership, MA


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The Master of Arts in Leadership develops innovative, relationally perceptive and reflective professionals skilled at leading with purpose in a changing world. Students who currently work in (or plan to work in) public, private and nonprofit organizations will benefit from this 33-credit hour degree designed to provide analytical and practical tools for leadership in multiple contexts.

Program Goals

The program is designed to develop four particular leadership capacities in graduate students.

  • Purposeful Leaders
    Students demonstrate confidence in making leadership choices based on clarity of personal and organizational purpose.
  • Leadership Range
    Students are fluent in applying interdisciplinary leadership theory and data to address the challenges and opportunities of an organization or community.
  • Relational Leadership Savvy
    Students are perceptive in applying cognitive and emotional skills to lead themselves and diverse others.
  • Reflective Practitioners
    Students habitually use a reflective and iterative approach to leading.

Flexible Structure

Designed for working adults, this degree provides flexibility in both the course of study and the sequence and pace of the program. 

  • Personal Course of Study
    Drawing on Lenoir-Rhyne’s liberal arts heritage, at the start of the program, students work with their advisor to craft an interdisciplinary course of study that best prepares them for their current or planned leadership contexts. More than a third of the degree credits are electives where students can choose from over 100 courses. In particular, students often choose to pursue elective tracks in higher education, business, sports and diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Degree Sequence and Pace
    Designed for adult students who are working full-time or managing other significant external commitments, this program can be started in any semester and be completed at a full-time, half-time or part-time pace. Additionally, students can pursue this degree remotely since the courses are offered in a streaming 2 format (which means a portion of the class is synchronously broadcast from an instructor’s computer to students in remote sites in real time and a portion of the class is asynchronous online).

Program Admission Requirements

Visit graduate admission for the most current program admission requirements.

Program Core and Electives

MA in Leadership Elective Credits (12 hours)


Students may select 12 elective credits (from more than 100 course options) for an interdisciplinary course of study that best prepares them for their current or planned leadership contexts. No more than 6 credits of LED 501  may be used toward degree elective credits.

Here are some sample courses that students often take to customize their program of study.

Total Credit Hours: 33


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