Apr 18, 2024  

Leadership, Job Embedded Design MA

Program Description

The 36-credit Masters of Arts in Leadership helps individuals develop leadership skills to enhance their current work, launch innovative new projects, retool into new areas of management, or practice leadership in their community. Designed around a distance-delivery model, this MA can be taken by on-campus participants as well as participants at a distance. It has been adapted to varying personal, organizational or regional contexts. It is designed to integrate well with other leadership programs in the department or university, and serves as a bridge to both the undergraduate leadership program and the doctoral leadership program.

Recent college graduates transitioning into employment who want to further their leadership development as well as experienced employees who want to target specific areas of leadership for development will find the design of this program flexible to meet their leadership needs.
The overall goal of the MA Leadership program is to develop leaders with a strong sense of personal mission, the ability to work in teams, and experience in leading change that can provide better services and professional solutions in varied local, regional and global situations.

Participants work with advisors to plan their course work in their LLP and have two options: the job-embedded design  or the “core + concentration ” design. The job-embedded design  is created with an official Andrews University partner organization to attract a cohort of professionals that want to work together to develop competencies useful for their organization or region. Competencies are developed and documented in a digital or hardcopy portfolio, and presented to a faculty panel.

The “core + concentration ” design allows individuals to work at their own pace to develop specific competencies that are aligned with their area of concentration and specific areas of leadership development. Both designs are 36 credits and require the completion of a portfolio and research work.

Total Credits - 36

Degree Core

Participants in the job-embedded option work in a cohort model with face-to-face or online learning sessions. They work to develop and demonstrate 8-10 leadership competencies. Participants in the job-embedded option are required to:

  • Create a Leadership and Learning Plan (LLP) that includes a course plan
  • Participate regularly and actively in a Leadership and Learning Group (LLG)
  • Maintain employment throughout the program
  • Complete the development and presentation of a portfolio based on the participant’s LLP, documenting satisfactory completion of the required competencies.  The final presentation of the portfolio and the leadership research project in the job-embedded option will be organized by the coordinator of that cohort.