May 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin 
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Leadership MA (Concentration Design)

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The 36-credit Masters of Arts in Leadership helps individuals develop a leadership mindset and the complex skill-sets needed for leaders in communities and high-performance organizations engaged in today’s fast-changing contexts of change. Designed around a distance-delivery model, this MA can be taken by on-campus participants as well as participants at a distance. It is intended 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.

The participants’s program can be adapted to varying personal, organizational, or regional contexts. 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 their advisors to develop a personalized Leadership & Learning Plan (LLP) integrated with a schedule of courses. The “core + concentration” design allows individuals to work at their own pace to develop a specific set of competencies that are aligned with their area of concentration and specific areas of leadership development. The program requires 36 credits and the completion of a portfolio and research work.

Program Delivery

The MA in Leadership is typically an interactive online asynchronous program unless it is offered as a cohort-based program in-person. The program is also offered on the main campus for students taking the Social Innovation and Higher Educational Leadership concentrations. The interactive online courses follow fixed enrollment with semester start and end dates (see School of Distance Education  definitions). All participants interact with each other and the instructor throughout all courses. They are also part of a learning group which meets regularly for mutual support and accountability, and to engage in significant sharing and evaluation of learning related to competency development. The online program requires two-week on-campus attendance in the first year, and at least one week of on-campus attendance in subsequent years for the annual Leadership Conference and Roundtable and other planned learning events designed to support participants in specific areas of their program (e.g., research boot camps). These support events are often organized in connection with the Annual Conference. Students are also encouraged to come to campus for graduation.

Total Credits - 36

Additional Requirements

Portfolio Requirement

The MA in Leadership program requires the development, presentation and successful approval of a portfolio that documents leadership proficiency in a minimum of 5 competencies.

  • Students must select competencies required in their concentration that align with the Leadership Program competencies. To facilitate portfolio development, participants must register for one or more of the following courses: EDAL 680 , LEAD 680 , LEAD 675 , or LEAD 696 .

Student Learning Outcomes

The MA in Leadership requires documented theoretical knowledge, practical application, and reflection in a portfolio that selects from among the following core areas:

  1. Successful participants will demonstrate reflective praxis within their personal development as a leader. This may include areas such as worldview, ethics, values, & spirituality.
  2. Successful participants will demonstrate reflective praxis in developing interpersonal leadership. This may include areas such as communications, mentor/coaching, & social responsiblity.
  3. Successful participants will demonstrate reflective praxis in developing their leadership within organization(s). This may include areas such as resource development, legal and policy issues, organizational development, creativity, innovation and change, & evaluation and assessment.
  4. Successful participants will demonstrate growth and maturity in leadership scholarship. This will include areas such as reading, understanding, and evaluating research as well as data collection and analysis.

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