Program of Study

Our program offers a rigorous education in leadership that is personally enriching, relevant to an interdependent, multicultural world, and focused strongly on practical application.

While the M.A. in Leadership is in itself innovative, our program features make it truly unique and valuable. We offer:

  • A strong focus on practical application 
  • An innovative blended learning model for working professionals
  • A cohort model that draws professionals from diverse sectors, industries and backgrounds

Learn more about what makes our program unique.

The M.A. in Leadership provides a supportive, challenging, and transformative learning experience to develop effective leadership needed in today's global world. Our innovative curriculum consists of 12 courses or modules, including three concentration courses that span theory, skills, and practical application. You can choose from one of four concentrations to create a leadership philosophy and practice that is right for you and your work, all within the liberal arts traditions of creative analytical thinking, shared inquiry, collaboration, service, and social responsibility.

 

M.A. in Leadership Curriculum:

Module I Practice of Building a Learning Community
In this course, learners will focus on deepening their skills in the areas of critical thinking, interpersonal communication, and reflection. Learners will also develop their capacity to attend to how they influence others—and are influenced by others, and other elements of becoming a viable learning community.
Module II Values in Action
Globalization, multiculturalism, technological advances, and the ever-turbulent nature of organizational life require new kinds of knowledge and skills on the part of leaders.  This course seeks to provide foundational knowledge toward developing practical knowledge in leadership suitable to the 21st century through the exploration of personal values, beliefs and world-views and the role they play in our individual and collective lives. 
Module III Leadership Theory
This module focuses on learners' understanding of historical and contemporary theories of leadership, and critically examines the assumptions and values that are implicit in these respective theories.  Learners complete this module with a thorough understanding of 21st Century Leadership practices, an understanding of the fundamental differences between leadership and management and their personal definition of leadership.
Module IV Systems Intelligence for a Complex World
Systems Theory is a contemporary telling of an ancient and perennial story about the world as alive, dynamic, and interrelated.  Because leadership is a relational activity that takes place in complex social organizations, Systems Theory and the thinking it fosters, is particularly useful to practitioners of leadership in the 21st century.
Module V Building Cross Cultural Capacity
The purpose of this course is to 1) deepen our awareness of the complexity of cross-cultural issues and develop skills to engage other people successfully across these differences; and 2) develop capacity to value and approach differences requires a willingness to move across a line, or boundary, which defines that difference. 
Module VI Sustainable Organizational Change
This module is designed to provide learners with the assessment, learning, and research tools necessary to effect sustainable change in their own organizations.  Participants will learn in greater depth about two specific inquiry strategies - action research and cooperative inquiry—and will have the opportunity to practice one of them.
Module VII

CONCENTRATION COURSE 1*

Module VIII

Project Proposal Development
This course focuses on the development of a final project proposal informed by the particular concentration, and the learner's particular interest. In this course, learners build on the knowledge of the family of action research methods introduced earlier in the program and designs a research project that inquires into a particular practical application of coaching and facilitation with individuals and/or groups.

Module IX

CONCENTRATION COURSE 2*

Module X

CONCENTRATION COURSE 3*

Module XI The Future of Leadership
In this module learners examine ways of implementing change in their organizations, with an emphasis on employing the 21st Century Leadership practices. As an alternative to leader-driven change, learners will explore ways of using various strategies of engagement based o genuine human partcipation and interaction on both a micro and a macro level.
Module XII Personal and Organizational Learning
During this course learners will have an opportunity to demonstrate 21st Century Leadership practices that have been explored and applied over the course of the program. This will include group reflections on the learning that has been gained through their research projects and guided reflection on personal and professional learning. A three-day retreat will be the vehicle for tying this together.

 

* Course titles and descriptions for each of the four concentration areas can be found by selecting a specific concentration below: