M.A. in Leadership Program Features

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A Program for Both Public and Private Sector Professionals

The M.A. in Leadership is an interdisciplinary program for both public and private sector professionals who want to enhance their leadership skills. Our program teaches a collaborative leadership model that can be used to create real and sustainable change, both in the mission of an organization and the community to which that organization belongs. The program is ideal for public safety, government, education, healthcare, human resource and private business professionals. You'll acquire leadership skills that are relevant and practical, including creative and collaborative problem solving, implementation of sustainable change, critical and creative thinking, communication and facilitation, values based policymaking, and teambuilding.   

An Innovative, Web-based Educational Design

Our web-based program includes 8-week online modules and the use of web-based exercises and discussion boards. The format is ideal for students with work, travel or family commitments that prevent them from attending weekly class sessions. Online activities include discussion on readings, individual and small group presentations, short reflection, academic papers and discussion with peers and faculty on the theory and practice of leadership. 

A Leadership Approach Grounded in Values

The M.A. in Leadership from Saint Mary's is grounded on the values of inclusion, collaboration and service to the larger community that is expected by the citizenry and necessary for community, organizational and societal well-being. Because this is a values based program you will be invited to identify, assess and develop new approaches to enhancing the effectiveness of your own leadership behavior and the effectiveness of your organization. By investigating the nature and practice of collaborative leadership, you will acquire the insight and tools necessary to provide your city and organization with new solutions to new and reoccurring problems.

Executive Meetings

Each module begins and ends with a weekend Executive Meeting. During these 2 and 3 day meetings you'll augment the online learning component by interacting face-to-face with faculty, fellow learners, and recognized public leaders and scholars in the field of leadership. The Executive Meetings will help you develop a network of professional peers and mentors and build a strong, lasting sense of community.

The Cohort Model

You'll join a cohort of learners who move through the 12-course sequence together, allowing you to develop professional and community networks and engage in group reflection. You'll also develop the principles and skills needed for effective leadership, including critical reflective thinking, communication and relational skills and emotional intelligence.