The need for strong leadership across all sectors has never been greater, and the nature of leadership in the 21st century is changing.

Organizations are demanding authentic leaders who can generate trust, empower others, and find innovative answers to today’s problems and challenges.

When you earn a master’s in Leadership online at Walden, you can gain the knowledge required to become a globally competent and ethical leader. This leadership degree is designed to help you advance your community, organization, and the world by exploring how your own leadership style can motivate others. Through the master’s in Leadership degree program, you can develop a comprehensive approach to leadership that crosses functional areas and increases your capacity to influence people and lead them to a shared goal.

With three optional specializations, you can deepen your leadership and human resource management skills or design your own specialization to meet your professional goals.

Embedded Graduate-Level Certificate

Receive a graduate-level certificate after successfully completing the first four courses in the program, giving you a valuable credential while you work toward completing your M.S. in Leadership.

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Walden’s M.S. in Leadership program offers a General Program as well as a variety of optional specializations to help you meet your personal and professional goals.

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General Program

Evaluate your own leadership style as you develop the communication, problem-solving, and management skills to build effective teams and organizations. Learn to apply mentoring skills to empower others, manage change and conflict to ensure organizational success, and navigate the complexities of a global economy.

During this program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Examine organizational culture and develop an understanding of organizational behavior.
  • Develop sustainable leadership skills.
  • Examine and apply leadership theory.
  • Apply crisis leadership strategies.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Integrative capstone (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

 

 

Human Resource Leadership

The Human Resources Leadership specialization helps you acquire a deeper awareness of leadership styles and how they affect individuals and teams. Learn to lead high-functioning teams and counsel senior management on key personnel issues. Adopt a strategic view of human resource management programs and how they align with organizational goals. Explore issues involved with mergers and acquisitions, global management of human resources, and high-performance systems.

Completion Requirements

  • 39 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Integrative capstone (3 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Leader Development

In this specialization, you can prepare to participate in complex decision-making environments. Broaden your mentoring and coaching capabilities, and communicate with others more effectively, and gain the skills and knowledge to assess risk, identify variables, and provide clarity in complex situations. Understand and apply effective mentoring skills, such as active listening, empowering, and using feedback to create dialogue and understanding. The Leader Development specialization will also help you acquire the tools to create change in the face of resistance, including conflict resolution strategies.

Completion Requirements

  • 39 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Integrative capstone (3 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Self-Designed

In the Self-Designed specialization, students can customize their studies by choosing 9 credits from any of the M.S. in Leadership specialization courses.

Completion Requirements

  • 39 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Integrative capstone (3 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Choose three of the following courses based on your professional goals:

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 30 total semester credit hours  $805 per semester hour 

$24,150

Books and Materials Estimated costs  included

$0

Technology Fee  Per semester

$160

$800

   

Total

$24,950

   

Transfer up to 15 credits 

$12,395

   

Total with Transfer Credits

$12,555

* Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee and books and supplies as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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We want to make your education as affordable as possible. Explore our limited-time tuition savings options available for some of our most popular programs. You may also be able to save depending on your affiliation with Walden. Find out.

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As a student in the M.S. in Leadership program, you have the option to participate in a variety of learning experiences and access a wide range of resources designed to give you a competitive advantage in the marketplace. They include:

Capstone Project

Choose between two capstone projects that allow you to apply the skills you’ve gained in the program to a real-world situation.

In the Capstone Proposal Project, you can take your own idea for a project that can lead to positive social change and work through the steps of preparing a proposal for the project to a funding organization. While you will define any research and expected results required to support the proposal, you will not perform the research itself as part of the project.

In the Capstone Research Project, you can select a social impact issue or area that interests you, explore that topic in-depth, and work through the steps required to complete a scholarly paper on the topic. Graduate-level critical thinking and writing will be applied in completing this work.

Leadership Conferences and Real-World Insights

Benefit from access to live streaming presentations of prestigious international events and conferences, such as the World Innovation Forum, World Leadership Forum, World Business Forum, and Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. Learn from today’s most innovative authors, business executives, and thought leaders in our Inspiring Today’s Leaders webinar series.

Accelerated Path to a Doctoral Degree

When you complete your M.S. in Leadership, you may be able to receive credit for four courses when enrolling in the Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) program and for two courses when enrolling in the Ph.D. in Management program, which can save you time and money. Call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 to determine eligibility and learn more.

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When you choose Walden’s M.S. in Leadership, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

Which Management Program is Right for You?

When selecting among Walden’s M.S. in Management, M.S. in Leadership, Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) programs, consider which features are right for your learning style and your career aspirations.

The M.S. in Management program may be your best choice if you want to:

  • Gain a practical, integrated approach to management.
  • Develop my personal management skills as I gain an integrated perspective to managing budgets, resources, systems, and information.
  • Focus on creating solutions that benefit both people and organizational performance.
  • Become a better manager across functional areas and teams. 
  • Move into a management position in which I work with others to strategically and effectively manage projects, processes, and operations.

The M.S. in Leadership program may be your best choice if you want to:

  • Build my knowledge across disciplines.
  • Develop courses of action by leading, motivating, and influencing people and to establish the context for problem-solving.
  • Focus on self-awareness, communication, and putting decisions into context.
  • Build teams and provide leadership across an organization.
  • Move into a leadership position in which I can help others move toward new or shared goals and identify ways to implement solutions together.

The EMBA program may be your best choice if you want to:

  • Develop a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities that drive success in today’s global marketplace.
  • Enhance my strategic thinking around improving organizational performance.
  • Develop my own personal leadership style while advancing my professional goals.
  • Become a successful executive leader in a global business environment. 
  • Launch a new business that drives innovation to the marketplace.

The M.B.A. program may be your best choice if you want to:

  • Gain discipline-based knowledge within multiple functional areas, such as marketing, accounting, information technology, and finance.
  • Develop courses of action based on analyses, plans, and decisions within specific contexts.
  • Focus on learning discrete decision-making techniques within specific business administration areas.
  • Direct a functional area within an organization. 
  • Assume a leadership position in which I direct others to form and implement decisions.

In our MS in Leadership program, you will work with expert faculty members who are scholars and leaders in their fields. Some of the esteemed faculty members in this program include:

Marilys deLong Taylor

Marilys deLong Taylor
Ed.D., University of San Francisco

Gina Smith

Gina Smith
Ed.D., University of Phoenix; M.S.Ed., University of West Georgia; B.A., University of Georgia

Maria Minor

Maria Minor
DM, University of Phoenix; M.S., Lesley University; B.S., The University of Vermont

Pettis Perry

Pettis Perry
Ed.D., MNA, University of San Francisco


Marilyn Dickey, Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University; M.Ed., B.S., Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Evan Duff, Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University; M.S., Central Michigan University; B.S., University of Mount Olive

Cherif Sidialicherif, Ph.D., Walden University; M.B.A., City University

Raymond “Ray” Williamson, Ed.D., University of Phoenix; M.A., Roosevelt University; B.S., Chicago State University

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Apply sound principles in the practice of innovative leadership in complex environments to achieve positive transformation of individuals and organizations.
  2. Apply appropriate research and analysis techniques to investigate complex situations in order to develop formal research-based solutions rooted in leadership concepts and practice.
  3. Demonstrate reasoned, ethical decision-making skills, recognizing the local and far-reaching implications and effects of complex decisions.
  4. Formulate strategies for organizational or community growth and success that promote accountability, sustainability, mutual respect, and diversity among constituents.
  5. Develop constructive approaches to change and innovation that manage risk, embrace ambiguity, and enable agility by responding and adapting to evolving circumstances.
  6. Evaluate their own values, strengths, and weaknesses in order to further develop their own leadership styles and improve their leadership effectiveness.
  7. Effectively and persuasively articulate challenges and opportunities facing leaders in the contemporary global setting, demonstrating an integrated, empirical perspective; an appreciation for the long term; and an understanding of changing expectations and roles of leaders.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.