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, your 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 MS in Leadership.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Accelerated Path to a Doctoral Degree

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

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.


Michele Levandusky

Michele Levandusky

MS in Leadership Graduate
Walden provides a strong foundation that ensures you can do anything if you set your mind to it.
As a human resource professional, I am passionate about helping others reach their full potential through effective training and development. I decided to pursue a second master’s degree and felt the program at Walden was aligned with my professional goal: to enhance my leadership skills to secure a leadership role within the organization.
I gained knowledge and skills from the up-to-date tools and techniques taught by very knowledgeable faculty members at Walden.
Sandra Walker MS in Leadership Graduate / BSBA Graduate
Sandra Walker
Chandra LaTrelle Porter MS in Leadership Graduate
Chandra La Trelle-Porter
Dan Sylvester MS in Leadership Graduate
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