Master of Science in Leadership Development

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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Leadership Development (MSLD) at Drake University is designed to serve the needs of:

  • Emerging and aspiring leaders who wish to better understand their own leadership strengths and areas for development 
  • Professionals interested in developing leadership capacity in others 
  • Anyone interested in advanced studies in the fields of leadership
  • Working adults seeking to advance their careers and develop their leadership skills

MSLD Courses are held primarily on weekends (Friday nights and Saturdays). Students may choose to take all courses in a standard face-to-face format for maximum interaction with cohort members and networking opportunities. Students may also choose to complete some of the courses online. Both options allow you to complete the program and earn your degree in less than two years. Classes are highly practical and interactive, allowing you to immediately apply what you learn to your workplace.

The MSLD core coursework addresses key leadership topics including:

  • Inspiring and involving others
  • Leading change
  • Influencing others
  • Future thinking and innovation

In addition to the leadership concentration, students may opt to complete a talent development concentration, which includes courses in organizational learning, performance consulting, technology, and instructional design.


Program Requirements

Students may choose one of the options below.

Concentration in Leadership

Course Credits
MSLD 201 - Understanding Self and Others 3
MSLD 202 - Leadership in Organizations 3
MSLD 203 - Organizational Policies and Influence 3
MSLD 204 - Ethics and Leadership 3
MSLD 205 - Global Leadership 3
MSLD 206 - Analyzing and Communicating with Data 3
MSLD 207 - Inspiring and Involving Others 3
MSLD 208 - Leading Change 3
MSLD 209 - Innovation and Future Thinking 3
MSLD 210 - Capstone Experience 3
Total Hours 30

 Concentration in Talent Development

Course Credits
MSLD 201 - Understanding Self and Others 3
MSLD 202 - Leadership in Organizations 3
MSLD 204 - Ethics and Leadership 3
MSLD 206 - Analyzing and Communicating with Data 3
MSLD 207 - Inspiring and Involving Others, or
MSLD 208 - Leading Change
3
MSLD 211 - Organizational Learning 3
MSLD 212 - Learning and Technology 3
MSLD 213 - Performance Consulting 3
MSLD 214 - Designing, Developing, and Facilitating Learning 3
MSLD 210 - Capstone Experience 3
Total Hours 30

Additional Courses

Course Credits
MSLD 230 - Independent Study 1-3
MSLD 298 - Special Topics 1-3

Admission

Admittance to the MSLD graduate program requires successful completion of a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. Individuals that do not meet the GPA requirement should contact the Coordinator of Graduate Admission for further information. 

Students may be eligible to complete six to seven credit hours before being admitted to this program. Please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Admission (soegradadmission@drake.edu or 515-271-2552) or visit the MSLD application web site.


2017-2018 Drake University Graduate and Professional Programs Catalog

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