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MSLD Dual Degree

PharmD students now have the opportunity to complete a dual Pharmacy and MSLD degree by adding only eight graduate courses

A student in a white coatProgram Overview

A highly practical and interactive program, the MSLD is designed for current and aspiring leaders. You will work with professionals from various industries (for-profit, not-for-profit, higher education, and health) and gain valuable leadership competencies such as influencing others, building relationships, leading in a global society, leading change, and promoting innovation in the workplace.  Pharmacy students interested in teaching may, with the MSLD advisor's approval, substitute some of the leadership requirements for Talent/Training and Development courses such as Performance Consulting (taught in the fall) and Designing, Developing, and Facilitating Learning (taught in the spring).

Most MSLD courses are offered on weekends, Friday evenings 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. All courses are worth three graduate credit hours and require three Friday-Saturday meetings, as well as work completed outside of class (readings, papers, group projects, etc.). To help PharmD students complete the requirements, some courses are offered in a small group/hybrid format in the summer.


The list of courses below follows the recommended sequence of MSLD courses for PharmD students: 

  • MSLD 205: Global Leadership (Summer, P1)
  • MSLD 212: Learning and Technology (Summer, P1, Online)
  • MSLD 203: Organizational Politics and Influence (Spring, P2)
  • MSLD 207: Inspiring and Involving Others (Summer, P2, Small Group Format/Hybrid)
  • MSLD 202: Leadership in Organizations (Fall, P3)
  • MSLD 204: Ethics and Leadership (Spring, P3)
  • MSLD 209: Innovation and Future Thinking (Spring, P3)
  • MSLD 208: Leading Change (Summer, P3, Small Group Format/Hybrid) 


The MSLD program has been one of the most valuable assets in providing a well-rounded education with my Doctor of Pharmacy.  As a future health care professional, this degree is an integral component of my education at Drake and may be utilized in any interdisciplinary health care team setting.  -Alexander Maciejewski

As a health care provider, I feel my ability to foster strong and trusting relationship has grown because of the topics discussed in the MSLD classes and the activities and projects assigned. If you are even the slightest bit curious, give one class a try and I promise you that you will not regret it!   -Emily Lammers, PH '19

As a pharmacy student approaches the interviewing process for jobs and residencies, some of the main personal characteristics that interviewers look for are communication skills, ability to work in a team, and leadership. Through the program, I have developed those skills and many more.  -Morgan Hawkins

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