MS in Leadership Development

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Program Overview

Gain the skills you need to become an inspiring and effective leader.

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

"This program adds more value to your personal and professional life than you can imagine."

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. For more details, view the Curriculum page.

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