2016-2017 Walden University Catalog (September 2016) 
    May 27, 2022  
2016-2017 Walden University Catalog (September 2016) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MS in Leadership

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Program Data

The MS in Leadership program is designed to build the necessary knowledge base and skills for leaders to excel in meeting the ever-evolving challenges of a complex world. The degree program will help prepare leaders to seek and find innovative answers to novel problems and challenges. Moreover, this program will help prepare students to create positive change at individual, organizational, local, regional, and international levels of engagement, where traditional approaches no longer suffice.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will:

  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.


Degree Requirements

  • General program (30 total sem. cr.)*
  • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
  • Optional specializations: three specialization courses (9 additional sem. cr.)
  • Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)

*Note: Students who have earned a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR), or Project Management Institute designation or certification may be eligible to accelerate their MS Leadership.


Course Sequence





MMSL 6100 - The Character of Leadership  

3 sem. cr.

MMSL 6110 - Building Organizational Culture: Leaders as Architects♦  

3 sem. cr.


MMSL 6120 - Leading Vibrant and Diverse Teams♦  

3 sem. cr.

MMSL 6130 - Leadership in a Global Landscape♦  

3 sem. cr.


MMSL 6660 - Personal Leadership: Mentoring and Coaching♦  

3 sem. cr.

MMSL 6661 - Leadership in Action: Change Management and Conflict Resolution♦  

3 sem. cr.


MMSL 6140 - Framing and Analyzing Problems: Research Strategies for Leaders♦  

3 sem. cr.

MMSL 6150 - Developing and Communicating Solutions: Tools and Strategies for Leaders♦  

3 sem. cr.


MMSL 6160 - Taking the Long View: Systems Thinking and Tools for Sustainability♦  

3 sem. cr.

MMSL 6900 - Capstone in Leadership: The Social Impact Vision and Project  

3 sem. cr.

Optional Specializations


Specialization course 1

3 sem. cr.

Specialization course 2

3 sem. cr.


Specialization course 3

3 sem. cr.

 *Note: Courses in specializations must be taken in the sequence specified. Students should refer to course descriptions for more information on prerequisite requirements.

Program Data

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the M.S. in Leadership program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Program Data