2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) 
    Dec 05, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MS in Leadership

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This program is not currently accepting new students.



The MS in Leadership program is designed to help leaders build the necessary knowledge base and skills to meet the ever-evolving challenges of a complex world. The content and activities encompassed in the leadership degree program help prepare leaders to seek and find innovative answers to novel problems and challenges; deploy effective strategies to facilitate change and manage conflict; and inspire individuals to work together toward a shared vision for a better future. Moreover, this program helps prepare students to create positive change through effective leadership.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will:

  1. Apply leadership principles utilized to foster positive transformation of individuals and organizations.
  2. Effectively utilize communication strategies appropriate to intended audience.
  3. Assess relationship-building strategies used by leaders.
  4. Evaluate holistic problem solving strategies that leaders use in complex environments.
  5. Utilize effective self-reflections skills in order to continue a lifelong evaluation of personal leadership values, strengths, and goals.
  6. Appraise techniques leaders facilitate effective collaboration necessary to lead others towards a common goal.
  7. Evaluate appropriate social change leadership strategies.

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.)


Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Semester Course Credits
1    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
2    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
3    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
4    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
5    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
Optional Specializations
6 Specialization Course 1* 3 sem. cr.
Specialization Course 2* 3 sem. cr.
7 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.

Note on Accreditation

At the master’s level, Walden University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA), MS in Accounting, and MS in Finance are the only programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The MS in Leadership program is not accredited by the ACBSP. Please visit our Accreditation  page to see the list of Walden accreditations.

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