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Master of Science in Leadership (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Leadership is a 36-credit hour program designed for individuals who seek to acquire or update dynamic leadership skills that can create high performance organizations. The program is designed to prepare students to address the challenges that organizations are likely to face in the globalized, technological world of the 21st Century. Students will apply new paradigms, techniques and methods to promote creativity, innovation, improvisation and adaptation. Leadership skills acquired from the curriculum include communication, negotiation, the leadership process, accountability, inclusive excellence leadership, and strategic leadership. The Master of Science in Leadership program seeks to create the following competencies:

  • A clear understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural environments in which a leader must operate
  • An awareness of personal leadership strengths and weaknesses and strategies to improve deficits
  • Strategic planning using resource allocation, sound research, data analysis and innovation
  • Insight into international perspectives through the use of case studies of non-U.S. developed and developing countries
  • The ability to make leadership decisions which are ethical, efficient, and informed by research, evaluation, and diagnoses of situations
  • Effective leadership of diverse groups through the accurate use of supportive organizational mechanisms and the ability to identify and address forces that detract from effective diversity leadership
  • The ability to apply leadership skills and behaviors to build the human, social, intellectual, and financial capital for the sustainability of their organizations
  • The skills to lead groups and organizations in the design and implementation of new paradigms, effectively utilizing leadership to enhance the reputation of organizations in domestic and global contexts

Courses within the curriculum cover the leadership process, communication skills, diversity management, research, budgeting, organizational performance and conflict resolution. The 12-course sequence provides students with leadership principles as a foundation and adds skill areas important for leading complex organizations in global and community contexts. Students pursue critical thinking and analysis skills to add to the leadership principles. The students will complete the Leadership program with leadership analysis projects requiring self-assessment and research skills.

Applying to the Master of Science in Leadership

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Leadership degree program, applicants must hold an earned Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university. To apply, submit the following:

  1. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  2. A career statement (two double-spaced pages maximum) describing your interest in leadership, career goals, and anticipated contributions to the Master of Science in Leadership at Roger Williams University.
  3. Two letters of recommendation attesting to your potential to succeed in graduate school.
  4. A current resume.
  5. If your first language is not English, an official report of TOEFL or IELTS results.
  6. Completed application form accompanied by the $50 application fee.

Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Leadership

(All courses are three credits unless otherwise indicated)

Required Courses:

LEAD 502 Communication Skills for Leadership Roles  
LEAD 503 Data Management and Analysis for Organizational Leaders  
LEAD 504 Inclusive Excellence and the Leadership Role  
LEAD 505 Budgeting and Finance in Complex Organizations  
LEAD 506 Human Resources Management for Organizational Leaders  
LEAD 507 Strategic Leadership in a Globalized World  
LEAD 508 Developing Creative High Performance Organizations  
LEAD 509 Negotiation Strategies  
LEAD 510 Stakeholder Relations in Complex Organizations  
LEAD 511 Organizational Dynamics  
LEAD 590 Research in Leadership  
LEAD 599 Capstone in Leadership  

Elective Coursework:

LEAD 530 Special Topics in Leadership