Leadership

When you study Leadership at RWU, you aren’t just investing in your communication, negotiation and accountability skills. Our Leadership students go on to create high-performance organizations that use creativity, innovation and improvisation to adapt to the new challenges of our globalized, technological 21st century world. The dynamic leadership techniques and methods you learn through this program can help any organization succeed.

Master of Science in Leadership (M.S.)

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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:

LEAD502Communication Skills for Leadership Roles 
LEAD503Data Management and Analysis for Organizational Leaders 
LEAD504Inclusive Excellence and the Leadership Role 
LEAD505Budgeting and Finance in Complex Organizations 
LEAD506Human Resources Management for Organizational Leaders 
LEAD507Strategic Leadership in a Globalized World 
LEAD508Developing Creative High Performance Organizations 
LEAD509Negotiation Strategies 
LEAD510Stakeholder Relations in Complex Organizations 
LEAD511Organizational Dynamics 
LEAD590Research in Leadership 
LEAD599Capstone in Leadership 

Elective Coursework:

LEAD530Special Topics in Leadership 

 

Certificate in Leadership

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Students interested in exploring graduate study in leadership through a shorter course of study should consider a Graduate Certificate program in Leadership. Students may earn a Certificate in Leadership to complement their professional credentials. A separate application process is required.

Applying to the Graduate Certificate Program in Leadership

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in order to be eligible for Graduate Certificate Admission. Admission requirements are:
  1. Admissions application;
  2. Official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework;
  3. Letter of intent
Admission into the graduate certificate program will not be granted to those without a complete application including verification of an earned bachelor’s degree. Roger Williams University reserves the right to refuse admission and/or to require undergraduate bridge or prerequisite courses.
 
The Leadership Certificate is composed of five courses selected from the following list:
LEAD501Leaders and the Leadership Process 
LEAD502Communication Skills for Leadership Roles 
LEAD503Inclusive Excellence and the Leadership Role 
LEAD507Strategic Leadership in a Globalized World 
LEAD510
Stakeholder Relations in Complex Organizations
 
LEAD530Special Topics in Leadership 

Upcoming Events

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Open Houses

Meet us on campus in Providence, RI, and hear about admission and financial aid and meet the faculty. Each event offers a flexible schedule, so you may stop by at any time at your convenience to meet with us. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
4:30pm - 7:00pm EST
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FUTURE EVENTS:

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Virtual Information Sessions

Short on time or just want to learn more about us from the comfort of your home, school, or office? Join us for a Virtual Information Session.

Monday, December 10, 2018
All part-time RWU graduate programs will be covered during this session.
5:30pm - 6:15pm EST
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019
All part-time RWU graduate programs will be covered during this session.
12:30pm - 1:15pm EST
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Visit grad.rwu.edu/events for a list of all upcoming on-campus and virtual events.

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A Lifelong Learner

Paul Pabis, RWU Class of 2017 Leadership

Paul Pabis isn’t just a believer in lifelong learning, he’s an embodiment of it. Since earning an initial degree from RWU, Paul has come back twice to further his skills, knowledge and career opportunities.

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Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Leadership 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 personal statement (two double-spaced pages maximum) describing your interest in leadership, career goals and anticipated contributions to the Master of Science in Leadership program 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

Please note: The GRE is not required for admission

Preferred Application Deadline:
August 1 for Fall, December 15 for Spring, April 15 for Summer
If you are applying after these dates, we may still be able to accommodate your application. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at gradadmit@rwu.edu or 401-254-6200 for more information. 

International applicants should also read through this page for additional requirements.

All documents to be mailed should be sent directly to:

Office of Graduate Admission
1 Old Ferry Rd.
Bristol, RI 02809

For more information, or if you have questions about the application process please contact us at any time.

Facts

  • Delivery Method: Hybrid or Online (16 weeks)
  • Start Term: Fall, Spring, or Summer
  • Course Load: Full-time or Part-time
  • Tuition: $593/credit (2018-2019 rate)
  • Admission Deadline: Rolling

MPA and Leadership Course Schedules