Learn, analyze and interact in new and exciting ways. Be prepared to meet the challenges and changes in today's rapidly evolving and more global professional landscape.

In need of a flexible schedule? This program is ideal for adult working professionals with current or anticipated leadership responsibilities at all levels and from diverse professional backgrounds and experiences.

We offer a wide range of courses across disciplines to provide professionals with targeted and flexible skills with which to develop and strengthen their individual leadership style and philosophy and to advance their career development goals. Courses focus on competencies such as critical and creative thinking, innovative problem solving, making critical decisions, communicating effectively, forging alliances, and inspiring others, all within a strong ethical framework.

Make a difference in your professional career - and your life - with a master's degree in leadership. It's our responsibility and joy to help you dig into what you're good at and discover why that's good for the world. It's time for bigger goals.

Why choose Duquesne's Master of Science in Leadership?

  • Diverse up-to-date courses with a strong ethical dimension
  • Distinguished faculty with academic and professional expertise
  • Convenient online courses
  • Flexibility to start in August, January, or May
  • Self pacing
  • Degree can be earned in less than two years
  • No required entrance exams (GRE or GMAT)
  • Access to Career Services during program and then as an alumnus
  • Special tuition discount for employees of partner organizations.
  • Affordable tuition rates are available.
  • Corporate deferment payment options are available for graduate programs.

Application Deadlines

For fall beginning term, deadline is August 1.

For spring beginning term, deadline is January 3.

For summer beginning term, deadline is April 10.

For details regarding authorization by state of residence, please visit here.


Program Information

Transform your career and life with a flexible, online master's degree in leadership. Designed for non-traditional students seeking professional growth.




2 years

Required Credit Hours


Program Requirements

There are five required core courses in the Master's of Leadership program. These courses are:
  • Theories and Models of Leadership
  • Organizational Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leading People
  • Leadership Capstone
There are a number of elective courses students can choose from. Some examples are:
  • Leading Mindfully
  • Leadership for Turbulent Times
  • Developing Leadership Character Through Adversity

Note: With permission, up to two elective courses can be transferred in from another Master's program at Duquesne or from another graduate program. 

Are You Ready to Get Started?

  • Include your professional experience (full and part-time), community and volunteer service, internships or other relevant experience
  • Military service members may submit SMART or AARTS transcripts to satisfy this requirement

All students must submit a personal goals statement detailing their motivation to apply to the program as well as what they hope to achieve after graduating with a Master's in Leadership.


Transcripts can be mailed to:

McAnulty Graduate School of Liberal Arts
215 College Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282