M.S. in Leadership
Why the M.S. in Leadership?
The Master's degree in Leadership is designed for working professionals with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. The program aims to help professionals further develop and strengthen their individual leadership style and philosophy and to advance their career development goals in an ever changing and more global world. Courses place particular emphasis on critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and decision making as well as effective ways of communicating, forging alliances, and inspiring others, all within a strong ethical framework.
The M.S. in Leadership at Duquesne boasts a well-established program that has been active for over twenty years and keeps evolving to best serve its diverse adult student population. Located in Duquesne University's McAnulty School of Liberal Arts, the program stresses the ethical dimension of leadership and decision making and, more broadly, the value of intellectual growth that remains inextricable from ethical development. In addition, the program offers a well-balanced blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, which students learn are inextricable from each other.
Distinguished instructors with strong academic and professional expertise teach all of the M.S. in Leadership courses. These faculty members include full time Duquesne University professors as well as a variety of leading professionals with expertise in the particular fields that the courses they teach encompass. Moreover, new elective courses are regularly introduced so as to keep the program up to date and fulfilling the needs of its students.
Duquesne's M.S. in Leadership courses are offered completely online and students can begin the program in any of the three semesters (fall, spring, summer) to provide flexibility. Moreover, students can pace themselves in whatever way works best in light of their professional and personal responsibilities. If taking a full graduate load of two courses per term, the 30-credit (10 courses) degree can be completed in just five semesters and thus in less than two years.
As a student centered university, Duquesne prides itself on its strong personalized academic support. A dedicated advisor guides all M.S. in Leadership students from the application process to graduation. The advisor is available to students in person or via e-mail and phone. Moreover, the advisor, instructors, and a system of tech support are available to ease students into the online environment if it is new to them or to troubleshoot any problems. Students also have online access to Duquesne University's Writing Center and Gumberg Library.
While the M.S. in Leadership requires the completion of a Bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university, the program does not require the GRE or GMAT. In addition, students can avail themselves of Duquesne University's stellar Career Services while enrolled in the program as well as after they graduate for the rest of their life.
Your Return on Investment
In a recent survey of graduates from the program with 175 submissions, respondents cited the following as what, as working professionals, they found the most valuable knowledge sets and skills they developed in the program:
- A better understanding of and ability to utilize leadership and conflict resolution theories and approaches,
- A greater understanding of diverse people and points of view as well as increased empathy for others,
- A stronger awareness of ethics and its value in leadership,
- The ability to work in and/or lead teams, and
- Better communication and critical thinking skills.
Respondents also reported a great deal of satisfaction with their instructors, noting how useful it was to be taught by so many active professionals in the fields at hand. Respondents also cited as an important asset their ability to complete the program remotely and while working full time as well as the support they received from their academic advisor. Moreover, 51.46% indicated that the degree was a contributing factor in receiving a salary increase.
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