Study Format

  • Online

Program Length

  • 1-2 Years

Application Deadlines

Jul, 01

Summer II 2021 application due

2nd 8-week term starts July 6, 2021

Jun, 30

Fall 2021 application due

2nd 8-week term starts July 6, 2021

Become an effective leader

The MA in Leadership teaches students how to lead and produce effective change in an organization through its most valuable resource, its human capital. Students will focus on topics like leadership theory, cultural implications of leadership and leader influence. The program’s central core focuses on leadership theory and offers specializations in knowledge information management, health services, servant leadership, higher education leadership and organizational leadership.

Program objectives

The Masters in Leadership Studies program is based on the conviction that servant leaders must learn to lead change so that services and deliverables are effectively, ethically and efficiently delivered to an increasingly diverse population, in the context of a changing economy and rapidly developing technologies. The graduate program in leadership studies focuses on the needs of practitioners by linking theory to the best practices of leadership.

Degree requirements: Completion of the 33 hours of coursework including the Master’s Leadership Capstone

What is a Dual Degree?

Through careful planning and academic advising, a student majoring in Organizational and Health Care Management may move seamlessly into CUC’s MA Leadership Studies Program.

Benefits of a Dual Degree

  • As a graduate of the Accelerated Degree Program, candidates will take three (3) fewer credit hours toward the Leadership degree
  • 1 course may be waived in the Leadership Studies Master’s Cohort (if eligible)--OLDR 6002 Ethical and Social Leadership (3 semester hours)
  • 100% online
  • 8-week accelerated courses
  • Letters of recommendation are waived
  • No application fee
  • No GRE requirement
  • Transcript service will be provided upon completion of ADP degree

Specialization areas (18 credits)

Higher Education Leadership

The curriculum encourages students to draw upon and build on knowledge and experiences related to their professional work, while also requiring students to develop strong research skills and a familiarity with evidence-based decision-making in higher education institutions. While grounded in topics related to Higher Education leadership systems in the United States, this emphasis also provides opportunities to explore the internationalization and globalization of higher education.

Organizational Leadership

The curriculum will support the development of scholar practitioners who will grow their organizations and systems by incorporating various methods of strategic planning and forecasting, innovative change initiatives, organizational diagnostic strategies and purposeful reform interventions.

Health Care Leadership

The curriculum in health care leadership is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in the health care industry. Students study leadership and administration, human resources, public policy, epidemiology, law and ethics in a health care context. Key policies, principles and practices of health care administration and leadership are explored within the context of personal and professional development.

Program Information

Core Courses

Leadership and Excellence

Overview of leadership theories and leadership concepts, systems and organizational perspectives, organizational performance and effectiveness, and learning organization concepts and strategies.

Strategic Leadership and Planning

The course is designed to prepare students with diverse perspectives, frameworks, skills and tools for executing effective strategy within mission driven organizations. Topics include effective mission driven organizations, role of strategic leadership, tools for developing and assessing strategic engagement, stakeholder concerns, and opportunities for leading change initiatives and strategic planning.

Ethical and Social Leadership

Examine and explore ethical dilemmas of leadership, the context and foundations of moral choice, moral implications of decisions and ramifications of leader choices. Ethical challenges and decision making criteria, stewardship and social responsibility in an age of increased organizational accountability and transparency.

Introduction to Research

This course examines foundation level principles and processes of social and behavioral research as applied across disciplines. This course is designed to enable students to acquire both a basic understanding and skills in general research methods. Specifically, the course prepares students to be critical consumers of research and to be an active participant in the generation and implementation of research knowledge. 

Capstone Experience

Leadership Capstone

This course serves a culminating experience in which students are expected to apply knowledge and insights gained from their graduate course experience. The course is designed to provide a final experience in which students demonstrate mastery of content and allow an opportunity for closure and connection between courses. The purpose of this capstone course is to facilitate the integration and synthesis of content through critical thinking; it is also a turning point for the student from education to professional practice.

Specialization Courses

Health Care Leadership

Health Care Systems I

An overview of health care systems focusing on the role of values, assessment of health status and analysis of need, access and use of services, supply, demand, and distribution of health resources, analysis of health care costs and expenditures.

Health Care Systems II

Examination of the private and public financing of health services, quality of care assessment, control of quality and costs of care, professional self-regulation and compliance, leadership and administration approaches, and government regulations and system reform.

Leading People in Health Care Organizations

Knowledge and skills for understanding and effective leadership of people in health care organizations (human resources). Strategies for dealing with culture, diversity, teams, cross training, virtual issues.  Prerequisites: HAL 6100 and HAL 6150

Legal and Ethical Considerations in Health Care

Examination of the major legal issues encountered in the health care industry. Topics are principles of liability, contract negotiations, legal aspects of medical ethics, access to included health care and legislative, regulatory and compliance protocol.

Healthcare Finance and Economics

Issues in health finance, particularly as these impact health care administration, health policy, policy formation, and population health. Microeconomic and macroeconomic considerations are presented.

Public Policy in Health Care

Issues related to US Public Health Policy and allocation of resources. Consideration of local, state, regional, and national public health funding and policy. Examination of health care policy on health education and promotion, medical services, and practice.


Higher Education Leadership

Law and Higher Education

This course addresses the legal environment of post-secondary institutions and specific issues that affect higher education. In addition to faculty and administrative structuring, curriculum development, and institutional financing, a university’s policy is affected by legal concerns, including constitutional privileges, ethics, and regulations that may be relevant in regards to state and local municipalities. Students enrolled in this course will participate in research and weekly discussions evaluating the significance and importance of the limitations and allowances of government-defined operating and monetary restrictions on academic institutions.

Institutional Advancement and Development in Higher Education

This course examines the role of institutional advancement in supporting the mission and vision of the higher education institution through the development of external funds, relationships with alumni and other external constituencies and communications support and public visibility.

Historical and Societal Issues in Higher Education

This course addresses the major social issues affected by higher education, specific issues and trends, dominant themes of historical and institutional impact. Students enrolled in this course will acquire an improved understanding of previous events of the significance of higher education, including how it has developed and increased in importance to society.

Fiscal and Social Responsibility in Higher Education

This course addresses the major financial and economic issues experienced within higher education including fiscal awareness, social responsibility and stewardship. Learners will be able to understand the primary concerns involved with budgeting, ethics and management within the higher education landscape and able to apply theories and principles to maintain a functioning and sustainable institution. Learners will be exposed to the economic, political and organizational cultural factors which affect the allocation of monetary resources within the higher education organization.

Governance and Leadership in Higher Education

This course includes the theoretical perspectives on higher education organizations as well as the organizational structure, management, and leadership of colleges and universities and governance systems. Learners enrolled in this course will become familiar with the purpose of institutional governance, its various functions, administrative models and the factors utilized to define its strategies.

Knowledge Management for Higher Education Leadership

Application of knowledge management principles to a university environment, including how to apply information regarding learners, faculty, staff, state and national legislature, and competing institutions to improve the academic quality and educational conditions of the organization. The process of acquiring knowledge from a learning institution and developing a system to assist with future strategies that correspond with the current requirements, industry preferences and objectives of an institution.


Organizational Leadership

The Leader as Trainer, Mentor and Coach

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the methods used by leaders to approach training, coaching and developing their organizational workforces. Faced with the constant of change and ever increasing global competition and pressures, organizations must find ways to develop the individuals, teams and leaders in their organizations if they are to remain relevant and competitive in today’s marketplace. Students explore various means that can be used for development including various forms of training, mentoring and coaching. Ethical issues as they relate to development and coaching are also examined.

Leader Development: Cultivating, Sustaining and Renewing the Organization

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for exploration and critical examination of self in the context of leadership development and proficiency. The organizational leader is viewed as the lead learner whose responsibility is to cultivate, shape and sustain the development of the organization and personnel. Emphasis is placed on the practice of self-reflective leadership grounded in established theory and principles. Students are encouraged to self-assess and articulate their own generative capacities, professional renewal initiatives and leadership legacy. Purpose, intention and actionable plans for leadership growth and development are encouraged.

Leadership: Politics, Power and Applied Ethics

In this course students will examine the ethical dilemmas of leadership, the foundations and context of moral choice, and the moral implications of decision making. In doing so, the purpose is to make visible the ethical challenges and decision criteria facing leaders, the role of politics and power in organizations and the leader’s ability to promote and infuse organizational ethics and integrity into the culture.

Leadership Communication and Decision-Making

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the key elements of communication and decision-making in 21st century organizations. Current, relevant and timely resources are explored to provide students with opportunities to analyze elements and functions of communication and decision-making. Significant emphasis will be on effective communication skill sets and competencies utilized in organizational communication and decision-making in the current global millieu, working in both real-world and virtual environments.

Agents of Change

In this course students will examine the various roles and processes in organizational intervention as they relate to identifying, implementing and sustaining change. Organizational culture, climate, communication practices, mental models and change theories will be explored.

Knowledge Management Information Leadership

Strategic planning, implementation and management of information systems in the organizations. Terminology, management strategies and utilization of information systems as key components in the delivery and assessment of organizational issues and trends.


*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of a 2.85 GPA upon degree completion
  • Grade of B or higher in OMP 4610, OMP 4431 and OMP 4020
  • Successful completion of ADP Organizational or Health Care Management
  • Official transcript
  • Completed application for admission
  • Objective statement

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