Master of Science in Leadership (MSL)

Master of Science in Leadership

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business

Earn a Master of Science in Leadership

The Master of Science in Leadership, offered by the Colangelo College of Business, provides an in-depth study of senior-level business skills combined with the ethical principles of servant leadership. This master’s in leadership degree empowers candidates to gain self-confidence in their leadership styles. It examines the core principles of communication, team-leading and ethical practices in business.

Explore the fundamentals of how to inspire and lead others through established, modern theories and research. You’ll benefit from the input of the diverse viewpoints of your professional peers, under the skillful guidance of instructors who are experts in their fields.

What Are the Benefits of a Master’s Degree in Leadership?

Leadership is at the heart of every organization’s success. It’s the fundamental driving force that shapes the vision of the company and motivates team members. Effective leaders understand how to provide direction and when to step back and let other team members take charge.

The Master of Science in Leadership at GCU cultivates candidates’ leadership styles. It also introduces advanced business leadership models and analytically examines management approaches. You will develop your ability to communicate the organization’s mission and vision to diverse audiences and key stakeholders. There is an emphasis on the value of servant leadership. As a Christian learning community, GCU is invested in contributing to the greater social good by empowering future business leaders to become effective servant leaders.

Here is a look at some of the core domains and competencies integrated into the Master of Science in Leadership online program.

  • Self-leadership: Practice self-reflection and self-awareness skills
  • Leading others: Positively influence others and work toward shared objectives
  • Leading an organization: Formulate a strong vision and support innovative change toward improved outcomes
  • Christian leadership: Embrace a dedication to improving one’s self, people and communities

Earn Your Master of Science in Leadership Online

Grand Canyon University offers a vibrant and diverse online learning community for master’s degree students. Earn your MS in Leadership degree with a flexible schedule of online courses taught by full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors. GCU’s online learning platform is engineered to support connectivity and student engagement. This online master’s in leadership degree program requires a total of 38 credits. Most classes are eight weeks long.

Some of the learning objectives of the master's in leadership degree include:

  • The strategic management of human capital through best practices in talent management, workforce diversity and employee development
  • Effective leadership across major organizational functions, including marketing, finance, information systems and operations management
  • Models of ethical problem-solving and their application
  • Business leadership models and theories as seen through diverse viewpoints

Careers for Master's in Leadership Graduates

The Master of Science in Leadership degree prepares graduates to pursue a wide range of senior-level positions within private companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. The skills and foundational knowledge you will acquire are readily transferrable to a broad spectrum of career fields. Some examples of careers that may be related to this master’s degree in leadership include the following:

  • Corporate trainer
  • Chief executive officer
  • General or regional manager
  • Supervisor
  • Human resources manager

An MS in Leadership degree can open doors in domestic and international corporations. Graduates may pursue careers in management consulting, training and development, or they may decide to become entrepreneurs.

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Total Credits: 38
Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
Online: $630 per credit [More Info]

Course List

38 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
38 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Business. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the College of Business, key concepts of leadership, and an overview of how the science of organizational behavior contributes to effective leaders and managers.

Course Description

This course explores the nature of business leadership models and theories, examines these models through a broad variety of insights and viewpoints, and provides a description and analysis of these approaches to leadership, giving special attention to how the models can improve leadership in real-world organizations.

Course Description

This course focuses on servant leadership, how a servant leader is different from other leaders, and how focusing on the needs of others can create interdependency rather than dependency in organizations.

Course Description

This course provides students with an understanding of various models of problem solving and the ability to apply them, as well as knowledge of various techniques, strategies, and skills appropriate for creative and innovative thinking.

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive analysis of leadership development and succession planning within organizations through the exploration of essential coaching, influencing, and mentoring strategies for effective leaders. It includes all underrepresented populations with a focus on gender, race, ethnicity, culture, generation, disability, veteran status, and religion.

Course Description

This course is an exploration of the behavioral forces and relationships that influence organizational effectiveness and change. It also emphasizes the study of intervention strategy and application skills related to a foundational understanding of the role of project management in the context of leading change in organizations. The course provides insights into the leadership and management of people, processes, and best practices for successful change.

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare leaders for the cross-functional complexities inherent in organizational life. Students develop an advanced skill set enabling effective leadership in each of the major organizational functions (marketing, finance, human resource management, information systems, and operations management). The course explores methods of evaluating alternatives to make effective decisions.

Course Description

The effective strategic management of human capital is the differentiator of every successful organization. This course examines talent management, workforce diversity, succession planning, employee development and motivation, and performance matrix. This course addresses human resource competencies identified by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Using the strong strategic human resource acumen provided by this course, students will be well-prepared for positions as senior human resources specialists or as general managers.

Course Description

This course serves as the culminating capstone experience for Master of Leadership students. Students lead an organization or community-based project and create a professional portfolio to demonstrate their leadership skills. Prerequisite: MGT-605, LDR-600, LDR-630, LDR-640, LDR-612, LDR-615.


GCU Online Student

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

GCU Evening Student

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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