Program Details

Master of Science in Leadership

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 38
Online: 8 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $575 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Earn Your Master's in Leadership

Integrate a foundation of servant leadership with executive skills in the Master of Science in Leadership. This program, offered by the Colangelo College of Business, analytically explores business leadership models and theories to improve 21st century organizations. Under the guidance of expert practitioners, you study the traits and practices that empower leaders.

In small dynamic learning environments, you discuss topics such as organizational politics, succession planning and viewpoints on management approaches amongst professional peers with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. This masters in leadership also focuses on your ability to communicate and influence decisions using critical thinking and problem-solving skills grounded in theory and research.

Degree Outcomes

Study Servant Leadership

In this masters in leadership program, you gain an understanding of servant leadership, a main area of focus in the degree curriculum. Review the components that differentiate a servant leader from others, and how focusing on the needs of others can create an interdependent, productive organizational culture. You also explore leadership communication and strategies to build synergy with diverse members.

What You Will Learn

Explore the Masters in Leadership Comprehensive Coursework

The Master of Science in Leadership explores a wide range of topics and learning objectives:

  • Sources and types of power and specific tactics for becoming an empowering leader
  • Behavioral forces and relationships that influence organizational effectiveness and change
  • Effective human capital strategies, including talent management, workforce diversity, succession planning, employee development and motivation and performance matrix
  • Human resource competencies identified by the Society of HR Management (SHRM)
  • Foster and promote ethical and socially responsible business practices

Career Outcomes

Promote Your Career with Advanced Leadership Skills

The masters in leadership online degree provides you with the skills necessary to develop and gain self-confidence in leadership. Typical careers for graduates with a master's degree in leadership include corporate executive, manager, director or leader in all types of business or service organizations.

Program Domains

Course List

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38 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
38 credits

Program 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 introduces essential influence, coaching, and mentoring techniques for effective leaders while focusing on the importance of leadership development and succession planning within organizations.

Course Description

This course is an exploration of the behavioral forces and relationships that influence organizational effectiveness and change. Topics include the study of intervention strategy and application skills.

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 HR Management (SHRM). Using the strong strategic HR acumen provided by this course, students will be well-prepared for positions as senior human resources specialists or as general managers. Also LDR-635.

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.

Program Locations



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 offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


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. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

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

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Online and Evening program disclosures (20 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.