Dual Master’s (MBA/MS) Degree Program in Leadership
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) are degrees that naturally complement each other. GCU’s Colangelo College of Business has blended them into a dual master’s degree program that allows students to accelerate their learning. Prepare to pursue a position in business leadership and shape the future of business management.
The MBA and MS dual Leadership degree is a rigorous course of study. It examines core principles in finance, economics and marketing. GCU’s Christian community emphasizes the values of servant leadership and ethical decision-making within business contexts.
Earn Your MBA and a Master’s of Science in Leadership Online
Graduate students choose the MBA programs at GCU in part because of the convenience and flexibility of the online learning environment. During your coursework for this dual degree, you will examine different leadership styles and gain confidence in your own leadership skills. The ethical and practical leadership skills you will acquire are immediately applicable to your current career. Some of the skills you will develop include:
- Critical thinking and analysis
- Data interpretation
- Ethical problem-solving
The program emphasizes communication strategies for connecting with audiences and important stakeholders. Servant leadership is another major focus of the MBA/MS in Leadership dual degree. GCU students examine servant leadership in the context of its biblical basis. Candidates will consider how best to embody the principles of servant leadership in a way that empowers people and communities.
The Benefits of a Dual Leadership Master’s Program
The Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Leadership dual degree begins with fundamental coursework to build a strong academic framework. You will take courses such as:
- Introduction to Graduate Studies in the College of Business
- Leadership and Organizations
- Accounting Practices
- Finance Principles
As you progress through your studies, you will do an in-depth examination of advanced principles of leadership and business management. Economics, marketing management, managerial finance and operations management are all core subject areas you will explore. Other key concepts you will study include:
- Models of leadership styles
- Quantitative tools and techniques
- Science of organizational behavior
- Coaching, mentoring techniques, leadership development and succession planning
- Interdependency in organizations
Advance Your Career with an MS and MBA Dual Degree in Leadership
By itself, the MBA degree is a widely respected credential, and it gives job applicants a competitive edge in a demanding and diverse workforce. Earning a dual degree will further set you apart from other candidates. By achieving an MBA and MS dual degree, you will demonstrate your commitment toward exceptional management, efficient operations and ethical decision-making.
Take your career to a higher level with a dual degree in Leadership. Some of the career paths that may be related to this program can include the following:
- Administrative services manager
- Business operations manager
- Human resources manager
- Management consultant
Grand Canyon University is a regionally accredited school. The core programs in the Colangelo College of Business have achieved additional accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Program Core Courses
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.
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.
This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and for students who have not had accounting in undergraduate work. Topics covered include the principles and practices of financial accounting and the fundamentals of managerial accounting, such as cost behavior and budgeting. The course covers accounting theories using computational examples, and homework is problem solving.
This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and is designed for students who have not had finance in undergraduate work. Topics covered include financial analysis, financial planning, asset evaluation, capital structure, and working capital management.
The purpose of this course is to prepare students in mathematical, probability, and statistical concepts for their upcoming studies in quantitative methods. The course is intended for those students who have not had any prior statistical education, although students who have had statistics should also consider taking the course as a refresher.
This courses introduces microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts that are relevant to contemporary business. Emphasis is placed on using economic data for business decision making.
This course is a study in the quantitative tools and techniques used to model business functions and applications. Emphasis is placed on how to set up models, and how to interpret and apply their results. Prerequisite: SYM-506.
Management of the marketing function, market environmental analysis, and marketing planning, strategy, and control are fundamentals of marketing management. The course examines the marketing process, marketing research, product development innovation and diffusion, pricing strategy, distribution value drain, advertising and promotion, and strategic marketing issues. Emphasis is placed on case study analysis and current academic research with a marketing plan as a significant curriculum component.
This course covers managerial accounting concepts and procedures for internal reporting, including the study of cost behavior, cost systems, budgeting, and performance evaluation. Coursework includes case studies, group projects, and class discussion. Prerequisite: ACC-502.
Operations Management examines managerial concepts and strategies relating to the management of operations in both manufacturing and service environments. Emphasis is placed on methods to streamline and drive inefficiencies out of a firm’s internal processes to build a highly efficient organization. The course also focuses on external processes by examining ways to achieve greater supply chain integration with suppliers and customers. Quantitative and qualitative methods and tools are introduced and applied. Prerequisite: SYM-506.
This course discusses elements of business financial decisions, including financial forecasting and development of proformas, management of working capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, and raising funds in capital markets. Prerequisite: FIN-504.
This course examines the definition, formulation, and execution of strategy within organizations. There is specific emphasis on the role of innovation and leadership in strategic management and an organization’s ability to achieve and sustain competitive advantage. Prerequisites: MGT-605, MKT-607, ACC-650, and FIN-650.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.