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Master of Science in Leadership

The Department of Leadership offers the Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) with concentrations in Strategic Leadership, Community Leadership and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.

The Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) is a 30-hour graduate degree program offered in a fully online format. Our curriculum responds to the dynamic needs of students working in or preparing for rapidly changing professional environments and expectations.

Through the study of leadership theory and practice, our students have an opportunity to gain a greater awareness of their personal leadership skills, new perspectives on leadership styles and practices, and insight on effectively leading individuals, groups, and organizations. 

Students choose one of three concentrations outlined below to ensure their educational experience aligns with their interests and professional goals.

Students pursuing this concentration will gain insights on community development and grant writing processes. This curriculum provides an overview of issues important to civic engagement and community needs. These skills will serve students who are interested in exploring public issues and/or engaging groups and organizations in community-based development.

Community Leadership Concentration Curriculum

Students pursuing this concentration will be exposed to course material on the perceptual, institutional, and social processes that impact the ways people interact and make decisions in organizations. The interdisciplinary curriculum promotes a scientific approach to optimizing organizational outcomes by equipping leaders with the skills to cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive climate. These skills serve students who strive to make organizations more supportive and engaging places to work.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Concentration Curriculum

Students pursuing this concentration will gain insights on organizational strategy, conflict management and negotiation, and organizational change. Students are exposed to concepts that increase their capacity to lead people and organizations with strategic agility, enhanced critical thinking skills, and the ability to navigate complex challenges. These skills serve students who are interested in understanding the behavioral science of leadership as a basis for effectively implementing change and solving problems.


Strategic Leadership Concentration Curriculum

Professionals who might be served by the MSL program include, but are not limited to, individuals working in commerce, information technology, mass media, military and other government organizations, social services, health care, non-profit organizations, and education.

All concentrations require completion of 30 semester credit hours (10 courses).  

Interested in applying to this program? 

View admission criteria in APSU's Graduate Bulletin

Apply for Admission


To learn more about this program, contact our Graduate Coordinator:

Dr. Kathryn Woods
Professor of Leadership
(931) 221-1419