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Professional Leadership Studies

The Professional Leadership Studies emphasis is for future leaders in non-profit organizations, higher education and public agencies that prefer to create their own course-pathway to the Masters of Science degree. Both the directed candidate and the undecided candidate have the opportunity to explore options and create specific experiences related to their needs and interests. Candidates will have a better understanding of how organizations work and the tools that leaders use to guide groups of people to accomplish their goals. This emphasis permits the student, in cooperation with their academic advisor, to select courses and experiences which they believe best prepare them for foreseeable leadership roles.

Graduates often work in higher education in Alumni Affairs and as Residence Hall Directors. They also work in private industry in probation and marketing and in non-profit organizations as program directors.

Required Coursework

The Professional Leadership Studies program consists of 33 credits in a combination of core Education Leadership courses, courses specific to the Professional Leadership Studies emphasis and elective courses. A capstone writing project and a comprehensive examination are also required for a master’s in Education Leadership. 

Education Leadership Cores courses (15 S.H.)

EL 612 - Systems Thinking (3 S.H.)
EL 614 - Change Leadership (3 S.H.)
EL 615 - Communication (3 S.H.)
EL 616 - Common Good (3 S.H.)
EL 618 - Scholarship (3 S.H.)

A detailed description of the courses and additional information about the Professional Leadership emphasis can be found in the course catalog.

Application for Admission to Candidacy (M.S.)

Students must submit the Application for Admission to Candidacy (PDF) to the graduate office before completing 16 graduate credits. This form is a student’s program plan and is to be completed in conjunction with his or her advisor.