Executive Leadership and Change

Effective leaders create a shared vision, empower rather than control, foster creativity, and embrace diversity to promote collaboration and community building in the pursuit of strategic goals. These essential skills, including innovative thought, critical analysis, and transformational leadership, can be implemented within a variety of organizational settings.

  • Interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizing the internalization, integration, and application of mindful self-awareness, team building, effective communication, systems thinking, and creative problem solving for change.
  • Projects are designed as hands-on laboratories for testing ideas and applying leadership skills. Students work closely with faculty and are encouraged to work collaboratively.  Individualize learning objectives are incorporated into the program and the students' research assignments.
  • To maximize learning, the program stresses an experiential, interactive and reflective format sharing personal work experiences, evaluating case studies and meeting distinguished guest lecturers. These contemplative educational models are supplemented through the use of multi-media technology, web-enhanced learning, and off-site visits. To facilitate the technology component of the curriculum, each student is provided with their own laptop computer.

Available Degree and Specializations:

  • Master of Science in Executive Leadership and Change
    • Specializations in:
      • Business
      • Health Professions
      • Higher Education 
      • Not-for-Profit
  • Master of Science in Nursing Executive Leadership

The 36 Credit Hour Program is delivered in two formats:

Winter/January start - Tuesday evening format that meets once a week.

  • Complete in just 24 months.

Fall/September start - Wednesday evening format that meets once a week.

  • Complete in just 24 months.

Highly-regarded faculty led by the Executive Director, John S. Frederick, Ed.D.

Program is taught using a graduate seminar, cohort format. There are two start dates are Winter (Tuesday evening classes) or Fall (Wednesday evening classes)

An ELC cohort is made up of unique people of differing backgrounds and work experiences with whom you will form incredible bonds. Building trust and respect among cohort members allows for deeper levels of learning. The cohort model allows each student to use their work experiences as case study opportunities to support and add depth to our leadership and change learning.

All students in the program are eligible for federal student loans and some employers may have tuition reimbursement plans. View tuition information.

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