The Master of Arts degree in Leadership Studies (MLS) seeks students with the passion and dedication to join a new generation of leaders who will confront challenges in an increasingly complex and constantly changing world. MLS graduates have a deep understanding and appreciation of the dynamics of leadership, the convergence of leadership with other human relations, and the role of the individual as a leader in groups, organizations, and society. Through mastery of leadership theory and skills, graduates of the MLS program are prepared to succeed as leaders in their organizations, communities, nations, and the world.
The MLS is an interdisciplinary professional degree program that draws upon the social and behavioral sciences, the humanities, communication, public policy, technology, and STEM to explore and address complex leadership issues and dilemmas. MLS students develop an understanding of the leadership system as a process that includes leaders, followers, and context. In addition, they gain a deep appreciation of the dynamics and responsibilities of leadership.
Consistent with the University’s mission and commitment to citizen engagement and public and community service, this cutting-edge program responds to real world challenges and issues. The curriculum encourages students to embrace differences, behave ethically, model social and environmental responsibility, and uphold a commitment to advancing the common good. Courses challenge students to think critically and examine issues from varied perspectives, anticipate and facilitate positive change, strive for innovative sustainable solutions, and communicate effectively.
The MLS is offered in both a fully asynchronous online format (100% of course activities online and no on-campus requirements) and a blended format (at least 50% of the coursework online with class meetings that can be attended in person on-campus or virtually via web conferencing). Please note that while all required MLS courses are available in both fully asynchronous online and blended formats, some electives may only be offered in one format.
An Accelerated Graduate Pathway (AGP) option is available for current USM undergraduate students in any major. *Please note, current students in the BS in Leadership and Organizational Studies program who elect the AGP option may only apply LOS 500, LOS 501, LOS 512, and LOS 550 as general electives to their undergraduate degree.