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Course Requirements

Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Leadership must complete 36 semester units of coursework. Up to six units of appropriate graduate work may be transferred into the program by petition. The interdisciplinary nature of the program provides the students with a general overview of the study of leadership. The final Capstone Project in Leadership allows the student to demonstrate their mastery of program competencies through a portfolio or standalone project (after meeting certain course criteria). Students in the Leadership Studies emphasis will complete a thesis in lieu of a capstone.

Core Leadership Courses18 units
LDRS 501
Foundations of Leadership Theory
LDRS 502
Cornerstones of Christian Leadership
LDRS 503
Organizational Behavior
LDRS 516
Leadership Development and Practice
LDRS 534
Leader as an Agent of Change
LDRS 592
Research and Assessment Tools for Leaders
Emphases9–15 units
Leadership Development emphasis classes:
LDRS 510
Creative and Collaborative Leadership
LDRS 520
Understanding Vocation in a Changing World
LDRS 532
Leadership Practicum
LDRS 571
Leadership for a Learning Environment
Leadership Studies emphasis classes:
LDRS 531
Leadership from Interdisciplinary Perspectives
(Advanced graduate research methodology course (quantitative or qualitative), to be arranged with the thesis advisor in consultation with the program director.)3
LDRS 542
Leading Across Cultures
Organizational Leadership emphasis classes:
LDRS 510
Creative and Collaborative Leadership
LDRS 533
Systems and Strategic Planning for Leaders
LDRS 542
Leading Across Cultures
LDRS 561
Group and Conflict Issues in Leadership
Sport Management and Integrated Leadership emphasis classes:
PE 555
Sociological and Ethical Issues in Sport
PE 556
Facility and Event Management
PE 557
Field Studies/Internships in Sport Management
PE 565
Physical Education, Athletics, and the Law
PE 570
Leadership and Administration of Physical Education and Athletic Programs
Integration3–6 units
LDRS 590
Thesis in Leadership
(Leadership Studies emphasis only)
LDRS 595
Capstone Project in Leadership
(All other emphases)
3 or 6
Electives (one elective course for all emphases except Sport Management and Integrated Leadership)3 units
Total36 units

Course Load

Most master’s in leadership students are working adults and do not attend full time. Part-time students take at least three units every nine weeks. Academic advising is highly recommended to determine the course load required for students to finish in an ideal timeframe.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many units do I take each semester?
You may take no more than six units per nine-week term.

How long is a semester?
Each semester has two terms (Fall I and Fall II, Spring I and Spring II). Each term is nine weeks in length.

How long are the class sessions?
Each class requires that students meet for approximately 5 hours, once a week, 4:45–9:45 p.m. Select classes may be offered via weekend delivery format.

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?
Students meet one night a week for nine weeks.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.