The MA in Leadership program consists of two years of interdisciplinary study. In each year, students focus on relevant, real world problem-solving projects grounded in a rigorous theoretical understanding of the nature of todays organizations and the changing role of leadership within them. Comprehensive leadership studies address adult learning, emotional intelligence, communication and conflict, systems thinking, team facilitation and development, organizational change, and action research inquiry.

The MA in Leadership program is specifically designed to attract working professionals. It is structured on the basis of two intensive residency periods, followed by distance learning. This allows participants to substantially enhance their educational credentials, while minimizing absences from their workplace.

The MA in Leadership is further distinguished by balancing professional diversity and interdisciplinary study, with the need for sector specific knowledge and problem solving skills. This is accomplished by having a common curriculum for all students in the first year and an independent, work-based problem-solving project in the second year.

Core Competencies

Throughout the program, students assess their personal and organizational learning needs against our seven core competencies:

* Personal Leadership
* Managing and Enabling Learning and Change Processes
* Communication
* Team Leadership and Group Facilitation
* Systems Thinking
* Organizational Leadership
* Organizational Inquiry and Research


Curriculum content is driven through developing a sophisticated understanding of the following areas:

* Leadership
* Systems Thinking and Planning
* Learning and Teaching
* Organizations and Organizational Change
* Research and Inquiry
* Team Building
* Communication
* Character
* Ethics
* Style
* Creativity


Graduates of the MA in Leadership will gain research and consulting skills, and become better communicators and more confident leaders with the ability to:

* Identify, analyze, and build solutions to organizational challenges
* Manage positive organizational change
* Leverage technology to empower yourself and your organization
* Develop effective, high performance teams
* Manage an organizations internal and external political environment
* Communicate effectively with colleagues, clients and other stakeholders
* Implement change and achieve results

Continuing Education Leadership Opportunities

The School of Leadership Studies currently offers select online learning courses as Continuing Education opportunities.

* LEAD516: Concepts and Theories of Leadership in Organizations
* LEAD526: Fundamentals of Personal Leadership and Learning
* LEAD527: Communications and Leadership in Groups and Teams
* LEAD528: Leadership in Systems
* LEAD530: Organizational Relationships and Systemic Inquiry
* LEAD565: Performance Measurement and Financial Management for Leaders
* LEAD618: Advanced Action Research Design
* LEAD626: Leadership for Organizational Change
* LEAD627: Applied Methods for Organizational Leadership
* LEAD640: Organizational Leadership Project
* LEAD690: Thesis


The MA in Leadership is an applied, competency-based program offering advanced leadership skills for experienced leaders interested in developing more effective organizations and communities. Focusing on factors that contribute to successful problem solving and innovation, this program provides key skills and insights to professionals working in corporate, academic, public sector, and not-for-profit environments.

Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy.

Standard Admission * Four year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field from a recognized post-secondary institution. * Minimum of five years of leadership experience*Flexible Admission * To be considered for Flexible Admission, applicants would normally require a minimum of 10 years related experience*, with some at a senior level.*Experience in a health organization is required for the health specialization. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 570 TOEFL iBT® test: 88
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