Leadership, M.A.


Cultivate effective teams. Lead organizations toward success.

Professional success in the 21st century demands qualified leaders prepared to make decisions and maximize the potential of others in rapidly changing environments. 

Our fully online leadership programs are designed to help you take your career to the next level of success. Our programs prepare professionals like you who are committed to building strong organizations and communities.

Students who complete the program will recognize leadership styles, develop effective communication and motivation skills, procure, allocate and utilize resources for effective change, and foster collaborative local and global networks. An educational and organizational leadership perspective is used for addressing these areas, with supporting coursework in communications and business to target organizational management issues. This program is designed for practical application in the workplace.

We build leaders qualified to make decisions and maximize the potential of others while reacting to the rapidly changing professional world.

Our flexible 36-credit hour curriculum helps you:

  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Lead during times of change
  • Use data to make effective leadership decisions
  • Communicate effectively
  • Build collaborative networks and teams

The program provides a thorough foundation in all things leadership. The interdisciplinary nature of the coursework means getting the opportunity to take courses across a variety of areas, such as leadership, education, communication and business, so you will be prepared to develop or assume leadership roles in new enterprises and organizations.

Our professors are committed to giving you all the tools you need to achieve your goals and become a strong leader.

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Program Tracks


  • Business/nonprofit leadership
  • Higher education leadership

Each of these tracks is designed to fit smoothly into your lifestyle. You can access your interactive classes from anywhere in the world with an internet connection, while having access to LR's professional faculty in both Hickory and Asheville.

Gabriele Marewski

The LR leadership program has helped me grow both personally and professionally. LR's thoughtful and engaging curriculum has enriched and supported my development in my consulting business.

Gabriele Marewski MA'21

Program Requirements

Lenoir-Rhyne University offers two tracks in the Master of Arts in Leadership. Both programs prepare professionals who are committed to building strong organizations in the public, private, or nonprofit sector.  Students who complete either program will recognize leadership styles, develop effective communication and motivation skills, procure, allocate, and utilize resources for effective change, and foster collaborative local and global networks.

The degree program has the following objectives:

  • To develop leaders who use their sense of self to ethically and effectively lead organizations at all levels.
  • To develop leaders who are effective communicators, and who are capable of maximizing the potential of others.
  • To develop leaders who are capable of responsibly managing resources.
  • To develop leaders who are effective at leading within climates of change
  • To develop leaders who are capable of building collaborative networks.
  • To develop leaders with an innovative spirit and the skills to develop or assume leadership roles in new enterprises and organizations.

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