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LR offers two innovative MA degrees in General Leadership and University Leadership, designed to help students develop leadership skills and dispositions. These programs prepare professionals 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 & 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.

LR’s graduate Leadership programs aim to develop leaders who:

  • Use their sense of self to ethically and effectively lead organizations at all levels in either general or specific settings
  • Are effective communicators, and who are capable of maximizing the potential of others
  • Are capable of responsibly managing resources
  • Are effective at leading within climates of change
  • Are capable of building collaborative networks
  • With an innovative spirit and the skills to develop or assume leadership roles in new enterprises and organizations

The program is designed with the working adult in mind. It is fully online, so one may enroll from anywhere in the world, and students may begin any semester (summer, fall, or spring term). As a non-cohort program, students can complete the curriculum at their own pace—full-time or part-time. Although delivered online, full-time faculty are located on both LR’s Hickory and Asheville campuses, providing students greater face-to-face access when needed.


The General Leadership program is a 33-hour interdisciplinary major combining courses in Leadership, education, Communication, and Business to furnish students an excellent foundation in the theory and practice of leadership key feature of the curriculum in an extensive (six hour) practicum devoted to leadership and applied research.

The University Leadership degree is also 33 hours. As one can surmise, it focuses upon leadership dynamics in higher education, providing courses in theory, research, organization, planning and budgets, law and ethics, and curricular and co-curricular programming for the adult learner. It, too, includes, an internship experience.

In both programs, students will have many opportunities to work and to collaborate with other students pursuing an understanding of leadership in a variety of organizations, enhancing leadership styles and perspectives. Students will identify leadership skills to build strong organizations and communities and to effectively communicate, motivate others, manage resources, and foster collaborative local and global networks.


Program Requirements

Program Contact

Dr. Molly Duggan

Assistant Professor of Education
Asheville Campus

University Leadership Faculty

Dr. Molly Duggan

Titles: Assistant Professor of Education
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.407.4266

Dr. Lisa Fournier

Titles: Assistant Professor, Business & Entrepreneurship, Coordinator, BSBA

Clement Geitner

Titles: Alex Lee Professor of Business
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7346

Dr. Ralph Griffith

Titles: Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Director of the Center for Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7985

Dr. David Jones

Titles: O. Leonard and Helen S. Moretz Family Professor of Business, Chair of the Charles M. Snipes School of Business and Economics
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.407.4267

Dr. Dale King

Titles: Jefferson-Pilot Professor of Business
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7294

Dr. Janet Painter

Titles: Professor of Education, Director of Engaged Scholars Program
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.267.3423

Dr. Craig Schreiber

Titles: Associate Professor of Management, Program Coordinator of Management, Co-Director of Broyhill Institute for Leadership
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7933

Dr. Hank Weddington

Titles: Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Associate Professor of Education
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7565
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