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Master of Arts in Leadership

The M.A. in Leadership is designed to help students develop leadership skills and dispositions. Thes 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 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.

LR’s graduate leadership program is 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.


Curricular Options

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

Jan Wolff

Assistant Director, Graduate Enrollment
Asheville Campus