Master of Arts in Leadership - Available Fall 2024

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Unleash Your Potential: Master Advanced Leadership Skills for Transformative Social Change

 Propel Your Career Forward

Unlock your potential with University of Detroit Mercy's brand-new Master of Arts in Leadership, launching in fall 2024. This program will equip you with the skills and flexibility you need to become a strong leader in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions.

Our online master's program is designed for busy professionals who aspire to excel as leaders in any field. By offering both synchronous and asynchronous courses, you will experience convenience and flexibility in your busy schedule. Through engaging teaching methods such as coaching, simulations, community projects, case studies, practical applications, active learning, design thinking and interactive assessments, our courses foster interactive and dynamic learning experiences.

Upon completing this program, you will embody the core values of the Detroit Mercy Social Change Model, including self-knowledge, character, integrity, collaboration, diversity, social justice, and service. These values will guide you in making well-informed and effective decisions that drive social change for the common good.

Join us in fall 2024 and embark on a transformative journey towards becoming a compassionate and impactful leader.

"Continuous learning leads to continuous improvement. Commit yourself to advancing your knowledge, skills, and expertise. The business environment is quickly changing, and your understanding of the leading practices, thinking, and emerging tools will help you manage for better results. Be a lifelong student."
~Pam Alabaster

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Values-based Leadership

The program draws heavily on the Detroit Mercy Social Change Model to develop effective leaders who make informed decisions for the common good.

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Strategic Decision Making

Advanced leadership theories combined with highly interactive teaching methodologies including community-based projects and design thinking lead to creative problem solving and strategic decision making.

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Designed for working professionals, the program completely online through synchronous and asynchronous courses.

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    Program Curriculum

    Degree: Master of Arts in Leadership
    Credit Hours: 30

    Students enrolled in this program must successfully complete the required 10 courses representing 30 credit hours. This program is available exclusively as an online course of study. Most students will take two courses during each semester to achieve the master’s in a timely manner. Other options can be discussed with your advisor.

    Sample Catalog Year Course Rotation*

    Year 1

    • LEAD 5100 Discovering My Leadership Identity (3 credits)
    • LEAD 5200 Introduction to Leadership Theory and Practice (3 credits)


    • LEAD 5300 Group Dynamics (3 credits)
    • LEAD 5400 Diverse Perspectives: Leading Others Who Aren't Like Me (3 credits)


    • LEAD 5500 Leadership Research Methods and Data-Driven Decision Making (3 credits)
    • LEAD 5600 Leadership, Change Management, and Strategic Planning (3 credits)

    Year 2

    • PYC 5000 Social Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 5730 Ethical Issues in the Workplace (3 credits)


    • LEAD 6000 Leadership Capstone (3 credits)
    • PYC 5740 Training and Development (3 credits)

    *Courses and rotation sequence are subject to change. While reflective of the program, this schedule is provided for example only. Please contact an advisor for information.


    Learning Outcomes

    Through this program, students will:
    1. Gain clarity about their leadership identity, strengths and weaknesses.
    2. Become grounded in leadership theory, research and practical applications of leadership models.
    3. Demonstrate effective group leadership skills in diverse and inclusive settings.
    4. Improve their analytical abilities as they relate to social behavior, leadership and followership.
    5. Learn how to lead a diverse group or team.
    6. Apply their knowledge of theory to practical client or community-based projects.
    7. Understand relevant research methods and data-driven decision making.
    8. Practice servant leadership through experiential learning.
    9. Explore the ethical foundations of leadership and the importance of personal integrity.
    10. Be able to lead an organization through an effective strategic planning initiative and change cycle.
    11. Master essential training and development skills and strategies.
    12. Create and deliver a relevant capstone project that personalizes their mastery of leadership.

    Application Requirements

    While applications won't open until 2024, the following information is provided to help you prepare the information you will need to submit.

    Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and must have demonstrated intellectual competence for graduate study. Selection is based on such factors as previous academic record (expected 3.0 GPA) and/or relevant experience. Acceptance on a probationary status is allowed in some cases where academic standards are not fully met but competence has been indicated by the level of the applicant’s professional advancement.

    Applicants must submit: 

    • All transcripts from previous schools
    • A statement of purpose
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • A resume

    Note: Applicants do not need to submit GRE scores as part of the application requirements. If scores are submitted they will be reviewed as part of the admission review process.

    The application will be available online in 2024.

    For questions about your application, contact:

    Jennifer Goethals
    Graduate Admissions