College of Liberal Arts

Leadership (MA)

Leadership from a 360-degree perspective.

The MA in Leadership is designed to develop the next generation of ethical leaders with the ability to think critically and act effectively. Our MA in Leadership examines practices to guide strategic change at all levels in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, enabling leaders to respond to the needs of organizations today and propel them into tomorrow. We teach leadership as a field that transcends boundaries of specific disciplines.


Create Your Future

The 10-course, 30-credit program is open to professionals from any field. Its intensive cohort format—meeting once per week for 20 months—means you can balance your personal and professional life while taking your leadership skills to the next level.

The highly pragmatic program is designed to give busy professionals the tools they need to be truly creative, innovative, and ethical leaders in a world growing more complex by the minute. Learn to see your role and your organization from a truly 360-degree perspective. Learn to turn vision into action as you work decisively to promote growth and manage change amongst your subordinates and yourself.

Effective Leadership


  • Human behavior in an organization
  • Principles of effective leadership
  • Organizational structure and communication
  • Ethical behavior and decision-making principles
  • Conflict resolution and organizational change management

Careers in Leadership

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • International Team Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Corporate Recruiter
  • Talent Manager
  • Knowledge Manager
  • Vice President, Human Resources
  • Management Consultant
  • Director, Quality Systems
  • Director, Compliance
  • Vice President of Marketing
  • Global Trade
  • Strategy Consultant
  • Health Services Manager
  • Education Administrator
  • Director, Strategic Planning
  • Organization Development Consultant
  • Strategic Planner of Innovation
  • Social Entrepreneur
  • Law Enforcement
  • Consulting
  • International Relations
  • School Administrator
  • Labor Relations Negotiator
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Corporate Coaching Consultant
Brian Schofield
Alumni Spotlight

Brian Schofield

“Completing the M.A. in Leadership program has become a defining moment for me both personally and professionally. I learned valuable leadership concepts and theories from a world-class faculty and cohort, which I apply to all aspects of my life. The program provided me with a level of confidence and credibility to mentor people and coach teams. More importantly, the ML program ignited a passion within me to serve others for the greater good.”

“I learned valuable leadership concepts and theories from world-class faculty and my cohort, which I apply to all aspects of my life. The program provided me with a level of confidence and credibility to mentor people and coach teams.”

— Scott Rate, Alumnus

“My experience with Woodbury University was nothing short of phenomenal. The faculty was top notch, my cohort became my second family; friends and colleagues for life. It was a unique and empowering experience that allowed me to propel my career forward.”

— John Saavedra, Alumnus

“What I appreciated most was the program’s mix of theory and practical approaches to leading complex organizations. This degree continues to serve as a strong asset in my professional career.”

— Yasmin Beers


Small class sizes on our centrally accessible Burbank campus mean that you will get to know the other professionals in your cohort well.


This is a 20-month graduate program delivered in small study groups of 20 or less to maximize learning potentional and to promote personal and professional relationships that last well beyond graduation. In seven-week sessions, students immerse in the study of leadership, leading to a mastery of both theory and applications.

This course is an exploration of traditional and contemporary theories of leadership in organizations. Topics include models of leadership styles and techniques, organizational change agents, motivating personnel, decision-making and problem solving, ethics, interpersonal relationships, conflict resolution, and power.

This course is an application of psychological principles and theories in understanding human behavior in the workplace. Topics include models and patterns of behavior in organizations, individual and group dynamics, the culture of organizations, and decision-making processes in employee selection, motivation, evaluation and training.

This course is an exploration of the role of leaders in shaping ethical policies and practices in organizations. Topics include shaping organizational values, goals and mission, ethical decision-making, obligations of personnel to the organization, and the ethical use of power and influence.

This course is an exploration of the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of human groups. Topics include environmental influences on group behavior, formation of group identity, group cohesiveness, conformity, group roles and communication patterns, development of group norms and values, group decision making, productivity, and leadership

This course analyzes sources of interpersonal conflict in organizations. Topics include models of organizational conflict, strategies for identifying and resolving conflict, theories of organizational change, implementation of change, and patterns of commune¬cation between individuals and groups in the workplace.

This course focuses on communication processes and strategies of effective leaders. Topics include patterns of organizational communication, biases in perception and judgments, networking, feedback, psychological processes in decision-making, and formal and informal channels of information sharing.

This course examines the creation and maintenance of a culture of organizational innovation and change as a function of effective leadership. Topics include models of organizational innovation and change, identifying the need for change, strategies for implementing and directing change, effective change agents, and resistance to change.

This course provides an application of research methods and statistical analysis to evaluate programs, policies, procedures, and performance in organizations. Topics include experimental and quasi experimental research designs, concepts of internal and external validity, and statistical techniques for data collection and analysis.

Students will be able to engage in self-analysis of the knowledge, skills and abilities of Critical Thinking (CT) and Emotional Intelligence (EI) as they buttress effective leadership. Activities include hands-on opportunities to apply CT/EI to the competencies fundamental to organizational leadership and will be utilized throughout the entire curriculum. Focus is on student’s ability to articulate their values, decision-making, essential intellectual reasoning, and the logic of rationality as well as develop a vision of their own leadership traits and style.




This course provides an opportunity to synthesize and apply coursework to personal work settings. Through the course project students integrate topics such as of contemporary issues with theories of leadership; knowledge, skills and competencies of effective leaders; models of organizational structure and culture, innovation and change relevant to leadership in an analysis of their work setting.

University accredited by:

WSCUC: Senior College and University Commission (formerly WASC)