College of Liberal Arts

Master of Arts in Leadership

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.

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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.

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 among your subordinates and yourself

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Careers in Leadership

Careers in Leadership featuring examples from our alumni:

  • City Manager
  • Fire Chief
  • Police Captain
  • CEO of a Regional 500 Corporation
  • Nonprofit Executive Director
  • Human Relations Director
Matti Kiaman, Class of 2016
Alumni Spotlight

Matti Kiaman, Class of 2016

I feel privileged to have just completed the Master of Arts program in Leadership at Woodbury University. I considered several programs but selected Woodbury because I felt the classes would provide the skills that I would need to be successful in my career.  I thought it would be difficult to manage working full time and pursuing a master’s degree, however, the work was manageable. Our professors were very knowledgeable and focused on student success. The information learned is highly valuable, and can be applied to any career. The program gave me the skills to pursue challenging responsibilities at work and take on a leadership role in my community. I have taken the initiative to serve as the community liaison with the city for issues impacting my neighborhood. I am grateful for the Leadership program and will miss the amazing faculty and staff.

“As a newly retired military veteran reentering the civilian world, it was important to me to find a master’s program that fit with my action plan for success. The leadership skills taught in this program are unparalleled because they come from the real world and can be easily applied to all professional leadership roles.” ”

— Angela Sanna, Class of 2015, U.S. Veteran

“Being a leader simply means I am willing to teach, listen and support others. I’m willing to be a positive role model and be ready to serve as well as lead when necessary and appropriate. Thanks to Woodbury University, I’ve acquired methods and awakened traits which enable me to successfully lead teams toward a common vision.”

— Scott Rate, Alumni, LAPD Information Tech Bureau


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

Course of Study

Program sequence

You will earn three credits for each seven-week course you complete.  There is a one-week break between the two courses in each semester.

  • 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

Organizational Leadership

Critical Thinking and Emotional Intelligence

Psychology of Organizations

Ethics in Organization

Quantitative Analysis

Group Dynamics

Conflict Resolution

Strategic Communication

Leading Innovation and Organizational Change

Capstone in Leadership


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