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Become an Impactful Leader With Your Master’s in Leadership From Walden

Are you passionate about empowering people and organizations to succeed? Walden’s MS in Leadership program can help you take your leadership skills to the next level. Find out who you are as a leader and build on your strengths. Learn to resolve conflict and create a company culture that brings out the best in your workforce.

Our master’s in leadership online program includes an embedded Graduate-Level Certificate in Leadership that you will earn after completing your first four courses. You can also choose from five specializations to tailor your studies to your personal passions and interests.

A master’s degree in leadership prepares students to manage and motivate others and find innovative answers to novel problems and challenges.

Learn to Empower Others

Discover your personal leadership style and use it to inspire individuals and teams toward a shared vision. Grow as a mentor.

Earn a Credential Along the Way

Earn a Graduate Certificate in Leadership, which will demonstrate your new skills to prospective employers.

Master Conflict Resolution

Learn how to effectively mediate and resolve interpersonal and team conflict and maintain a harmonious, productive workplace.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $3,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on September 6, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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General Program and Specializations

General Program

Evaluate your leadership style as you develop the problem-solving and management skills to build effective teams and organizations.

Executive Leadership

Gain critical skills executives need to be a successful leader, including how to plan for and use budgets and resources.

Integrated Communication Skills for Leaders

Explore how to use data and information to strengthen your position and communicate your vision to stakeholders.

Leader Development

Discover how to improve organizational capacity through the use of communication, knowledge management, training, and development.


Customize your studies by choosing nine credits from any of the MS in Leadership specialization courses.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

A 21st Century Leadership Program for Today’s Workplace 

As a student in our master’s in leadership program, you’ll put cutting-edge business theory into practice with scenario-based studies that reflect real workplace challenges. Develop your expertise in conflict resolution, building organizational culture, and communicating with other managers and leaders. Reach your full potential as a leader by discovering how to inspire others to reach their own.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Bob Castaneda

    Bob Castaneda

    Program Director

    Dr. Castaneda has worked in a number of countries in senior finance positions. He is currently a board member and treasurer for the Illinois Literacy Foundation and is also a member of Financial Executives International, AICPA, and the Illinois CPA Society.

  • Pettis Perry

    Pettis Perry

    Core Faculty

    Dr. Perry has been a Walden core faculty member since May 2009. Since 2010, he has championed the creation of a leader development program for indigenous populations and the creation of an academic program orientation for all of Walden University.

  • Marilys Taylor

    Marilys Taylor

    Senior Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Taylor taught in K–12 education for 15 years before moving into public school administration. She then transferred to higher education as an administrator, student teacher supervisor, and adjunct faculty instructor. She has been with Walden in the MS in Leadership program for the past nine years.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden's MS in Leadership program, you will be prepared to:

  • Apply leadership principles utilized to foster positive transformation of individuals and organizations.
  • Effectively utilize communication strategies appropriate to intended audience.
  • Assess relationship-building strategies used by leaders.
  • Evaluate holistic problem solving strategies that leaders use in complex environments.
  • Utilize effective self-reflection skills in order to continue a lifelong evaluation of personal leadership values, strengths, and goals.
  • Appraise techniques leaders facilitate effective collaboration necessary to lead others toward a common goal.
  • Evaluate appropriate social change leadership strategies.

Career Outlook

The median annual wage for management occupations was $105,660 in May 2019. However, the salary range typically falls between $49,990 and $154,260.Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

A master’s in leadership can help you improve your promotability and influence across many industries and disciplines. Open new doors in the changing business landscape and shape the future you want.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,


jobs in management occupations are expected to be added through 2029.2

A MS in Leadership can prepare you to pursue career options such as:3

  • Business / management analyst
  • Operations manager / supervisor
  • General manager
  • Business continuity planner / analyst

A MS in Leadership can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Product warehousing /distributor
  • Consulting
  • Corporate headquarters
  • Manufacturing

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.


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