Master of Science in Leadership

Quick Info

  • All classes taken online
  • Coursework completed in 18 months
  • Classes capped at 15 students
Next Session Start Date
Monday, June 8, 2015
Application Deadline
Monday, May 18, 2015

What you'll need »

A completed application includes the following:

  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Official transcript of your undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university
  • Letter of intent
  • Letter of recommendation from a professional or academic contact
  • Fulfillment of any additional program-specific requirements

Prospective students typically have one week past the application deadline to submit all pieces to be considered complete.

For more information, visit our master’s admissions pages.

From Leading to Inspiring Positive Change

The most effective leaders share certain qualities: exceptional communication skills, a strategic outlook, strong ethical convictions, emotional intelligence, and a passion for their organizations. The particular way in which they lead, however, differs from one leader to the next. Norwich University’s Master of Science in Leadership program helps aspiring and rising leaders from a broad range of professional settings hone their personal leadership styles and develop the specialized knowledge and skills needed to not just manage but inspire positive change within their organizations.

Integrating leadership theory, analysis, and practice, our program curriculum provides students with a multidisciplinary framework for understanding their leadership skills as well as various opportunities to practice them. Students examine key concepts such as organizational behavior, human capital management, strategic communication, leading change, and emotional intelligence through case studies and workplace-based projects. Concentration options in organizational leadership, hospitality leadership and management systems, public sector/government/military leadership, human resources leadership, and leading change management consulting enable students to further tailor their studies to meet their professional goals and interests. Class discussions also serve as a dynamic forum for students and faculty to learn from each other’s work experiences. 

Throughout the leadership program, students create a Leadership Development Portfolio in which they document the lessons covered in each seminar and reflect on their personal leadership strengths, weaknesses, and goals. Faculty members regularly review students’ portfolios to provide individualized feedback on their progress and guidance on their career aspirations.

The Norwich Advantage

  • Small class sizes and a diverse group of aspiring and rising leaders – from directors and managers to military officers, teachers, and pastors – foster in-depth discussions and unique perspectives.
  • You’ll receive personalized attention and guidance from our experienced faculty members, who include consultants, published authors, researchers, and leaders of private, public, and government organizations.
  • You’ll also receive ongoing support from our dedicated program staff, all of whom are graduates of the organizational leadership program or other related graduate programs at Norwich.
  • With five concentrations to choose from, you can customize your leadership studies based on your career goals and personal interests.
  • Your Leadership Development Portfolio serves as a toolbox of leadership concepts, case studies, and personal reflections that will help you hone your personal leadership style and establish clear career goals for the future.
  • Through our flexible online platform, you can access the leadership studies program content and contribute to class discussions on your own schedule and at your own pace each week.
  • Four start dates per year (March, June, September, and December) allow you to begin the program when it’s most convenient for you.

Career Preparation

A master's degree in leadership from Norwich can help you advance within your current workplace or help you gain the skills and confidence needed to pursue management-level positions in other organizations or sectors. Examples of leadership jobs held by our alumni include senior director of strategy and global operations for Microsoft, associate for Booz Allen Hamilton, spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security, special advisor for the Canadian Defense Academy, chief learning officer for Omnicell, and quality manager for Johnson Controls.

How to Get Started

Norwich is committed to helping you reach your academic and career goals. We can provide you with information on how to apply, how to manage your time, and how to get the books and materials you need for the Master of Science in Leadership program. Let us help you get started.

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