The University of Charleston’s Master of Science in Strategic Leadership gives you the skills and knowledge to take your career to the next level. You’ll be prepared to understand and address strategic themes and foster sustainability in organizations. An outstanding faculty of scholar-practitioners, a format designed for adult learners, and an emphasis on real-world leadership make it one of the soundest career investments you can make.
The program will develop your ability to lead through a combination of leadership theory and practice. You’ll learn how to:
- Understand, sense, interpret, and act on internal and external environments
- Develop consensus on direction through collaborative and team skills
- Build organizational capacity to move in planned directions
- Establish alignment and commitment through systems thinking
- Produce results through mental agility, flexibility, and commitment to continuous improvement
Application & Admission
To be eligible to apply, you must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for full admission or 2.5 to be considered for provisional admission. There is no GRE or GMAT score requirement.
Designed especially for working adults with busy lives, the program’s format combines once-a-week class meetings, weekly online chats, group projects, and individual assignments. Whether you study online or in the classroom, you can complete the entire program in about 18 months.
Why strategic leadership?
A degree in strategic leadership offers education and development in the areas that will make a difference in today's world: strategies for problem solving, direction in how to conceptualize goals and communicate them effectively, and character qualities like integrity and courage.
Unlike an MBA, which focuses on technical knowledge of current business practices and theory, a leadership degree exposes you to principles helpful in any career field. Graduates of the Master of Science in Strategic Leadership program are prepared to lead their organization to greater effectiveness and success.
Can I complete my master's degree while I continue working?
Yes. We designed our Master of Science in Strategic Leadership program specifically for working professionals. Classes are offered at all of our sites in West Virginia and online.
The program format combines once-a-week class meetings, weekly online chats, group projects, and individual assignments, allowing you to complete the entire program in about 18 months.
By completing your degree while you continue your career, you will be able to immediately apply what you are learning to your work. As you develop proficiency in leadership areas, you will notice the increased effectiveness for you and your organization.