About the Master of Leadership Development Program
This dynamic 12-month program enables professionals, such as yourself, to make a significant impact in your for-profit or not-for-profit organization. Its flexibility allows you to fit your graduate degree in your busy schedule, while still maintaining your family and career responsibilities.
The MLD program provides students an educational experience that allows them a broad range of perspectives as well as a focused area of study. The Integrative Core courses provide a range of outlooks for students, while the Focus Area courses narrow in on students’ specific area of interest: Organizational Leadership and Not-for-Profit Leadership.
This program is designed to be completed in one year using a hybrid format. There are face-to-face cohort group seminars on campus at the beginning and end of each course, at least one interactive webinar during each course and web-based assignments and discussions throughout. Students will take two courses every eight weeks, one from the Integrative Core and one from their Focus Area. Unlike many online colleges, the hybrid format allows you to build long-lasting relationships with your peers and professors.
Focus Area: Not-for-Profit Leadership
The Not-for-Profit Leadership focus area is intended to help you enhance your leadership skills in any not-for-profit organization. You will learn how to work as an integral part of the organization by building relationships with business partners, providing motivation for success, and helping the organization reach its highest potential. A strong framework of ethics and critical thinking skills put you a step ahead of the rest.
Focus Area: Financial Leadership
The Financial Leadership focus area is your tool to being an effective leader in the financial industry. No matter your specific financial expertise, the MLD program will allow you to explore cutting edge technologies that are key to data analysis in today's ever-changing economy. You will learn how to detect fraud as well as manage and organize data to make effective financial decisions.
Focus Area: Organizational Leadership
The Organizational Leadership Focus Area is your tool to leading and managing in the for-profit business arena. It is also the key to success in an increasingly global and diverse society. Not only will you be getting the grounding in business and leadership that you need, but you will learn how to implement that knowledge in an ethical way and use critical thinking to work through challenges in the workplace.
Focus Area: Individualized Path
If you've been searching for a graduate program that will prepare you to be a successful leader in your specific career field then the individualized focus in the MLD program will fit your needs. The Individualized path offers you the flexibility to choose the courses that best fit your career goals and combine them with core leadership courses that will prepare you to be an effective leader in your industry.
"I liked that Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College offered a Master of Leadership Development rather than a general MBA. I felt leadership created a broader application of making a difference in my industry, plus the degree is well respected among the higher education community and I am very honored to be recognized with a strong, reputable institution."
~Jayson Boyers'09G, MLD graduate (PDF article)
Graduating from the MLD program will enable you to:
- Work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.
- Understand the influence of social and cultural context on individuals and organizations.
- Critically analyze research and ideas from various sources to determine alternatives.
- Conduct assessment and evaluation activities to guide practice and decision-making.
- Use appropriate technologies to enhance productivity and effectiveness.
- Develop and understand a repertoire of creative and ethical problem-solving models.
- Optimize team effectiveness
- Apply leadership skills to effect positive change in an organization, workplace or community.