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Master of Science in Leadership

Mission Statement

The mission of The Citadel’s Master of Science in Leadership program is to enhance the ability of students from any academic background and level of professional experience to perform effectively as principled leaders in their present or future leadership roles.  The program utilizes a holistic approach achieved through interdisciplinary and integrated courses to engage students in comprehensive learning about leadership in applied contexts. Designed for those seeking initial leadership positions or career progression in one’s current employment, the curriculum allows students to tailor the focus of their study toward individual and career interests.

The Citadel Graduate College now offers the flexibility of pursuing this degree either totally online or with some of the courses being offered on our campus in Charleston, South Carolina.  The Citadel is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the convenience of distance learning allows working professionals and military service members to pursue a degree online without interrupting their careers.

Program Overview 

The Master of Science in Leadership offers a unique integration of leadership-specific courses in a 36 credit-hour program. The program consists of the following course requirements, all of which can be taken online, while some are available to be taken in class on The Citadel campus.

Research Methods (6 credit hours)
PSCI-500  Seminar in Social Science
PSCI-501  Research Methods in Social Science
 
Human Behavior (6 credit hours)
PSYC-500  Human Growth and Development
PSYC-570 Social and Cognitive Foundations of Interpersonal Behavior
  
Leadership (24 credit hours)
BADM-713 Communication for Leadership
BADM-722    Leadership in Organizations: Principles and Practices
LDRS-710  Ethics, Values, and Principled Leadership
LDRS-711 Leading Change: Organization Development and Transformation
LDRS-712 Leading Teams: Coaching, Culture, Diversity, and Globalization
LDRS-713 Leadership Self-Appraisal, Development, and Critical Thinking
LDRS-714 Strategic Leadership, Vision, Mission, and Contemporary Issues
LDRS-715 Leadership Capstone Project
 

*Upon completion of the Master of Science degree requirements, students may apply to graduate here. 

Master of Science in Leadership Admission Requirements

  1. Submit a graduate application, along with a $30 non-refundable application fee.  Click here to access the online application.
  2. An official transcript of the baccalaureate degree or master's degree (whichever is higher) delivered directly from the regionally accredited college or university attended.
  3. All students must successfully complete either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).  The minimum for the GRE is a verbal and quantitative combination score of 290. The minimum for the MAT is a score of 396.  Applicants who score between 283-289 on the GRE or 380-395 on the MAT may be provisionally accepted; upon completion of the first six hours of degree coursework, with a minimum GPA of 3.50, the student will be considered fully admitted.  Admission tests must be current within five (5) years of application and official scores must be sent directly to the CGC office at the request of the student.
*For applicants wishing to pursue both the MS in Leadership and the Certificate, separate applications are not necessary.  Applicants may submit one application for the MS in Leadership. Courses required for the Certificate program are included in the requirements for the MS program; therefore, students admitted to the MS in Leadership will automatically be admitted to the Certificate in Leadership program.  

 

Graduate Certificate in Leadership

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership is offered by The Citadel to expand its educational mission concerning the study of leadership and the advanced development of principled leaders.  As a rigorous concentration in the various dimensions of leadership, this certificate represents the refined qualities of leadership that businesses, institutions, and the military expect today.

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership can be completed fully online, with many of the required courses also being offered in the classroom.  It is comprised of five (5) three-hour courses (15 credit hours total) at the graduate level.  These courses can be completed as a stand-alone Graduate Certificate in Leadership or can be counted towards the completion of one of these three programs (students should consult their academic advisor for eligibility):

  1. Master of Arts in Social Science (click to learn more)
  2. Master of Science in Project Management (click to learn more)
  3. Master of Business Administration (click to learn more)
*Students who enroll in and complete only the Leadership Certificate can apply those courses toward a Master of Science in Leadership at a future date. 
 
Program Overview 
 
Required Courses (6 credit hours)
BADM-722    Leadership in Organizations
PSYC-570 Social and Cognitive Foundations of Interpersonal Behavior
 
Electives (6 credit hours), choose two (2) of the following:
LDRS-710 Ethics, Values, and Principled Leadership
LDRS-711 Leading Change: Organization Development and Transformation
LDRS-712 Leading Teams: Coaching, Culture, Diversity, and Globalization
BADM-713 Communication for Leadership
PSYC-500 Human Growth and Development
 
Application of Leadership (3 credit hours), choose one (1) of the following:
BADM-740 Global Business Strategy (if enrolled in the MBA Degree)
PMGT-672 Applied Leadership Concepts (if enrolled in the Project Management Degree)
LDRS-714 Strategic Leadership, Vision, Mission, and Contemporary Issues
(if non-degree seeking or enrolled in programs not mentioned above)
 
*Upon completion of the certificate courses, students wishing to receive a Certificate of Completion will need to apply here.
 

Certificate in Leadership Admission Requirements

  1. Submit a graduate application, along with a $30 non-refundable application fee.  Click here to access the online application.
  2. An official transcript of the baccalaureate degree or master's degree (whichever is higher) delivered directly from the regionally accredited college or university attended.
  3. The names and contact information for three references familiar with your work.
  4. A letter of intent addressing the following:
    • How has your experience/education prepared you for graduate courses in leadership?
    • How will your knowledge, skills, and experiences contribute to the program's learning community?
    • What do you hope to gain from this graduate certificate program?