The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Graduate Programs in Leadership

Master of Science in Leadership (36 credit hours)

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.

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Graduate Certificate in Leadership (15 credit hours)

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, charitable organizations, government agencies, 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 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 programs: M.S. in Leadership, M.A. in Social Science, M.S. in Project Management, or the MBA.

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Graduate Certificate in Military Leadership (15 credit hours)

The Graduate Certificate in Military Leadership will provide an opportunity for civilian and military students to study the leadership of great military leaders from the past and present. The courses, all offered online, will include leaders from both the U.S. military and from other countries and cultures. In addition, the program will include the study of the evolution of military leadership thought and strategic leadership theory within the larger body of knowledge on leadership. The courses will also examine contemporary military leadership issues. Also, the certificate program will include an individual research project that will focus on a specific dimension of military leadership and also will serve as the student’s capstone experience in the program. Finally, the five courses in the certificate program can be coupled with 7 additional courses to result in completion of the M.S. in Leadership degree.

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