Master of Applied Leadership

Program Overview

Program Overview

Muskingum Master of Applied Leadership Program

Muskingum University's Master of Applied Leadership is a fully accredited online program for those who have successfully completed a bachelor's degree in any area of study. Learn more about admission here.

The purpose of Muskingum University's Master of Applied Leadership program is to develop leaders in a broad array of organizations.

All leaders work with people to accomplish an organization's goals. Scientists run labs. Artists manage galleries. Athletes coach teams. Muskingum's MAL program can help you develop the knowledge and skills to make you a more effective leader in whatever career path you may choose.

The MAL Program focuses specifically on applied leadership. We define "applied leadership" as using evidence-based research and practice to solve real-world problems.

In short, we don't only want our students to pass a test or write a paper about leadership- we want them to be able to lead effectively by applying what they have learned to their personal and professional lives. Every course is designed with this goal in mind. 

Program Summary

  • 30 semester hours (view curriculum)
  • Taught by highly qualified instructors from across the University
  • 100% online with blended synchronous and asynchronous formats
  • Individual Mentors 
  • Average time to complete: 1-2 years

Program Goals

  • Understanding and applying leadership theory
  • Making informed decisions based on research
  • Communicating with stakeholders
  • Thinking and acting ethically
  • Managing conflict
  • Using systems thinking 
  • Inspiring and supporting innovation 
  • Facilitating teams
  • Managing projects
  • Using scholarly research to improve practice 

Students will be expected to develop and demonstrate the fundamental competencies of extraordinary leadership throughout the program, including:

  • Treating others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect while considering and responding appropriately to the needs and feelings of diverse people in different situations
  • Behaving in an honest, fair, and ethical manner; showing consistency in words and actions; and modeling high standards of ethics
  • Making clear and convincing oral presentations; listening effectively; and clarifying information as needed
  • Writing in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for an intended audience 
  • Displaying a commitment to serve the common good
  • Assessing and recognize their own strengths and weaknesses while pursuing their self-development 
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