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Program Director: Jay L. Caulfield, Ph.D.
www.marquette.edu/cps/graduate_programs_index.shtml

Degrees Offered

Master in Leadership Studies, Plan B only; Certificate

Specializations

Master’s: Criminal Justice Administration, Dispute Resolution, Health Care Administration, Nonprofit Sector, Public Service, Sports Leadership
A general plan, requiring no specialization, is also available.

Certificate: None

Program Descriptions

Master's Degree Program

The College of Professional Studies offers a professional degree program leading to the master in leadership studies (M.L.S.), where students may choose either a general plan or one of six specializations.

Criminal Justice Administration

The criminal justice administration specialization seeks to produce broadly-educated, highly-motivated, thoroughly-trained professionals and scholars to meet the challenges of urban society. Several objectives underlie the scope and content of the program: 1) to provide urban stewards with an ethical and scholarly understanding of the issues and ramifications of current and anticipated policies in criminal justice; 2) to develop persons capable of exercising independent, analytical thought consistent with the needs of a democratic society; and 3) to provide a core of leaders familiar with the issues of criminal justice management and policy analysis.

Dispute Resolution

The dispute resolution specialization attempts to combine the fields of law, business, psychology, sociology, political science, health sciences, education, and communication in dealing with today’s multi-faceted issues in resolving disputes. The program seeks to train professionals, primarily those in the fields of law, health care, education, and business, to practice as third party neutrals in the field of dispute resolution, or to be knowledgeable participants in dispute resolution processes.

Marquette University also offers master’s and certificate programs in dispute resolution. (See the Program section of Dispute Resolution for description and details.)

Health Care Administration

The health care administration specialization seeks to prepare working professionals to meet the leadership challenges of today’s health care system. As managed care and the integration of health care delivery continue to evolve, new skills and knowledge are needed to keep pace with current health care demands. The program provides a foundation in finance, economics, policy, leadership, systems, and outcome planning and evaluation, specifically related to the changing health care system. Through the many elective offerings (informatics, case management, marketing, program development, administrative practicum, conflict resolution, long-term care and more), students may explore a wide range of special interests.

Nonprofit Sector

The nonprofit sector specialization seeks to provide training for individuals who plan a career in the third sector. Administrative and leadership preparation are particularly central to this training as executives handle budgets, board memberships, personnel oversight, corporate statutes, and program development.

Public Service

The public service specialization prepares students to apply public service principals that encourage community engagement in urban environments and to apply frameworks to ethical dilemmas resulting in socially responsible public policy. Several objectives underlie the scope and content of this specialization: 1) to develop persons who can demonstrate the cultural and communication skills necessary to interact in a reciprocal exchange that honors the human dignity of all persons; 2) to develop persons who can apply theory and principals of group dynamics when assuming multiple group roles and responsibilities; and 3) to provide urban stewards with the necessary skills to collaborate with community leaders in solving complex urban problems.

Marquette University also offers a master’s program in public service. (See the Program section of Public Service for description and details.)

Sports Leadership

The sports leadership specialization seeks to provide training and an understanding of the depth and unique character of the sports industry. With a heavy emphasis on the application of leadership principles and practices to the business of athletics, the specialization objective is to increase the competency of sports leadership professionals.

Marquette University also offers a stand-alone certificate program in sports leadership. (See the Program section of Sports Leadership for description and details.)

Certificate Program

The College of Professional Studies offers a 15 credit non-degree graduate program leading to the certificate in leadership studies. With a heavy emphasis on ethics and leadership, the program objective is to increase the leadership competency of working professionals in our community.

Prerequisites for Admission

Applicants to leadership studies must hold a baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent, from a college or university of recognized standing. The undergraduate background must be appropriate to the chosen course of study. Generally, applicants should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.000 (on a scale of 4.000) in their undergraduate course work. Minimally two years of work experience is preferred.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit, directly to the Graduate School:

  1. A completed application form and fee online at marquette.edu/grad/future_apply.shtml.
  2. Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. (For master’s applicants only) a statement of purpose.
  5. Official test scores from the GRE (preferred), GMAT or LSAT. Waived if the applicant has completed any advanced degree from any school – M.A., M.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., J.D., or M.D.
  6. (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

Additional application requirements may be required for particular specializations. Students should contact the program adviser for details. 

Leadership Studies Master's Requirements

Students must complete a total of thirty-six (36) credit hours of course work for the master in leadership studies. Either the general curriculum or one of the six specializations (criminal justice administration, dispute resolution, health care administration, nonprofit sector, public service, sports leadership) must be chosen.

Students must complete prescribed combinations of core leadership studies (LEDR) courses, plus specialization credits or elective credits for the general curriculum. Students must also choose one of three integrative learning options:

  1. 6 credits of a professional project (LEDR 6998 Professional Project in Leadership Studies),
  2. 6 credits of a research article of publishable quality (LEDR 6998 Professional Project in Leadership Studies), or
  3. 6 credits of additional course work followed by a comprehensive examination.

For options 1 and 2 above, students must submit the project outline to be approved by their program adviser and by the Graduate School.

Students must complete the program within six years. Students are expected to earn a grade of B or above in all courses and must maintain a 3.000 cumulative grade point average to earn the degree of master in leadership studies.

General Curriculum

Students that choose the leadership studies general curriculum must complete 36 graduate-level credits:

LEDR 6000History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics3
LEDR 6005Self-Leadership3
LEDR 6010Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership3
LEDR 6015Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations3
LEDR 6020Leaders as Worldly Citizens3
LEDR 6025Research Methods in Social Sciences3
LEDR 6030Qualitative Research In Leadership Studies3
LEDR 6035Applied Quantitative Methods in Leadership Studies3
LEDR 6040Introduction to Business Processes3
3 credits of elective course work3
One of the three integrative learning options outlined above.6
Total Credit Hours36

Specializations

Students that choose a specialization in criminal justice administration, dispute resolution, health care administration, nonprofit sector, or public service must complete 36 graduate-level credits: 18 credits of core course work, 12 credits in the area of specialization, and 6 credits for completing one of the three integrative learning options outlined above.

The sports leadership specialization requires 36 graduate-level credits: 15 credits of core course work, 15 credits in the area of specialization, and 6 credits for completing one of the three integrative learning options listed above.

Criminal Justice Administration

Students must complete a total of 36 credit hours of course work:

LEDR 6000History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics3
LEDR 6005Self-Leadership3
LEDR 6010Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership3
LEDR 6015Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations3
or LEDR 6020 Leaders as Worldly Citizens
LEDR 6025Research Methods in Social Sciences3
LEDR 6030Qualitative Research In Leadership Studies3
or LEDR 6035 Applied Quantitative Methods in Leadership Studies
CJAD 6400Critical Issues in Criminal Justice3
CJAD 6405Criminological Theory in Public Service and Social Policy3
6 credits of elective specialization course work:6
Juvenile Justice
Victims and Victims Policy
Correctional Management and Policy Analysis
Females: Offenders, Victims and Workers in the Criminal Justice System
Clinical Issues in Criminal Justice
Forensic Psychology in Criminal Justice
Issues in Criminal Justice Policy-Making
Policies in Policing *
Legal Issues in Law Enforcement *
Topics in Criminal Justice
Practicum in Criminal Justice
Independent Study in Criminal Justice
One of the three integrative learning options outlined above.6
Total Credit Hours36

*

Law enforcement leadership and management certificate students only 

Dispute Resolution

Students must complete a total of 36 credit hours of course work:

LEDR 6000History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics3
LEDR 6005Self-Leadership3
LEDR 6010Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership3
LEDR 6015Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations3
or LEDR 6020 Leaders as Worldly Citizens
LEDR 6025Research Methods in Social Sciences3
LEDR 6030Qualitative Research In Leadership Studies3
or LEDR 6035 Applied Quantitative Methods in Leadership Studies
DIRS 6600Mediation3
DIRS 6605Advanced Mediation3
DIRS 6610Dispute Resolution Theory3
DIRS 6615Advanced Issues in Dispute Resolution3
One of the three integrative learning options outlined above.6
Total Credit Hours36

Health Care Administration

Students must complete a total of 36 credit hours of course work:

LEDR 6000History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics3
LEDR 6005Self-Leadership3
LEDR 6010Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership3
LEDR 6015Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations3
or LEDR 6020 Leaders as Worldly Citizens
LEDR 6025Research Methods in Social Sciences3
LEDR 6030Qualitative Research In Leadership Studies3
or LEDR 6035 Applied Quantitative Methods in Leadership Studies
HEAL 6820Health Care Program Development3
HEAL 6841Health Care Finance3
HEAL 6848Health Care Policy3
NURS 6009Organizational and Systems Leadership3
One of the three integrative learning options outlined above.6
Total Credit Hours36

Nonprofit Sector

Students must complete a total of 36 credit hours of course work:

LEDR 6000History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics3
LEDR 6005Self-Leadership3
LEDR 6010Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership3
LEDR 6015Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations3
or LEDR 6020 Leaders as Worldly Citizens
LEDR 6025Research Methods in Social Sciences3
LEDR 6030Qualitative Research In Leadership Studies3
or LEDR 6035 Applied Quantitative Methods in Leadership Studies
NPSE 6521Social Entrepreneurship: Leadership and Management Issues for the Third Sector3
NPSE 6525Financial Matters in the Non-Profit Sector3
NPSE 6530Social Justice and Social Activism3
NPSE 6535Legal Aspects of the Non-Profit Sector3
One of the three integrative learning options outlined above.6
Total Credit Hours36

Public Service

Students must complete a total of 36 credit hours of course work:

LEDR 6000History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics3
LEDR 6005Self-Leadership3
LEDR 6010Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership3
LEDR 6015Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations3
or LEDR 6020 Leaders as Worldly Citizens
LEDR 6025Research Methods in Social Sciences3
LEDR 6030Qualitative Research In Leadership Studies3
or LEDR 6035 Applied Quantitative Methods in Leadership Studies
PUBS 6205Urban Policy and Public Service Administration3
PUBS 6210Ethics in Public Service3
6 credits of elective specialization course work (any PUBS courses not yet chosen)6
One of the three integrative learning options outlined above.6
Total Credit Hours36

Sports Leadership

Students must complete a total of 36 credit hours of course work:

LEDR 6000History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics3
LEDR 6005Self-Leadership3
LEDR 6010Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership3
LEDR 6025Research Methods in Social Sciences3
LEDR 6015Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations3
or LEDR 6020 Leaders as Worldly Citizens
SPLE 6001Introduction to Sports Leadership3
SPLE 6400Sport Management 3
9 credits elective specialization course work:9
Legal and Ethical Athletic Leadership
Sports Communication
Social-Historical Foundations of Sports
Topics in Athletic Leadership
Practicum in Sports Leadership
Independent Study in Sports Leadership
One of the three integrative learning options outlined above.6
Total Credit Hours36

Leadership Studies Certificate Requirements

The certificate program requires completion of five courses (15 credits) selected from a prescribed list of LEDR courses. Of these five courses, four are required. The remaining course is an elective course that may be selected from the LEDR course listings. To demonstate achievement of the certificate learning outcomes, students are required to write a reflective paper during the final enrollment term for the certificate.

LEDR 6000History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics3
LEDR 6005Self-Leadership3
LEDR 6010Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership3
LEDR 6015Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations3
or LEDR 6020 Leaders as Worldly Citizens
3 credits of elective course work selected from the LEDR course listings3
Total Credit Hours15

Students must complete the certificate program within three years. Students are expected to earn a grade of B or above in all courses and must maintain a 3.000 cumulative grade point average to earn the certificate in leadership studies.