Degrees Offered

Master in Leadership, Plan B only

Program Descriptions

Master's Degree Program

The Graduate School of Management offers a professional degree program leading to the master in leadership (M.L.), where students may choose either a general plan or one of the following specializations.

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.

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.)

Prerequisites for Admission

Applicants to leadership studies must hold a baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent, from an accredited college or university. 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 of Management:

  1. A completed application form and fee online at the GSM website.
  2. Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. A statement of purpose.
  5. Official test scores from the GRE or GMAT.
  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.

Master in Leadership

Specializations: A specialization is not required in the master in leadership program, and earning a specialization does not alter, in any way, the degree awarded. For those interested, specializations are available in health care administration and in sports leadership. A student must earn a grade of B or above in each of the prescribed courses within each specialization, and all courses applied toward a specialization must be taken at Marquette University. The specialization is 15 specified credits beyond the core curriculum as listed below. The specialization is noted on the student's official university transcript. A general program, requiring no specialization, is also available.

Students must complete a total of thirty (30) credit hours of course work for the master in leadership: 15 credit hours of core course work plus 15 additional credits. Students will be placed in the general, no specialization, program unless the health care administration or the sports leadership specialization is chosen.

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 at least a 3.000 cumulative grade point average to earn the degree of master in leadership.

Marquette University also offers a stand-alone certificate in Leadership.

Leadership Core Curriculum

The master in leadership core curriculum regardless of specialization is 15 specified credit hours:

LEDR 6005Self-Leadership3
MANA 6100Organizational Behavior3
MANA 6125Negotiations3
LEDR 6000History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics3
or MANA 6110 Leadership, Motivation and Organizational Change
MANA 6170Global Environment of Business3
or HURE 6170 Ethical Issues, Regulatory Environment and Human Resource Management

Additional Credit Requirement Options

In addition to the core, 15 credit hours of electives are required.  The three options are:

No specialization (15 credits)

Students must complete the 15 core curriculum credit hours, plus select 15 credits from the electives below, other approved GSM courses, or from other graduate level courses offered by other graduate programs on campus. All courses selected from outside the Graduate School of Management are subject to GSM approval and availability/approval of the department offering the course. Students can customize the program to their personal and professional goals.

Elective course options (may not double count those used for core requirements)
LEDR 6000History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics3
LEDR 6015Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations3
LEDR 6020Leaders as Worldly Citizens3
LEDR 6025Research Methods in Social Sciences3
LEDR 6045Communication Styles and Strategies for Leaders3
LEDR 6051Contemporary Leadership: Theory, Research and Application3
LEDR 6931Topics in Leadership Studies1-3
LEDR 6995Independent Study in Leadership Studies1-3
HURE 6170Ethical Issues, Regulatory Environment and Human Resource Management3
HURE 6530Staffing Work Organizations3
HURE 6535Diversity in Organizations3
MANA 6110Leadership, Motivation and Organizational Change3
MANA 6140International Management3
MANA 6170Global Environment of Business3
MARK 6100Marketing Management3
MARK 6175Marketing and Social Entrepreneurship3
NPSE 6521Social Entrepreneurship: Leadership and Management Issues for the Third Sector3
NPSE 6931Topics in Non-Profit Sector1-3
PUBS 6205Urban Policy and Public Service Administration3
PUBS 6210Ethics in Public Service3
SPLE 6300Social-Historical Foundations of Sports3
SPLE 6500Sports Finance3
SPLE 6600Sports Facility Management3
SPLE 6931Topics in Athletic Leadership3
Topic: NCAA Exploring Current Issues or Topic: Special Events
Topic: Fundraising and Social Innovation
BUAD 6101Skills: Conducting Performance Appraisals1
BUAD 6102Skills: Balanced Scorecard1
BUAD 6104Skills: Business Writing1
BUAD 6105Skills: Coaching for Performance Improvement1
BUAD 6106Skills: Cross-Cultural Meetings - Business Interactions1
BUAD 6107Skills: Facilitating Meetings1
BUAD 6108Skills: GIS Business ArcView Software1
BUAD 6110Skills: Organizational Assessment1
BUAD 6111Skills: Powerful Presentations1
BUAD 6112Skills: SAS1
BUAD 6113Skills: SPSS1
BUAD 6114Skills: Team Building1
BUAD 6116Skills: Organizational Consulting - Roles and Responsibilities1
BUAD 6117Skills: Conducting an Ethical Audit1

Health Care Administration specialization (15 credits)

HEAL 6820Health Care Program Development3
HEAL 6840The Environment of Health Care Delivery2-3
HEAL 6841Health Care Finance3
HEAL 6848Health Care Policy3
HURE 6530Staffing Work Organizations3
BUAD 6101-61170-1

Sports Leadership specialization (15 credits)

SPLE 6001Introduction to Sports Leadership3
SPLE 6100Ethics in Sports Leadership3
SPLE 6200Sports Communication3
SPLE 6400Sport Management 3
3 credits of sports leadership (SPLE) electives3

Leadership Studies Courses

LEDR 6000. History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics. 3 cr. hrs.

Presents analysis of historical concepts regarding leadership with a special focus on leadership ethics. Developmental processes related to ethical leadership will be studied. Introduces quantitative and qualitative research methodologies appropriate for leadership issues. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

LEDR 6005. Self-Leadership. 3 cr. hrs.

Studies aspects of the self that directly impact leadership. Includes the study of intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects. Arenas of self-leadership include: time and money usage, attitude and mood management, daily routines and stress management. Explores the ethics of self-leadership. Highly applications-focused. Includes qualitative and quantitative methodologies appropriate for measuring the self. Prereq: LEDR 6000 and admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

LEDR 6010. Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership. 3 cr. hrs.

Examines the theory and process of negotiation from a variety of vantage points. Focuses primarily on group dynamics and the tools and techniques needed to understand the process. Exposes students to various team-building, conflict resolution and problem-solving strategies. Emphasizes the steps and practices critical for the negotiation process to work effectively and the strategies and tactics necessary for successful team building. Provides students with an opportunity to develop their negotiation and team building skills through the case study method, hybrid assignments and in-class negotiation exercises. Prereq: LEDR 6000 and admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

LEDR 6015. Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations. 3 cr. hrs.

Studies the influence of leadership on the behavior within and toward an organization, especially as related to organizational culture, governing bodies, strategic planning, succession planning, diversity and globalization. Prereq: LEDR 6000 and admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

LEDR 6020. Leaders as Worldly Citizens. 3 cr. hrs.

Studies leadership and organizational leadership behavior in the context of the external culture within which the organization is embedded. Studies the intersection of world religions, world history, world monetary systems, with leadership and ethics. Issues include: nationalism, education, democracy, economic development, distribution of resources, trade vs. aid, the plight of vulnerable peoples of the world, information technology issues. Simple analyses of databases with worldwide data will be conducted. Prereq: LEDR 6000 and admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

LEDR 6025. Research Methods in Social Sciences. 3 cr. hrs.

Interpretation and evaluation of empirical research studies. Explores how to write research questions and hypotheses. Studies methods of measuring and interpreting validity and reliability, as well as, common research methods and designs for quantitative and qualitative social science studies. Requires the successful completion of the Office of Research Compliance (ORC) tutorial. The culminating assignment includes constructing a research proposal ready to submit to ORC. Prereq: LEDR 6000 and admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

LEDR 6030. Qualitative Research In Leadership Studies. 3 cr. hrs.

Applies qualitative research methods relating to leadership practice. Through readings, exercises and a research project, students learn to conduct a qualitative study from question through findings/conclusions. Students learn to become ethical producers and consumers of qualitative research. Prereq: LEDR 6000 and admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

LEDR 6035. Applied Quantitative Methods in Leadership Studies. 3 cr. hrs.

Statistical methods applied and interpreted include: Chi-Square, t-tests, ANOVA, ANCOVA and regression. Methods studied in the context of leadership studies. Access to SPSS required. Undergraduate course in basic statistics recommended. Prereq: Score of 50th percentile or above in the quantitative reasoning portion of the GRE or a statistics course with a grade of B or better within the past five years. Students who do not meet one of these two conditions are required to complete a foundational statistics course prior to registration. Admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

LEDR 6040. Introduction to Business Processes. 3 cr. hrs.

Focuses on the leadership and ethics principles involving sustainability, growth and strategic planning, including a focus on utilizing social media. Presents principles studied in the context of current organizational climates as well as emerging and ever-changing organizational climates. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

LEDR 6045. Communication Styles and Strategies for Leaders. 3 cr. hrs.

Examines the relationship between communication behaviors and leadership effectiveness. Topics include: power, decision making, ethics, team and interpersonal relationships and creative thinking. Through practical application and case studies, students practice and reflect on their use of these communication behaviors in their roles as leaders. Prereq: LEDR 6000 and admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

LEDR 6051. Contemporary Leadership: Theory, Research and Application. 3 cr. hrs.

In-depth study of the transformational and transactional leadership model of Bass and Riggio and a review of emerging thought on authentic leadership. Learning activities include an in-depth review of the literature on transformational and transactional leadership theory; in-class and online discussion and design and presentation of either a qualitative or quantitative study in contemporary leadership, inclusive of drafting an actual research proposal. Prereq: LEDR 6000 and admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

LEDR 6931. Topics in Leadership Studies. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Examination of topics related to contemporary issues in leadership studies. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir. Course prereqs may vary pending topic.

LEDR 6995. Independent Study in Leadership Studies. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Provides opportunities to investigate and study areas of interest through readings, research, field experience, projects, and/or other educational activities under the direction of a faculty adviser. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

LEDR 6998. Professional Project in Leadership Studies. 3 cr. hrs.

Required course for the integrative learning experience. Must be taken twice, over two terms, for a total of 6 credits. Two options: 1) complete a professional project or 2) complete a research article of publishable quality. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Fifteen core credits and 9 specialization credits completed. For the general track in leadership studies, 24 credits completed; admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

LEDR 9974. Graduate Fellowship: Full-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

LEDR 9991. Professional Project Continuation: Less than Half-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

LEDR 9992. Professional Project Continuation: Half-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

LEDR 9993. Professional Project Continuation: Full-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate BUAD, HURE, LEDR, PUBS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

Sports Leadership Courses

SPLE 6001. Introduction to Sports Leadership. 3 cr. hrs.

Overview of the diverse leadership opportunities within the sports industry. Discussion of current athletic issues and challenges from a leadership and managerial perspective. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate ACCO, BUAD, ECON, HURE, LEDR or SPLE program; or con. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SPLE 6100. Ethics in Sports Leadership. 3 cr. hrs.

Various dimensions of athletic ethics will be explored including: sports in peacebuilding; sport as social innovator; along with various ethical issues in sport and sport management. These issues will include such topics as: competition and fair play; leadership; social aspects of sport; as well as other subjects. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate ACCO, BUAD, ECON, HURE, LEDR or SPLE program; or con. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SPLE 6200. Sports Communication. 3 cr. hrs.

A study of the various ways in which individuals and organizations communicate through sports inclusive of print, electronic and on-line media as well as advertising, PR and special events. Special emphasis is placed on how leaders focus on their target audiences; primarily the fan or end user and the efforts, inclusive of market research, employed to attract and keep audiences engaged. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate ACCO, BUAD, ECON, HURE, LEDR or SPLE program; or con. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SPLE 6300. Social-Historical Foundations of Sports. 3 cr. hrs.

Examines the historical and sociological foundations of athletics in the U.S. Important areas of emphasis include: historical development of athletics, sport as a cultural product, social relations, organizational structures and contemporary issues. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate ACCO, BUAD, ECON, HURE, LEDR or SPLE program; or con. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SPLE 6400. Sport Management. 3 cr. hrs.

Analysis of the foundations of the sport industry with an emphasis on amateur and professional organizations. Statistical analysis and evaluation of the multifaceted elements of a successful athletic organization, including: consumer psychology, discretionary-spending patterns and other contributing critical ingredients. Students gain an understanding of how analytics and quantitative research drive athletics. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate ACCO, BUAD, ECON, HURE, LEDR or SPLE program; or con. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SPLE 6500. Sports Finance. 3 cr. hrs.

Examines the various techniques that can be utilized when financing a sports program regardless of the level of competition or type of program. Using active class discussion, research, mini-projects and the text, students determine how to budget for and continue to finance various sports enterprises. Prereq: Admitted to graduate ACCO, BUAD, ECON, HURE, LEDR; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SPLE 6600. Sports Facility Management. 3 cr. hrs.

Examines the critical components of sport facility management including but not limited to; facility planning and construction, system design and operation, marketing, budgeting, maintenance, risk and event management. Primarily aimed at individuals aspiring to or working in the sport management field since there is no game without a facility in which to play. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate ACCO, BUAD, ECON, LEDR or SPLE program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SPLE 6700. NCAA: Exploring Current Issues. 3 cr. hrs.

Team-learning approach dependent upon each student contributing to the overall examination of the NCAA and the issues it faces. Students conduct individualized study and research based on directed assignments and present their work. Examines the NCAA’s history, structure, criticisms, accomplishments and challenges within the context of current issues. Prereq: Admitted to GSM: or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SPLE 6931. Topics in Athletic Leadership. 3 cr. hrs.

Examination of topics related to contemporary issues in athletic leadership. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate ACCO, BUAD, ECON, HURE, LEDR or SPLE program; or con. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SPLE 6964. Practicum in Sports Leadership. 3-6 cr. hrs.

Supervised experiences in sports leadership. Each student must negotiate an appropriate practicum plan and location with the graduate sports leadership faculty and the sports leadership practicum coordinator. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate SPLE program; and con. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SPLE 6995. Independent Study in Sports Leadership. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Provides opportunities to investigate and study areas of interest through readings, research, field experience, projects, and/or other educational activities under the direction of a faculty adviser. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate SPLE program; or con. of M.B.A. prog. dir.