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Master of Arts in Leadership

The Master of Arts in Leadership program attracts professionals with diverse backgrounds who want to position themselves for success in leadership in a variety of roles. Students learn the principles of effective leadership including:

– How human beings work and interact at the individual and instructional level

– How organizational structure and communication affect workplace dynamics

– The requirements and principles for ethical behavior and decision-making

– Critical thinking and communication skills

This program is designed for working professionals with flexible evening programming. By employing a cohort model, students can develop new professional relationships while balancing their responsibility to work, family and the community.

To qualify for the Leadership M.A. program at Woodbury, applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year institution.


Our mission is to develop ethical leaders with an ability to think critically and act effectively. Students study and examine practices to guide strategic change and leadership at all levels in both the public and private sectors, enabling them to respond to the needs of organizations today and propel them into tomorrow.

Our program is built upon these four pillars:

Transdisciplinarity: Thinking and acting holistically by bridging multiple perspectives and practices.

Design Thinking: Creating impactful solutions by linking needs and functions to limits and possibilities.

Entrepreneurship: Pursuing visionary opportunities to realize innovative knowledge, practice or product.

Civic Engagement: Strengthening communities by actively applying critical knowledge, skills and values.

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    Jim Uhl, Sergeant
    Southern CA Police Agency, Faculty

“The Master of Arts in Leadership Degree has broad applicability to the public, private and non-profit sectors. This degree not only prepares you for navigating through the challenges of law enforcement, but also prepares you for a supplemental career when your time in law enforcement is complete.”

Are you ready to become a leader?

Have questions about the program? Contact our Leadership Admissions Counselor Natalie Keshishian at natalie.keshishian@woodbury.edu or call 818-394-3363.

Leadership Admissions Counselor:

Natalie Keshishian
Phone: 818-394-3363
Email: natalie.keshishian@woodbury.edu


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Master-Leadership FACULTY

Woodbury University takes pride in its accomplished faculty and intimate, family-like atmosphere. In addition to teaching, our faculty continue to work as professionals in their fields, passing along the latest technology, trends, and strategies in the current market to WU students. We foster close mentoring relationships between faculty and student. Through this individual attention, we are able to know you as a person, and best help you find your path to success.

Program Schedule and Curriculum

This is a 20-month graduate program delivered in small study groups of 20 or less to maximize learning potentional and to promote personal and professional relationships that last well beyond graduation. In seven-week sessions, students immerse in the study of leadership, leading to a mastery of both theory and applications.


LEAD 500 Organizational Leadership
This course is an exploration of traditional and contemporary theories of leadership in organizations. Topics include models of leadership styles and techniques, organizational change agents, motivating personnel, decision-making and problem solving, ethics, interpersonal relationships, conflict resolution, and power.
LEAD 5700 Critical Thinking and Emotional Intelligence
Students will be able to engage in self-analysis of the knowledge, skills and abilities of Critical Thinking (CT) and Emotional Intelligence (EI) as they buttress effective leadership. Activities include handson opportunities to apply CT/EI to the competencies fundamental to organizational leadership and will be utilized throughout the entire curriculum. Focus is on student’s ability to articulate their values, decision-making, essential intellectual reasoning, and the logic of rationality as well as develop a vision of their own leadership traits and style.
LEAD 501 Psychology of Organizations
This course is an application of psychological principles and theories in understanding human behavior in the workplace. Topics include models and patterns of behavior in organizations, individual and group dynamics, the culture of organizations, and decision-making processes in employee selection, motivation, evaluation and training.
LEAD 502 Ethics in Organizations
This course is an exploration of the role of leaders in shaping ethical policies and practices in organizations. Topics include shaping organizational values, goals and mission, ethical decision-making, obligations of personnel to the organization, and the ethical use of power and influence.
LEAD 508 Quantitative Analysis
This course provides an application of research methods and statistical analysis to evaluate programs, policies, procedures, and performance in organizations. Topics include experimental and quasi experimental research designs, concepts of internal and external validity, and statistical techniques for data collection and analysis.
LEAD 503 Group Dynamics
This course is an exploration of the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of human groups. Topics include environmental influences on group behavior, formation of group identity, group cohesiveness, conformity, group roles and communication patterns, development of group norms and values, group decision making, productivity, and leadership.
LEAD 504 Conflict Resolution
This course analyzes sources of interpersonal conflict in organizations. Topics include models of organizational conflict, strategies for identifying and resolving conflict, theories of organizational change, implementation of change, and patterns of commune¬cation between individuals and groups in the workplace.
LEAD 505 Strategic Communication
This course focuses on communication processes and strategies of effective leaders. Topics include patterns of organizational communication, biases in perception and judgments, networking, feedback, psychological processes in decision-making, and formal and informal channels of information sharing.
LEAD 506 Leading Innovation and Organizational Change
This course examines the creation and maintenance of a culture of organizational innovation and change as a function of effective leadership. Topics include models of organizational innovation and change, identifying the need for change, strategies for imple¬menting and directing change, effective change agents, and resistance to change.
LEAD 509 Capstone in Leadership
This course provides an opportunity to synthesize and apply coursework to personal work settings. Through the course project students integrate topics such as of contemporary issues with theories of leadership; knowledge, skills and competencies of effective leaders; models of organizational structure and culture, innovation and change relevant to leadership in an analysis of their work setting.


  • My experience with Woodbury University was nothing short of phenomenal. The faculty was top notch, my cohort became my second family; friends and colleagues for life. The Master’s Leadership program was a unique and empowering experience that allowed me to propel my career forward. It enriched me into becoming a better person, civic, and organizational leader. My Woodbury experience was life changing.

    John Saavedra

  • The Masters of Arts in Leadership program was an integral part in my professional development. As leaders, it is important to understand ourselves before we lead others. The program’s small team setting allowed us to develop efficient communication skills, critically examine a variety of challenges, and further understand our role within our respective organizations. What I appreciated most was the program’s mix of theory and practical approaches to leading complex organizations. My degree from Woodbury continues to serve as a strong asset in my professional career.

    Yasmin Beers

  • As a newly retired military veteran, re-entering the civilian world, it was important to me to find a master’s program that fit with my action plan for success for areas in advocacy, political and legal arenas as a scholar and a professional. The leadership skills taught in this program are unparalleled because they come from the real world, and can be easily applied to all professional leadership roles.

    Angela Sanna

  • The knowledge and experience I’ve gained from the Woodbury University Masters of Leadership program was a journey that vastly expanded my horizons. It gave me valuable insight into how large organizations function and as to my role and purpose within – not only in continued advancement, but also as leader. The program has instilled confidence in my using learned leadership skills to be authentic while leading with my heart as well as my mind.

    Scott Rate

  • Woodbury University’s Masters of Arts in Leadership program attracts diverse students with varying educational backgrounds and professional experiences. The cohort format provided an excellent platform to share these individual experiences, which added tremendous value to the formal classroom learning that the program offered. The academic study of leadership complimented my many years of practical experience. As a result, I believe I will be a more effective leader in the future.

    Michelle Foster