Strategic Leadership, M.S.

​Learn to lead with courage and confidence in any industry, organization, or company.

Through a cross-disciplinary approach, remote delivery, and relevant curriculum, including timely topics such as diversity and environmental leadership, Immaculata University’s Master of Science in Strategic Leadership will prepare you to lead with courage and confidence in any industry, organization, or company. An alternative to the traditional MBA and its focus on technical skills, the Master of Science in Strategic Leadership program does not require any business prerequisites and provides leadership courses that incorporate evidence-based practices to help you lead the changes necessary for organizations to thrive.

Program Highlights

Program Delivery

All courses in the program are offered online with weekly synchronous class meetings, combining the convenience of remote attendance with the benefit of live instruction with expert faculty and engagement with your peer network.

Program Structure

The Online MSL program requires 30 graduate credits that you can finish in five semesters. Each course meets in accelerated seven-week sessions, and you will take one course at a time.

Program Cost

Competitively priced at $500 per credit, totaling $15,000 for the degree.

Stackable Credentials

The program includes a leadership certificate that can be earned as a standalone credential or along the way to the MS degree, allowing you to build your resume sooner.


Designed for students from across industries, the MS in Strategic Leadership takes a cross-disciplinary approach. You will take courses with students in the MBA program as well as students from a variety of other master’s level programs.

Career Outlook

Immaculata graduates can readily apply their advanced leadership skills to a wide range of industries and professions. While potential career opportunities could be limitless, top job categories include:

  • Corporate Leadership
  • Nonprofit Leadership
  • Professional Development Training
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consulting
  • Environmental Leadership
  • Sales and Marketing Leadership
  • And more

Student Spotlight

Simon Madrinan ’22 has seen remarkable results—two promotions and then a new job at Harvard University Employees Credit Union—since starting a graduate leadership program at Immaculata. Read more.

Course Overview

Curriculum (30 credits)

• GEN 502 - Methods of Research

GEN 502 Methods of Research

This course is designed to examine comprehensive methodological approaches to qualitative and quantitative research and the basic research process. Skills in critiquing research, evaluating the research outcomes as valid, reliable and useful and the application of this knowledge and skill in the creation of a literature review are included. Students who receive a grade of B- or below in Methods of Research at the master’s level will be required to repeat the course.

• LDR 600 – Foundations of Leadership

LDR 600 Foundations of Leadership

Students will identify the unique nature, characteristics, and relationship of the Self and Others in regard to leadership and followership and build upon an understanding of these identified differences to develop and implement strategies that improve the quality of the work culture and overall productivity for the betterment of the collective organization. This course lays the foundation for other courses in the program to include communication, ethics, power and aesthetics, strategy and subsidiarity, followership and solidarity, self-care, and more. Recommended within the first 12 credits upon advisement.

• LDR 603 – Organizational Ethics

LDR 603 Organizational Ethics

This course pursues the understanding that leadership, the practice of leading, requires the knowledge to recognize and discern the ethical, respectful, and just application of influence within a specific cultural context. Ethical leadership must invariably form everyday practices which preserve human dignity and benefit the common good even in the process of influence. Difficulties arise when striving to balance the collective interests of the organization with the cultural norms, established regulations, and global perspectives that comprise all societies.
• LDR 604 - Theories of Change

LDR 604 Theories of Change

This course draws upon a variety of interdisciplinary methods to analyze and better understand the societal aspects of organizational groups—change, memory, and stability—which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to formulate initiatives to reach their full potential through growth and change. This course emphasizes how leaders can be effective in generating organizational transformation. Learners integrate knowledge or organizational change theory into their role as a change agent.

• LDR 605 - Politics of Leading

LDR 605 Politics of Leading

This course will explore lobbying and consensus building as key aspects of strategic leading. Although the terms politics, lobbying, and consensus building are often associated with government politics, and these will be explored, they are also a common aspect of human interaction.

• LDR 610 - Environmental Leadership

LDR 610 Environmental Leadership

This course will examine a leader’s role and responsibility in regard to issues of sustainability, declining ecosystems, and environmentally minded leadership practices. Responsible decision making in light of current environmental issues and the organizational impact upon the environment will be discussed.

• LDR 615 – Leading Digital Citizens

LDR 615 Leading Digital Citizens

The importance of leaders recognizing the responsibility of the individual as a citizen in a digitally driven culture is the primary focus of this course. Students will develop an understanding of their own competency and proficiency in the areas of information and data literacy, communication and collaboration, digital content creation, safety and security, and problem solving. This understanding and the implications of a digital citizenship perspective will be applied to the broader practice of leading others within organizations both virtual and physical.

• LDR 621 – Strategic and Critical Problem Solving

LDR 621 Strategic and Critical Problem Solving

This course explores strategy development and adopts an interdisciplinary approach to this process by drawing on the disciplines of history, anthropology, literature, and gaming. A historical overview of the field of strategy will be analyzed, along with contemporary approaches which will introduce and demonstrate real-world application. Critical problem solving activities including situational and environmental analysis, capacity assessment, and appropriate alignment of an organization’s vision, mission, objectives will be employed. A combination of theory and practice in all relevant aspects of strategy development will be emphasized.

• LDR 630 - Leading Across Cultures

LDR 630 Leading Across Cultures

This seminar style course will address a revolving set of timely and relevant topics in regard to leadership. Topics and/or lecturers will change to explore current events and topics that impact and inform leadership, organizational culture, and society.

• LDR 640 – Power and Influence

LDR 640 Power and Influence

Understanding that leadership, the practice of leading, is the knowledge to distinguish and monitor the ethical, respectful, and just application of power within a specific cultural context and that power must invariably form leadership practices which preserve dignity and benefit the human person even in the process of influence.
• LDR 635 - Leadership Comprehensive

LDR 635 Leadership Comprehensive

The culminating experience is a research thesis which requires students to build upon their research of the leadership topic of choice established in LDR 600 and pursued throughout the program. Students will define how their research topic of choice has shaped them as both a scholar and a practitioner of strategic leadership.


This program contains content aligned with the curriculum requirements set forth by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of the program students will:

  • Understand there are various schemes, both internal and external that impact an organization’s mission
  • Understand the implications of social power dynamics and the importance of an ethical application of influence
  • Identify the unique nature and complexity of the leader-follower relationship across cultures—language, ritual, story, family, ethnicity—and build upon this diversity to develop successful strategies to improve the work environment
  • Recognize that leading is the strategic mitigation of conflict; employ various strategies for negotiating and building consensus
  • Acquire the skills to recognize the manifestation of power in the complex symbolic systems of communication and the role culturally relevant stories play in leader-follower communications
  • Practice globally-minded and socially responsible decision making in light of contemporary environmental and political issues and identify the potential impact organizations can have upon the broader community

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Provide official undergraduate transcripts demonstrating a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit a current resume
  • Provide two professional letters of recommendation

Just the facts


Semesters to complete the degree


Program offered at a discounted rate of $500 per credit


Courses meet in seven week sessions


Credits required for graduation for most tracks

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