Strategic Leadership, M.S.

At a Glance

  • Program: Online M.S.
  • Audience: Graduate students
  • Format: Online; 7-week sessions
  • Next Start Date: September 2023
  • Cost: $15,000 ($500 per credit)
  • Time to Completion: 5 semesters (possibly less than 2 years)

​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.

Opportunities and Outcomes

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

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.

Course Overview

Curriculum (30 credits)

  • GEN 502 – Methods of Research
  • LDR 600 – Foundations of Leadership
  • LDR 603 – Organizational Ethics
  • LDR 604 – Theories of Change
  • LDR 605 – Politics of Leading
  • LDR 610 – Environmental Leadership
  • LDR 615 – Leading Digital Citizens
  • LDR 621 – Strategic and Critical Problem Solving
  • LDR 630 – Leading Across Cultures
  • LDR 640 – Power and Influence
  • LDR 635 – Leadership Comprehensive


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

Student Learning Objectives

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

Admissions 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

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.

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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