The Master of Arts in Leadership Studies is an action-oriented program designed to empower you to become a change agent in your organization and community. Coursework will build on your foundational knowledge and help you develop effective leadership and organizational skills so you can transform lives. FPU’s combination of cutting-edge academic subjects and relevant practical applications address challenges for leaders who want to make a difference. In addition, integrating ethical leadership practices and creative approaches to change adds value for organizations and communities.


  • Designed to fit your busy schedule
  • Classes offered one evening per week, one class at a time
  • Face-to-face class meetings with blended online components
  • Master's research project is supervised in class by faculty
  • Taught by faculty with extensive academic & real world experience
  • Gain new perspective on leadership and collaborative learning
  • Gain competencies needed to lead change and address new challenges

Career opportunities

This degree prepares professionals for positions in senior management, non-profit administration, business planning and a wide array of leadership roles, such as memberships on boards of directors and positions in community leadership. This degree is not only beneficial to graduates; organizations also benefit as these individuals integrate and implement ethical leadership practices and an objective approach to managing change.

Program director

Susan Cox
Susan Cox, Ed.D.

Interim Dean of the School of Business, Assistant Professor of Business

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • Resume
  • Three current professional reference forms
  • Statement of intent
  • Program Interview Verification form
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • If GPA is under 3.0, submit a letter of petition and a designed test to indicate critical and analytical writing skills (GRE, GMAT, MAT results or other exam - see back for details)

Course listing

Required Courses (36 Units)

LEAD-705Introduction to Leadership Studies3
LEAD-707Organizational Behavior and Group Dynamics3
LEAD-720Communications and Marketing3
LEAD-721Conflict, Collaboration and Negotiations3
LEAD-722Human Resource Management3
LEAD-723Ethics and Sustainable Leadership Strategies3
LEAD-730Financial Decision Making3
LEAD-732Change and Transformation Strategies3
LEAD-734Integral Inquiry3
LEAD-752Developing Proposals for Change3
LEAD-762Leadership in Different Contexts3
LEAD-766Leadership Capstone Project3