Master of Strategic Leadership Development

Clayton State University
Degree Level Masters
Total Credit Hours 30

Program Description

The Master of Strategic Leadership Development (MSLD) program in the College of Business is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to lead teams, be inclusive, inspire commitment, and navigate challenges. By addressing some of the skills-gaps identified by employers in 'soft' skills and leadership skills, the MSLD will serve to expand the available talent pool locally and regionally. The curriculum includes strategic planning, design thinking, negotiation and conflict resolution, change management, and personal branding. Students will evaluate leadership styles, develop a leadership portfolio, and build a career development plan focused on leadership in a variety of business environments.

Admissions Information

College of Business candidates must follow School of Graduate Studies and University Graduate admission policies and procedures. Admission into the Master of Strategic Leadership degree program is based on several factors as outlined below to ensure a talented and diverse student body.

  • Completed online application to the School of Graduate Studies
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field (or equivalent in the case of those with an international education background) with a minimum of 2.5 GPA OR an advanced degree in any field (Master’s or higher) from an accredited College or University, as verified by an official transcript.

If the applicant does not meet the above requirement, the following additional documents must be submitted to be considered for admission.

  • Essay of purpose: in 500 words or less, tell us why you want to pursue the graduate degree you are applying for and why you are a good candidate for the program.
  • Current resume detailing professional experience and achievements.

International Students:

  • Due to the online delivery of the program, international students planning to study on an F1 visa should check with the Director of International Student Services about SEVIS restrictions regarding online courses prior to applying.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English or whose language of college instruction was not English are required to submit English Language proficiency through one of the following options: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The following TOEFL scores are acceptable: a minimum score of 78 for the iBT OR a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based TOEFL. The minimum IELTS score is a total of 6.
  • If an applicant has completed any coursework, degree, or degrees from institutions outside of the United States, he or she must utilize a credentialing evaluating organization. The School of Graduate Studies accepts an official course-by-course evaluation with a GPA that is prepared by either Josef Silnyand Associates or World Education Services.

Program Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges