Master of Science in Leadership Development

Overview

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WPAFB Military and Civilian Graduate Scholarship

$7,500 per year for qualified students!

Individual students who are employed either as civilian workers or active-duty military personnel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), and their spouses and dependents, who wish to pursue graduate degrees at Wright State University are eligible to apply to the Wright State WPAFB Scholarship program. This scholarship provides up to $7,500 of tuition scholarship per year ($2,500 per semester) for qualified personnel and their family members who are pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees at Wright State!

 

Candidates will pursue this master's degree in a cohort model of course offerings with program-related experiences to integrate theory and practice. Classes may meet on a non-traditional schedule to allow for employment and incorporate evenings, weekends, web-enhanced, and web-based formats. 

The Master of Science in Leadership Development (MSLD) will address the principles of individual-based leader development, focusing on processes that build the capacities of groups in organizations. The major goal of the program is to prepare candidates capable of applying knowledge, critical analysis, improvement strategies and research to common challenges encountered in business, community, educational and non-profit organizations.

Benefits of the MSLD

  • Enhance your leadership position in your occupational field.
  • Enhance critical thinking and ethical decision making skills as a leader.
  • Improve communication, collaboration and group process skills which can be applied to a global society.
  • Develop skills in assessment, research, and evaluation needed for organizational improvement.

Contact Information

Julia Acosta, Program Coordinator
477 Allyn Hall
(937) 775-2506
julia.acosta@wright.edu

Dr. Sharon Heilmann, Director

Admission

Admission Requirements

  • 3.0 Cumulative minimum GPA, minimum of three years work experience
    OR
  • 2.7 Cumulative minimum GPA, minimum of three years work experience, and GRE score or MAT  score in the 50th percentile or better.

Admission Process

1

Apply to Graduate School.

2

Submit written essay.

3

Successfully complete an interview with program faculty.

Questions about the graduate school application?  Contact:

Graduate School
Location: 344 Student Union
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: (937) 775-2976
Fax: (937) 775-2453
Toll-free Number: 1-800-452-4723
Email: wsugrad@wright.edu

FAQs

What is the Master of Science in Leadership Development program?

The Master of Science in Leadership Development (MSLD) will address the principles of individual-based leader development, focusing on processes that build the capacities of groups in organizations. The major goal of the program is to prepare candidates capable of applying knowledge, critical analysis, improvement strategies and research to common challenges encountered in business, community, educational, and non-profit organizations. The program uses the cohort model and admits only for the fall term.

What can graduates of the MSLD program do with their degree?
  • Enhance their leadership position in their occupational field;
  • Enhance critical thinking and ethical decision making skills as a leader;
  • Improve communication, collaboration, and group process skills, which can be applied to a global society;
  • Develop skills in assessment, research, and evaluation needed for organizational improvement
When is the application deadline?

The MSLD program has rolling admission. We accept applications year-round, however admission to the  the MSLD cohort will close after the first week of August in the calendar year the cohort begins its first semester. Applications accepted after this time will be considered for the cohort beginning fall semester of the next year..

What are the academic requirements for admission to the program?

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 and a score at or above the 50th percentile on the GRE or MAT is required for admission to the MSLD program.

Are there other non-academic requirements for admission?

Yes. For admission into the MSLD program, applicants must have three years or equivalent work experience. In addition to the above requirements, student admission will be based on a program committee interview, written essay, and a recommendation by the program admissions committee. The three years work experience is evident in your resume submitted as a part to your application.

How long will it take to complete the MSLD program?

It takes 5 semesters to finish the MSLD program (2 fall semesters, 2 spring semesters, and 1 summer semester).

How will I know what courses to take?

You have will have a Program of Study (POS) that outlines your course of study once admitted in the program.

Am I assigned an advisor?

Yes, Once you are admitted into the program you will be assigned an advisor.

How many credit hours will it take to complete the program?

To finish the program, students must successfully complete 30-33 credit hours of coursework.

Does the MSLD program require a thesis or research project?

Yes, students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours in either LDR 7600 (Research Project) or LDR 9990 (Thesis).

Who can I contact for more information on the MSLD program?

Information on the MSLD program can be found on the program’s webpage or by contacting the Program Coordinator, Julia Acosta at (937) 775-2506 or julia.acosta@wright.edu.

Does the MSLD accept international students?

Yes, you can get more information from the International Gateway website.

When do you admit students?

We only admit students for fall admission.

Is the MSLD a full time program?

Yes, the MSLD is designed for working professionals and therefore completing 2 courses each semester will be expected.

Outstanding Alumni

2014 College Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient

Carey L. Kaufmann, '11 B.S., '13 M.S.L.D.

As a 2013 graduate of the Master of Science in Leadership Development (MSLD) Graduate Program at Wright State University, Carey Kaufmann has quickly advanced in her professional career. In addition to her position as End User Support Specialist at CaTS (Computing and Telecommunications Services) here at Wright State University, Carey is also the new supervisor of CaTS Home Base where she manages six students and full-time professional staff. During her graduate program, Carey was awarded a H-00 competitive grant by the Graduate Student Assembly in 2013 to partially fund her conference presentation of her thesis proposal at the annual conference of the American Society for Business and Behavioral Sciences in February 2013. For her ou tstanding academic and research accomplishments, Carey was awarded the MSLD Graduate Student Excellence Awa rd in 2013.

Since graduating in May 2013, Carey has continued her pursuit of  academic achievement, as a paper from her graduate thesis was recently presented in the Leadership Track at the annual conference of the Midwest Academy of Management in October 2013. She is in the process of submitting an article to a peer-reviewed academic journal. Carey has also been personally invited to represent the MSLD program to incoming students.

She is active in her local community,  serving as a volunteer coach for the Dayton High School Girls' Rugby Team (25 players). This team started four years ago and did not win one game. Under Carey's leadership,  the team made it to the State Tournament  this past year. Additionally,  she has helped recruit four additional coaches, so rugby can be played at North  and South High Schools this spring.