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Gain Cutting-Edge Leadership Skills

Golden Gate University’s breakthrough leadership programs are based on extensive input from corporate partners, industry groups, leading scholars, and leverage the university’s decades-long successes in developing high achieving leaders in the innovative crucible of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Learn From Instructors Who Teach What They Do

Courses are taught by instructors who also work in some of the Bay Area’s largest and most successful organizations. They bring cutting-edge knowledge from the field to the classroom, teaching skills that are immediately applicable to the real world.

Future-Proof Your Career

The pace of change across industries is quickening. New technologies are disrupting established businesses at an accelerated rate. We are operating in an ever interconnected global world. Jobs once performed by professionals will soon be automated or outsourced. What was certain today well may be uncertain tomorrow. Are you prepared for how management and leadership will evolve as a result?


  • Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution or the equivalent from a recognized foreign (outside the US) institution, and provide official transcripts.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must meet the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements.
  • Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose and a resume.
  • Applicants should have at least 4 years of work experience.

Requirements for the Master of Science in Leadership

The Master of Science in Leadership requires completion of 27 units, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or better incourses taken at Golden Gate University that are applicable to the program’s requirements. For further information regardinggraduation requirements, see Academic Requirements for Graduate Programs.

Academic Program - 27 units

Core Courses - 21 units

LEAD 300
Management and Leadership
LEAD 301
Personal Leadership
LEAD 303
Teamwork in Organizations
LEAD 304
Leading Complex Change
LEAD 305
Adaptive Decision Making
LEAD 307
Strategic Leadership
MGT 348
Negotiating in Business

Capstone Course - 3 units

LEAD 306
Integrated Leadership Mastery

Elective Course - 3 units

Select one of the following:

HRM 306
Learning and Development
MGT 301
Entrepreneurship and New Business Development
MKT 300
Marketing Management
PM 340
Introduction to Project Management
PM 342
Agile Management for Project Managers
Executive Coaching Theory and Practice
Consulting Skills
Diversity in Organizations
Conflict Resolution: Ethics, Theory and Practice

Alternatively, with the approval of the program director, students may choose any 300/400-level graduate coursein the catalog for which they have completed the prerequisites.



Students who graduate from the Master of Science in Leadership program will demonstrate the ability to:
  • Apply a variety of cutting edge management and leadership frameworks and tools
  • Build and lead high performing teams
  • Demonstrate adaptive leadership capabilities in dealing with diverse audiences in rapidly changing, complex and chaoticorganizational situations
  • Identify and defend which decision-making methods to use in a variety of common scenarios
  • Generate a thoughtful and rigorous self-assessment of team and organizational leadership strengths and areas ofdevelopment
  • Demonstrate an ability to think, act, and influence strategically
  • Demonstrate negotiation skills to achieve win-win outcomes
  • Integrate leadership and management knowledge, skills, and mindsets into an individualized leadership philosophy andtoolkit.

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