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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.



It is strongly recommended that students take the courses below in the following sequence:

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 306
Integrated Leadership Mastery




Students who graduate from the Master of Science in Leadership program will demonstrate the ability to:
  • Identify, understand, and differentiate between management and leadership.
  • Build and lead high performing teams.
  • Facilitate effective collaboration in the selection and application of appropriate business methods and tools.
  • Exercise emotional intelligence and implement adaptive leadership capabilities in dealing with diverse audiences and rapidly changing, complex, and chaotic organizational situations.
  • Identify ethical dilemmas and evaluate appropriate options using moral reasoning.
  • Identify and defend which decision-making methods to use in a variety of common scenarios.
  • Generate a thoughtful and rigorous self-assessment of their team, organizational leadership strengths, and areas of development.
  • Formulate a three- to five-year personal leadership / career / whole-life goal.
  • Integrate leadership and management knowledge, skills, and mindsets into an individualized leadership philosophy and toolkit.
  • Articulate benefits of their individualized specialization in a way that adds value to current and future employees.


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