The master of arts in leadership studies is a graduate degree program with a global focus designed to make you a better leader in any environment. With a strong emphasis on ethics and leadership, our program gives you the skills needed to make tough choices about critical issues facing today's society. The program focuses on building what employers are looking for - strong communication and leadership skills, the creation and maintenance of collaborative and productive teams, and the enactment and support of socially responsible behavior.

Ayeisha Domino-Brown"My Marquette degree has given me the competence and confidence to tackle nonprofit issues that relate directly to my organization and the sector as a whole. The education I received gave me the tools I need to maximize and utilize my leadership ability in my current role and throughout my career." View the Video.

Ayeisha Domino-Brown
Performance Review & Evaluation Manager, Wisconsin Department of Children & Families

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the discipline of leadership to creatively engage the community in meeting its challenges.
  • Identify ethical issues and apply ethical principles, values, theories or frameworks to leadership practice.
  • Possess the cultural and communication skills necessary to interact in a reciprocal exchange that honors the human dignity of all persons.
  • Apply theory and principles of group dynamics in assuming multiple group roles and responsibilities.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative research methods encompassing scholarly writing as related to leadership practice and the selected specialization, if applicable.

Course Work

  • Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours (12 classes), including:

    • prescribed combinations of core leadership courses, plus specialization credits or elective credits for the leadership studies general track.
    • one of the three six-credit hour integrated learning options - a professional project, a research article of publishable quality, or additional course work followed by a comprehensive exam.
  • All classes are offered fully online or weeknights with a blend of on-campus and online learning.
  • In addition to class time, students can expect to spend an average of 12 hours a week outside class on course work for every three-credit course.
  • Full-time students taking three classes a semester can complete the program in as few as two years. Part-time students, on average, complete the program in three to four years. Students must complete the program in six years.


As a graduate student in leadership studies, you'll have access to:

  • Professors and instructors who are experts in their fields and can give you career guidance and offer real-world application of the information you learned in class.
  • An academic adviser who specializes in graduate education and will work with you to tailor a curricular plan that meets your needs and goals.
  • Writing assistance to help review papers and help you succeed as a writer.
  • Access to more than 1.7 million volumes of books and bound journals, 22,000 journals and other serials in digital format, laptops for checkout, and extensive special collections. The Raynor Memorial Libraries are open evenings and weekends.
  • Remote computer access to campus-only resources through our VPN.
  • Marquette University's Career Service Center providing free access to networking, career counseling, and job searching counselors and seminars.

Student profiles

Leadership Panel Discussion

Leaders from the Milwaukee area share their thoughts about leadership strengths with students.


Contact College of Professional Studies

Email the college

Marquette University College of Professional Studies
707 Building, Room 403
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-3153 or (800) 793-6450, extension 2
FAX: (414) 288-3298