Master of Science in Leadership

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Why earn a master's in leadership?
Are you tailoring your studies toward a career in organizational leadership? Or maybe you’ve been out in the workforce and want to make the jump to executive management. If you are in a position to lead people or organizations — or want to be, a Master of Science in Leadership degree is the perfect next step.

You will learn important skills such as how to build relationships, innovate and inspire, build an effective team, and other hard and soft skills you’ll need to be a quality leader. This degree doesn’t focus on accounting and finance, but on understanding human behavior, effective communication, managing complex systems, and creatively solving big problems.

Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from and with other graduate students with diverse backgrounds and career experiences such as accountants, graphic designers, marketers, nurses, high school teachers, social workers and more.

The world needs quality leaders in every field. Whatever your passion or background, the master's in leadership gives you the opportunity to do a world of good wherever you lead.

High demand
Demand for managers and executives continues to grow at a faster-than-average rate — eight percent over the next ten years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That means more than 1 million jobs per year. And most management fields have a median annual pay of $100,000 and up (from

Who should take this degree?
This graduate degree is ideally suited for anyone with at least a bachelor’s degree in nearly any field — including business, communication, health care, education and many more.

A master’s degree is very important as you advance your career, especially if you want to move into leadership. This master’s in leadership provides a broad base of learning so regardless of your industry, I believe it's a benchmark you need to have if you're going to seek a leadership role.

Amanda Maggard
Union College graduate and President and CEO of AdventHealth Zephyrhills and AdventHealth Dade City hospitals
photo Joel Jasa

Why study at Union College?

Union has a legacy of building effective leaders.

A legacy of building leaders
Union College has a long history of building leaders who make a difference in their fields — health care, non-profit, IT and many more. In fact, more than 60 graduates currently serve as C-suite executives in hospitals and healthcare networks around the country.

For many years, Union’s Leadership Program has also offered certificates and minors that interface with any other degree and allow undergraduate students to gain valuable leadership coursework and experience before they graduate.

Get a master’s faster
The Union College Master of Science in Leadership is designed to be completed full time in one year — including a summer. Or you can choose the part-time options and take two years. Either way, you’ll be on your way to becoming a stronger leader.

Flexible learning
The Master of Science in Leadership is designed to be on-campus with in-person classes, or you have the option of enrolling remotely through synchronous online classes.

The learning experiences from my master's degree incorporated not only how the world of healthcare worked, but also real-world applications on how to be a better leader. I learned I can be a leader through my actions even when not in a leadership position. But when I have the honor of being a leader, I learned how to elevate my team to success and create a work environment that is not only positive for my team, but that expands to the organization as a whole. A master's in leadership allows you to learn from the mistakes and successes of those who have gone before you and become the best leader possible.

Mandy Carlson
Union College graduate and Marketing and Communications Manager at Jefferson Center for Mental Health
photo Nicole Samila


See the degree completion guide for the Master of Science in Leadership.

Career possibilities

Human resource manager

Plan, coordinate and direct the administrative functions of an organization that directly impacts employees.

Job outlook
7% (average)

Median pay


Social and community service managers

Lead programs and organizations that support public well-being.

Job outlook
12% growth (faster than average)

Median pay