The mission of The Citadel’s Master of Science in Leadership program is to enhance the ability of students from any academic background and level of professional experience to perform effectively as principled leaders in their present or future leadership roles. The program utilizes a holistic approach achieved through interdisciplinary and integrated courses to engage students in comprehensive learning about leadership in applied contexts. Designed for those seeking initial leadership positions or career progression in one’s current employment, the curriculum allows students to tailor the focus of their study toward individual and career interests.
The Citadel Graduate College offers the flexibility of pursuing this degree 100% online. The Citadel is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the convenience of distance learning allows working professionals and military service members to pursue a degree online without interrupting their careers.
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The Master of Science in Leadership offers a unique integration of leadership-specific courses in a 36 credit-hour program. The program consists of the following 3-hour course requirements, all of which can be taken online.
Research Methods (6 hours)
- PSCI-500 Seminar in Social Science
- PSCI-501 Research Methods in Social Science OR EDUC-512 Data Collection and Analysis
Human Behavior (6 hours)
- PSYC-500 Human Growth and Development
- PSYC-570 Social and Cognitive Foundations of Interpersonal Behavior
Leadership (24 hours)
- LDRS-723 or BADM-713 Communication for Leadership
- LDRS- 722 or BADM-722 Leadership in Organizations: Principles and Practices
- LDRS-710 Ethics, Values and Principled Leadership
- LDRS-711 Leading Change: Organization Development and Transformation
- LDRS-712 Leading Teams: Coaching, Culture, Diversity, and Globalization
- LDRS-766 or BADM-766- Human Resource Development
- LDRS-714 Strategic Leadership, Vision, Mission and Contemporary Issues
- LDRS-715 Leadership Capstone Project
The Citadel also offers an online Graduate Certificate in Leadership. It is comprised of five (5) three-hour courses at the graduate level. These courses can be completed as a stand-alone certificate, or can be counted towards the completion of the master’s program. The graduate certificate is an alternate option for students who wish to develop their leadership skills but are unable to commit upfront to taking 36 credit hours for the master’s program.
Students also have the option to earn a Graduate Certificate in Military Leadership as a stand-alone certificate. This certificate is comprised of five (5) three-hour courses, all of which can be counted towards the Master of Science in Leadership.
"As a naval officer, I am faced with increasingly complex operational, ethical and leadership challenges. It was imperative I obtain the best possible leadership education in order to successfully meet those challenges. When I began my research to find the right academic institution, I had two primary considerations: Flexibility (due to my military lifestyle) and a reputation for excellence that was instantly recognizable amongst leaders from all organizations.
There are similar online programs available at other well-known universities, but after considering The Citadel’s strong support of veterans, high academic standards, the famous alumni network and their 175-year history of producing world-class leaders, I realized that there was only one choice."
LCDR Eric Chitwood, USN
Defense Logistics Agency – Land & Maritime
Master of Science in Leadership
About The Citadel
For nine consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named The Citadel the #1 Public College in the South for institutions offering up to a master’s degree. The report has also named The Citadel the #1 College for Veterans in the South. The Citadel is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and specialist in education degrees.
About the School
The Citadel is best known nationally for its Corps of Cadets, which draws students from about 45 states and a dozen countries. The men and women in the Corps live and study under a classical military ... Read More