Master of Arts – Leadership

Overview

Create new opportunities in your career with a Master of Arts in Leadership online degree program from the University of the Virgin Islands. This program teaches you how to apply various leadership theories and practice to make you more successful in a leadership role.

  • WHAT WILL I LEARN IN THE ONLINE MASTER OF ARTS IN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM?
    As a student, you will explore key concepts such as emotional intelligence, strategic communication, and how to lead change.
  • WHAT CAREERS CAN I PURSUE WITH AN ONLINE MASTER OF ARTS IN LEADERSHIP DEGREE?
    The Master of Arts in Leadership will give you the background and skills you need to effectively lead, manage and handle personnel situations in any organization.
  • HOW LONG WILL THE ONLINE MASTER OF ARTS IN LEADERSHIP DEGREE PROGRAM TAKE TO COMPLETE?
    The Master of Arts in Leadership online degree program from start to finish is designed to be completed in 24 months. However, it could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term. The total program credit hours are 36.
  • HOW MUCH WILL THE ONLINE MASTER OF ARTS IN LEADERSHIP DEGREE PROGRAM COST?
    The undergraduate rate is $735 per credit hour, no additional institution fees. UVI also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.

When Can I Start?

Courses begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are. Contact us at online@uvi.edu to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or enrollment process.

Master of Arts in Leadership Degree Program Outcomes

After successfully completing UVI’s 100% online Master of Arts in Leadership program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze accounting problems in the foundational areas of business
  • Evaluate leadership at various levels, including people, structures, culture, and tasks.
  • Explore key leadership areas such as: management, ethics, strategic thinking, and organizational culture.
  • Analyze the importance of promoting diversity, inclusion, and trust, while ensuring leadership accountability in a global setting.
  • Implement leadership skills through action-learning and research projects
  • Examine and apply leadership theory through practice experience.

curriculum

PROGRAM CORE:

UVI Online Course No : Course Name : Credits :
GSS 5000 Graduate Student Success 1
Graduate Student Success
LSD5010 Leadership Styles and Development 3
Leadership Styles and Development (GSS1000) – When we see the world’s most successful people in any domain, it’s easy to assume that there is an extra ordinary power that has provided their success. However, that explanation isn’t enough to explain why some people are successful, and other people are not. Albert Einstein famously said that “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” In this course you will evaluate what self-leadership is and how to harness it for excellence.
LSD5100 Grit, Performance, and Staying Power 3
Grit, Performance, and Staying Power (LSD5010) – When we see the world’s most successful people in any domain, it’s easy to assume that there is an extra ordinary power that has provided their success. However, that explanation isn’t enough to explain why some people are successful, and other people are not. Albert Einstein famously said that “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” In this course you will evaluate what self-leadership is and how to harness it for excellence.
LSD5200 Critical Communication & Leadership 3
Critical Communication & Leadership (LSD5010) – Effective leadership requires effective communication skills. In this course, we will explore the transformational power of words, and practice delivering messages with credibility and conviction. Additionally, we will examine the dynamics of conversation (how people jockey for power or manipulate others through rhetorical devices). We will learn how to interpret nonverbal communication as well as monitor our own nonverbals, so that we can align our message with our behaviors.
LSD5300 Leadership Theory & Strategies 4
Leadership Theory & Strategies (LSD5010) – This course provides an in-depth review of the major theories and models of leadership as they function within an organization. A historical review of leadership theory will be combined with contemporary issues in leadership practice. Students will analyze individual models of leadership, with an emphasis on the application of these models to organizational situations, including in their own workplace. Students will evaluate their own leadership style through various selfassessments throughout the course, providing the framework for self-awareness and evaluation. Students culminate their assessment of each model by designing a leadership action plan for a contemporary social issue.
LSD5400 Coaching, Mentoring, and VIP2 Leadership Development 3
Coaching, Mentoring, and VIP2 Leadership Development – Effective leaders seek to enhance their teams through formal and informal coaching and mentoring activities. In this course, you will discover the key skill sets required for coaching, as established by the coaching psychology profession: asking questions, listening actively, providing feedback, paraphrasing, and offering reflections. In this course, you will practice these skills in the virtual environment, and then apply them in your own life.
LSD5500 Cross-cultural Communication and Leadership 3
Cross-cultural Communication and Leadership – This course presents students with challenging cross-cultural situations that develop for different reasons and from different backgrounds. This course provides a look for practical work solutions and ways to integrate culture into social change and civic engagement. This course helps students master the skills necessary to connect globally and grasp the role of cultural nuances, behaviors, attitudes and emotions in a harmonious and equitable global environment. Topics include civic and political engagement, social action, relationships, consumption and production of media, global workplace, cross-cultural adjustment and competence, and other practical issues.
LSD5600 Ethics in Leadership 3
Ethics in Leadership (GSS1000) – This course examines the unique ethical challenges faced by leaders with an emphasis on building ethical competency. Topics include virtue ethics, evil, forgiveness, moral theories, moral reasoning, ethical decision-making, ethical influence, transformational leadership, servant leadership, ethical group problem solving, ethical organizational climate, ethical diversity and ethical crisis leadership.
MGT5900 Organizational Behavior 3
Organizational Behavior – This advanced course discusses how businesses run on hardware, software and human capital more than ever before. This course focuses on the people in the organization and how they work and behave in the work environment. It examines the behavior of individuals, the dynamics of teamwork and the processes of small groups, decision-making, problem solving, conflict management and ways to eliminate barriers to effective communications within the workplace.
LSD5800 Leadership Strategies for Change 3
Leadership Strategies for Change – This course introduces students to a broad spectrum of issues relative to change, including the dynamics of leadership, the failure of change, how to make planned change work and the implications of change for 21st century organizations. Topics include the importance of leadership, how successful leadership can result in a more effective organization, how to implement new changes to promote a healthy organization, change in action, radical change and the propositions of change for 21st century organizations
LSD5700 Leading and Developing High Performance 3
Leading and Developing High Performance – Human and organizational learning are intertwined. Improving their performance means learning new ways to work. For many people, learning theory and practice has been imbedded in the training function of most organizations. However, organizational learning may best be described through change and innovation.
This course considers the issues of human and organizational learning that changes performance
LSD5990 Leadership Capstone 4
Leadership Capstone (Completion of all LSD courses) – The Leadership Capstone course is intended to be concluding and integrative experience of the leadership coursework. It is an opportunity for students to integrate concepts learned throughout the program into a leadership portfolio that showcases their leadership abilities, personal reflections, accomplishments, skills, and activities, and effects on individuals and environments. Topics include an application of leadership theories and incorporating VIP2 leadership development with people, structures, culture, and tasks.

Program Snap Shot

Program Core 36
Program Electives 0
Total Program Credits 36

career outlook

The Master of Arts in leadership online program was intended for field and industry experts that want to move forward in their careers by obtaining leadership positions.
Generally, potential career paths are leadership positions within your field of experience or educational backgrounds. These career paths will vary based on your undergraduate degree field.

Potential career paths and positions include:

The median annual wage for postsecondary education administrators was $90,760 in May 2016.1

The median annual wage for management analysts was $81,330.2

1 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/postsecondary-education-administrators.htm

2 https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/13-1111.00#WagesEmployment

Employers can include:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Multi-national corporations
  • Financial institutions
  • Large-scale retailers
  • Major manufacturers
  • Government – local, state and federal