Reposition your military leadership skills and gain new competencies to transition to civilian organizations.

The Master of Science in transformational leadership is designed for students with military experience who want to build on and maximize their leadership training and skills to transition to corporate, nonprofit, or government organizations. Each course offers you practical experience by using workplace scenarios to apply your strategic thinking and decision-making skills in both group and individual activities with civilian organizations. You "learn by doing" and graduate better prepared for workplace opportunities.

The program provides hands-on experience with transformational leadership strategies and techniques that will enable you to effect change at the individual, group, and organizational levels and prepare you for positions in civilian organizations. You'll utilize theories and concepts in leadership in a civilian context, focusing on the dynamics of leadership and developing skills in communication, strategic planning and management, team building, conflict resolution and mediation, fiscal and performance-based decision-making, change management, project management, and organizational learning.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year.

About the Transformational Leadership Master's Degree

Coursework in the Master of Science in transformational leadership curriculum is designed to enhance the knowledge you have already gained through your military experience by examining the organization first from the inside, then looking outward at the environment it navigates. Ultimately, you'll work on a project with a civilian organization.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Analyze your strengths and weaknesses as a leader and leverage them to accomplish strategic goals

  • Manage civilian employees and help them perform at higher levels

  • Analyze the performance of an organization through metrics and formulate strategies to improve that performance

  • Manage change in the organization’s environment

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Assess and evaluate their leadership skills using a leadership instrument created by experts in the field

  • Create an individual development plan to leverage strengths and address skills that could benefit from development

  • Develop performance and productivity metrics for individual employees and project teams

  • Assess employee engagement and satisfaction and strategies for setting goals for individuals, departments, and the organization as a whole

  • Evaluate workforce readiness to meet the immediate and long-term goals of an organization

  • Create employee development plans that outline strategies tailored to individual employees based on their employee profile and in support of the organization’s succession strategies and workforce plan

  • Analyze trends and specific data points to support decision-making within an organization

  • Develop a performance predictive indicators report that provides guideposts for the organization’s strategic planning

Transformational Leadership Master's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's Courses

Foundation Course

  • DCL 600

Core Courses

  • TLP 610
  • TLP 620
  • TLP 630
  • TLP 640
  • TLP 670

Course Rules and Program Progression

  • All courses must be taken in the order listed. 
  • You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course. The grade of C is not available for these courses. 
  • The courses in this program will have seven-day and 60-day options for the grade of Incomplete.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.

  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.

  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for senior leadership positions in public, private, and nonprofit organizations in various fields.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

You are expected to have some leadership experience as an officer (noncommissioned or commissioned).

We recommend Graduate Writing Skills (0 Credits, ASC 601) if you'd like to improve your writing skills.

Program Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the program, you must meet the standard criteria for graduate admission and belong to one of the following military populations:

  • Full-time active-duty servicemembers
  • Members of the National Guard
  • Reservists
  • Veterans
  • Commissioned Corps members of the U.S. Public Health Service
  • Commissioned Corps members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

You are responsible for providing the documentation necessary to verify your military status.

Additional Information

If you are a civilian without military experience and are interested in developing your leadership and strategic skills, you are encouraged to pursue a Master of Business Administration.