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 2018–2019 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
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
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
- 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.
About the Faculty
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.