The best test and most difficult to administer is: “Do those served grow as people, do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, free, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants.” -- Robert Greenleaf

»Master of Arts in Leadership Development

The College of Educational Studies offers a pioneering masters in leadership development (MLD) that can be completed in 15-24 months. It is taught by exceptionally devoted and qualified faculty, who recognize that leadership depends on not just local but global knowledge. Our leadership program encourages students to look beyond content and task outcomes to focus on relationships and critical processes. Our graduates develop the skills to be creative and innovative in driving purposeful and sustained change. In exploring the MLD, you may see yourself working:

  • In schools
  • As an internal/external leadership development consultant to organizations and communities
  • In the public, non-profit, or even private sectors

The masters in leadership develops leaders who are capable of shaping leadership in others and serving purposes that transcend themselves and work for the common good of all. Modeling the core values of the CES: self-awareness, caring, courage, service, affirming diversity and civic engagement, the MLD appeals to a wide range of professionals and educationally, diverse settings.

MLD Students in San DiegoTake Charge of Your Learning

The graduate leadership program is 30 units and includes a self-designed component (3-6 units) within the program allowing you to make choices and take greater charge of your own learning. The program consists of theory or foundational core of 12 units, an applied inquiry core of 6 units, an elective plan of 9 units and a leadership development capstone project of 3 units at the end.

There will be courses in the MLD that will count towards the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, Tier I. Tier I is an advanced certification for experienced, credentialed K-12 teachers, nurses and librarians who want to move into full time positions as educational leaders/administrators.

+-Admission Requirements

IES 316 studentsThe admission deadline for this program is on a rolling basis. Students may submit applications up to 6 weeks prior to the start of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
  • Submit an online application
  • Statement of Intent (prompt can be found within the online application)
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting colleges/universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $60 application fee

GPA Requirements

Students applying to the Masters in Leadership program must possess a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA. If an applicant’s GPA falls below a 3.0 students must submit one of the following test scores:

  • California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): achieve a passing score on all sections.
  • Miller Analogies Test: achieve a minimum scaled score of 404.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve a minimum score on any two of the three sections; 146 Quantitative, 152 Verbal, and 4.5 Analytical Writing.

MLD Students CookingTransfer of Coursework

A maximum of six credits of graduate transfer work is allowed. (Please see the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the Academic Catalog for transfer guidelines.)

Supporting documents may be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Chapman University
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

+-M.A. in Leadership Development emphasizes making a difference, not just a paycheck

Student sitting at a bench“By focusing on areas such as team building, group dynamics and conflict resolution, Chapman’s Master’s in Leadership Development is preparing graduates to take the helm in businesses, nonprofits and educational institutions..."  

Read More form the Los Angeles Times


+-Contact Us

Anna Lane
Admission Coordinator
(714) 997-6714

Penny S. Bryan, Ph.D.
MLD Faculty Coordinator
(714) 744-7658

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Find out more about the MLD program and other graduate programs offered in the CES. Register here for an information session and receive a free parking permit. If you do not have time to schedule a tour with the Admissions Office you can use the self-guided tour brochure (PDF) and campus map (PDF) to take a spin around our beautiful campus!

MLD Scholarship

Available to newly enrolled MLD students!

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