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Attallah College of Educational Studies

» Master of Arts in Leadership Development

Chapman's MLD program admits a new cohort each fall.

Fall 2023 priority application deadline:
February 1, 2023

The Attallah College of Educational Studies' pioneering Master of Arts in Leadership Development (MLD) that can be completed in 2 years. Through interdisciplinary learning experiences, the MLD program educates leaders to build equitable and just communities in schools, institutes of higher education, and other organizational settings.

The MLD develops leaders who are capable of shaping leadership in others and serving purposes that transcend themselves to promote the common good of all. Modeling the core values of Attallah College—self-awareness, caring, courage, service, affirming diversity, and civic engagement—the MLD program appeals to a range of professionals in educationally diverse settings. Our graduates develop the skills to be creative and innovative in driving purposeful and sustained change.

Career Pathways

Each MLD student completes one of three content and career focus areas: (1) higher education leadership, (2) K-12 leadership, or (3) an interdisciplinary focus, which includes coursework in nonprofit leadership, civic engagement, and social justice leadership. 

Our MLD alumni have successful careers in a variety of fields and organizations:

  • Higher education administration 
  • Student affairs 
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in corporate settings
  • Nonprofit leadership and staff development
  • Charitable foundation development and fundraising  
  • Professional sports organizations 
  • Career centers 
  • Health care administration 
  • Human resources 
  • Government agencies 
  • Charter management organizations 
  • Teacher leadership in K-12 schools


MLD students take six (6) core classes and four (4) electives taught by faculty and experts in their field. Students can choose from a series of interdisciplinary electives or a three-course series with a higher education focus.

The MLD program culminates in a year-long capstone course, where students partner with local organizations and departments on campus in a leadership project. See our MLD Capstone webpage for a list of recent alumni capstone projects.

For a detailed discussion of courses, see the program course offerings section below.


*  To receive full consideration for fellowships, all application materials must be submitted by the priority deadline. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after the priority deadline, and the application may close at any time.

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Contact Us

For Admissions Information Please Contact:

Laura Burns, Ph.D.
MLD Graduate Program Specialist
(714) 628-7263

Information Sessions

To learn more about the Attallah College MLD graduate program, please register for an Information Session. 

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MLD student Frank Burgess

Student Spotlight

"The MLD program has allowed me to open my heart and mind as a leader even further than I thought imaginable. The faculty, staff, and fellow graduate students are some of the brightest and most caring leaders I have ever met. I know that my time in the MLD program will propel me to be the best leader I can be no matter where I go in this world."

— Frank Burgess ’21