• MLD students on Iceland study abroad trip.
Attallah College of Educational Studies

» M.A. in Leadership Development

The Attallah College of Educational Studies' Master of Arts in Leadership Development (MLD) program 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.


Chapman's MLD program admits a new cohort each fall. We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2024 Cohort.

The Priority Application Deadline is: February 1, 2024.

*To be considered for fellowships, you must submit by the priority application deadline. 


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 or K-12 leadership focus. The MLD program culminates in a year-long capstone course sequence, 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.

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 including: higher education administration, student affairs, DEI in corporate settings, nonprofit leadership, government agencies, human resources, and teacher leadership in K-12 leadership focus.

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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