MLD students in Peru study abroad course
Attallah College of Educational Studies

» Master of Arts in Leadership Development

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

Fall 2022 priority application deadline:
February 1, 2022*

The Attallah College of Educational Studies offers a 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.


MLD students will take 6 core classes and 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.

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.

Learn More

Toggle Section

Contact Us

For Admissions Information Please Contact:

Laura Burns
Administrative Coordinator
(714) 628-7263

For Program Information Please Contact:

Kris De Pedro, Ph.D.
MLD Program Coordinator

Information Sessions

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

Need More Information?

For information on Financial Aid, Current Year Tuition and more please visit the pages below!

Financial Aid »

Tuition & Fees »

Scholarships »

Travel Abroad »

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