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John Wesley School of Leadership

Training 21st Century Leaders

There are thousands of books with the word “leader” in the title. Hundreds more are produced each year alongside articles and commentary.

The reason is simple – organizations, businesses, societies all need good leadership to successfully navigate in a highly uncertain environment.

The 21st century environment is characterized by disruption – caused by the mass movements of people, changing business practices, demographics, national and international conflicts, ideologies, and technology.

Here at CU, we are committed to training leaders for today’s complex and challenging organizational environments. Under the instruction of CU's highly skilled and credentialed faculty, our students examine contemporary leadership themes and principles — relating them to varied organizational contexts and putting them into practice. Whether you are interested in an MA in Leadership or a PhD in Leadership, you will find the John Wesley School of Leadership to be a highly flexible and affordable program of study. Our program allows for an anywhere, anytime approach to leadership study.

The John Wesley School of Leadership at Carolina University offers concentrations in Organizational Management, Educational Innovation, Criminal Justice, and Ministry Administration. In addition to these tracks, students are able to tailor their leadership studies to fit their disciplinary interests by pursuing their independent research in their chosen field. For instance, a candidate with significant work experience and passion for the health sciences may pursue a dissertation topic in the healthcare administration area. Similarly, a student with substantial military experience may pursue a dissertation topic in national security. Regardless of professional background or interests, students have the ability to work with world-leading faculty to hone their leadership expertise.

Aside from the dissertation, our students study subjects such as organizational change, conflict resolution, strategic planning, and emotional intelligence. Graduates from the John Wesley School of Leadership hold national and international positions in global organizations, military contexts, non-profits, health care, educational institutions, government agencies, churches, and para-church ministries.

Featured Degrees






Chapel Speaker (9/15) – Reverend Ken Rudolph


Dear CU Family,  Friday’s Chapel speaker is Reverend Ken Rudolph. Ken has been in ministry for 47 years. He served as a pastor for ten years in the Washington, DC area. For 13 years he worked at Clarks Summit University, recruiting students for ministry; he also served for 10 years at Lake Ann Camp as the […]

Events and Games for the Week 9/11-9/16


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Chapel Speaker (9/8) – Pastor Mike Mitchener


Dear CU Family, Tomorrow’s Chapel speaker is Pastor Mike Mitchener. Mike is the founding pastor of Westside Fellowship, a church in Elon, N.C. that celebrated its 22nd anniversary April 2023. With 29 years of full-time ministry experience and a past that included a successful business career, Mike offers a unique set of life experiences that make […]

PhD in Leadership