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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






 Remembering Carol Greear


Former professor Carol Greear passed away on Monday morning, April 11, 2022 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham.  For 34 years, she served as professor of biology at Piedmont Bible College (now Carolina University).  According to her online obituary, numerous pastors and missionaries point to Mrs. Greear as one of the primary reasons they chose […]

Eighth Annual 40 Days & 40 Nights of Prayer


Join us at Carolina University for a time of unrelenting prayer from March 8th – April 17th. You are invited to take the forty day prayer challenge with the CU family as we collectively ask God to increase our love for each other. Our chapel theme this year has been ‘and the greatest of these […]

Signs and Wonders – Deaf Studies students making a difference in their community. 


Ninety-five percent of CU’s Deaf Studies students are distance learners, some of whom are international students. This program offers students a chance to work within their communities while studying to earn their degree in Deaf Studies, which reduces “brain drain” and helps communities grow/thrive. This last week, CU’s Deaf Studies department received some great news […]

PhD in Leadership