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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






Get the Semester Off to A Good Start: A Message to Future and Current Educators


Dr. Eunjung KimAssistant Professor of EducationMoore School of Education As the fall semester gets closer to us, I think again about how we as educators inspire students to work better and prepare for the future and how I start my courses with special populations of students; they are pre-service and in-service teachers/educators, who influence young […]

Presidential Scholarship for International Students


English / Português / Español Seven historic colleges and universities merged together to create Carolina University which is now one of the fastest growing universities in the United States. There are numerous reasons for the rapid growth including the value proposition for students and their families. Carolina University offers the highest academic excellence in numerous […]

Triad Today Interview with Carolina University President, Dr. Charles Petitt


View the video below to watch Jim Longworth interview Dr. Charles Petitt about special scholarships and upward mobility at Carolina University. For questions about the scholarship opportunities discussed, please contact Admissions at 336-714-7922.

PhD in Leadership