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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






Closing the Athletic Season


The Final Countdown Jacob Heck, Men’s Assistant Basketball Coach The end of the 2020-2021 Academic Year is approaching quickly for Carolina University, and the Bruins have a lot to celebrate. First and foremost, the CU Athletic Department would like to congratulate 17 student-athletes that have earned their degree this year and will walk at Graduation. […]

Academic Spotlight: Patterson School of Business


The Implosion of Archegos Contributors: Prof. Lee Brown, Dr. Alma Gracic, Dr. Ma Long, Dr. Tiphanie Magne, and Dr. Hyunjyung Oh In late March, the hedge fund Archegos Capital Management imploded from an unprecedented $30+ billion margin call.  The historic margin call was catalyzed by massive wrong-way bets on contracts-for-difference or CFDs.   CFDs are similar […]

PhD in Leadership Alumnus in the News: Alfred Smith


Alfred Edward Smith, a 2017 graduate of Carolina University’s PhD in Leadership program, is launching an online resourcing program called “Black Dad University”. Leadership, image, and building healthy relationships are a few of the topics addressed to help dads build life and legacy into their children. Alfred and his wife are parents to six children […]

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