Master of Arts

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Recognized as one of the top online, organizational leadership programs available, Carolina University is ranked #2 in North Carolina for online programs and one of the most affordable that can be completed while you work. Integrate your real work experiences with your research as you study effective leadership and change management.

The Master of Arts (MA) in Leadership is designed for those seeking graduate-level training in leadership for further graduate study or application in a variety of professional contexts including business, government, education, armed forces, law enforcement, media, and healthcare. Accordingly, the program is flexible to accommodate the needs of professionals in a number of areas where leadership skills can be applied within specialized contexts. Therefore, whether you are interested in the Indian Premier League, soccer, or the NBA and want to become a leader in the world of sports, or are a law enforcement professional who wants to rise to leadership ranks, or a teacher desiring to become a principal or school superintendent, the CU MA Leadership is the right choice.

The program can be completed with a concentration (area of focus) or otherwise. Students can choose to specialize in an area by completing 9 credits of coursework in that area. Concentrations are available in the following areas: Ministry; Justice; Technology; Politics; International Relations; Sociology; Communications; Business; Public Administration

2 Year Program
Available Residentially
Available Online

Leadership at CU

"The MA in Leadership program not only met an essential need in my personal development as a military leader, it also provided a challenging curriculum that demanded continual self-evaluation, provided a format for practical implementation, and focused my awareness of opportunities to make daily applications in my role as both an administrative officer and a trainer."

— Major Jerry D. Baugh

Major Jerry D. Baugh


  • Demonstrate understanding of the elements of leadership
  • Demonstrate competence in conducting research
  • Demonstrate application of leadership theories and practices relevant to specialized professional contexts

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Completed application with Carolina University

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