Master of Leadership Development

Master of Leadership Development

The art and science of leadership is all about change—change in leaders, followers, teams, organizations, nations, and the world. The Master of Leadership Development (MLD) degree at Penn State Great Valley helps students to foster positive change and develop leadership potential in themselves and others.

The 36-credit program explores leadership across the lifespan, from early career through retirement, including parenting and community service as well as leadership in the corporate and not-for-profit realms. We employ a multidisciplinary approach stressing social responsibility, ethics, creativity and innovation, global mindset, and most importantly, the value of the individual.

The Master of Leadership Development is fully accredited by the Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the highest ranking a business program can receive. It is designed to guide students to foster positive change and develop leadership potential in themselves and others.

Benefits to Students

A degree in leadership development provides students with the competencies and actionable behaviors that can be readily applied in their professional and personal lives. Cutting-edge, evidence-based information is shared in an interactive, collaborative learning environment. Skill sets targeted for development include:

  • Character strengths and virtues, using the tools of the Gallup Organization
  • Ethical and moral reasoning
  • Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Strategic thinking and argumentation
  • Inspirational communication
  • Innovation, creativity, and change
  • Team building and diversity leadership, consistent with the Diversity Leadership Academy
  • Organizational power and politics

Benefits to Organizations

Our program provides the organizations employing our students with the benefits of transformational leadership by cultivating adaptability and responsiveness to changes in markets necessary for productivity and profitability, broadening collective skill sets for generating more creative solutions to problems, and challenging and developing people to be both professionally and personally fulfilled.