St. Bonaventure University’s online Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership (MSL) will prepare you to transcend management and become an extraordinary leader. The program extends beyond the traditional, management-focused MBA by providing a more forward-thinking, holistic leadership approach to advanced business education.

  • Distinguish Your Leadership — Transform your approach to leadership by cultivating a comprehensive set of skills and abilities that will separate you from the pack.
  • Build Your Value — Immediately apply your learning to become a more effective organizational leader and boost your overall earning potential.
  • Develop Connections and Confidence — Master the art of impactful communication to create genuine relationships and foster clarity and trust across interdisciplinary boundaries and global geographies.
  • Increase Your Opportunity Position yourself for career growth by learning to wield a broader scope of influence and impact as a change agent who can think beyond the bottom line.
  • Grow Personally and Professionally — Develop the acumen to think and operate on a completely different level, transitioning from individual contributor and manager to highly skilled organizational leader.

Graduates of our online Master’s in Strategic Leadership program not only become strong managers, but real leaders who can think strategically, work across interdisciplinary boundaries, and communicate with eloquence and confidence.

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MSL 605 Leadership and Values

Students begin the program with a cornerstone course that introduces them to contemporary leadership principles and practices. Franciscan values related to effective leadership such as servant leadership, respecting each person’s dignity, and humility as leaders are explored and self-assessments are used to help students gain insight into their own leadership strengths and areas for improvement. Students will complete a 360 degree evaluation and receive individual coaching on their leadership abilities.

MSL 610 Leadership and Diversity

People have intrinsic value beyond their tangible contributions in the workplace and the community. Understanding the unique contributions of diverse individuals makes an organization effective by capitalizing on all of the strengths of each employee. This course investigates the increasingly prominent issues surrounding diversity. Theories on gender and minorities in the workforce are reviewed so that students gain an understanding and appreciation of the special circumstances they face in modern society. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the leader in organizations that are addressing the needs of a diverse workforce.

MSL 620 Global Leadership

Effective leaders promote the transformation of self, organizations, and systems to create a culture of service and to build community. In this way, leaders must be effective in working in multiple contexts to effectively empower and motivate others. This course builds on theories in managing human resources that help leaders effectively select, train, develop, and build shared vision among employees. Students will evaluate team leadership strategies for empowering and involving others, as well as examine a leader’s coaching and mentoring roles as performance enhancement strategies.

MSL 625 Organizational Structure and Behavior

This course focuses on issues that drive global policies, economics and behavior. As we live in an increasingly global world, this knowledge can help leaders to make far more informed decisions in their own work environments and understand more clearly the impacts of those decisions on people, nations, and global systems. The latest leadership theories, models, concepts, principles and practices regarding leadership issues, within the context of global, international and multicultural organizations are explored.

MSL 640 Leading Change

This course explores ways to change organizations, ranging from start-up companies to established institutions, to meet the demands of ever-changing environments. Areas of in-depth discussion include the theoretical framework of organizational development and change, models of planned organizational change, barriers to implementing change and ways to overcome them, and the roles of the change agent and/or consultant. Students will gain skills in organizational entry and contracting, and will gain a better understanding of the challenge of change through analysis of the theory, research, and practice of IMC development.

MSL 660 Leadership Portfolio​ (1 credit)

Students will be expected to prepare a Leadership Portfolio of projects and activities that best demonstrates their professional development throughout the program. Students will be individually advised and coached on the quality and content of their portfolio and the goals achieved in the program.