Major: Leadership
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.0213
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

Note: Effective Fall 2016, students will no longer be accepted into this program.

About the Program

The Leadership program is designed for individuals interested in examining the roles of the individual and business in society. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, students learn to help shape the strategic direction of an organization within its environment. The program combines foundational and core coursework in general business with economics, legal studies, leadership and management to expand a student's ability to aid in long-term planning for business and industry.

Students interested in the program are from diverse backgrounds and industries looking for advancement in their specialization, and need a sound business background to take the next step. This program builds a foundation of general business knowledge while providing tools for examining individual and company roles within society and for strategic planning within their organization.

Program Delivery

  • The MS in Leadership is a lockstep program delivered through a blend of face-to-face classes at Drexel University's Malvern, PA campus and through online courses.
  • Many of the courses in the MS in Leadership program will be completed with students enrolled in the College's MBA programs.
  • New cohorts begin each winter quarter


The curriculum consists of a (1) six-credit foundation in accounting, finance and economics; (2) core coursework in business law, economics, leadership and marketing; (3) a two-course sequence in leadership, legal studies, management and economics. The highlight of the program is a series of capstone courses in sustainability and a project-based course that demonstrates the student's integrated knowledge obtained through the program.

 Areas of learning objectives include:

  • ethical management
  • economics
  • integrative thinking
  • human resources 

Additional Information

For additional information about this program, visit the College's Master of Science in Leadership website.


Designed to optimize leadership potential, the target audience for the MS in Leadership program is a student who: seeks a less quantitative-based and more abstract master's degree than the MBA; is a working professional with over five years of experience in a management or management-track position; has an undergraduate degree in a non-business area of study; is interested in developing (a) general business knowledge; (b) a foundation in leadership; (c) a better understanding of the laws and policies impacting industry, and (d) an ethical approach to decision-making.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with decisions provided within two weeks of file completion.

All applicants must have earned a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university to be considered for admission to graduate programs at Drexel University. The Committee reviews applications based on undergraduate record, quality and quantity of professional experience, clarity of career goals, professional references, statement of purpose and professional resume. No standardized test is required for this program.

For more details about how to apply to this program, including deadlines, visit the College's Graduate Admissions website.

Degree Requirements 

Foundation Courses
BUSN 505Financial Performance of the Firm - Accounting1.5
BUSN 506Financial Performance of the Firm - Finance1.5
BUSN 507Essentials of Economics I1.5
BUSN 508Essentials of Economics II1.5
Core Courses
BLAW 605Legal Options in Decision Making3.0
ECON 601Managerial Economics3.0
ORGB 625Leadership and Professional Development3.0
MKTG 601Marketing Strategy & Planning3.0
Leadership Courses
ORGB 640Negotiations for Leaders3.0
ORGB 631Leading Effective Organizations3.0
Legal Studies
BLAW 620Legal Aspects of Employment3.0
BLAW 624Social Forces and the Law3.0
Management Courses
MGMT 640Strategic Human Resource Management3.0
MGMT 670Business Ethics3.0
ECON T680Special Topics in ECON3.0
Capstone Courses
MGMT 680Leading for Innovation3.0
MGMT T680Special Topics in MGMT3.0
Total Credits45.0


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