Master of Science in Leadership

Boston University is proud to present a graduate military program designed for leadership excellence in the global twenty-first century: the Master of Science in Leadership (MSL), which includes the Graduate Certificate of Project Management.

Whether you’re in command of a mission or in charge of personnel in a government organization, leadership is an essential quality in building loyalty, trust, and teamwork. By setting the right objectives, communicating strategies and ideas, and executing projects successfully, accomplished leaders exceed goals and inspire meaningful change within their organizations.

Students who complete the master’s degree in Leadership will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of historical and theoretical practices in leadership, in order to effectively function and advance in various types of organizations under different leadership models, and in situations of organizational change.
  • Proficiency in leadership-related areas, including organizational behavior and culture, change management, strategic and tactical management, ethics, teamwork, team building, communications processes, motivation, and conflict management.
  • Competence sufficient to identify, analyze, evaluate, and propose solutions, as well as alternatives, to various complex business and management problems using analytical and critical thinking skills as well as research capabilities.
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively, while demonstrating competence in effective verbal and written communications, including individual and group presentations.

The MSL develops specific skills for effective, organizational leadership in the military as well as in private, public, government, or non-profit sectors. Emphasizing sociological and psychological content, the rigorous and intensive curriculum builds on students’ interdisciplinary backgrounds and provides the knowledge to lead, direct, and leverage assets. Topics include:

  • Decision-making and strategy
  • Project management techniques
  • Project communications management
  • Historical leadership perspectives and issues
  • Diplomacy and negotiation
  • Economics and culture
  • Project risk and cost management, program management, and financial concepts
  • Communication skills

Degree Requirements

A total of 10 courses (40 credits) is required for the Master of Science in Leadership.

Leadership Courses

Ten courses (40 credits), as follows:

  • MET AD 615 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis
  • MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
  • MET AD 642 Project Management
  • MET AD 643 Project Communications Management
  • MET AD 644 Project Risk and Cost Management
  • MET AD 646 Program Management
  • MET AD 711 Leadership and Strategy
  • MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
  • MET LD 630 Leadership: Historic and Social Perspectives
  • MET LD 705 Leadership in a Dynamic Environment