Leadership (M.S.)

Leadership (M.S.)
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  Online Program

The UNH online Master of Science in Leadership degree is built for current or emerging leaders in any field. Learn to lead teams, cultivate a strategic vision, and communicate effectively to maximize your organization’s potential.

 Credit Hours: 30  |   Program Length: Finish in 18 months or sooner  |   Tuition Cost

What is the Master of Science in Leadership?

The Master of Science in Leadership (MSLD) is designed to meet the needs of professionals in every industry who want to enhance their leadership skills in the 21st century.

Why study Leadership at UNH College of Professional Studies?

Develop the Skills and Mindset to Be a Dynamic Leader in Any Industry!
Our online Master’s in Leadership (MSLD) program was designed for current or emerging leaders in any field. This comprehensive program increases your value to corporations, government bodies, non-profit organizations, and more.

Finish in 18 Months or Sooner
Available fully online, this program is designed for working professionals. Full-time and part-time study options offer flexibility to align with your schedule – even while balancing family life and working a full-time job.

Learn to:

  • Cultivate a strategic vision and create a roadmap for its achievement.
  • Effectively communicate with employees and stakeholders at every level of an organization.
  • To inspire, motivate, and mobilize diverse teams.
  • Identify techniques for creating a culture that supports business strategies.
  • Make informed, ethical, and evidence-based decisions.
  • Manage through times of change.

Potential Career Areas

  • Consultant
  • Education and Training
  • Education Administration
  • Federal employment
  • Public Service Management
  • Health Care Management
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Military
  • Nonprofit Leadership
  • State government

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Online Graduate Leadership Program

Available fully online with select blended course options, this ten-course program is built for working professionals and offers you the opportunity to apply what you learn in a workplace setting, integrating your studies with your professional goals.


Course Highlights

  • Cultivating Your Leadership Capabilities
  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • Evidence-Based Decision-Making
  • Emergence of a Strategic Leader
  • Foundations of Organizational Communication
  • Leading Teams
  • Change Management and Communication
  • Leadership Integrative Capstone
Elective Options
  • Grant Writing
  • Volunteer Leadership
  • Leading and Governing Nonprofit Organizations
  • Conflict Management and Negotiation
  • Building Diverse and Inclusive Organizations
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Project Chartering and Planning
  • Fundraising and Resource Development




Our 30-credit master’s degree offers courses in diverse areas of leadership topics and strategy. In your courses, you’ll learn from well-respected faculty with rich leadership experience.

  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE)
  • Available fully online with select blended or hybrid courses
  • Affordable tuition
  • Career counseling is available to all students and alumni. We also extend this service to those considering their college options
  • Faculty who are subject matter experts and share their real-world expertise, to help you apply what you learn to your personal goals and career

  • Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA average in the last 60 credit hours, or Graduate Degree completed from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA minimum overall.
  • Official transcripts for all previous college work
  • 500-1000 word statement which includes professional goals and aspirations, motivation for applying for the degree, and relevant formal or informal experiences. The statement is evaluated on applicant’s writing and its content alignment with the program’s purpose and outcomes
  • (2) professional or academic references
    Contact information for your references is submitted via the admission application. This will generate an email inviting your references to complete a short questionnaire to assess your candidacy. A formal letter of recommendation is not required; however, your references are welcome to upload one within the questionnaire.
  • Current resume

Earn a 12-credit graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership as you progress through your master’s degree program. Ask your advisor for details.

The accelerated program option is for undergraduate students currently enrolled in an eligible program who want to streamline their educational path to achieving a graduate degree. This option allows students to complete their bachelor’s and graduate degrees in a fast-tracked five-year timeline.


Contact Your Advisor to Learn More

If you want to enroll in an accelerated graduate program, contact your advisor for more information and full eligibility requirements. 

Curriculum & Requirements

The Master of Science in Leadership (MSLD) is designed to meet the needs of professionals in every industry who want to enhance their leadership skills while also gaining a deeper perspective of organizational management.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 30 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 30 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Major in Leadership 1
LD 820Cultivating Your Leadership Capabilities3
LD 821Ethical Decision-Making3
COM 800Foundations of Organizational Communication3
LD 823Emergence of a Strategic Leader3
LD 804Leading Teams3
LD 810Change Management and Communication3
IDIS 805Evidence-Based Decision-Making3
Elective Options
Complete six credits from the following:6
APST 805
Grant Writing
LD 806
Fundraising and Resource Development
LD 825
Volunteer Leadership
LD 827
Leading and Governing Nonprofit Organizations
LD 831
Conflict Management & Negotiation
LD 832
Building Diverse & Multicultural Organizations
MGMT 805
Organizational Behavior
PM 800
Project Management Seminar
PM 811
Project Chartering and Planning
Integrative Capstone:
LD 850Leadership Integrative Capstone3
Total Credits30

Graduate credit is only granted for courses completed with a grade of B-­ or higher.

Students will have the opportunity to:     

  • Assess and enrich their capacity to lead in today’s environment;
  • Identify the components of leadership practice and present ways to implement them;
  • Evaluate organizational relationships and their ability to contribute to organizational effectiveness;
  • Assess their ethical framework in the context of an effective leadership model;
  • Augment their ability to lead people and teams to excellence in projects and organizational settings;
  • Develop theoretically-grounded plans to manage change and actualize vision within organizations.

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Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: Term 1 - September 1; Term 2 - November 1
  • Spring: Term 3 - February 1; Term 4 - April 1
  • Summer: Term 5 - June 1
  • Special: N/A

Application Fee: Application fee waived for CPS Online applicants.

Campus: Online

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters: Yes (for more details see the accelerated masters information page)

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence Form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH or Granite State College (GSC) after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester, UNH Non-Degree work and GSC. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must upload a copy (PDF) of your transcript in the application form. International transcripts must be translated into English.

If admitted, you must then request an official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions must be submitted and applicants must disclose any previous academic or disciplinary sanctions that resulted in their temporary or permanent separation from a previous post-secondary institution. If it is found that previous academic or disciplinary separations were not disclosed, applicants may face denial and admitted students may face dismissal from their academic program.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.


A current resume is required with your submitted application.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.