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The Master’s in Strategic Leadership (MSL) builds on a foundation in business administration coursework, similar to an MBA, but with a unique leadership focus that cultivates critical thinking, strategic agility, ethical decision-making, visioning, and the integration of core business operations. Working professionals can complete this program in 12-24 months (full-time or part-time) taking one or two 8-week classes online or on-site.

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Program Details

Standard Completion Time:

Full-time | 12 months | online or hybrid | Two 8-week classes at a time

Part-time | 24 months | online or hybrid | One 8-week class at a time

(Onsite classes held in the evening)

Program Credits: 41

Cost Per Credit: $895

 Accreditation: International Accreditation Council for Business Education

Start Terms

  • October 24, 2022
    Online or hybrid
  • February 27, 2023
    Online or hybrid

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Program Highlights

  • Flexible schedule: students can choose to take one or two classes every eight weeks
  • Learn to solve “real-world” business problems and present to executives in a final project experience
  • Mentored experiences by a wide range of industry leaders from across Western N.Y.
  • Admission tests not required (GRE/GMAT)
  • Exam-free curriculum: grades based on papers, presentations, and projects
  • Advanced standing option available for Roberts business graduates with a qualifying GPA
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The Master's in Strategic Leadership (MSL) is an online program designed to equip working professionals with critical thinking, conflict resolution, strategic management, and ethical decision-making skills, which are essential elements of leadership in business.

MSL and Master of Business Administration (MBA) sound similar in practice, but these master's programs are quite different. People usually pursue an MBA because they want to specialize in one area of business, like accounting or marketing. While it may cover leadership skills, an MBA program focuses mainly on the operational side of the business.

On the other hand, if you're trying to decide on a master's degree, strategic leadership may be right for graduates who majored in non-business undergraduate programs and now want to become strategic leaders within the government, for-profit, and non-profit sectors. The Master of Strategic Leadership program focuses on equipping students with soft skills necessary for career advancement, although the coursework may also include topics such as finance and accounting.

This 41-credit program will help enable you to promote the growth and development of personnel, teams, and organizations. Whether you are a mid-level manager looking to advance your leadership skills and knowledge of enterprise-wide issues or a professional who wants to thrive in a fast-paced corporate environment, this program will equip you with high-quality skills in critical thinking, visioning, and more.

Working professionals can complete this program in 12-24 months, either full-time or part-time, taking at least one to two eight-week classes online or on-site. The program encompasses a total of 10 courses.

What You'll Learn


This program will teach you the best practices for recruiting, cultivating, and retaining top talent. Besides learning to manage changes in industry life cycles, students will also acquire practical decision-making and problem-solving skills to enrich their managerial capabilities.

Upon completing your strategic leadership degree program, you will be equipped with the right skills and knowledge to work effectively in all leadership positions.


Once you complete this higher education program, you will be able to critically evaluate industry dynamics and think strategically about sophisticated organizational challenges. Besides learning how to improve a firm's capacity and competitive advantages, you will also develop strategic planning, decision-making, and executive skills.


Organizations with solid leadership tend to have better overall performance, including higher levels of organizational productivity, product quality, revenue generation, and customer satisfaction. What's more, effective leadership with excellent interpersonal skills can positively impact employee retention, productivity, engagement, and morale.

Throughout the Roberts Wesleyan College's Master of Science in Strategic Leadership program, students learn the theories behind effective leadership development. Besides learning how to apply leadership techniques for effective team performance, students also learn how to drive organizational performance through emotional intelligence, confidence expression, visioning, and effective communication.

The techniques you will learn include participative, ethical, transactional, directive, transformational, and supportive leadership. As you enrich your resume with relevant experiences and knowledge for career growth, you will also be able to apply what you are learning to your current job immediately.

If you're ready to take the next step in your education, apply today or reach out to us for further program details.

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