Strategic Leadership, M.S.

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 degree in just 18 months, 1 night a week or online!

Program Highlights


offers applied learning experience through a research project and integrative case study



grades based on papers, presentations, and projects





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Program Credits: 41

Standard Completion Time
18 months
Classes 1-Night a Week or Online!

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

What Will I Learn?

According to business and leadership author Warren Bennis, most organizations today are “over-managed and under-led.” Roberts designed the Master’s in Strategic Leadership program with a dual focus on developing leadership competencies and delivering core business administration content.

Students’ growth in servant leadership, communication savvy, strategic agility, ethical decision making, human development strategies, and leadership courage differentiate them as professionals who lead by example and engage the talents of their team to achieve their goals.

The MSL program’s capstone project, an Integrative Strategic Audit, is uniquely designed to equip scholar-practitioners with the ability to both assess an organization’s performance and develop strategic solutions. This integrative approach—designed for today’s business environment—distinguishes coursework in this dynamic program.

Where Can It Take Me?


  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Operations
  • Sr. Vice President of Customer Satisfaction
  • Business Owner
  • Community Operations Manager
  • Real Estate Agent


  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
  • Xerox Corporation
  • NYS Department of Health
  • City of Rochester
  • Paychex, Inc.
  • East House, Inc.
  • Breakthrough Solutions

Alumni Success

Cicely Strickland headshot

Cicely Strickland '18

Chief Operating Officer, United Way

Marc Natale

Marc Natale ’02

Executive Director, Greater Rochester & Buffalo Niagara Region, American Heart Association

Lauren Kolb

Lauren Kolb ’12

Senior VP of Business Development and Client Services, Genesee Valley Trust

Terrance Collins-Howard

Terrance Collins-Howard ’13

Assistant Director, University of Rochester

Marv Stepherson

Marv Stepherson ’14

Training Specialist, WSM Trainers & Consultants

Who Will I Meet?

Joel Hoomans

Joel Hoomans, D.S.L.

Professor of Management and Leadership Studies

As the hiring manager for one of the nation’s best employers, Dr. Joel Hoomans noticed that many of the top-tier MBA graduates he interviewed lacked critical leadership skills. This motivated him to create the next generation business degree that integrated people development strategies with core business processes. The result, the Master's in Strategic Leadership, equips servant leaders dedicated to leading, managing and creating great businesses.


Bryan Milne ’16

"In the MSL program, assignments and projects provide not only the knowledge but also the “hands-on” experience – which is really important.    I am able to put what I am learning into practice in my role as Communications Center Operator.  At Roberts I am discovering my best self through gaining confidence in the classroom that is carrying over to my professional life and career."

Bryan Milne


Location & Start Dates

Classroom Dates

  • Saturday, February 9, 2019
      At Roberts campus
  • Application Deadlines & Deposits
    • Submit your complete application by November 9, 2018 and your deposit is $75.00
    • Submit your complete application by December 21, 2018 and your deposit is $150.00
    • After these dates the deposit is $200.00
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019
      At Jefferson Rd
  • Application Deadlines & Deposits
    • Submit your complete application by January 8, 2019 and your deposit is $75.00
    • Submit your complete application by January 15, 2019 and your deposit is $150.00
    • After these dates the deposit is $200.00

*Classes on weeknights run from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm and Saturday morning classes run from 8:00 am-12:00 pm.

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Adult and Graduate Admissions

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