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Reach Your Full Potential as a Leader

City University of Seattle’s Master of Science in Management and Leadership (MSML) is designed for forward-thinking professionals looking to reach their potential for managing organizations and leading teams. The program highlights the knowledge and skills necessary to guide an organization, manage and improve business practices, apply long-term strategy, develop personal leadership, and develop diverse teams.

This master’s degree in leadership is available fully online or mixed modality, and can be completed in as little as 15 months. A four-year degree from an accredited university qualifies you to apply.

Management and leadership are complementary and necessary skills in today’s business environment. Management focuses on the present while leadership looks to the future. Management focuses on processes while leadership focuses on the people. You need both to run a successful organization. The MS in Leadership program is designed with relevant skills in mind – a survey of 100 HR managers and 500 line managers in big corporations found that the two most important skills to develop in employees were leadership and management.

The MSML will instruct you to use proven management strategies to make leadership decisions that guide sustainable organizational strategy. You can choose from one of three emphasis areas: nonprofit leadership, human resources management, or change leadership.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the MSML program, you’ll learn to:

  • Differentiate the effects organizational culture has on leadership within their organization
  • Create and manage diverse local and global teams
  • Use data-driven strategy to establish and implement operational plans that lead to sustainable organizational growth
  • Write research-based professional presentations that communicate researched arguments to both internal and external stakeholders
  • Examine business opportunities in a rapidly changing environment by thinking critically and applying quantitative procedures and tools

Total Required Credits (42 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2019-2020 Course Catalog. 

Management and Leadership Core (24 Credits)

ML 511 Communication and Influence (6)

ML 521 Organizational Management and Strategy (6)

ML 533 Leadership and Development (6)

ML 552 Data Analytics and Visualization (6)

Emphasis Areas (12 Credits)

Choose one of the emphasis areas listed below:

Change Leadership Emphasis

MAL 530 Adaptive Leadership (3)

MAL 532 Thought Leadership and Creativity (3)

MAL 535 Leading Change in Diverse Organizational Cultures (3)

MAL 538 Social and Environmental Change (3)

Human Resource Management Emphasis

HR 508 Employee Staffing, Training, and Development (3)

HR 510 Employment and Labor Law (3)

HR 512 Compensation and Benefits (3)

MC 584 Human Resource Management (3)

Nonprofit Leadership Emphasis

MAL 561 Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector (3)

MAL 563 Philanthropy and Strategic Fund Development (3)

MAL 566 Board Governance and Leadership (3)

MAL 568 Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3)

Capstone (6 Credits)

ML 643 Applied Research in Management and Leadership (6)

If you’re looking to advance your career or sharpen your leadership skills, a master’s in leadership and management will give you a solid education to achieve your goals.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be well-positioned for any of the following roles:

  • Executive director
  • Business manager
  • Operations manager
  • Organizational development consultant
  • Management consultant
  • Sales director
  • Training and development manager
  • Nonprofit program administrator

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.