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Online Strategic Leadership Development - 12 months - $11,550

Employers are seeking candidates who possess strong potential for career success: communication, planning, organization, and building effective relationships. Clayton State University is poised to prepare students to become strategic leaders locally, nationally, and internationally.

Best Online Grad Program

The Master of Strategic Leadership Development (MSLD) program in the College of Business is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to lead teams, be inclusive, inspire commitment, and navigate challenges. By addressing some of the skills-gaps identified by employers in 'soft' skills and leadership skills, the MSLD will serve to expand the available talent pool locally and regionally. The curriculum includes strategic planning, design thinking, negotiation and conflict resolution, change management, and personal branding. Students will evaluate leadership styles, develop a leadership portfolio, and build a career development plan focused on leadership in a variety of business environments.

Invest In Your Dream

This program is especially attractive to students who majored in non-business degrees who have a desire to become strategic leaders within the for-profit, non-profit, or government sectors. Employers in a wide variety of settings cite the importance of teamwork, problem solving, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and work ethic. We’re making your dream happen with a fully-online degree from the AACSB-accredited College of Business that can be earned in as little as 12 months.

And with a tuition cost of just $11,550, you can be on the fast-track to earning an affordable MSLD from a respected university.

An online degree designed for working professionals

Courses are taught in 8-week sessions, creating an efficient course structure to complete the degree in as little as one year. Technology skills and time management are strengthened through online coursework.

Degree Requirements

View the degree requirements for Online Master of Strategic Leadership Development in the online academic catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Online Master of Strategic Leadership Development FAQs to guide you through the admissions process. If you are unable to find a particular FAQ, contact the program director.

The Online Master of Strategic Leadership Development can be completed in as little as 12 months when started in the first term of Fall Semester or first term of Spring Semester as follows: 12 credits Fall Semester and 12 credits Spring Semester plus 6 credits Summer Semester. The program may take longer. Completion time depends on the number of credits taken per semester. Fall and Spring Semesters each consist of two eight-week terms, and Summer Semester consists of one eight-week term. View this document MSLD 3 Year Projected Schedule to see the current projection of classes offered in upcoming terms.

Fall and spring semesters consist of two 8-week terms offering students flexibility in their program start date.

Term Start Dates:

Fall Term 1: August 13, 2023

Fall Term 2: October 11, 2023

Spring Term 1: January 7, 2023

Spring Term 2: March 11, 2023 

Summer Term: May 20th, 2023


The Master of Strategic Leadership Development degree program is 100% online. Students are not required to submit proof of immunizations.

Tuition for the program is $11,550. This does not include books or minimal mandatory fees.

Graduate assistantships are available in the College of Business. The assistantships offer students a reduction in tuition rather than a stipend or salary. Acceptance is competitive due to the limited number of positions. Candidates must commit to a minimum one-year term and up to 19.5 hours per week. Students enrolled in 100% online programs may be considered for graduate assistantships as long as the required duties and responsibilities can be carried out virtually. For more information, contact the Graduate Program Director or Graduate Program Specialist.

Please refer to the admissions requirements for more details.

Contact the Graduate Admissions Office via email at or by phone at (678) 466-4110


Tuition for the program is $11,550. This does not include books or minimal mandatory fees.

View the tuition and fees for graduate programs at Clayton State University.

Admission Requirements

View the admission requirements for the Online Master of Strategic Leadership Development in the online academic catalog.

Application deadlines

There are five eight-week terms giving applicants flexibility in their start date for the program.


Term 1: July 15

Term 2: September 1


Term 1: November 15

Term 2: February 15


Term 1: April 25

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The College has been recognized for preparing the next-generation of leaders in today’s economy, including being named among the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business by U.S. News and World Report.

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Consistently recognized for affordability, we strive to provide graduate and undergraduate programs that combine quality and value. SR Education Group ranked the College no. 2 for the Most Affordable Colleges for Bachelor’s degree in Business.