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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.

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.


The Master of Strategic Leadership Development Program consists of 30 credit hours. Four required core courses and six elective courses comprise the curriculum:

  • Required Courses
  • MGMT 5113 - Strategic Leadership Development
  • MGMT 5114 - Leading Diversity and Inclusion
  • MGMT 5116 - Leading by Managing Conflict
  • MKTG 5114 - Personal Branding Strategy
  • Elective Courses (select six)
  • MGMT 5101 - Innovation and Design Thinking
  • MGMT 5104 - Project Management
  • MGMT 5107 - Leadership and Values
  • MGMT 5108 - Talent Development
  • MGMT 5109 - Human Resources Consulting
  • MGMT 5111 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 5115 - Global Human Resources Leadership
  • MKTG 5200 - Marketing Strategy
  • BUSA 5130 - Internship/Cooperative Education
  • BUSA 5140 - Independent Study/Directed Research

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.

When do fall, spring, and summer semester begin?

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

Term Start Dates:

Spring Term 1: January 9, 2021 Spring Term 2: March 6, 2021 (tentative)

Summer Term: May 22, 2021 (tentative)

Fall Term 1: August 8, 2020 Fall Term 2: October 3, 2020

Is documentation of immunization required?

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

How much does the program cost?

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

What are the requirements to complete the degree program?

Degree Requirements

The Master of Strategic Leadership Development Program consists of 30 credit hours. Four required core courses and six elective courses comprise the curriculum:

  • Required Courses
  • MGMT 5113 - Strategic Leadership Development
  • MGMT 5114 - Leading Diversity and Inclusion
  • MGMT 5116 - Leading by Managing Conflict
  • MKTG 5114 - Personal Branding Strategy
  • Elective Courses (select six)
  • MGMT 5101 - Innovation and Design Thinking
  • MGMT 5104 - Project Management
  • MGMT 5107 - Leadership and Values
  • MGMT 5108 - Talent Development
  • MGMT 5109 - Human Resources Consulting
  • MGMT 5111 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 5115 - Global Human Resources Leadership
  • MKTG 5200 - Marketing Strategy
  • BUSA 5130 - Internship/Cooperative Education
  • BUSA 5140 - Independent Study/Directed Research

Are graduate assistantships available?

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.

Is the GMAT or GRE required?

Please refer to the admissions requirements for more details.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Contact the Graduate Programs Specialist at (678) 466-4529 or by email at CijiFox@clayton.edu. Contact the Graduate Program Director at (678) 466-4520 or by email at TamekaWomack@clayton.edu

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 into the program is based on several factors to ensure a talented and diverse student body. These factors are:

  • Completed online application to the School of Graduate Studies
  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum graduating institutional 3.0 GPA from an accredited college or university (as verified by official transcript)
  • Essay of purpose and graduate school interest
  • Three (3) professional references listed with contact information

OR

  • Completed online application to the School of Graduate Studies
  • Bachelor’s degree with a graduating institutional 2.75 - 2.99 GPA from an accredited college or university (as verified by official transcript)
  • Resume demonstrating 3 years of professional/managerial work
  • Essay of purpose and graduate school interest
  • Three (3) professional references listed with contact information

OR

  • Completed online application to the School of Graduate Studies
  • Bachelor’s degree with a graduating institutional 2.50 - 2.74 GPA from an accredited college or university (as verified by official transcript)
  • Resume demonstrating 3 years of professional/managerial work
  • An interview conducted by College of Business Graduate Program Director (interview may be on campus or remote via tele-conference)
  • Essay of purpose and graduate school interest
  • Three (3) professional references listed with contact information

International Students

  • Applicants whose native language is not English or whose language of college instruction was not English are required to submit English Language proficiency through one of the following options: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The following TOEFL scores are acceptable: a minimum of 78 on the iBT OR a minimum of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL. The minimum IELTS total for the 6.
  • If an applicant has completed any coursework, degree, or degrees from institutions outside of the United States, he or she must utilize a credentialing evaluating organization. The School of Graduate Studies accepts an official course-by-course evaluation with a GPA that is prepared by either Josef Silny and Associates (https://www.jsilny.org/) or World Education Services (https://www.wes.org/).

Application deadlines

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

Fall

Term 1: July 15

Term 2: September 1

Spring

Term 1: November 15

Term 2: February 15

Summer

Term 1: April 25

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Email required admission documents to graduate@clayton.edu.

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