North Central College - Naperville, IL

Leadership Curriculum

The Master of Leadership Studies curriculum consists of 11 courses.  The program contains three coordinated components which can be taken in any sequence: (1) a core of six courses, (2) a set of four courses in an area of concentration, and (3) a master's project.

Core Courses

MLD 525 Theories and Models of Leadership

MLD 545 Ethical Challenges of Leadership

MLD 565 Global Leadership

MLD 683 Leadership for Social Change and Renewal


Electives (choose two)

MLD 558 Conflict Resolution

MLD 690 Public Discourse

BUS 595 Small Business Entrepreneurship



MLD 697 Leadership Studies Capstone or MLD 696 Master's Thesis


Areas of Concentration

Professional Leadership

MGT 621 Organizational Behavior

MGT 645 Organizational Leadership and Group Behavior

MLS 506 Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Management

MLD 692 Special Topics in Leadership


Higher Education Leadership

MLD 614 Administration of Higher Education

MLD 624 College Student Development

MLD 634 Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education

MLD 692 Special Topics in Leadership or Practicum


Sports Leadership

MLS 538 Sport in a Multicultural Society

MLD 618 The Business of Sport

MLD 628 The Science of Sport

MLD 638 The Social Significance of Sport

MLD 692 Special Topics in Leadership, Practicum or Elective


Social Entrepreneurship (four of the following five courses)

MLD 611 Developing a Vision for a Social Impact Venture

MLD 631 Lauching the Social Impact Venture

MLD 641 Sustaining and Growing the Social Impact Venture

MLD 692 Special Topics in Leadership

MGT 621 Organizational Behavior


Optional Practicum Experience

The optional practicum experience will provide you with a professional experience in the field of Higher Education Leadership or Sports Leadership.  This experience is built around your interests and provides tangible outcomes.

The Practicum Experience is designed to help you:

  • Apply and integrate classroom learning to the daily work environment
  • Gain new skills or enhance existing leadership skills
  • Develop and refine your professional skills
  • Improve your ability to critically analyze issues relevant to your area of concentration