Create solutions, discover new skills, and develop the ability to engage and motivate others through Higher Education, Professional, and Sports Leadership concentrations.

School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Master of Leadership Studies

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Why choose Master of Leadership Studies?

At North Central College we believe that leadership is the foundation to helping shape our students to become informed, involved, principled and productive members in today's society. Effective leadership is an essential ingredient of positive social change.

The Master of Leadership Studies (MLD) degree is designed to help you become a lifelong leader by giving you a broad understanding of leadership. You’ll learn to create solutions, discover new ideas and skills and develop the ability to engage and motivate others. You’ll also have the chance to explore content-specific areas in:

  • Higher Education Leadership - preparing you for a successful career in college and university administration including student affairs, admission, financial aid, athletics, and academic administration.
  • Professional Leadership - preparing you to develop a broadened perspective in ethics, social sciences and humanities to advance into leadership positions within a community, professional organization or the corporate world.
  • Sports Leadership - preparing you for a career in a wide variety of sports-related areas, sport administrative roles, coaching or athletic programs; careers in the front office of sports organizations; and representing athletes in an agency capacity.

Professional Leadership

The course of study in Professional Leadership prepares students for successful careers in a variety of contexts by enabling them to further develop their knowledge of leadership, organizational behavior and group dynamics. Students interested in leading within a business or organization will benefit from the coursework discussion and case studies that are required in the program. Students will study issues involving leading across cultures, and will explore how to lead during a crisis and in a variety of other contexts and settings. Through an in-depth study of leadership, students will develop strategies that will enable them to gain more followers, make better decisions and lead more effectively.

Degree Requirements

A total of 33 credit hours required: 18 credit hours in the core, 12 credit hours in a course of study and three credit hours in a project. Students must take at least five 600-level courses to complete degree requirements, including the Leadership Studies Capstone or Thesis.

View the course catalog for descriptions of the courses.

    Professional Leadership Courses

    Core Courses

    MLD Skills Electives

    Two of the following:

    Capstone

    One of the following:

    Sports Leadership

    The course of study in Sports Leadership prepares students to start or advance careers in a wide variety of sports-related areas. Students interested in administrative roles, whether coaching or athletic program direction, in either K-12 or higher education settings, will benefit from the coursework required in this degree program.

    Similarly, students wishing to pursue careers in the front offices of sports organizations will also find the mix of pre-professional and writing-intensive liberal arts courses very useful. Finally, students with long-term interests in representing athletes in an agency capacity, could, very helpfully, complete this degree before attending law or business school.

    Degree Requirements

    A total of 33 credit hours required: 18 credit hours in the core, 12 credit hours in a course of study and three credit hours in a project. Students must take at least five 600-level courses to complete degree requirements, including the Leadership Studies Capstone or Thesis.

    View the course catalog for descriptions of the courses.

    Sports Leadership

    Four of the following:

    MLD Core Courses

    MLD Skills Electives

    Two of the following:

    Capstone

    One of the following:

    Higher Education Leadership

    The course of study in Higher Education Leadership prepares students for successful careers in college and university administration in a variety of areas; student affairs, admission, athletic and academic administration.

    The program is designed to prepare practitioners for positions of leadership in higher education through an integration of theory-based course work and extensive experiential work in a graduate assistantship or practicum setting. Students completing the program will be able to successfully incorporate leadership and human development theory with day-to-day operational experience and professional reading, writing and thinking skills into essential areas of college and university administration.

    Degree Requirements

    A total of 33 credit hours required: 18 credit hours in the core, 12 credit hours in a course of study and three credit hours in a project. Students must take at least five 600-level courses to complete degree requirements, including the Leadership Studies Capstone or Thesis.

    View the course catalog for descriptions of the courses.

    Higher Education Courses

    One of the following:

    MLD Core Courses

    MLD Skills Electives

    Two of the following:

    Capstone

    One of the following:

    Jeremy Gudauskas

    Assistant Vice President, Co-Director of the Center for Social Impact
    Student Affairs
    630-637-5147
    Thomas Cavenagh, JD

    Schneller Sisters Professor of Leadership, Ethics, and Values; Professor of Business Law and Conflict Resolution; Director of Leadership, Ethics, and Values
    BUS
    630-637-5157

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