MA (Leadership) Program

Please join us Thursday, June 11th, 2015 commencing at 7:00 p.m. at the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre for our next MA (Leadership) Information Session. Should you be unable to join us in person, you may join us through Adobe Connect by clicking on the following link:

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Leadership skills are critical to the continued viability and success of both public and private organizations.  If you are ready to maximize your leadership potential, even if you have an advanced degree in business or public administration, act now by enrolling in one of Canada's leading graduate programs focused specifically on leadership.

The University of Guelph's MA (Leadership) graduate degree program is an innovative, on-line program designed to enhance your leadership potential without having to interrupt your career.  The inter-disciplinary program utilizes real business and leadership problems thus providing you with an authentic and relevant learning experience.

Program Features

Each January, May, or September, the program kick-starts with an intensive, on-campus, residential learning experience.  Together students and faculty converge in Guelph to begin a leadership dialogue that will continue throughout the program.

The MA (Leadership) program is completed over a 24-month period and consists of eight interdisciplinary courses in addition to a Major Research Project.  Courses are based upon "applied knowledge" whereby you confront real leadership issues pertaining to your specific situation and organization.  The MA (Leadership) program culminates with a directed research project leading to a professional report on a leadership problem or issue.  Students may also complete the MA (Leadership) degree by taking two additional elective courses in place of the Major Research Project with a Pass by Course option.

The on-line courses can be completed anywhere Internet service is available.  Students are provided with all of the resources needed to successfully complete the on-line courses: a website for communication and research, all print-based texts and readings as well as any CD ROMS, videos and other learning materials.

Why the MA (Leadership) is for you

As a participant in the program you will:

  • Study leadership through a broad, multidisciplinary approach.
  • Develop your leadership knowledge, skills and competencies through our comprehensive program of theoretical study backed by practical experience and analysis.
  • Gain insight into your own strengths and weaknesses thereby allowing you to draw more effectively on your leadership abilities.
  • Enhance your understanding of the issues faced by a range of organizations and their leaders, enabling you to strategically confront and solve challenges.

Hear what College of Business and Economics Dean Julia Christensen Hughes has to say about the MA (Leadership) Program

Hear what students and recent alumni have to say:

“Get your application ready because you’re going to love it!” - Alison Crerar, MA (Leadership) Student, Laboratory Instructor, University of Guelph

“I gained the confidence to start my own business!” – Marva Wisdom, MA (Leadership) Alumni, Principal, Wisdom Consulting

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About the University of Guelph

Receiving over $158 million annually in research funding, the University of Guelph is one of the most research-intensive universities in Canada.  It is internationally renowned for its broad spectrum of research.

Maclean's magazine, the Globe and Mail and the National Post consistently rank the University of Guelph among the top comprehensive universities in Canada.

As a student in the MA (Leadership) program, you’ll be among over 2,500 graduate students who are drawn to Guelph's innovative programs.