Overview

Recognized as one of the top online, organizational leadership programs available, Piedmont is ranked #2 in North Carolina for online programs and one of the most affordable that can be completed while you work.  Integrate your real work experiences with your research as you study effective leadership and change management.


The Master of Arts in Leadership is designed for those seeking graduate-level training in leadership with multi-dimensional applications including the workplace, church, or other organizations. This online program can be completed in as few as two years.

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Special Requirements

  • GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Two letters of reference (one academic and one professional)
  • Autobiographical Essay
 

What our graduates are saying:


The M.A. in Leadership program not only met an essential need in my personal development as a military leader, it also provided a challenging curriculum that demanded continual self-evaluation, provided a format for practical implementation, and focused my awareness of opportunities to make daily applications in my role as both an administrative officer and a trainer.

— Major Jerry D. Baugh

The Master of Arts in Leadership Degree is content rich, current, and relevant to today’s challenges; which provides a great foundation to the leader of any organization. The professors were credentialed, knowledgeable, professional, and compassionate in their instruction. Piedmont offers a well-rounded, challenging, cost effective program, that I found highly worth the time and effort to complete.

— Salby Sherman

PIU has a rich Master's degree program in Leadership that provides a holistic approach to the study of the science and the art of leadership within a faith-based framework. It is an innovative and multi-dimensional learning framework that combines scholarly research with practical application thus enabling the student to question, learn and grow.

— Ogbeide Oniha

Objectives

Each graduate will demonstrate:

  • Understanding of the elements of leadership.
  • Competence in conducting research.
  • Comprehension of the responsibilities and obligations of the leader in the expanding realms of self, organization, society, country, and God.

Summary of Required Hours

Leadership Studies 18
Leadership Electives 12
Research 3
Leadership Capstone Project 3
Total 36

Degree Completion Plan

Maximum Time Limit to Complete Program
Six years

Minimum Hours to be completed at Piedmont
27 hours

Transfer of Credits and Advanced Standing
Transfer credits are not to exceed 25 percent (9 semester hours) of degree-level courses and must have a grade of B or higher. No Advanced Standing is available.

Length of Program and Graduation
The program is 36 semester hours, with graduation upon completion of prescribed courses (including Transfer) with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00. This program requires a research portfolio, project or thesis listed as LEA699, Leadership Capstone Project.

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University;
  5. Shall have satisfactorily completed the Christian Service requirements;
  6. Shall have given evidence of high Christian character and conduct in accord with University standards. He/she shall also manifest essential agreement with the Statement of Faith;
  7. Shall have paid in full his/her account with the University;
  8. Must have received a decision of eligibility for graduation from the Faculty.

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University.