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.








Admissions Requirements

  • An accredited Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Apply to Piedmont International University
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Two letters of reference (one academic and one professional)
  • Autobiographical Essay
  • Follow all general admissions policies for Piedmont International University


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
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.