​Master's in Executive Leadership Degree Program

Become the leader you envision yourself to be.

Delivered through an alliance between the University of San Diego's Knauss School of Business and The Ken Blanchard Companies, the Master's in Executive Leadership (MSEL) is a degree designed for established and emerging leaders who possess 10 or more years of professional experience. The curriculum promotes a command of business acumen as well as a mastery of interpersonal and organizational skills to ensure maximum individual and organizational impact.

A New Hybrid Format for Busy Professionals

The 36-unit MSEL program can be completed in just 22 months, with a weekend-style format. The program is now delivered through a hybrid model of 50 percent remote online classes and 50 percent on-campus classes, to accomodate even the busiest of schedules. On-campus weekend sessions take place at the University of San Diego campus — ranked one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation — where you will take in the views while connecting with fellow business leaders.

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Inspired leadership.
Through a unique curriculum that blends business acumen with an applied servant leadership model, master's in executive leadership (MSEL) students learn how to lead companies towards tremendous success – measured by both revenue and employee satisfaction. Learn how MSEL alumnus and WD-40 CEO Garry Ridge led his company from $100 million to $381 million, all while staying committed to fostering health and happiness in the workplace.
Picture of 2 MSEL students smiling and working together Learn from the best.

Your cohort of approximately 20 students will be comprised of leaders or emerging leaders from a diverse set of industries and professional backgrounds. Faculty are a mix of Knauss School of Business professors, coaches from The Ken Blanchard Companies and other industry experts – all of whom have extensive business backgrounds and leadership expertise.