Master's in Executive Leadership

Knauss School of Business - University of San Diego

Master's in Executive Leadership

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Are You Ready to Lead at a Higher Level?

You have achieved impressive accomplishments in your career. Now it is time to take the next step. The University of San Diego’s Master of Science in Executive Leadership (MSEL) program provides an absolutely unique, transformative experience for executives who are poised to enhance their leadership skills, impact their organizations, transform their lives and change the world for the better.

USD’s MSEL is a unique master’s degree developed in partnership with The Ken Blanchard Companies, the global leader in leadership development and management training.

By focusing for just 22 months on the foundations of leadership and organizational change, you'll be positioned to compete for the most lucrative jobs in your community and grow into leadership positions where you can maximize the full potential of your teams and your organization.

A New Hybrid Format for Busy Professionals

The MS in Executive Leadership program is offered 50% on-campus, 50% remote. This new format will accommodate even the busiest of schedules, while still delivering the cohort-style classroom experience and networking that make this degree so impactful.

The MSEL program offers you the opportunity to:

  • Benefit from a personalized learning experience and small class sizes
  • Study with professors and practitioners like WD-40 CEO, Garry Ridge
  • Participate in a week-long study abroad program in Spain
  • Network with top leaders in California and global professionals
  • Learn leadership skills in the only MS in Executive Leadership based on the teachings of renowned author Ken Blanchard

For professionals who have been working for at least ten years, the MSEL program is designed to provide you with practical, hands-on experience balanced with business fundamentals which can be applied to all aspects of the business world.

Program Length: One weekend a month for 22 months

Format: 50% on-campus, 50% remote

Cohort Size: 20-25

No GMAT Required

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MSOL vs. MSEL: The Benefits of an Executive Leadership Degree

You might think that the main difference between an MSEL and an MSOL is just one letter — but that isn’t the case. While our MSEL and a typical Master of Science in Organizational Leadership do overlap in some areas, such as coursework on corporate communication or strategic planning, the executive leadership degree is geared toward those looking to lead organizational success from a higher-level leadership role. The MSEL program at the Knauss School of Business also emphasizes personal development so that you can transform yourself — and grow into the leader you are meant to be.

The following unique features set our MSEL program apart:

  • Emphasis on fundamentals of servant leadership
  • Insight from leading corporate executives
  • Focus on corporate social responsibility
  • Development of interpersonal skills to ensure both organizational and individual growth
  • Opportunity to explore your passion and figure out your mission in life 
  • Curriculum tailored specifically to what you will need in an executive-level role.
  • Classes taught by professors trained by leadership gurus at The Ken Blanchard Companies