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Official Program Name:

Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Leadership

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

A bachelor's degree is required for those seeking to enroll in this MBA program. Prospective students should have a strong interest in playing a mentor role and possess good communication, organizational, and listening skills as courses in this program are designed to develop these. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students of Walden University's online Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Leadership program could learn about the practices and behaviors of leaders and evaluate how they may use different leadership styles to oversee and develop effective teams. In the program's three specialization courses, students have the opportunity to review details about the manner in which leaders meet challenges, elicit change, coach individuals, inspire others, use self-development tools, and apply strategies for organizational success. A dynamic leadership class in the core curriculum addresses decision-making processes, management styles, and the thought processes of effective leaders. Other core courses discuss managerial practices in areas of marketing, finance, accounting, information systems, and staffing. A capstone requires that students apply concepts they have learned to discuss a specific challenge within a business setting while learning more about change management, corporate sustainability, and strategic management.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

39 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

Required Courses for a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Leadership:

Core and elective courses account for 27 of the 39 credits needed to complete this MBA program; the remaining 12 credits are taken in specialization courses and the program's capstone. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (24 credits)

  • Business Essentials
  • Dynamic Leadership
  • Managing People and Promoting Collaboration
  • Fostering a Culture of Innovation
  • Managing Business Information Systems
  • Improving Business Performance
  • Accounting for Management Decision Making
  • Marketing for Competitiveness
  • Managerial Finance

Core Elective Course (3 credits)

  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Communication for Leaders and Managers
    • Competing in the Global Economy
    • Critical Thinking for Effective Management
    • Harnessing the Power of Data and Information
    • Managing First Things First

Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • Capstone: Sustainable Business Practices and Strategies

Specialization Courses: Leadership (9 credits)

  • Finding Your Inner Leader
  • Building Organizational Culture: Leaders as Architects
  • Personal Leadership: Mentoring and Coaching

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the MBA - Leadership program who intend to seek positions beyond corporate settings, such as in research or academics, would likely need to obtain a doctorate. Doctoral degree programs might provide more extensive studies in leadership theories and business analysis practices.

Doctoral degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • PhD in Management
  • PhD in Organizational Leadership
  • Doctor of Business Administration - Organizational Leadership

Career Paths:

Once they have earned this MBA degree, graduates could be prepared to explore executive-level positions in nearly any type of business. They might apply their managerial and motivational skills in areas of employee relations, career development, training, sales, production, business analytics, or project management.

Positions that might be good choices for these graduates include:

  • Sales manager
  • Human resource manager
  • Management analyst
  • Industrial production manager
  • Training and development manager

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