2021-2022 Catalog

Management and Leadership, Master of Science

The Master of Science in Management and Leadership is designed for forward-thinking, team-oriented professionals looking to take full advantage of their potential to manage people and lead organizations. This degree program will focus on the knowledge and skills necessary to manage daily activities, lead people, and strategically develop the individual, the team, and the organization. Graduates of this program will be able to examine rapidly changing business opportunities by thinking critically and applying quantitative procedures and tools to establish operational plans that lead to sustainable organizational growth.

Program Outcomes

The Master of Science in Management and Leadership will prepare students to:

Use data driven strategy to establish and implement operational plans that lead to sustainable organizational growth.

Implement projects successfully through effective resource allocation, use of technology, and cross-functional awareness.

Determine win/win solutions in negotiations.

Differentiate the effects organizational culture has on leadership within their organization.

Write research-based professional presentations that communicate researched arguments to both internal and external stakeholders.

Manage operations in alignment with Key Performance Indicators.

Develop ethical leadership skills in themselves and others.

Create and manage diverse local and global teams.

Examine business opportunities in a rapidly changing environment by thinking critically and applying quantitative procedures and tools.

Admission Requirements

City University of Seattle's graduate admission requirements, found under Admissions in the catalog menu, apply to this program. 

Total Required Credits (42 Credits)

Management and Leadership Core (24 Credits)

ML 511Communication and Influence


ML 521Organizational Management and Strategy


ML 533Leadership and Development


ML 552Data Analytics and Visualization


Emphasis area (12 Credits)

Management and Leadership Capstone (6 Credits)

ML 643Applied Research in Management and Leadership


Choose one of the emphasis areas listed below:

Nonprofit Leadership Emphasis

The MSML with an emphasis in Nonprofit Leadership builds and strengthens the student’s current understanding of the non-profit business entity. The courses focus on leadership theory, applying it to all phases of non-profit organizational development. With an emphasis in non-profit leadership, students develop the skills to align employees and volunteers to the organization’s governance, strategy, marketing, and philanthropic mission.

MAL 561Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector


MAL 563Philanthropy and Strategic Fund Development


MAL 566Board Governance and Leadership


MAL 568Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations


Change Leadership Emphasis

The MSML with an emphasis in Change Leadership is specifically designed to help students become an effective change agent within your organization. The Change Leadership emphasis explores adaptive leadership; thought leadership and creativity; leading change in diverse organizational cultures; and social and environmental change. The emphasis helps develop a competitive advantage in today’s business climate, which requires leaders who adapt quickly and effectively to internal and external market influences.

MAL 530Adaptive Leadership


MAL 532Thought Leadership and Creativity


MAL 535Leading Change in Diverse Organizational Cultures


MAL 538Social and Environmental Change


Human Resource Management Emphasis

The MSML with an emphasis in Human Resource Management will provide students with a broad and comprehensive knowledge base of the HR subject areas. This program will also help prepare students to be better equipped for certification exams offered by the HR Certification Institute.

HR 551Human Capital Strategy Management


HR 553Management of People


HR 555Workplace Management and Human Resources


HR 557Organization and the Human Resource Function