Master of Arts in the Field of Leadership Education and Development

The Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, offers an interdisciplinary degree program leading to the degree of master of arts in leadership education and development (LEAD) to a cohort of designated officers from the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA). The Department awards the degree in partnership with the Division of Leadership at the USNA.

Students complete the 33-credit program in one year across three academic terms (a summer session and fall and spring semesters). These credits are delivered through 10 courses and a research capstone—GW teaches 18 of the 33 credits and the USNA teaches the remaining 15 credits.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

33 credits, including 18 credits taken at GW and 15 credits taken at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA)

COMM 6171Professional Communication
COMM 6190Leadership Communication
COMM 6242Organizational Communication and Conflict Management
LEAD 6001The Academy and the Brigade *
LEAD 6003Foundations of Moral Reasoning *
LEAD 6004LEAD Fellows Teaching Practicum *
LEAD 6005LEAD Fellows Counseling Practicum *
LEAD 6006LEAD Research Capstone *
ORSC 6209Management Systems
ORSC 6245Seminar: Organizational Behavior
ORSC 8261Research Methods in Organizational Sciences

*Course taken at the USNA