Master of Science in Leadership

Develop the skills needed to thrive in today's complex global business environment.

In this program you'll focus on change management and the importance of ethical conduct, as well as engage in in-depth study of diverse techniques used to lead complex organizations. This program is ideal for those pursuing leadership or management positions in military, government, business, and nonprofit settings.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for this program. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course—the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they've learned.

2014-2015 Demonstration of Program Outcomes MS in Leadership

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Analyze, anticipate, and prepare for future leadership environments.
Develop capacity for continual growth and development as a leader.
Create organizational systems, structures, and processes that support innovation and change.
Apply theory and best practices in leading and developing people and organizations.
Analyze and apply leadership practices for a strategic and sustainable future.
Lead collaborative communities in virtual, global, and culturally diverse environments.
Leverage technology in leadership roles.


Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated outcome assessment results from Q2 2014 – Q1 2015 capstone courses



Master of Science (MS) in Leadership specialization

  • General Leadership

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • The Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) has accredited Capella University business programs and specializations. Full accreditation statement including list of programs and specializations is available.
  • Students have access to professional coaching to help define and develop effective leadership skills and help transfer courseroom learning to work settings.
  • Capella consults with our external Business Management Advisory Council to ensure the curriculum reflects employer insights on necessary knowledge and skills for business leaders.

Master's Business Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Business Master's programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Capella Business & Technology Doctoral Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during proficient" or "exceptional".

Improvements in Skills & Abilities Business & Technology Master's Guide

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during proficient" or "exceptional"

Master's Business Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Business Master's programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella Business & Technology Doctoral Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during proficient" or "exceptional".

Improvements in Skills & Abilities Business & Technology Master's Guide

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during proficient" or "exceptional".

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2013 and June 2014. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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See Gainful Employment data for this program's specializations

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Alumni Success Story Quote

Photo of Cliff Gilmore, MS Cliff Gilmore, MS

"Nearly every one of my final projects through my master's and then on into the doctoral program has tied directly into what I was doing at work."

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