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Master of Science in Leadership (MSL)

Build teams. Spark enthusiasm. Lead collaboratively.

Enhance your leadership capability and gain the skills to plan for and direct change within your organization. Our advanced behavioral science program is ideal for professionals working in health care, public administration, the private sector, education and public safety.

Learn cutting-edge research techniques and practices in advanced organizational behavior science to create high-performance work teams and lead organizational change. Gain the leadership and interpersonal skills to direct and develop human resources, including conflict resolution, group dynamics and diversity management.

For more information, read the MSL program one sheet.

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Pfeiffer University is a Best Online College in North Carolina


Pfeiffer’s MSL program is offered through the division of arts and sciences. With classes offered at our convenient Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham campuses as well as online, this program is ideal for working professionals.


The MSL program is a 27-semester hour (SH) course of study that can be completed within two years.

If you are interested in pursuing a joint degree, learn more here:

Masters in Science of Leadership (MSL)

Core Courses (27 SH)

  • MBA 701 Organizational Communications 
  • MSL 702 Organizational Behavior
  • MSL 710 Effective Leadership
  • MSL 712 Ethical Issues in Employment Law
  • MSL 730 Human Resources Management
  • MSL 740 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
  • MSL 750 Organizational Change Management
  • MSL 751 Strategies for Building High Performance Organizations and Teams
  • MSL 799 Strategic Management and Leadership


Nine semester hours from MSL courses.

MSL: Concentration in Human Resources (12 SH)

  • MSL 720 Managing a Diverse Workforce
  • MSL 731 Human Resource Development
  • MSL 735 International Human Resources Management

MSL: Concentration in International Management (12 SH)

  • MSL 735 International Human Resources Management
  • MSL 752 Global Management
  • MSL 794 Comparative International Business Law

Note: MBA 776 International Experience may be taken in lieu of MSL 752 Global Management or MSL 735 International Human Resource Management under either concentration.

Certificate Program – Graduate Certificate in Leadership (12 SH)

  • MSL 702 Organizational Behavior
  • MSL 710 Effective Leadership
  • MSL 740 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
  • MSL 750 Organizational Change Management

For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog.

Admission Requirements

Admission is granted MSL applicants who satisfy ALL of the criteria stated below:

  • Application
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Graduate Entrance Assessment (GRE, GMAT or Miller Analogies Test preferred).
  • Test requirement is waived for applicants already possessing an earned advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • The requirement is waived for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or greater who document 5-7 years of professional work experience.

Tuition & Fees

Click here for current tuition and fees. Contact an admissions advisor about financial aid and scholarship opportunities


Are you interested in a leadership position in health care, public administration, education or public safety? How about human resources or public policy? An executive position within a corporation? Get your MSL online, through traditional courses or through a combination thereof, opening your future to a wide range of possibilities.

Ready to get started? Apply now. 

Charlotte Admissions Advisor

Have questions? Just ask!
Jeffrey Mincey
Interim Director of Graduate and Degree Completion Enrollment
(800) 338-2060
(704) 945-7351

Raleigh Admissions Advisor

Paul Hanbury
Assistant Director of Enrollment Events Recruitment & Engagement
(800) 338-2060
(919) 238-2406