Whether you just earned your undergraduate degree or you have been in a job for several years and aspire to advance to a leadership role, Truman’s Master of Arts in Leadership Program can help you enhance your professional credentials. Gain a better understanding of leadership by examining best practices and studying leadership theories, decision-making, research, ethics, and organizational change.

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Why Truman?

Flexibility to customize the program to match your goals
Experiential learning through simulations, case studies, and internships
Attentive faculty mentors
Ranked as 7th best master's university in the nation

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Grow your ability and marketability as a leader


The Master of Arts in Leadership program prepares you to lead in a variety of settings — for-profit, non-profit, health care, military, government, education, human services, management, and more.


Your degree will be a mix of core coursework (12 credits), courses from your area of specialization (12 credits), and a culminating experience capstone with thesis, project, or internship (9 credits).

Become acquainted with dominant leadership theories in research literature, and identify your leadership strengths and weaknesses as viewed through the lens of each theory. You’ll also learn about ethical standards and behavior, the basics of resource management (e.g., time management, financial management), and goal setting. Finally, you’ll begin to plan your own path of personal leadership development.

Here you’ll study classic and contemporary works on organizational leadership, using the classics as a basis for analyzing the contemporary.

Discover the major academic approaches to decision-making while consciously building on the contributions of several disciplines.

Move from theory to application in a case-study format. You’ll use knowledge gained from your coursework in perspectives of leadership theory, organizational behavior theory, and decision-making theory to find actionable solutions to real-world problems.

These courses give you the opportunity to focus your studies on a specific field. Here are a few examples of existing specializations, though you may choose something completely different:

  • Sports Management
  • Data Science
  • Gifted Education
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Public Health: Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response

The capstone provides an opportunity to showcase what you’ve learned — both to yourself and to future employers. It’s a major project that allows you deeply investigate a topic or field of interest, revise your portfolio of work from across the program, and reflect about personal and professional goals.

and one of these three options:

LDRS 671G: This is where you’ll integrate course learning, personal approaches to leadership in the workplace, and obtain practical experience in organizational settings that are particularly interesting to you.

LDRS 672G: For this academic and reflective portion of your internship, you’ll work with an assigned faculty mentor and other students to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and growth you experienced during your internship.

The leadership project builds a connection between the academic components of the program and applies that knowledge to a real-world context. It requires an independently produced deliverable (e.g. technical manual, website, needs assessment study, diversity training seminar curriculum, etc.) that has a function within an organization and can either target an actual workplace need or serve as an exercise in gaining experience.
For this formal research paper, you identify an original research question and produce a written paper analyzing your findings that are presented to a faculty examiner with appropriate background in the subject matter.

A thesis is generally a good option for students who wish to continue onto doctoral study as it establishes the student’s capacity to do original scholarly research.


For priority consideration, apply by:


Apply by November 1


Apply by April 1


Apply by June 1

Admission Requirements

Statement of Career Goals
3 Letters of Recommendation
Transcripts (not required for Truman graduates)


credit hours
per credit hour
total estimated tuition*

*Total estimated tuition based on 2024-25 academic year. Tuition subject to change.

Financial Aid

Degree-seeking students enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester are eligible for federal financial aid programs. For more information, see Financial Aid Resources for Graduate Studies or contact the Financial Aid Office at (660) 785-4130 or finaid@truman.edu.We hope to introduce institutional scholarships and graduate assistantships as the program grows, but these are not currently available.

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