Individualized Path


If you've been searching for a graduate program that will prepare you to be a successful leader in your specific career field then the individualized focus in the MLD program will fit your needs. The Individualized path offers you the flexibility to choose the courses that best fit your career goals and combine them with core leadership courses that will prepare you to be an effective leader in your industry.

How the Program Works

The individualized path in the MLD program is designed to allow you to combine core leadership courses that will prepare you to be an ethical leader and a creative problem solver with courses from your specific area. You are able to transfer in 6 to 9 credit hours of graduate work from a college of your choice in your desired area. You will then combine your career specific knowledge with your enhanced leadership skills in all culminating projects in the MLD program to complete the MLD program with a focus in the area you have chosen. 

Interdisciplinary Core

15 credit hours required; all courses listed.

Explores both historical and contemporary explanations of the self in a variety of natural and social contexts. Examines the role of society on the development of self and the impact of the individual on society.

Explores the interaction of culture, creativity, and the arts with leadership. Students will examine creative leaders throughout history from a wide variety of cultures and organizational settings. Students will explore their own creativity and its potential impact on their ability to “think outside the box” and enhance their unique leadership style.

Provides an overview of leadership models to help students identify their own leadership styles. Examines leadership skills that support diverse individuals in complex and technology-rich environments.

Examines the process of ethical decision-making. Through the examination of sources and issues, students develop an awareness of ethical questions, a language with which to frame and confront those questions, and methodologies to examine their import, possibilities, and challenges. Also, addresses differences between legal and ethical issues that affect decision-making.

Examines the research process and explores how to critically analyze research and build upon the work of others. Provides an overview of assessment and evaluation techniques, statistical procedures, and technologies that can be used to inform decision-making.

Focus Area- Individualized

You will work one-on-one with an advisor to create your own curriculum. After discussing your career goals it will be determined which MLD courses would be best fit for the focus in your specific career field.