Masters of Science (MSc) in Executive Leadership & Change

Daemen College

Program Description

Masters of Science (MSc) in Executive Leadership & Change

Daemen College

The MS in Executive Leadership and Change is a cohort-based graduate seminar program. The contemporary curriculum, a highly integrated, carefully coordinated series of courses, is completed in twenty-four months.

Mission Statement

The Philosophy of the Executive Leadership and Change Master of Science Program: Effective leaders have an accurate sense of themselves. They model, teach and advocate the values of authenticity, empowerment, creative and critical thinking. To promote collaboration, trust and community building, they take advantage of a diversity of style, experience a, d culture. Executive leaders understand and facilitate change to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex, fast-paced, global society. Leaders need the skills to create and communicate a positive view of the future, which is in harmony with the values of their organization and the larger community. The role of the leader is to inspire and facilitate this transition to the desired future state.

In keeping with Daemen College’s belief that leadership is fundamentally service, the leader’s role is defined to include a sense of civic responsibility and ethical decision making. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides participatory interactive experiences and opportunities for practice and reflection as the primary methods for exploring leadership and change.

The Executive Leadership and Change program characterizes leadership development as an ongoing learning process, thus building capacity in the leader, their organizations and in the other team members involved in leading positive change.

Program Objectives

  • Apply contemporary leadership models and theories as they analyze and shape personal leadership style of the student (create personal Mission – Vision, Strategic Goals and Learning Objectives).
  • Change behavior through self-knowledge, cultural sensitivity, emotional intelligence, team dynamics and systems thinking.
  • Reflect on their experience when applying new knowledge, skills and approaches.
  • Develop skills for effective leadership guided by ethical values.
  • Nurture creative and critical thinking skills necessary to effect personal and organizational change.
  • Integrate the advantages of a liberal learning philosophy into a framework of leadership skills and organizational behavior development.
  • Acknowledge and fulfill their roles as leaders of change personally, organizationally and in the community with specializations in Business, Health Professions, Not for Profit or Higher Education contexts.

Program Highlights

  • Interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizing the internalization, integration, and application of self-awareness, team building, effective communication, systems thinking, and creative problem solving for change.
  • Projects are designed as hands-on laboratories for testing ideas and applying leadership skills. Students work closely with faculty and are encouraged to work collaboratively. Individualized learning objectives are incorporated into the program and research assignments.
  • To maximize learning, the program stresses an experiential, interactive and reflective format sharing personal work experiences, evaluating case studies and meeting distinguished guest lecturers. These models are supplemented through the use of multimedia technology, web-enhanced learning, and off-site visits. To facilitate the technology component of the curriculum, each student is provided with their own laptop computer.
  • Highly-regarded faculty led by the Executive Director, John S. Frederick, Ed.D.
  • The program is taught using a graduate seminar, cohort format. The two start dates are Winter (Tuesday evening classes) or Fall (Wednesday evening classes).

The 36 Credit Hour Program is delivered in two formats:

  • Winter/January start - Tuesday evening format that meets once a week
    • Complete in just 24 months
  • Fall/September start - Wednesday evening format that meets once a week
    • Complete in just 24 months

Program Components

  • The foundational component is comprised of seven, 3-credit courses
  • Analysis/networking component includes a 3-credit immersion course
  • Research/application component is 6 credits for completion of thesis/research projects and 3 credits for completion of a specialization or elective course
  • A 3 credit capstone course

The program is cohort-based and classes are offered sequentially. The cohort format allows for an individualized case study approach to applying the material studied.

To maximize learning, the program stresses an interactive format and may include distinguished guest facilitators, the use of traditional and digital information with multimedia technology and facilitator-assisted analysis of the group's dynamics. Students work closely with faculty and are encouraged to work collaboratively.

Specialty Tracks

Specializations allow students to meet their personal and career learning objectives. Executive Leadership and Change students customize their research project/thesis and complete the specialization leadership course in one of four specialty tracks:

  • Business
  • Health Professions
  • Higher Education
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations

Entry Requirements

  • Complete online application.
  • A written statement from the applicant which describes the applicant's own interest in the Executive Leadership and Change degree and assesses the applicant's strengths as a leader and describes what the applicant hopes to gain from a graduate degree.
  • Provide a resume of professional experience.
  • Two letters of recommendation from an employer, professional colleague, or major professor which evaluate the applicant's leadership potential and capacity to complete a graduate degree.
  • Official transcript(s) from all accredited colleges or universities attended indicating the award of an undergraduate degree (international applicants must submit foreign transcripts in the original language and an English copy).
  • Health form.
  • Submission of an official TOEFL score by each international applicant who has graduated from a foreign college or university and whose native language is not English.
  • Personal interview with program director.


The two start dates are Winter (Tuesday evening classes) or Fall (Wednesday evening classes).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 25, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
24 months
Full time
USA - Buffalo, New York
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