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Master of Leadership Studies    

The Master of Leadership Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) primarily serves the urban and commuter student population of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, the largest bi-national metropolitan area on the U.S.-Mexico border. Between El Paso County, population 711,146 (2004), and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, estimated population of 1.3 million, the region has a total population of over two million. The university is located in a region in far west Texas that has been geographically isolated with limited economic and educational opportunities for many citizens. UTEP is recognized as a model of a university fundamentally committed to its community and students that can also achieve high levels of excellence in academic programs and research. It is committed to capitalizing on its bi-national location to create multicultural, Inter-American educational and research collaborations among students, faculty, institutions and industries on both sides of the border and especially in northern Mexico.

The Master of Arts in Leadership Studies (MLS) is a 33 semester hour multidisciplinary program that provides a sufficiently broad interdisciplinary program of study, under-scored by a concise and integrated curriculum that follows closely the development of the field of leadership studies and application of knowledge in “real- time” settings.

The field of leadership has seen many scientific advances in understanding the nature of leadership, especially since the emergence of administrative sciences since the end of World War II. As a result, a voluminous literature has resulted, a literature which if it is to be “mastered” requires a curriculum that can focus theory and concepts with applications. The interest in leadership therefore requires two perspectives. First, understanding the high-interest and comprehensively researched perspectives of leadership to train students to understand the science of leadership and how to separate it from the myths. Second, providing application to substantive areas where students can practice their craft. Understanding that leadership is broadly applied thus requires a curriculum of core and concentration.

To this end, this program sees educational objectives relating to:

  1. The Complexity, Science, and Assessment of Leadership;
  2. Examination of the Major Schools of Leadership;
  3. Leadership Success and Development of Skills;
  4. Emerging Issues (Gender, Culture, Multi-cultural, Ethics)
  5. Practice of Leadership.

For current information, please review the Masters in Leadership Studies homepage.