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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Master of Science in Leadership & Administration

Woods College of Advancing Studies

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Program Overview

Do you want to be more of a leader and develop your managerial skills and competence? With a foundation in applied research and data analysis, finance, project management, and Ignatian-based, applied ethics, you will graduate from this program a grounded and confident leader. With four specializations to choose from, this degree is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to lead in a variety of professions.


Building upon the core Leadership and Administration classes our specializations prepare students for professional opportunities in five exciting areas of study. 

  • Corporate Communications and Marketing
    Vision Statement:
    Today's marketing and communication leader must understand human dynamics and the increased role brands play in guiding company mission, global dynamics, and associated strategies, both internally and externally. The Marketing and Communication specialization at Boston College, utilizing Jesuit Principles as its foundation, helps you understand values-based brand strategy and how human intelligence and behavioral data analytics can be utilized to inform more effective brand, message, media and channel strategies in today's evolving and complex digital environment.

  • Executive Leadership and Organizational Development
    Vision Statement: The Executive Leadership and Organizational Development specialization at Boston College develops a new generation of agile and ethical stewards of high performing and sustainable organizations. Through coursework with the Jesuit Principles as the foundation, students will learn the benefit of self-reflection and contemplation to inform the design and execution of business strategy in complex organizations. The Executive leadership and organizational specialization focuses on business alignment, change agility, managing shifting demands, and inspiring a culture of advocacy and engagement. 

  • Human Resources Management 
    Vision Statement: Organizations are increasingly looking to their Human Resource function as a strategic partner in evolving their business strategy and responding to changing workforce needs. To be a trusted and impactful human resources practitioner today you need to have the knowledge and skills to enable strategic change and reshape workforce practices. The Human Resources Management specialization at Boston College, utilizing Jesuit Principles as its foundation, helps you gain the competencies needed to guide and influence leaders in building healthy and sustainable organizations; create practices to attract, develop and engage talent to meet the organizations needs; and lead with confidence, objectivity, and credibility.

  • Project Management
    Vision Statement: The Project Management sector is projected to grow by 6 million jobs in the United States by 220 and by an even greater number internationally. The critical skills and perspectives required by today's project managers continue to evolve and expand as projects become increasingly complex and time more constrained. The Project Management specialization is designed to provide the adaptive management and problem soliving skills you need to succeeed in this exciting field.  You will learn how to effectively plan projects, and manage and mitigate risk while maintaining high standards of quality.  The program will also further develop your team management skills and expand strategies and perspectives on how to balance the completing demands of various stakeholders involved in a project.  With a curriculum grounded in the Ignatian tradition, you will learn how to approach proffesional decisions with discernement and ethical sensitivy.  Graduates will go on to apply their versatile skill set within a wide variety of professional domains - including information technology, healthcare management, cybersecurity and more.   

  • Sports Leadership 

Click here to learn more about our specializations and degree requirements.


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