Master of Arts in Ethical Leadership

Fully Online or Blended

Program Description:  We are in desperate need of an Ethical Revolution that revitalizes our organizations, gives voice to the underrepresented, values inclusivity, and pursues a positive future in which individuals reach their full potential.  Aligning with the St. Thomas University Mission, the Master of Arts in Ethical Leadership equips students with the skills, competencies, and capacities necessary for leading the next generation of effective, ethical and socially responsible global corporations and communities.  Designed for students looking to advance their organizational standing and maximize the potential of those around them, the program leverages best practices and innovative leadership strategies to create a foundation for organizational and community change.

Courses are designed to develop agile learning, adaptive practice, collaboration strategies, team building, and conflict resolution among a diverse group of students from various backgrounds, professions, and career levels.  Coursework utilizes face-to-face and online formats and innovative teaching and learning strategies within applied real-world settings.  The program is recommended for both full and part-time students including working professionals from diverse fields such as business, student affairs, higher education, secondary education, primary education, healthcare, human resources development, and public safety.  Graduates demonstrate the ability to ethically inspire action and a shared vision in others, make effective decisions within fast-paced environments, improve organizational effectiveness and teamwork, and increase profitability.  Many of our graduates gain new responsibilities and receive promotions within the first year of earning their degree.  If you’re ready to champion the Ethical Revolution and become the best leader you can be, APPLY TODAY!


  1. A completed and signed university Application for Admission
  2. Official college and/or university baccalaureate transcripts from the institution where the degree was conferred
  3. Personal statement describing the applicant’s professional goals and interest in the desired degree
  4. Professional Résumé
  5. Graduate applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 will be required to submit a statement justifying the grades received and demonstrating how the applicant has progressed professionally since graduation

Program Student Learning Outcomes: The Master of Arts in Ethical Leadership program prepares graduates who can:

  1. Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills along with strong oral, written, visual, presentation and listening communication skills
  2. Address complex workplace problems through the application of Ethical Leadership practices, effective decision-making, key performance metrics, creativity, systems and critical thinking skills
  3. Exhibit organizational behaviors aligned with the best practices for the development of ethical standards and morality within the work environment
  4. Assume leadership roles in the workplace while recognizing the value of group work and collaboration


MEL 600 Leadership Foundations and Skills Assessment
MEL 630 Organizational Communication and Leadership
MEL 700 Organizational Behavior
MEL 640 Organizational Leadership and Change
MEL 635 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Organizations
MEL 645 Global and Cultural Diversity in Leadership
MEL 503 Applied Research MethodsSUPPORTING COURSES
LST 540 Global Ethics in World Religions
LST 580 Global Ecological Ethics in the Earth Charter
MEL 580 Managing Technology
MEL 650 Conflict Resolution and Mediation
MEL 660 Project Management and Leadership

MPS 640 Organizational Leadership and Change

All courses in the program will use teaching strategies that integrate practical applications through fieldwork, projects, teamwork, or other applied practices in conjunction with research. The capstone experience will provide an opportunity for students to integrate and advance key performance metrics to exceed industry and societal standards within real-world settings. Graduation Requirements: The Master of Arts in Ethical Leadership requires a total number of thirty-six (36) graduate credit hours. For degree conferral, students are required to earn a B or better in all courses and attain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Individual advising and answers to questions about courses are available by contacting the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethical Leadership.

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