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The Executive Master's in Leadership teaches students the art and science of effective leadership behaviors necessary to address the critical issues facing business and society. The 32-credit curriculum explores leadership as a set of interrelated competencies — understanding and making changes to optimize the self and relationships, your organization, and global and local communities. Students will learn to think like a scientist, interpret evidence, and discern meaningful results to make wise personal, organizational, and policy choices.

Unit Courses


Learn how to diagnose underlying needs and interests of all parties in order to craft mutually beneficial deals, understand your bases of power and how to exercise them mindfully.

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Discover a systematic way to think carefully about decisions to arrive at more informed choices, and thoroughly examine the pitfalls (e.g., cognitive biases) that commonly derail good decision-making. Topics include decision structuring, tradeoffs, analysis, and traps.

Managerial Accounting

Explore how successful leaders coordinate and control day-to-day operating activities, evaluate business performance, and motivate employees to achieve results. Acquire the necessary skills to effectively manage costs and distinguish profitable from unprofitable products, services, and customers.


Learn how to present your message successfully, from understanding your audience and integrating visuals to creating strategies for difficult conversations.

Practical Experience: Personal Action Plan

Integrate unit concepts into a personalized action plan that identifies the strategic priorities, action steps, and areas of opportunity in your individual leadership journey. Your plan serves as a guide for future growth and success and directly prepares you for the Closing Residency.

Unit Courses

Basic Analytics for Leaders

Apply evidence and statistical analysis to solve leadership problems. Learn how to evaluate the validity and generalizability of any evidence to help you find the best available evidence to address the leadership problem at hand.

Human and Social Capital

Learn how an organization can attract, develop, and retain talented people (human capital); systematically build trust and social capital; and enable organizational success. The class provides context for understanding how an organization can identify and nurture potential leaders.

Creating & Changing Cultures

Understand the power of organizational culture and a leader’s role in shaping and leveraging it. Explore major perspectives on culture to create frameworks that allow you to analyze culture, understand its strengths and weaknesses, and learn how a leader can use culture to bring the best results to the organization.

Strategic Management

Analyze and understand the building blocks of competitive strategy and organizational leadership, as well as establish and defend an organization’s dominant position in its industry.

Prof. Brooks Holtom teaching

Practical Experience: Organizational Capstone

This major, individual research project allows you to personalize the EML program to your individual interests while engaging in the scientific research process. Guided by a mentor, you will explore a specific leadership challenge; review and contribute to knowledge of leadership within a particular context; or explore an organizational leadership challenge. Alternatively, students interested in entrepreneurship can structure the capstone project to develop a business plan.

Unit Courses


Explore both the science and the practice of leading teams and being led, and understand the leader’s role (e.g., designing, composing, structuring, and coaching a team) and the differences among various sorts of teams (e.g., entrepreneurial teams, creative teams, decision-making teams, virtual teams, and top management/C-suite teams).

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Resources & Sustainability

Learn how to cultivate resources that sustain organizational growth in global societies. Develop leadership strategies that maximize inclusion and impact through organizational partnerships with diverse stakeholders.   

Global Business Experience

Develop your global business acumen by working in small teams to consult either within an industry or with a specific overseas organization. You will learn details about the political, economic, and social systems of a country in which your partner organization is embedded and work to address its complex business or social challenges.

Leading Change & Innovation

Examine how effective leaders are able to bring about fundamental change in organizational settings and why certain methods and techniques, and not others, are effective in particular settings.

Practical Experience: Global Consulting Project

Implement concepts learned in the classroom to a leadership-focused consulting project for a client based abroad. In small teams, you will work with the client over several weeks and then present your recommendations in person during a week-long global residency.




Students participate in three residences — two domestic and one global — throughout the 12-month EML program focusing on evidence-based leadership, leading in an international context, and the understanding and application of selected Jesuit disciplines.



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