Every company needs leaders. Be the one they want to hire.

Companies worldwide know there’s a leadership shortage — it’s one of the biggest barriers to growth. As senior leaders step down, it’s essential that new leaders step up.

In fact, within 10 years, leadership responsibilities performed by baby boomers will be handed off to Generations X and Y. That means if you’re interested in moving into management, now is the time to do it.

And whether you’re driven by professional growth or financial gain, an online Master of Science in Leadership can help you achieve both.

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Push your career further.

You’re satisfied with the work you do but don’t feel challenged anymore — you feel stuck. And the only way to get unstuck is to explore new opportunities in your field. This can mean earning a master’s degree. But you’ll need more than just any master’s to stand out — you’ll need a Master of Science in Leadership.

Companies around the world need quality leaders, and our programs can help you grow into the type they’re seeking. Bring your industry experience to one of our leadership programs and we’ll turn it into competitive expertise.

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Change career paths.

Responsibilities, priorities, and most of all opportunities change over time. And whether you’re in a career that doesn’t have a strong outlook or you’re simply looking for a new challenge, Pepperdine’s leadership programs can provide you with the clarity you need.

By choosing our Master of Science in Leadership, you’re opening doors to opportunities in just about every industry. But the best part is that our programs don’t require work experience or related coursework, which means your new career is ready when you are.

What can you do with a master’s in leadership?

Professionals with their master’s degree earn on average 35% more each year than those with a bachelor’s because of their specialized knowledge and advanced skills.* In fact, business leaders in the United States earn an average salary of $127,705.**

But it’s more than monetary gain when you’re leading a team; it’s collective growth that makes your role important. Study with us and you can:

  • Enhance your cross-cultural communication and coaching skills
  • Lead small and large-scale organizational changes
  • Think strategically about how to incorporate technology to enhance learning

*State Higher Education Executive Officers | **Forbes

Qualify for a new career with your master’s in leadership.

Advancing your leadership skills can mean broadened career opportunities, salary increases, and a higher level of personal satisfaction. Here’s a look into how each program can pave the way for leadership careers in your chosen field:*

*Median salaries for each program were sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


PreK-12 Education

Administrative Services Director: $114,758
School Superintendent: $152,706

The majority of K through 12 educators hold just a bachelor’s degree,* while 62% of school principals hold a master’s degree or higher.** According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 300,000 Pre-K to 12th grade educator jobs are expected to become available between 2016 and 2026.

The majority of candidates for these roles only hold a bachelor’s degree. That means your online master’s in leadership is more than a credential, it’s your competitive advantage.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
*U.S. Department of Education



Higher Education

Executive Director of Outreach: $169,733
Dean of Communications: $253,805

The number of jobs in higher education has steadily increased as the student population expands — especially non-faculty positions.* And while higher education administration roles are growing faster than the average occupation, many require a master’s degree to qualify.**

That’s because the role of administrators is much more complex than it used to be. You’ll do more than handle the day-to-day operations of your department, you’ll help motivate and inspire students to push their education further — just like you’ll be doing by earning your master’s in leadership.

**U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics



Learning Technology

Distance Learning Coordinator: $146,742
Information Technology Manager: $341,244

Advanced technologies have the power to transform classrooms and individualize learning. In fact, today’s public schools are required to provide at least one computer for every five students.

And in 2016, more state standardized tests were administered via technology than by paper and pencil for the first time ever.* Because of technology’s dependence on change, the demand for professionals equipped with the expertise to adapt and drive changes in learning technology is poised to grow. Position yourself to lead the way.




Learning Design and Innovation

Senior Training Specialist: $155,075
Director of Employee Relations: $171,000

Leadership and innovation go hand-in-hand — it’s hard to have one without the other. That’s why companies around the world want professionals with the advanced skills to balance both.

According to a recent study, 73% of innovation, strategy, and research and development executives say leadership support is the biggest enabler of innovation.* Your leadership can set the tone for innovation — and our master’s in leadership can help.

*2018 Benchmarking Innovation Report



Organizational Leadership and Learning

Management Analyst: $82,450
Human Resources Manager: $110,120

Employee loyalty is based on more than benefits; it’s measured through employee engagement. And at the heart of employee engagement is experiential learning driven by passionate leaders.

Experiential learning is proven to boost retention scores by 90% because mistakes provide opportunities for education and innovation inspires employees to develop new or existing skills.* As more employees aim to grow in their career, the opportunity for you to do the same does, too.