Our curriculum. Your career advantage.
Holistic education is at the heart of Pepperdine University — academic excellence balanced with purpose, service, and leadership. Our online Master of Science in Leadership programs are a perfect example.
All of our programs emphasize values-centered leadership as well as learning theory and technology. They include 23 common master’s in leadership course credits and nine program-specific credits. Shared course credits make it possible for you to transition between programs in your first year.
You’ll graduate with the knowledge to not only be a leader but to help develop the next generation of leaders, too.
Core Courses | 23 credits
|MSED 601||Critical Thinking and Communication||3 Credits|
Focus on critical thinking and communication strategies designed to help you advance your reasoning skills and oral and written communication. Learn effective, engaging, and strategic use of interactive media, emerging and distributed technologies for storytelling and how to convey well-articulated and powerful narratives in the classroom.
|MSED 602||Virtual Learning, Collaboration, and Transmedia||3 Credits|
Explore virtual and integrated learning technologies and their applications to organizations, communities, and other educational settings. Investigate the benefits of virtual communication and collaboration tools, social media integration, and digital storytelling in the modern classroom.
|MSED 603||Ethics, Values, and Inclusion||3 Credits|
Your introduction to the study of ethics starts with an examination of cultural proficiency, social justice, power, equity, and privilege in academic settings. Explore the basis for value clarification, decision making, and responsible leadership in inclusive organization and communities.
|MSED 604||Program Design and Evaluation||3 Credits|
Discover the analysis, design, development, implementation and assessment of learning-based solutions to organizational challenges across the academic spectrum. Explore models and methods of learning theory and cognition and the value of learning assessments.
|MSED 605||Applied Analytics and Data Visualization||3 Credits|
Study various methods of applied data analysis, the fundamentals of inferential statistical analysis, and modern forms of data gathering including the mining and extraction of big data. In this course, you will focus on empirical inquiries and the understanding, presentation and communication of data in a variety of contexts.
|MSED 606||Entrepreneurial Leadership for Innovation and Change||3 Credits|
Examine the role of entrepreneurial leadership in developing innovative solutions and the ability to influence sustainable change from ideation to fruition and to evolution without positional power. Learn how to foster innovation, adaptation, learning, and organizational support by building coalitions and broad networks.
|MSED 680||Contemporary Topics in Leadership||1 Credit|
Through a leadership perspective, analyze developing theories and practices across the academic landscape. Topics may include emerging technologies; nonprofit organizations; financial management; social innovation and entrepreneurship; preK–12 administration; societal factors affecting education; data analysis; and other similar topics.
|MSED 681||Contemporary Topics in Learning||1 Credit|
Navigate recent developments in theory and practices in a variety of academic areas. Topics may include governance theories; school safety; academic policy and laws; PR and marketing; institutional advancement; private and charter school administration; nonprofit management and leadership; and other similar topics.
|MSED 699 A||Capstone Integration Experience||1 Credit|
Present the culmination of your learning through a capstone project. Your project may be a thesis, a product design, an internship in a related field, or a scholarly presentation introduced at a relevant professional or research conference. In a two-semester format and with the guidance of faculty members, you will be asked to design a plan, accumulate supporting data, develop an e-portfolio, and prepare a report supported with transmedia.
|MSED 699 B||Capstone Integration Experience||2 Credits|
Present the culmination of your learning through a capstone project. In the second portion of your capstone, you will be asked to update your assessment methodology, including tools developed initially in MSED 699A. Demonstrate your achievement of your program’s learning outcomes through updates, rubrics, and the use of transmedia.
PreK-12 Education | 9 credits
|MSKA 641||Professional Learning Culture and Instructional Coaching||3 Credits|
Better understand the role of instructional leaders in shaping a collaborative culture of teaching and learning through individual and collective professional development. Examine the theoretical frameworks and conceptual models for instructional leadership and professional development as transformative learning.
|MSKA 642||Family and Community Engagement||3 Credits|
Explore strategic approaches for improving parental and familial involvement in student programs to establish community partnerships that promote and support student readiness for college and the workforce, and learn how to leverage and integrate community resources and services to meet the varied needs of all students.
|MSKA 643||Policy Management and Learning Environment||3 Credits|
Focus on understanding, assessing, and influencing political, social, legal, intercultural, and technological contexts affecting education to improve policies and practices and managing the organization to cultivate a safe and productive learning and working environment.
Higher Education | 9 credits
|MSHE 631||Higher Education Politics, Governance and Society||3 Credits|
Focus on the central missions and governance structures of higher education institutions in American society. Explore all sectors and levels of the diverse post-secondary landscape, the different forms of governance that characterize each sector, and the historical and current challenges/opportunities associated with each.
|MSHE 632||Student Support and Services in Higher Education||3 Credits|
Study the nature and purpose of student services, its functions, and its effective coordination and integration in higher education institutions. Examine strategies for organizing, staffing, and funding a wide range of programs and services as you explore the historical, theoretical, ethical, and legal issues in student service departments.
|MSHE 633||Economics, Finance and Policy in Higher Education||3 Credits|
Learn about the historical and contemporary issues found at the intersection of higher education finance and policy. Delve into the financial and policy structures supporting four- and two-year, public and private postsecondary institutions, and how these structures change in relation to economic fluctuations at the national, state, and institutional levels.
Learning Technology | 9 credits
|MSLT 661||Emerging Technologies in Learning||3 Credits|
Immerse yourself in a collaborative project-based course designed for hands-on exploration of disruptive technologies, including augmented reality, virtual reality, social media, robotics, 3-D printers/makerbots, and artificial intelligence. Explore technologies for advancing creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in workplace learning designs.
|MSLT 662||Managing the Learning Ecosystem||3 Credits|
Learn how to accelerate student capabilities in technology-integrated learning landscapes and future-ready learning ecosystems. Explore ecosystem planning, learning management systems — including build-or-buy decisions, fintech integrations, and open content — as well as ecosystem risk assessment topics, such as cyber security and forensics, CSIRT planning, and physical safety technologies.
|MSLT 663||Rethinking Learning Ecosystem Designs||3 Credits|
Explore strategies for designing learning experiences, content, and contexts for various audiences and learning needs. Learn how to integrate design thinking, systems thinking, and computational thinking for workplace learning.
Learning Design and Innovation | 9 credits
|MSLD 621||New Learning and Emerging Technologies||3 Credits|
Study the integration of learning theory and emerging technologies in the classroom to create impactful and innovative learning. Develop strategies for technology application and evaluate the effectiveness of new learning technologies in the workplace.
|MSLD 622||Formal Learning: Rethinking Instruction||3 Credits|
Rethink instruction in the context of innovation and change in formal organizations, including the capabilities and disruptions emerging technologies bring to learning and work. Consider theories for creating sustainable design and innovation efforts, and explore the issues associated with the diffusion of innovation throughout organizations or systems.
|MSLD 623||Informal Learning: Expanding Learning Spaces||3 Credits|
Explore the relationship between production, learning spaces, collaboration, and distribution of knowledge. Immerse yourself in the technologies that support these activities in informal settings, such as libraries, museums, and online collaborations, as well as its effect on students, families, and lifelong and mobile learning.
Organizational Leadership and Learning | 9 credits
|MSOL 651||Managing Teams and Collaboration||3 Credits|
Focus on the dynamics of teams in diverse organizations and understand factors contributing to their success. Essential theories, concepts, and practices in group dynamics in multicultural and global settings will be examined. This will include composition and functions of groups, trust and cohesion, decision-making, cultural dimensions of groups, creativity and innovation, as well as virtual teams and networks.
|MSOL 652||Organization Design and Culture||3 Credits|
Take a closer look at a variety of theories and diverse models of organization design, while applying the impacts of culture to decision-making and organizational effectiveness. Emphasis will be placed on applying organization development strategies to the organizational culture and how that organization “gets things done” based on the influences of shared values and group norms. We will explore, adapt, and apply concepts from organization theory and culture while making connections with national cultural contexts.
|MSOL 653||Organizational Management and Stewardship||3 Credits|
Examine various elements and roles involved in managing and leading a learning organization in the context of stewardship. Management functions such as planning, organizing, developing talent, communication, motivation, local and global cultures, social responsibility, and tracking and maintain quality will be discussed. The context of these examinations emphasizes valuing the collective progress of the organization over self-interest.