Leadership Degree Programs

Why Leadership?

Organizations and communities need leaders.

In our fast-paced changing world, having strong leaders to direct our response is critical. 

Leadership can be taught.

As we seek to develop and train leaders, our goal is to impart a set of competencies to provide a solid foundation for learning. We believe the best way to teach leadership is through active learning and participation. 

Leadership is primarily relational.

Leaders accomplish results by connecting and cooperating with others. In order to engage people fully, leaders need to be able to understand and address their varied interests and motivations. 

Real Success at UC

The School of Business & Leadership at the University of Charleston understands the needs of busy working adults - balancing your career, family and other obligations while earning your degree. Our flexible class formats allow students to complete their education through in-seat, online, or hybrid courses.

CVPM Applicants

These degree programs can be applied toward the formal education requirements of the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) program. Please note some foundational courses may not be applicable to the CVPM program requirements. Applicable courses must have clearly identified learning objectives linked to the CVPM Practice Analysis Outline. Contact the CVPM Board for further clarification.  


UC and VHMA have partnered together to provide a 10% tuition discount for: 

  • CVPM applicants
  • CVPM credentialed
  • VHMA members looking to further their education

Destination. Leadership.

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For More Information

Dr. Kristen Dugan, Associate Professor, Director, Doctor of Executive Leadership Program
Phone: 828-302-2791

University of Charleston Programs

Associate of Science: Frontline Leadership

Designed to prepare professionals who carry out the day to day small group and team-leading function in any organization. Graduates develop a foundational level of the leadership skills and practices for supervising, coaching, and mentoring, goal and priority setting, motivating, and planning and managing resources. Course activities lead to the personal development of self-awareness, positive self-regard, accountability, and responsibility necessary for individual success and team participation. 

(60 credit hours)

Bachelor of Science: Organizational Leadership

Designed to equip the professional with the knowledge, skills attitudes, and abilities necessary for effective leadership development and leadership at the organizational level. Recognizing our students are adult learners with very busy lives and richness of "real-world" experience, we create a learning environment that builds on such.

(120 Credit Hours)

Concentrations Available: 

  • Healthcare Leadership
  • Business Management

Master of Science: Strategic Leadership

Designed for mid-career professionals seeking advancement to senior leadership positions in corporate, government, military, and not-for-profit organizations. Strategic, creative, and critical thinking are hallmarks of MSSL graduates leading organizations, groups, and teams through turbulent, complex and diverse environments.

(36 Credit Hours)

Specializations Available: 

  • Healthcare Management
  • Business Management
  • Strategy as practice

Doctor of Executive Leadership

A professional research doctorate designed to develop senior-level leaders capable of integrating theory with practice at the executive leadership level for the sustainability and service of organizations, communities, or institutions in an increasingly complex world. 

(58 Credit Hours)