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Master of Arts in Leadership

College of Business

Location: Lincoln, Omaha, Online
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A Master of Arts in Leadership degree gives students the skills and knowledge to help them manage and lead in any industry. Leaders have the ability to make strategic and visionary decisions and convince others to follow those decisions. This program will help you understand how to create a vision and successfully get others to work toward achieving that goal by setting direction and inspiring them to want to succeed in achieving the end result.

The program prepares students to apply managerial theories to meet organizational goals. And, they further develop the characteristics that great leaders possess including strategic thinking, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and authenticity.

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Program Information

Public Relations and Fundraising Manager

2018 Median Pay: $114,800 per year
Job Outlook = +10% from 2016-2026
Public relations managers plan and direct the creation of material that will maintain or enhance the public image of their employer or client. Fundraising managers coordinate campaigns that bring in donations for their organization.

Training and Development Manager

2018 Median Pay: $111,340 per year
Job Outlook = +10% from 2016-2026
Training and development managers oversee staff and plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees.

Sales Manager

2018 Median Pay: $124,220 per year
Job Outlook = +7% from 2016-2026
Sales managers direct organizations' sales teams. They set sales goals, analyze data, and develop training programs for organizations’ sales representatives.

Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Manager

2018 Median Pay: $132,600 per year
Job Outlook = +10% from 2016-2026
Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers plan programs to generate interest in products or services. They work with art directors, sales agents, and financial staff members.

Human Resources Managers

2018 Median Pay: $113,300 per year
Job Outlook = +9% from 2016-2026
Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees.



Emphasis Areas:

Human Resource Management

Focus on employee relations, compensation, management, and personnel law. Those interested in the HRM emphasis will find that the courses and objectives align with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification exams. This emphasis will prepare recruiters, compensation managers, and generalists.


Encourages students to implement effective coaching, communication, and managerial methods in supervisory roles. The Leadership emphasis prepares emerging leaders by immersing them in the context and applications of leadership. This emphasis is applicable across all industries and management and leadership roles.

Project Management

Utilizes process creation, timeline development, and resource management to improve efficiency in a variety of industries including manufacturing, service, healthcare, government, and transportation. Those interested in the PM emphasis will find that the courses and objectives align with the Project Management Institute (PMI) certification exams.

Healthcare Administration

Incorporates business principles while helping students understand the context in which the healthcare system operates. This emphasis prepares candidates to lead and manage in the context of healthcare systems. Candidates will be prepared to serve in a leadership role following completion of this program.

Nonprofit and Public Administration

Considers the business side of the public sector including budgeting, policy analysis, and rational decision making. This emphasis prepares candidates to lead and manage in the context of public, government, and nonprofit systems.

Supply Chain Management

Explores supply chain metrics, consequences in supply chain decisions, and develops an understanding of the strategic components of logistics management within the context of global operations. Candidates interested in this emphasis will understand operations management, product fulfillment, and distribution functions.

Data Analytics

In the context of a world of data and data collection, learners will consider and explore how firms across all industries collect and analyze data in relation to customer personas, market trends, business intelligence, and cyber security.

Tailored Option: Build your own emphasis area

The tailored emphasis option lets students select key coursework of interest to them. Students choosing to do the tailored option can select courses from any of the emphasis areas as well as approved graduate business elective offerings.

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Dana Miller

Director of Developing Leader Coaches Capstone Program
Graduate Business
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Cathy Dillon

Adjunct Faculty
Graduate Business
Chair Gradaute Business Programs

Deb Sepich

Associate Professor of Business
Graduate Business
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Ted Hill

Adjunct Faculty
Lincoln Campus
Pete Poppert

Pete Poppert

Professor of Practice
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Bill Kostner

Adjunct Faculty
Lincoln Campus
Levi Bennett - Master of Arts in Management, Developing Leadership Emphasis
I know I am a better husband, father, and person for attending Doane.

Levi Bennett ’16
Master of Arts in Management, Developing Leader Coaches Capstone

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Sisters Christina & Mana Farahani
We've had such a great experience at Doane with the people, the classes, being able to lead and manage in our outside lives, professionally and personally.

Christina & Mana Farahani ’15
Master of Arts in Management, Leading Edge

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