Leadership Studies

4+1 in Leadership Studies

Career Options

Leadership Studies graduates have many career options.  For example, they work as Social Entrepreneurs, Development Directors, CEOs, International Delegates, Human Resource Consultants, and Global Knowledge Managers in organizations as varied as Korn/Ferry International, the American Red Cross, Bates College, World with US, the Department of Labor, Mechanics Savings Bank, and Deloitte to name just a few.

The Leadership Studies 4+1 option allows qualified undergraduate students (in any major) to complete a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies degree in five years.

Students pursuing this option focus on bachelor degree requirements during the first three years, a mix of bachelor and graduate requirements in the fourth year, and exclusively graduate requirements in the fifth year.

Students may use up to 12 credits of graduate work for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees (using 4 required graduate level courses to fulfill general elective credits needed for the bachelor’s degree).

For more information about this option, contact Janet Etzel at jetzel@usm.maine.edu.

Students are required to maintain 3.0 GPA or higher and possess prior organizational experience. A minimum of 108 undergraduate credits and 36 graduate credits are required to complete both degrees.

Students may apply for the 4+1 option at the start of their junior year and enroll in graduate courses after a minimum of 90 credit hours of undergraduate course work has been accumulated.

Students wishing to progress through the graduate program in five years should take LOS500: Foundations of Leadership I and LOS550: Cultural Contexts during the fall semester and LOS501: Foundations of Leadership II and LOS512: Deliberate Creativity and Innovation during the spring semester of their fourth year of study.