As an institution, Wilson College inspires students to become honorable leaders, effective communicators, and agents of justice. The Master’s in Applied Leadership combines current innovations in leadership education, the best practices of the corporate world, and Wilson’s own historic liberal arts tradition to develop the human, conceptual, and technical skills of our students, forging them into ethical, strategic, and innovative leaders in their fields.
Philosophy and Values:
At Wilson, we do not believe that good leaders are simply born that way. And we also do not believe that good leaders can be forged just from classroom learning—though we know that the classroom can be the crucible where good leaders start.
Instead, we believe that leadership is an applied knowledge and skill—that to become a good leader, you must not only learn about leadership, you must perform it. At Wilson, we believe that everyone has the potential to be a great leader, and we work at drawing out those inherent qualities within you that will help you become a leader while also introducing skills and knowledge to build your confidence to lead. As a Master’s of Applied Leadership student, you will build that confidence on three solid foundations:
- Corporate Fundamentals, emphasizing strategic thinking, interpersonal communications, and leadership theories and practices.
- Social Thinking, emphasizing ethical learning, intercultural dynamics, appreciating social movements, and the historical understanding of leadership.
- Specialized Knowledge, emphasizing a concentration in your own field of study, including the ability to create your own.
All of this culminates in Wilson’s unique Final Project, wherein you design and implement your own service-oriented project that includes you designing, organizing, and completing a community or campus enterprise designed to benefit the community.
This is Applied Leadership at Wilson College: small by design; intimate, high-impact learning; and steeped in the best practices of the managerial world and the liberal arts tradition.