Master's in Public Leadership

Members of Cohorts 1 & 2 of the Master's in Public Leadership.
Members of Cohorts 1 & 2 of the Master's in Public Leadership.

Obtaining The GWU Master's of Professional Studies in Public Leadership with a Specialization in Multi-Sector Management, will advance your career and prepare you to step into a key public leadership position. There is a pressing need for leaders who are able to manage across sectors to achieve integrated performance among key service providers from government, private industry and the non-profit sectors.

In today's complex governing environment there are no longer distinct separations between "public administration" and "business management." Effective public leaders must be well-versed in both. By exploring theories, skills, and practices from a variety of disciplines, you will be able to create effective solutions for today’s organizational challenges, and build a knowledge base for tomorrow's opportunities.

Key program components include:

Blended Learning for Increased Flexibility: The program combines traditional classroom sessions with distance learning and independent projects. The blended learning format enables you to complete significant sections of the curriculum in a way that is tailored to your schedule.

Leadership Residency Intensives: Three leadership courses taught in five-day residential learning formats at our Alexandria, VA Graduate Education Center provide you with opportunities to expand your professional networks among fellow cohort members and government leaders.

Six Sigma Certification: You will earn a Green Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma Organizational Performance Improvement, with the option of earning Black Belt certification. This coveted certification is highly regarded and is a cornerstone of the President Obama's government performance improvement initiatives, as well as those in state and municipal governments and private industry.

Scholar Practitioners: Our faculty provide a rich blend of academic rigor and scholarly interests with real-world leadership and management experience. They are gifted in crafting and providing executive education experiences which both expand student perspectives and enable effective application to leadership challenges.


Rick Henry
Program Manager

CEPL Interviews: Master's Student Gina Lasky

Master's student Gina Lasky talks about GW's Master's Program multi-sector focus and how it changed the way she works.

About Our Faculty

Learn about the faculty who teach in our Master's Degree program.