Columbus State Unveils Online Leadership Master’s Degree

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University has developed an online master’s degree in leadership that will start January and allow students to earn an advanced degree in only 15 months.

The degree is formatted for any background, targeted at professionals in corporate, military, non-profit and educational settings, who wish to improve leadership skills and advance their careers. Working teachers especially can benefit from the new program, which can prepare them to become assistant principals, lead teachers, grade level leaders or academic coaches.

Offered by Columbus State’s nationally accredited College of Education, the master of education in leadership meets the strictest academic standards in the country. The degree is entirely online and costs only $350 per credit hour for all students. There are no out-of-state tuition charges.

Students can advance their careers by learning key leadership strategies, including how to identify talent and assets needed to build effective teams, devise strategies that generate sustainable growth, develop metrics to optimize productivity and performance, manage processes and work systems and use research to strategically enhance performance.

“These skills are critical to both teachers’ development as educators and business professionals’ development as leaders in these times of increased accountability,” said CSU College of Education Dean David Rock. “We designed this program specifically for those in the workforce now who have a desire to advance.”

Faculty behind the degree bring real-world experience to the program to provide “collaborative interaction” between students and teachers as they tackle real-life leadership scenarios, said degree coordinator Tom Hackett, chair of the Department of Counseling, Educational Leadership and Professional Studies.

“We have some highly qualified faculty members lined up to teach this degree,” Hackett said. “They are fully equipped and committed to balancing both scholarly expertise and friendly customer service as they encourage leadership candidates to become agents of change.”

A special Web site, www.CSULeader.com, has been set up to provide information about the program, handle inquiries and facilitate applications.

For more information, call Tom Hackett at 706-568-2301 or e-mail hackett_paul@ColumbusState.edu.