Master's degree in Public Leadership

Focused on Multi-Sector Management

Offered by the College of Professional Studies

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.

In today's complex governing environment 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. 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 face-to-face 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.

Focus on the Executive Core Qualifications: The leadership competencies taught throughout the program are grounded in the US Office of Personnel’s Executive Core Qualifications, which all federal government leaders are expected to have mastered. These competencies are clustered in six areas: Fundamental Competencies, Leading Change, Leading People, Business Acumen, Results Driven, and Building Coalitions.

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.

Lean 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 graduate education experiences which both expand student perspectives and enable effective application to leadership challenges.


Tuition (Summer 2016-Spring 2017 Terms): $1,030 per credit hour 


This program is not currently accepting applications for admission.


For more information, please contact:

Natalie K. Houghtby-Haddon, Ph.D., Program Director
Phone: 202-994-5304

Avery Hymel, Senior Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist
Phone: 703-248-2800