M.S. in Leadership

At Palm Beach Atlantic University we offer guidance that focuses on biblical, historical, theoretical and practical studies. Combined with our thriving community connections, we help you develop skills to reach your leadership potential.

Our faculty are committed to your success, and you’ll learn from professionals with real-world experience in business and academia.

Our program delivers specific benefits such as:

 Scott Brown explains why he chose PBA Orlando to pursue his Master of Leadership degree, and discusses his experience in the program.
  • Seminar and workshop-style classes that illustrate the practical application of leadership theories.
  • A collaborative environment where you’ll team up with faculty and fellow students.
  • A learning cohort where you’ll progress with a consistent group of students.
  • Learning in an affirming environment at Florida’s leading Christian university.
  • Small class sizes comprised of 15 – 20 fellow adult learners.
  • An emphasis on essential skills such as critical thinking, strategic planning, anticipating change and power writing.
  • Preparation for a career options including: Entrepreneur leadership, Healthcare management, Non-profit leadership, Strategic Management and Team leadership.
  • 40 graduate credits (10 courses) taught in a seminar style and can be completed in 20 months – see degree plan*

  • Two program entry points: fall (August) and spring (January) with application deadlines of August 1 and December 1

Best of all for many, you don’t have to put your whole life on hold to earn your degree.

  • The program is custom-engineered for working professionals. Evening classes enable you to enjoy the ultimate in flexibility and efficiency.
  • Courses are offered in weekly, four-hour evening class sessions at PBA’s Orlando and West Palm Beach or Wellington campuses. The program can be completed online.
  • You can make a real difference through virtual study. Online programs make learning more convenient than ever. We’ve developed a virtual experience that is challenging, rewarding, and focused on fostering a positive learning community.

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Admission Requirements:

  1. Earn a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  2. Achieve undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, with exceptions on a case-by-case basis
  3. Submit:
  • A completed online application and $45 nonrefundable fee (Click on the drop-down arrow to select the Graduate application)           
  • Official transcript from college/university where bachelor’s degree was conferred
  • Two confidential leadership recommendations
  • Two essay responses (one for Orlando)
  • A current resume

      4.   Faculty interview (Orlando only) – Once your application for admission is complete by meeting all the admission requirements and providing the required documents, you will be invited to an interview with a faculty member.


Admissions decision and notification:

Applicants will be notified in writing of the Graduate Admissions Committee’s decision within two weeks after submitting your completed application. To secure a spot in the program, accepted students must submit, no later than 30 days before classes begin:

A  non-refundable $100 deposit, which is applied to tuition upon enrollment

The estimated tuition for the entire MSL program is $22,000*. This includes tuition for 40 credit hours ($525/credit) and the Resource Fee ($200/semester).

Financial Aid

Palm Beach Atlantic makes every effort to offer financial assistance through a variety of programs (federal and institutional) to deserving students. Primary funding for graduate study is provided on the basis of demonstrated financial need in the form of work study awards and student loans. Students must apply for financial aid each year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) online at For any questions on work-study or loan eligibility please contact


Palm Beach Atlantic recognizes the servant leadership of those who put their lives at risk for others on a regular basis. The First Responder Scholarship is available to full-time employees of Fire and Rescue, Police, and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) who are enrolled in PBA’s Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management or Master of Science in Leadership. This $2,500 scholarship will be evenly awarded over the course of five semesters ($500 per semester). For more information about this scholarship opportunity please contact your Graduate Admission counselor at

*Cost based on 2015-2016 fee schedule and is subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

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