Classic format

Overview of the Classic Classroom Format

An emphasis on face-to-face learning

For more than 25 years, our classic classroom format has featured a flexible choice model that allows students to select courses that focus on individual goals, interests, and learning style. Students can also determine the pace at which they move through the program. This format offers numerous electives and allows for individualized studies. Some online work is incorporated into this format.


During fall and spring semesters, classes usually meet every other Saturday morning or afternoon for four hours. Additional instruction time is provided online. Seven Saturday sessions are included in one semester. Some select classes meet on Monday evenings. Students can take a combination of Saturday and Monday courses.

A sample class schedule in the classic classroom format:

Period I Saturday 8:00 am to 12 pm
Period II Saturday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Period III Weekdays 6 pm to 10:00 pm

Note: Each class taken commits a student to Period I, Period II, or Period III, an average of two meetings a month. A few courses are taught on an immersion model, which features fewer but longer sessions.

The MAL program also offers summer semester courses in seven-week, fourteen-week, or special immersion formats.


Four core courses:

  • ML 505 – Foundations of Leadership
  • ML 514 – Research Methods
  • ML 580 – Colloquium on Contemporary Theories of Leadership
  • ML 585 – Integrating the Theory and Practice of Responsible Leadership (Capstone Course)

Seven electives, selected from more than 20 offerings*

*Students may petition the program to do a thesis in place of two of the elective courses. Students who do the thesis are required to develop and carry out an in-depth study of some aspect of leadership or of a leadership-related topic and register for ML 592 Thesis Consultation I and ML 593 Thesis Consultation II. Students electing to write a thesis are still required to take ML 585 to complete the program.

Elective courses for the Classic Classroom format

The MAL program requires that seven elective courses be selected from the following course list. All courses are 3 semester credits:

  • ML 510 – Visions of Leadership
  • ML 511 – Creativity and the Problem-Solving Process
  • ML 520 – Self-Identity, Values, and Personal Growth
  • ML 527 – Spirituality and Leadership in the Workplace
  • ML 530 – Ethics in Communication
  • ML 531 – The Dynamics of Change
  • ML 535 – Organization Theory and Leadership
  • ML 536 – Facilitating Organizational Change
  • ML 538 – Communication Skills for Leadership
  • ML 539 – Communicating a Self in the Modern Organization
  • ML 540 – Political Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • ML 545 – Decision Making and Leadership
  • ML 548 – Coaching and Consulting
  • ML 550 – Communication, Decision Making, and Technology
  • ML 553 – Design and Leadership
  • ML 557 – Language of Leadership
  • ML 560 – Cultural Competence and Effective Leadership
  • ML 563 – Leadership in a Global Society
  • ML 565 – Women and Leadership
  • ML 570 – Negotiation: Theory and Practice
  • ML 574 – Strategic Leadership
  • ML 575 – Constructive Conflict Resolution
  • ML 576 – Leading Innovation
  • ML 577 – Universal Responsibility and Leadership: A Nicaraguan Experience
  • ML 598 – Independent Study
  • ML 599 – Topics