University of San Diego

Master of Science in Executive Leadership (MSEL)

The University of San Diego in alliance with The Ken Blanchard Companies created the Master of Science in Executive Leadership (MSEL) Program—an innovative values-based graduate degree for established and emerging business leaders.

Business leaders are challenged on more fronts than ever before and leadership is one of the most under-utilized resources in business today. To make a significant impact in work and life, It’s not enough for leaders to merely identify strategic goals, they must develop the ability to motivate others and to keep them motivated, helping them make a difference in the world today. In the MSEL program, students will learn established, real-world leadership techniques that are immediately applicable in the workplace.

Unique Cohort Experience

Students participate in a 22-month, cohort-based journey. Delivered in an executive format, students meet one weekend per month on the beautiful USD campus. Courses are conducted by top-rated USD faculty and Blanchard faculty, as well as practicing executives.  The knowledge and peer experiences within each unique cohort accelerates and maximizes the student learning experience. Each cohort of students progresses through the content together, lending valuable real-world perspectives to the academic content, while supporting each other’s success. The weekend format, combined with the real world application makes earning the degree realistic, even for a busy CEO. “Learn it on the weekend, apply it on Monday!”, says MSEL alumni Garry Ridge, President and CEO of WD-40. "It’s not time away from work, it’s time to reflect on your work."

Set yourself apart. Make a difference. Begin your new leadership journey now!

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for the cohort beginning each August.

For more information visit or contact:

Bridget Breitenberg
MSEL Coordinator
(619) 260-4828