Enrich Your Leadership Journey

The Masters in Executive Leadership (MSEL) Degree Program

Whether you’ve got a great career or are ready for a new opportunity, investing in your own education to develop in-demand leadership skills and knowledge can have a big impact.

The Ken Blanchard Companies has partnered with the University of San Diego to create an innovative leadership degree program — the Master’s in Executive Leadership (MSEL) Degree Program — an innovative graduate degree course that teaches you all of the skills you need to become a great leader.

This Master’s degree in leadership connects you with top-rated USD faculty and Blanchard faculty, as well as practicing executives, who will help you take your career and your company to the next level. Through role-playing, assessments, and presentations, you'll explore and master real-world leadership content and skills that can be applied immediately to your workplace, including:

  • Optimizing individual learning
  • Power and politics in organizations
  • Ethics in the workplace
  • Effective decision making
  • Succession planning & talent management
  • Partnering for performance using SLII®
  • Leading teams
  • Leading organizational change
  • Marketing strategies and process
  • Finance & accounting
  • Corporate governance
  • Executing strategic initiatives

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The flexible, 22-month program takes place on the University of San Diego campus and features small class sizes and weekend sessions to accommodate even the busiest work schedules. Students are part of a cohort of peers that progress through the content together. Students share their knowledge and real-world experience with one another, maximizing the learning experience and supporting each other’s success.


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“The MSEL program accelerated my leadership growth and career by developing both mental and emotional intelligence mindsets and skills. The relationships and learnings from my fellow cohort, real world leaders and top tier academic professors far exceeded my expectations.”

Shana Erickson, VP and Director of Leadership Development, Columbia Bank
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“Like everyone else in my MSEL cohort, my learning about leadership extended into my professional and personal life from the first day of class. And I continue to unpack the learning every day.”

Todd Willer, Director, HR and Employee Experience, Vistage Worldwide, Inc.
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“Being a premier program, MSEL brings relevant, cutting-edge information, knowledge, experiential learning and refined tools that are critical to an ever expanding set of organizational imperatives. MSEL is truly a game changer for practitioners and is unrivalled in its scope and breadth.”

Shutopa Das, Corporate Director Learning & OD, Welk Resorts