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Norwich Graduate, Class of 2016

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Master of Science in Leadership

Affect Change Through Skilled Leadership

The most effective leaders share certain qualities: exceptional communication skills, a strategic outlook, strong ethical convictions, emotional intelligence, and passion. It’s how they lead that differs. Norwich University’s Master of Science in Leadership helps a wide range of professionals develop their leadership styles and the skills to lead and inspire positive change in their organizations.


Norwich University has a long history of leadership with graduates that have been central to some of the greatest military, social, and business decisions of the past 200 years. Now it’s your turn to join our tradition of leadership.

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Why Norwich?

Learn from a faculty of expert senior and mid-level leaders.

Build your leadership development portfolio around your career goals and track your progress as you prompt change and growth in your life and work.

Network and develop professional relationships with a diverse group of students.

Engage in a curriculum that combines contemporary business theory with workplace application for immediate results.

Develop a greater understanding of a range of perspectives about leadership.

Apply to one of four start dates.

Benefit from a university recognized as offering Best Value with respect to high academic quality and low net cost of attendance, according to U.S. News & World Report.*

*Rankings are based on undergraduate programs and on students who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

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Recognized for academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.


Scholarship Opportunities

Norwich University offers a range of opportunities to help you lower your overall tuition costs. Contact our admissions team today to learn more about the below options. Please note that scholarships are not additive. In addition to the below scholarships, students may also be eligible for discounts if their organization partners with Norwich University.

Achievement Scholarship

Recognizing your past academic and professional achievements, the Achievement Scholarship is for newly enrolled students. You could receive a $4,200 scholarship, which will be distributed equally over the courses of the program. To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, submit your application package (application form, resume, letter of intent, and essay (if applicable)) for your program of interest at least one week prior to the upcoming application deadline. The Scholarship Selection Committee will review all application materials and select the recipient. 

Norwich Alumni Scholarship

Norwich University alumni and their spouses, parents, and children are eligible to receive our Alumni Scholarship. The scholarship is award for each term of enrollment at $425 per term.

Active Duty Military Scholarship

Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel are eligible to receive a $250 award for each term of enrollment in an online master’s degree program.



Core Curriculum

Norwich’s online Master of Science in Leadership program is comprised of six courses, each of which is 11 weeks in length for a total of 36 credit hours. Students master one course at a time, to create a strong foundation of knowledge and context for future topics.

Our graduates can:

  • Develop a strong foundation of leadership through ethics, strategic communication, and a personalized management style.
  • Manage organizational change and problem-solving at the highest level.
  • Demonstrate a clear perspective on leadership strategies, management theories, and contemporary business issues.

Apply classroom lessons within the workplace immediately.

Present a completed leadership development portfolio — a toolbox of leadership concepts and personal reflections that will help you adapt your personal leadership style through your career.

Core Curriculum

Students will complete the following three courses prior to choosing a concentration.

Organizational Leadership

Examine key leadership concepts, such as organizational behavior, change management, and emotional intelligence through a multidisciplinary framework.

Public Sector/Government/Military Leadership

Develop the skills you need to engage stakeholders, respond to today’s issues, and shape culture.

Human Resources Leadership

Learn the skills and strategies necessary to enact real change in your organization as a human resource leader. Explore the impact of globalization, technology, and diversity in the workplace.

Leading Change Management Consulting

Study effective change management strategies, modern initiatives, and how to analyze successful or failing practices within your organization.


The final academic requirement for the leadership program is a residency at the beautiful and historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. Students have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings. Academic recognition ceremonies and commencement cap off the week, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Norwich covers the cost of all meals and accommodation on campus.


At a Glance

  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher

Admissions Requirements »

Eligibility Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WESIERFSpanTran, or CED.
  • If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required.  This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test) is required.*
    • IELTS – a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.*
    • The applicant holds a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college/university/institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.

Please Note:  All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memoranda of understand (MOUs).

Application Process

We encourage you to contact an admissions advisor (see below) if you need help at any stage of the application process. You will be required to submit the following items:

  • Application form
  • Resume that includes 3 professional references with contact information
  • Official transcript of your undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university
  • Letter of intent
  • Proof of English language proficiency if applicable (TOEFL)

To contact an admissions advisor:

Phone: 802-962-4330

Contact Admissions

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT
Extended hours available by appointment

Call: 1-802-962-4330

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    Transfer Credits
    You may receive the equivalent of up to 12 semester credits for study conducted elsewhere. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as it pertains to transfer credits.
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    International Admissions
    Norwich University welcomes students from all countries who want to study through our online programs. You must complete all steps in the admissions process.
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    Norwich Alumni Benefits
    Reconnect with Norwich to complete your master's degree. As apart of our alumni community, you are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship and other benefits.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

Tuition & Fees


The Master of Science in Leadership program is an investment in your future that we can help you manage from a financial perspective. There are many ways to get financial assistance and many strategies that can help you achieve your goals. Whatever your individual situation, we can guide you through the financial planning process.

Tuition at a Glance

  • Credit Hours: 36
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $719

2021-22 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Master's Programs

Rate Per Credit
Additional Expenses Total

Technology - $300/term
Library - $75/term
Graduation - $150/one-time


Careers & Outcomes

Career Opportunities for Master of Science in Leadership Graduates

Our degree can help you advance in your current role, move into higher-level leadership positions, and even increase your earning potential. In fact, the average management professional in 2016 earned $100,790, while the average top executive earned more than $100,000 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Our graduates have pursued a variety of roles, including:

Career Roles

  • Chief of Assistance and Investigations
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Director of Enrollment Services
  • Human Resources Business Partner
  • Police Chief
  • Senior Director of Strategy and Global Operations
  • Senior Intelligence Analyst
  • Strategic Analyst

Our alumni have attained positions at top organizations, including*:

Public Sector

  • Ahlstrom Nonwovens LLC
  • Legal Nurse Alliance
  • New Mexico State University

  • Department of Defense
  • State of Vermont
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Aviation Administration

What our graduates have to say:

  • of responding Master of Science in Leadership alumni reported higher job satisfaction as a result of our leadership program.*
  • of responding Master of Science in Leadership alumni said they acquired practical skills they can apply to their job.*
  • All of our of responding Master of Science in Leadership graduates would recommend our online program to someone they know.*

Read more about our Master of Science in Leadership student outcomes.

*Source: Norwich University Master of Science in Leadership Graduate Survey, fielded March 2016.

Faculty & Staff

If your focus is on getting results through people, you are in the right place. Our online program gives you the opportunity to interact and learn from a faculty of business managers and entrepreneurs, all of whom bring significant value directly from real-world experience.

We have an in-house instructional design team that work hand-in-hand with program faculty and staff to ensure an efficient and interactive online learning experience in each course.


Get to know the graduates of Norwich’s online Master of Science in Leadership program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What courses can I take in the leadership program?

Students take six courses that cover a wide range of topics and provide them insight into their own leadership style and emotional intelligence quotient. Other course topics include leadership fundamentals, strategic communication, leading change, strategic organizational behavior, and developing a learning organization.

What concentrations may I specialize in?

Students can choose from one of four concentrations: organizational leadership, public sector/government/military leadership, human resources leadership, or leading change management consulting.

How long is the leadership program?

The program's six courses (each six credits) take approximately 18 months to complete. Depending on when you start the program, you can expect your degree to be conferred in 18 to 24 months.

How have graduates of the program applied their degree?

Master of Science in Leadership alumni have found employment in a variety of public, private, and government organizations, including Capital One, Cargill, Caterpillar Inc, Omnicell, Toyota, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and numerous branches of the U.S. military. Many alumni now own their own consulting firms.

How are Master of Science in Leadership faculty members selected?

All organizational leadership program faculty members have advanced degrees (most are terminal) and are subject matter experts in leadership. They represent a wide variety of academic disciplines including: public administration, justice administration, philosophy, public affairs, criminology, education, law, and human services. They must demonstrate a wide range of university/college-level teaching experience and a history of leadership in academia, the private sector or the public sector.

What are the eligibility requirements for applying to the program?
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, or SpanTran.
  • Neither the GRE nor GMAT is required to apply, but may be requested if an applicant's undergraduate GPA is below 2.75.
  • If English was not the language of degree study, proof of English language proficiency and a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test or iBT) on the TOEFL are required, unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements.
How much is the online Master of Science in Leadership degree program?
  • Price per Credit: $719
  • Term Tuition: $4,314
  • Technology Fee: $300/term
  • Library Fee: $75/term
  • Graduation Fee: $150/one-time   
  • Total Program Cost (6 terms): $28.284
Does Norwich accept transfer credits?

When you apply for admission to the leadership program, you can submit transcripts and course outlines from previously attended institutions of higher education to be considered for transfer credits. Transfer credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be accepted for up to 12 credits. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as they pertain to transfer credits.

Through an agreement between Norwich University and the Department of the Army/U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, up to six credit hours will be awarded toward the degree for OL550 Strategic Organizational Behavior.

Learn more about Norwich University’s transfer credit policy.