School of Leadership and Professional Advancement

705 Libermann Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412.396.5600
Fax: 412.396.5072

    Photograph of the main administrative building, Old Main, on the Duquesne University main campus

    Online or on campus, the School of Leadership meets the needs of a diverse adult population that seeks excellence in their educational pursuits.

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    About Us

    A pioneer in recognizing the need for leadership studies, the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement (SLPA) has been offering studies in leadership for over 18 years. Over the years, our professors have continually researched, applied and introduced emerging new perspectives and developments on leadership to our students. Our curriculum reflects the need for effective leadership practices and our students benefit from earning a degree that prepares them to meet current and future challenges.

    Read more about Duquesne University's Distinction and the feedback from our alumni.


    Duquesne University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

    High Student Satisfaction

    SLPA conducts the independent Noel-Levitz Adult Student Priorities Survey.  The survey, which has been administered to more than 53,546 students at more than 145 institutions, covers several topics including: Academic Services, Admissions and Financial Aid, Instructional Effectiveness, and Service Excellence. SLPA adult students have consistently ranked their experience at Duquesne higher than the national average in every category.

    Award Winning

    The School of Leadership and Professional Advancement was honored with Distinguished Credit Program and Noncredit Program awards and a Creative Use of Technology award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education.

    Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.

    - Vince Lombardi