School of Leadership and Professional Advancement

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

In this interconnected world, the need exists for leaders with a breadth of understanding of global issues and systems, and the ability to critically assess the short-term and long-term implications that their decisions and actions have on other countries.

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Global Leadership

You know just how essential global-minded leaders are, so join our online learning community of those working in the field and those starting their international careers as globally conscious leaders. Through that community, you gain international literacy that moves beyond ethnocentrism and nationalism, recognizing and respecting the cultures, customs and values of other nations.

In the Master of Science in Leadership, concentration in Global Leadership (MSGL) program, students will:

  • Gain a working literacy of global issues
  • Utilize strong cross-cultural communication, negotiation, leadership and teambuilding skills
  • Understand the potential ripple effect of an organization's policies and decisions
  • Develop critical thinking skills necessary for situational analysis and globally-conscious decision-making
  • Understand management in diverse business environments
  • Effectively collaborate with professional organizational counterparts in other countries

Economic difficulties, environmental concerns, poverty and human rights are issues that cut across national boundaries, affecting individuals and entire populations around the world. As countries become more interdependent, and as events in one nation produce chain reactions with strong positive and negative impacts in other countries, it becomes critical for those in or entering the public, private and nonprofit/nongovernmental sectors to understand how to make and implement decisions that have the global good in mind.

In this interconnected world, leaders who understand global issues and systems and have the ability to critically assess the short-term and long-term implications of their decisions and actions on other countries are needed. Moreover, leaders of the world must learn to work together collaboratively, overcoming cultural and other differences, for the betterment of the lives of all global citizens.

Global Leadership Core Focuses

The 36-credit curriculum provides a comprehensive knowledge base for students seeking to work on an international level. Global Leadership training focuses on several main areas:

Skills for Cross-Cultural Interaction: Professionals often encounter difficulties when assigned to international or global operations because they lack the cultural and historical knowledge and cross-cultural communication skills necessary to do their jobs effectively. Courses in this area provide students with the knowledge and practice needed to interact with professional counterparts abroad in a seamless fashion.

Knowledge of Critical Global Issues: Many individuals, particularly in the United States, lack basic knowledge of the world outside of their own national borders and of the forces and issues that drive global policies, economics and behavior. Possessing this knowledge helps leaders to make informed decisions in their own jobs and to understand the impacts of those decisions on peoples, nations and global systems.

International Leadership Skills: Many individuals who are promoted to leadership positions in international or global organizations or departments are assigned such roles because they possess strong technical knowledge (e.g., knowledge of IT, agriculture or engineering). However, these people do not always have the necessary skills to be effective leaders in their home countries. When an international layer is added into the mix, their effectiveness as leaders of global operations is greatly diminished. Courses emphasizing international leadership skills develop students' leadership potential, sense of "global-mindedness," and capacity for intellectual humility, integrity and empathy, enabling them to adjust their leadership and operational approaches to lead more successfully.

Global Leadership Program Structure

The academic year is structured with three semesters per year: a fifteen-week term in fall and spring and an 8-week term in summer. If you take 2 courses in the fall, spring and summer semesters, the degree can be completed in 2 years. Courses are entirely online.

Learning online doesn't mean you are without help, though. As a student, you'll have access to learning resources and support services including the Duquesne University Library, online writing center and contact with faculty and advisors. You'll join a peer learning network of people from the community and corporate, nonprofit, government and military sectors. As a graduate, you'll join a network of more than 84,000 active alumni located around the globe.

For more information about the Global Leadership Master's Degree program, feel free to explore the brochure below or contact us at

This Degree Prepares Graduates for Careers in:

  • Sales Manager for International Operation
  • Peace Corp Volunteer
  • ESL Instuctor
  • With Additional Job Opportunities in These Sectors
    • International Relations
    • Trade
    • Diplomacy
    • Foreign Affairs
    • Government
    • Environmental Research
    • International Development
    • Travel and Tourism

"I have appreciated the thorough curriculum that has taken us through every component of global issues, intercultural relations and leadership skills. I was just afforded a promotion this past January. I know it is because of the skills I have been developing, including looking towards a more global approach, that when applied to my own organization leveraged this opportunity to expand from directing one program to directing the operations of the entire company. This program has provided the right setting and support to create a new vision."

Christine Taylor, Director of Operations, Arts Midwest

 I have a vision of the world as a global village, a world without boundaries. — Christa McAuliffe