School of Leadership and Professional Advancement
The mission of the of the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement is to enhance people's lives and contribute to society through the delivery of quality educational programs that extend the resources, traditions and values of the University. The School of Leadership and Professional Advancement combines the academic distinction for which Duquesne University is renowned with the flexibility and convenience needed by adults with work, family and other responsibilities.
The School of Leadership and Professional Advancement began as the Division of Continuing Education in 1982. Originally offering certificate programs, the Division launched an undergraduate degree in 1992 (through the innovative Saturday College) and in 2000 became the tenth school of Duquesne University. Graduate students first matriculated in 1996 in the Masters in Leadership and Liberal Studies degree (MLLS). In 2009 several existing degree programs were consolidated into a single Master of Science in Leadership (MSL). The separate cognate areas which had previously been degrees became concentrations within MSL. Today there are 7 concentrations plus the MSL with no concentration requirements which allows grad students to design their own program.