The Master of Arts in Leadership program gives leaders ethical and practical leadership skills for businesses and non-profit organizations to thrive in the 21st century.

MA in Leadership Bulletin Factsheet: MA in Leadership

Great leadership is absolutely necessary for businesses and non-profit organizations to thrive in the early 21st Century; unfortunately, it is also one of the most elusive and challenging attributes for most organizations to foster in their employees and volunteers. Based in a philosophy of servant leadership that seeks to transform organizations, the University of Jamestown’s leadership program is designed to give emerging leaders the theoretical background and practical skills needed to help businesses and non-profits navigate a world that gets more complicated on a daily basis. We nurture leaders who understand how to work in an increasingly diverse and global society, know how crucial ethical leadership is to any organization, and have outstanding communication skills. Our students learn to be problem-solvers who get the importance of the “human side” of organizations and the need to balance that side with the quantitative side of an organization.

University of Jamestown's Leadership Program is structured to reflect the values that guide the curriculum, and as such, students will learn in a “cohort model” in which they take classes with the same group of students each semester so they can learn in community, make lifelong professional and personal connections, and help one another develop as leaders.

The following are required for admission to the Master of Arts in Leadership program:

  1. Complete the Master of Arts in Leadership application – online application
  2. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  3. It is recommended that applicants have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  4. Applicants will be required to write an essay that addresses their reasons for pursuing a graduate degree and what value they see in further education. The essay should be approximately 500 words.
    Personal Essay
  5. Applicants will be required to provide two recommendations: one recommendation from a professional colleague and one recommendation from a current or previous supervisor.
    Reference Form
  6. Submit your official transcript(s) to the address below or fax to 701-253-4318.

    Office of Admissions
    6081 College Lane
    Jamestown, ND 58405

  7. Fill out this form indicating who can have access to your student records.
    Student Records Release Form
Program Director
Lonnie PedersonDirector of M.A. in Leadership Program - Assistant Professor of Leadership

Certifications/Degrees: M.S. Education, University of North Dakota B.S. Health and Psychology, Valley City State University
More information about the program director.

Certifications/Degrees: MS, North Dakota State University
Teaches: Personality Theories, Cognition, Developmental Psychology, and Psychology of Religion

Certifications/Degrees: MS, University of Dallas; PhD, Alliant International University
Teaches: Marketing, Global Marketing, Marketing Research, Strategic Marketing, and Hospitality/Tourism Management

Periodically, departments do employ adjunct faculty when full-time faculty do not have time within their schedules to teach all courses which the university wishes to be taught. Additionally, sometimes there is a community member or member of the staff at the University of Jamestown that holds a skill or has had education which makes it possible to teach a course which cannot otherwise be taught by regular full-time faculty. This list does change semester-to-semester.

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia
Teaches: Ethics, History of Philosophy, Islamic Philosophy, and Philosophy of Law

Certifications/Degrees: MA in Mass Communication, North Dakota State University and BA in English (writing) and History-Political Science, University of Jamestown.
Teaches: Fundamentals of Public Speaking; Writing in the Professions; Conflict Management and Negotiation; Organizational Communication; Character in Leadership Freshman and Senior Seminar; Character in Leadership II and III.

Certifications/Degrees: MBA, University of North Dakota
Teaches: Principles of Accounting, Income Tax Accounting, Auditing, Governmental and Not-for-profit Accounting, and Business Law
  • Lonnie Pederson Director of M.A. in Leadership Program - Assistant Professor of Leadership | PH: 701-499-3982, 701-252-3467 ext. 5919

  • Tim “Mic” McCrory Graduate Admission Coordinator | PH: 701-499-3983

Tuition: $438/credit hour (36 credit hours = $15,768 for the program)

Books and Supplies: $250/semester

To be eligible, the graduate student must:

  • Not be receiving aid as an undergraduate for the same period of enrollment.
  • Have completed the equivalent of at least three academic years of full time study either before entrance into the program or as part of it.
  • File Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if “Federal Direct” loan is desired (

The following types of financial aid are available:

  • Federal Work Study
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • $20,500/year unsubsidized (subject to Cost of Attendance)
  • Graduate PLUS Loan
  • Alternative educational loans
  • Outside scholarships

Alternative / Private Education Loan Program

Private alternative loans should be utilized only after all other financial aid resources have been exhausted. Students have the right to select an eligible lender and the University of Jamestown will process the request in compliance with federal and institutional packaging guidelines. Students are encouraged to check the lender’s value and benefits, fees, interest rates, repayment options, and customer service. The University of Jamestown maintains a list of alternative/private educational loan lenders through which we have processed loans in the past five years and that are currently offering private educational loans. Students are free to select a private loan program that is not on this list. If a student chooses to borrow from a private loan program, the choice of a lender or loan program is entirely the choice of the student.

Financial Aid Policies, Disclosures & Guidelines
Masters Return of Title IV Funds Policy & Disclosure Statement Masters Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines
Questions? Concerns?

Our financial aid department is staffed with experts who are eager to answer your questions and help you through the process. They can be reached at (701) 252-3467 ext. 5556.

Judy Hager
Director of Financial Aid

701-252-3467 ext. 5548

Amy Myers
Assistant Director of Financial Aid

701-252-3467 ext. 5568

Katie Dunphy
Financial Aid Counselor

701-252-3467 ext. 5556