Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MS in Leadership Education with optional specialization:
- Environmental Studies
- Great Plains Studies
- Teaching and Extension Education
- PhD in Human Sciences with a specialization in Leadership Studies
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Contacts for Leadership Education/Leadership Studies
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Leadership Education/Leadership Studies
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these requirements.
- Entrance exam(s): GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Three recommendation letters
- Letter of application
- Curriculum Vitae
- Answers to two open-ended questions provided by the department (Ph.D. and Ed.D. only)
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Leadership Education/Leadership Studies
- February 1 for Fall.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
The interdepartmental doctoral program in Human Sciences with a specialization in Leadership Studies is designed for individuals interested in the scholarly study of leadership. A firm foundation in leadership theory and research provides support to those interested in leadership development and practice in a variety of academic and professional settings. It is ideal for current and future leaders in communities, government agencies, and private sector organizations. Additionally, this program is designed to prepare those interested in faculty positions focused on researching and/or teaching leadership.
The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication faculty and graduate students are internationally recognized for teaching, research, and outreach. We strive to develop close student-faculty relationships based on strong mentoring experiences, valuable internships, and in-depth seminars. We encourage these relationships by offering interactive online and face-to-face classes.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Courses and MoreAdmitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in:
- Agricultural Leadership Education & Communications (ALEC)
- Great Plains Study Program (GPSP)
- Human Sciences (HUMS)
Faculty and research
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Teacher Development and Methodology; Curriculum Development; International Program Development
4-H Youth Development
Curriculum Development; Minority Education Issues
Public Understanding of Science; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Continued Development of Agricultural Communications as an Academic Discipline
Gender and Leadership; Community Leadership; Leadership Development Programs; Acceptance and Awareness of Biotechnology
Strengths-Based Leadership; Leadership Mentoring; Youth Engagement in Community Development; Generative Leadership and Social Responsibility
Pedagogy of Teaching and Learning, Learning Theories and Learning Styles; Laboratory Management and Instruction; Distance Learning and Distance Education
Tourism Marketing and Development; Information Technology in Tourism
Cultural Competence and Leadership; Gender and Leadership; Developmental Models of Teaching/Leadership; Globally and Environmentally Responsible Leaders
Youth Civic leadership
Community Volunteerism and Service Learning; Role of Technology in Community Leadership and Development; Ethics in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Leadership Development, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Engineering Education, and Leadership and Racial Identity.