Leadership Education

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.S. in Leadership Education
  • Ph.D. in Human Sciences with a specialization in Leadership Studies


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

  • Leadership Studies (Ph.D.)
  • Teaching and Extension Education (M.S.)
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Contacts for Leadership Education/Leadership Studies

Department Chair

Dr. Mark Balschweid

Graduate Chair

Dr. L.J. McElravy


Graduate Secretary

Mrs. Jennifer Greenlee



Campus Address

300 Agricultural Hall

Lincoln NE 68583-0709

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Leadership Education/Leadership Studies in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental 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
Fall: February 1


The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication offers a Masters of Science degree in Leadership Education. This program provides further academic study and support to people in a variety of academic disciplines who are seeking to enhance their leadership or leadership development skills. The program provides content and experiential activities that support leadership studies, training and development, extension education, postsecondary teaching, and positions in business, government, or the private sector.

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.

Courses and More

Students in Leadership Education/Leadership Studies are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Mark Balschweid
Teacher Development and Methodology; Curriculum Development; International Program Development
Bradley Barker
4-H Youth Development
Lloyd Bell
Curriculum Development; Minority Education Issues
Karen Cannon
Public Understanding of Science; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Continued Development of Agricultural Communications as an Academic Discipline
Susan Fritz
Gender and Leadership; Community Leadership; Leadership Development Programs; Acceptance and Awareness of Biotechnology
Lindsay Hastings
Strengths-Based Leadership; Leadership Mentoring; Youth Engagement in Community Development; Generative Leadership and Social Responsibility
Dann Husmann
Pedagogy of Teaching and Learning, Learning Theories and Learning Styles; Laboratory Management and Instruction; Distance Learning and Distance Education
Myunghwa (Michelle) Kang
Tourism Marketing and Development; Information Technology in Tourism
Gina Matkin
Cultural Competence and Leadership; Gender and Leadership; Developmental Models of Teaching/Leadership; Globally and Environmentally Responsible Leaders
L.J. McElravy
Youth Civic leadership
Connie Reimers-Hild
Roger Terry
Community Volunteerism and Service Learning; Role of Technology in Community Leadership and Development; Ethics in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Carmen Zafft
Leadership Development, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Engineering Education, and Leadership and Racial Identity.

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