Professional Leadership Degrees

Accelerate your career journey

Converse University’s Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Professional Leadership get you there faster.

professional leadership degree

Our Professional Leadership programs were designed in close collaboration with industry leaders in the Upstate area to enhance leadership skills for individuals seeking to advance in their careers. By embedding the capstone and dissertation elements in the coursework, the programs allow for real-world problem solving, hands-on experience, and increased opportunities for concrete growth and workplace improvement.

Versatile and competitively priced, both Professional Leadership programs are built around a cohort model for collegial support and are designed for working professionals who wish to enhance their credentials while accelerating their career prospects.

Master in Management in Professional Leadership

The Master in Management in Professional Leadership (MIM) at Converse is a 30-hour, fully-online program that provides a comprehensive grounding in professional leadership development for the purpose of career enhancement. The program is designed for working professionals who want to work and learn with a cohort of like-minded individuals from different community contexts: business, healthcare, the arts.

Download our eGuide to learn more about the Master in Management in Professional Leadership.

Doctorate in Professional Leadership

The Doctorate in Professional Leadership (EdD) at Converse is a 60-hour doctoral program designed for individuals across a variety of fields who seek a terminal degree. This degree will focus on the application of leadership in a variety of contexts and is appropriate for individuals in a broad range of professional roles.

Download our eGuide to learn more about the Doctorate in Professional Leadership.

Why Professional Leadership at Converse?

If you’re ready to accelerate your career journey, Converse – a nationally recognized and regionally accredited doctoral university – is the place to do it.

Affordable: Converse makes your investment in your career potential easier and more affordable than ever. For a comprehensive look at costs for Converse’s Professional Leadership programs, visit our graduate program tuition and financial planning page.

Accessible: Converse offers coursework, mentoring, and academic support in Greenville, Spartanburg, and online.

Accomplish in 3 years or less

  • MIM: Your 30-hour degree path for the MIM in Professional Leadership will begin in the fall of the academic year, and span five semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring) of six credit hours per academic semester. The fully-online coursework allows students the flexibility to continue working while completing the program.
  • EdD: The Doctorate in Professional Leadership (EdD) at Converse is designed for working professionals who are available to dedicate one night a week throughout the academic year and several days each summer session to create and maintain a cohort support group and contact with a faculty mentor. This schedule along with the embedded dissertation means your degree can be completed in three years.
More reasons to choose Converse

Distinguished Faculty: All of Converse’s Professional Leadership professors hold terminal degrees and are real-world practitioners with a passion for teaching. With an average of 33 years combined higher education and/or professional experience per faculty member, our faculty offer a wide range of industry expertise and experience and include a nationally-recognized and award-winning higher education professor and administrator, a former school district principal, a former Associate Vice President at a major public University and CEO of a private/public hospitality portfolio, and a Director of Human Resources across the retail and hospitality industries and within K-12 and higher education.

Degree Prestige and Value: Since 1890, Converse has provided students with an education rooted in the liberal arts. Converse graduates are successful in a wide range of industries and positions.

We put your future first: Converse is centered around opening doors for your success. Opportunities don’t just happen. We create them. From our industry-leading professors to real-world experience and personal guidance, we surround you with what you need to advance in your career. Our graduate and doctoral students thrive thanks to Converse’s deep scholarship, transformative mentorship, and experiential learning.