CityU’s Master of Arts in Leadership is uniquely designed to prepare leaders, change agents and/or those who want to advance in their career by becoming strategic leaders. This program focuses on skills that grow organizations and people. Skills like communications, change management, vision and emotional intelligence – the most sought after skills in the global marketplace today. Some call these ‘soft skills’, many hiring managers call these requirements or leadership traits.
Convenient online format: This master’s degree can be completed fully online.
Time to completion: Most students finish the program within 18 months and many can transfer degree credits into this program.
Admissions requirements: A four-year degree from an accredited university qualifies you to apply.
You’ll learn to make your organization stronger, communicate your vision and guide a company through crisis and change seamlessly. CityU’s industry-informed and practitioner taught curriculum will prepares you to lead by focusing on:
Leadership theories and strengths-based models that apply effective business strategy.
Self and employee professional development that aligns with organizational vision.
Working collaboratively to make ethically, socially and environmentally responsible decisions.
Navigating organizational politics and building strong teams within diverse cultural groups.
Team building, coaching, and training strategies that create optimal employee performance.
Professionals from virtually any industry can position themselves for success with CityU’s Master of Arts in Leadership.
Job Titles of Alumni with an MA in Leadership
Analyze the internal and external environment to implement ethical community and globally-minded decisions.
Assess an organization’s internal and external challenges to apply sustainable leadership strategies.
Critically assess self and employee professional development with organizational vision.
Employ change management theories and models to achieve sustainable organizational objectives.
Examine effective team building, coaching, and training strategies that model optimal global employee performance.
Integrate multiple leadership theories that formulate effective business strategy.
Pressley Rankin, Ph.D.
Dr. Pressley Rankin is an Associate Professor and Academic Program Director at City University of Seattle. He is passionate about working with graduate students as they grow and develop. His degree in counseling, specifically marriage and family therapy, helps him understand the student from a systemic perspective. He believes that no one lives in a vacuum; we all have connections, relationships, job requirements, and personal obligations that both complement and compete with our educational goals. Balancing our multiple life roles is both rewarding and challenging and he is committed to helping students achieve their own personal goals around balance.
Pressley has been teaching in both online and in-person teaching environments for over five years. His interests in boundary management, technology, and group relations are focused on an educational practice that will encourage leaders to set and maintain better boundaries for a more collaborative and safe workplace environment. From a course design perspective, he wants to create engaging classes that have clear boundaries and exemplify the best practices in both course design and universal design. He also wants them to be fun.
Pressley’s line of inquiry is boundary management and work/life balance in professionals who live where they work. He has a Ph.D. from the University of San Diego in Leadership Studies where he completed a constructivist grounded theory dissertation focusing on work/life boundaries in residence life. He also has a master of science degree in counseling from San Diego State University.
Personally, he enjoys traveling, exploring new cultures, Saturday morning cartoons and spending time with his family both biological and chosen. He is also an avid science fiction and fantasy fan who relishes either adventure in the 24th century or middle earth.
Program Director and Associate Professor Dr. Pressley Rankin