Leadership Studies Programs


The leadership specialist master’s degree is a fully online program designed for the working adult. The knowledge you gain through courses such as Human Resource Management, Grant Writing, and Community Planning are valuable for many professions. Earning this degree will enhance your current position or prepare you for a career transition.

At the center of each course is the combination of practical experience with academic content, informed by creative and best-practice approaches to online learning. Every course meets Marshall University’s internal quality standards for online courses. Moreover, all full- and part-time faculty who teach in the program are certified in Quality Matters,  a national review process that is designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components.

Graduate Programs in Leadership Studies include the Master of Arts degree, the Education Specialist degree, the Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies, and several graduate certificates. Students pursuing the Master of Arts may choose from two concentrations:  Educational Leadership (Principal Licensure) or Leadership Specialist (Non-Profit & Public Agency).  Please see program descriptions and plan of study below for further information.

If you are interested in applying for admission, please contact Tammy Jones (Certificate programs), Kelly Gilkerson (MA, Doctor of Education Programs) or Dr. Chuck Bethel.

Program Descriptions

The Master of Arts in Leadership Studies is offered with two areas of emphasis: Educational Leadership (School Principal) and Leadership Specialist (Non-Profit & Public Agency). Each area of emphasis has specific admission requirements and degree requirements for completion.

  • Educational Leadership
    • Admission Requirements            Degree Requirements            Plan of Study
  • Leadership Specialist (Non-Profit & Public Agency)
    • Admission Requirements             Degree Requirements           Plan of Study




Contact Information

Dr. Chuck Bethel – Program Director
Phone: (304) 746-8952
email: bethel3@marshall.edu

Tammy Jones – Program Secretary
Phone: (304) 746-2514
email: jonesta@marshall.edu

Barbara Norvell – Program Secretary
Phone: (304) 746-2027
email: norvell7@marshall.edu

Kelly Gilkerson – Program Secretary (Masters in Leadership Studies & Doctorate in Education)
Phone: (304) 746-8949
email: templeton23@marshall.edu

Dr. Dennis Anderson
Phone: (304) 746-8989
email: andersond@marshall.edu
Program Coordinator:  Leadership Specialist Nonprofit & Public Agency

Dr. Eugenia Damron
Phone:  (304) 746-8959
email: webb24@marshall.edu
Program Coordinator: Social Services and Attendance Worker Certificate

Dr. Tom Hisiro
Phone: (304) 746-2516
email: hiriso@marshall.edu
Program Coordinator:   Cohort Principalship

Dr. Barbara Nicholson
Phone: (304) 746-2094
email: bnicholson@marshall.edu
Program Coordinator:  Doctoral Program