Online Master's in Leadership
Orientation Guide to the Program
The following information is for those students who have been admitted into the online
master's degree program in Leadership & Policy Studies with a concentration in Leadership. This program is designed for students planning careers in higher and adult education
or community based agencies and will not meet the requirements for K-12 administrative
Welcome to the online master’s program in Leadership. The faculty and staff of Higher
and Adult Education are here to serve you and assist you in reaching your educational
and career goals. This Online Orientation Guide is a resource tool for you to use
throughout your program of studies. The Orientation Guide will serve as a gateway
for getting started and will help you navigate your way to graduation.
Your first step is to meet (face-to-face or online) with your assigned advisor and
continue to meet with her/him each semester. Upon acceptance to the program you were
given the name of your assigned faculty advisor. The following link will take to the
advising resource page and introduce you to your advisor.
Each student is required to produce a portfolio prior to graduation. The portfolio
addresses the learning competencies required for the program, and is a substantial
body of work that you need to begin building with your first class. The portfolio
is defended during the semester of planned graduation and is coordinated through your
advisor. The following link will provide details of the portfolio including submission
and defense dates and a sample portfolio.
Online Program Technology Requirements
The online program requires students to be able to hold audio and video conferences
with the faculty. This can be accomplished with a web cam (many computers have them
built-in) and a communication resource such as SKYPE. The following link will give
technical information necessary to use e-courseware and other U of M online resources.
Online Student Resources
For general information about student resources, click here.