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The Master of Science in Leadership Degree Requirements:

30 credits hours must be completed within six years of enrollment with:

3 credits at the Olin Business School in St. Louis

  • Daring to Lead (2 credit hours), which must be taken within two years of enrollment
  • Capstone (1 credit hour), which must be taken immediately prior to graduation

MS-Leadership courses are offered as two- or three-day modules
All two-day courses = 1 credit hour

Select your remaining 27 credit hours from 36 one-credit- hour courses conducted at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Eighteen of these courses are required and are asterisked on the Course Guide Chart.

Seven credit hours of core classes must be taken within your first two years in the program:

  • Daring to Lead
  • Ethics in Action
  • Problem Solving Through Critical Thinking
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Visioning and Leading Change
  • Leading Innovation and Creating Value

Credit for all courses is earned once the final assessment is submitted and graded following the course.

“The experience of learning from and building relationships with Olin professors, Brookings scholars, and thought leaders is second to none. Through these relationships and experiences, I learned about and had the opportunity to discuss innovative and timeless ideas about improving public leadership…It was a transformational experience.” – MS-Leadership Graduate

Brookings Executive Education certificate alumni may be granted credit for up to three courses taken prior to MS-Leadership enrollment. To receive credit you must submit a course assessment and pay the corresponding assessment fee for each course you wish to be granted MS-Leadership credit. Applicable courses are determined on a case-by-case basis.


The MS-Leadership degree is a pay-as-you-go program. There is no yearly tuition or other annual student fee.

Two-day course (1 credit): $1,995 course

Daring to Lead (2 credits):  $4,950 course

For additional information on MS-Leadership curriculum please contact Specialty Program Manager, Morgan Kaminski, at 202-797-4396 or

Start your MS-Leadership application here. 

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