Master of Catholic Leadership | Franciscan University of Steubenville

    The Master of Catholic Leadership Program


    Forming you as a leader who can

    • Help others take their place in the Body of Christ
    • Accompany team members to self-fulfllment
    • Listen to others’ stories, and showcase their gifts
    • Organize work environments as encounters with the graces of reality
    • Orchestrate team harmony


    “Leadership is a skill set. You have to practice it— and be willing to trust, have a prayer life, and understand the dignity of each person you encounter.” —Dr. Tiffany Boury, MCL Faculty


    Foundational Courses for All Tracks

    • Foundations of Leadership
    • Catholic Understanding of the Human Person
    • Human Resource Management
    • Organizational Communication
    • Strategic Finance for Leaders
    • Contemporary Topics in Catholic Leadership


    Catholic Educational Leader Track Courses

    • Innovation and Change in Catholic School Environments
    • Research Methods and Design
    • Action Research Project Seminar I
    • Action Research Project Seminar II
    • Action Research Project Seminar III
    • Action Research Conclusions and Presentation


    “The most deadly poison of our time is indifference. And this happens, although the praise of God should know no limits. Let us strive, therefore, to praise him to the greatest extent of our powers.” —St. Maximilian Kolbe


    A Unique and Right Way to Approach Leadership


    Catholic principles inform the entire program, and the courses show how you can apply these principles in meaningful ways to daily leadership decisions.


    Our coursework emphasizes the dignity and importance of every person, both from a philosophical approach—what’s knowable from reason—and the theological view of the person as destined for heaven.


    Our courses cross academic borders: Communications courses are co-designed with theology and philosophy faculty. History and literature enrich leadership courses. The true, the good, and the beautiful permeate the program.

    Cohort Model:

    Students accepted into our MCL form a cohort (20-student max) to provide support and foster community. Online discussion boards and video submissions bring about interaction between students; workshops, conferences, and think tank sessions (both on campus and in various locations) increase your sense of belonging to the Franciscan University family.

    Multiple Career Tracks:

    Our program offers foundational leadership courses, with individual cohorts following specific career tracks, beginning with the Catholic Educational Leader track. Future tracks in other disciplines are also in development.

    Active Learning:

    Through action research projects, students identify real needs and use Church teaching to develop plans to address those needs. You implement the plans, gather data, and report on your findings. The MCL delivers the resources and support needed to cultivate and sustain innovative Catholic leadership.

    Personal Coaching:

    Students receive individual coaching from faculty advisors and experts. You can network and research with faculty across curriculums to develop a broader view of Catholic teaching and leadership.

    Ongoing Support:

    Our support doesn’t end with graduation. Our graduates continue to receive professional development, networking, and research opportunities so these leaders can meet the challenge to be light and leaven; to preach always, and sometimes use words.

    “By placing the Catholic vision of reality at the center of the program, we’re offering a better formation for our students and better value for the companies hiring them. Our graduates will be better leaders.” —Dr. William Newton, MCL Faculty


    Through the Master of Catholic Leadership Program you will...

    • Understand how contemporary leadership theory and Catholic social thought inform professional leadership practices
    • Articulate personal leadership values
    • Demonstrate effective communication and problem-solving skills relevant to leadership roles within diverse environments
    • Develop the virtue of solidarity as a way to advocate for diverse groups of people
    • Evaluate complex decision-making processes while exemplifying self-refection strategies
    • Apply Catholic doctrine and leadership theory to organizational change efforts
    • Produce original action research to improve leadership practice


    “Be servants who are submissive to every human being for God’s sake.” —St. Francis of Assisi


    Take Action Soon!

    We are now accepting applications for the second cohort, which will start in May of 2020. The program's cohort is capped at 20. 

    Start Your Application Today »

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Franciscan University of Steubenville is no ordinary university, and a Franciscan education is no ordinary education. Rather, it's an education as rigorous and demanding as it is faithful--an education that challenges you intellectually, forms you professionally, and feeds you spiritually.


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