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Business Leadership

Gain the important skills you need from USD that are especially designed for advancing your career and taking on leadership roles in a variety of industries, including finance, marketing, human resources and more. 

Enhance Your Business Acumen and Leadership Skills

The business leadership programs at USD will expand your leadership capacity in the application of strategic planning; enhance your skill-set to better navigate business complexities with improved decision-making; move into leadership and coaching positions; and maximize organizational performance.

As a student in business leadership, you will develop skills in critical thinking, communication, decision-making, and problem-solving, all of which are essential for effective leadership in the business world. The program also emphasizes the development of ethical leadership, emphasizing the importance of social responsibility and sustainability in business.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to take on leadership roles in a variety of industries, including finance, marketing, human resources and more. Growing your leadership skills is a valuable asset when seeking to advance your career and make a positive impact in the business world.


Degrees & Offerings

Business Leadership


The curriculum of the business leadership certificate is designed for working professionals to expand leadership capacity in the application of strategic planning, enhance their skillset to better navigate business complexities with improved decision making, move into leadership and coaching positions and maximize organizational performance. This certificate would also be ideal for prospective students looking to grow in these areas, but who are not yet ready to pursue a full graduate-level degree such as an MBA. 

It includes 12 credit hours of coursework and covers a range of topics related to leadership theory and practice, management, organizational behavior, managerial accounting, finance and business strategy. The credits earned in this certificate may be applied to the master's program in business administration.

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Business Administration: Business Leadership (MBA)


The business leadership specialization is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel as a business leader such as the ability to motivate and inspire others, communicate effectively and make sound decisions in complex and uncertain situations. Discover the latest trends and innovations in business, including emerging technologies, global markets and sustainable business practices.You will take courses in management, marketing, accounting, finance and other key business areas, with a particular focus on leadership development and strategic thinking.  

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Program Details





Graduate Admissions

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in entrepreneurship, management, and marketing.
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Entrepreneurship, Management & Marketing

As the business world continues to grow and diversify, our students graduate with both a firm knowledge of business essentials and the experience they'll need to apply that knowledge to an exciting, ever-changing field.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Entrepreneurship, Management and Marketing Division. Our faculty are experts in their field, contributing research and scholarship in training and development, emotional intelligence and management.
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Chet Barney

Associate Professor,Management


Leadership & Organizational Behavior,Leadership
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Tyler Custis

Assistant Professor


Business Law/ Legal Environment
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Elizabeth Manser Payne

Assistant Professor


marketing, retail management, consumer behavior,Marketing
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Emily Quinn



Bio Image for Faculty Member Rand Wergin

Rand Wergin

Associate Professor



Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
GA (Resident*)
Tuition (1 cr.)
GAF Fee (1 cr.)

More About Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change and may vary depending on the program or department. Visit the Graduate Tuition & Costs page for more information.

* Graduate Assistant (GA) rates are available for resident, non-resident and online students.

** Resident rates may be available to you through the SD Advantage, Child of Alumni or Western Regional Graduate Program. To see if you quality, visit usd.edu/grad-tuition.

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