The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program is the product of a partnership with the Division of Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA). Together, USNA and the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication offer an interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Leadership Education and Development. Each year, the competitive program accepts a cohort of talented officers from the USNA.
LEAD Program participants hone their critical and analytical thinking and develop the skills necessary to understand, design and foster leadership and team development. Coursework is shared between GW and the USNA and includes a required research capstone project. Participants also network with LEAD Distinguished Speakers at an annual lecture and reception designed for LEAD fellows who may go on to careers in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps.
Students complete the MA program in three academic terms (a summer session plus the following academic year). Following completion of the degree, participants serve a two-year tour as company officers, for a total LEAD program commitment of three years.