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At Salve Regina University, our Master of Arts degree in holistic leadership explores theory and practice from a holistic perspective to foster communication and professional leadership skills. Through this experiential program, our passionate faculty inspire students to discover their professional talents and initiate social, organizational and systemic change.

Our interdisciplinary curriculum examines leadership dynamics, interpersonal communication, systems thinking and servant leadership. It seeks to refine students’ understanding of leadership as a profession and as a reflection of their own authentic voice. Courses for the 36-credit master’s degree in holistic leadership are primarily offered as evening classes at our Newport campus.

Our Holistic Leadership Programs

Our visionary approach promotes the integration of mind, body, spirit and community to foster a more collaborative approach to leading others. Our intellectually curious and supportive learning community nurtures leaders who utilize holistic philosophies to work more effectively with individuals, groups and larger systems.

We also offer four-course certificates in holistic leadership. The Certificate of Graduate Studies is designed for students seeking additional professional development, while the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies is designated as a post-master’s program. Through our popular accelerated program, qualified undergraduates can earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years.

Our program equips students with the latest knowledge in innovative leadership and explores proven interventions and guideposts for systemic change. Inspired by Salve Regina’s mission to promote a harmonious, just and merciful world, our interdisciplinary perspective provides timeless leadership skills designed for a world that is constantly evolving. We seek to be an active part of the conversation on social justice, equity and inclusion.

Time to Complete

Three years

Program Format

Evening classes

Application Deadline

March 1, May 1 or Nov. 1

A Holistic Degree to Enrich Your Career

Our master’s degree and certificates in holistic leadership provide extended professional development opportunities that uncover your abilities to affect change and communicate professionally.

A versatile skillset prepares you for career success and enhances your potential to launch organizational and social change in a variety of professional and personal endeavors. Careers that are particularly complemented by a degree in holistic leadership include management roles in education, business, nonprofit organizations or the arts sector. A better understanding of leadership and systems thinking also benefits professionals in government, health care, the military and law enforcement.

Holistic Leadership Curriculum

Required courses:

  • HLC504: Holistic Foundations
  • HLC505: Interpersonal Helping Skills
  • HLC507: The Body/Mind Connection
  • HLC540: Integrating Meaning
  • HLL519: Introduction to Holistic Leadership Perspectives
  • HLL520: Leading Holistically: Cross-Cultural Awareness
  • HLL522: Creative Leadership Intervention Skills I
  • HLL523: Creative Leadership Intervention Skills II
  • HLL527: Leading System Change and Translation

Students choose one of the following:

  • HLC508: Human Growth and Development
  • HLC512: Evaluation Research
  • HLC516: Group Process

Students also take two elective courses in holistic counseling, chosen from the following:

  • HLC500: Research Methods or HLC512: Evaluation Research
  • HLC508: Human Growth and Development 
  • HLC510: Cultural Awareness in Counseling 
  • HLC516: Group Process 
  • HLC517: Career Counseling 
  • HLC535: Introduction to Expressive Sound 
  • HLC575: Healing and Transformation 
  • HLC578: Body and Personal Myth: A Jungian Perspective 
  • HLC579: Grief Counseling 
  • HLC581: Special Topics 
  • HLC582: Introduction to the Expressive and Creative Arts as Transformation 
  • HLC584: Movement, Creativity and Consciousness: An Introduction 
  • HLC592: Arts, Nature and Eco-Consciousness 

Learn More About Holistic Leadership at Salve Regina

Our master’s degree in holistic leadership empowers working professionals to unlock their potential and apply their skills to current and future career opportunities that contribute to organizational, social and global change. Transform your personal and professional perspective on leadership.

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Program Spotlight: A Different Kind of Leader

Lisa Milich '13 (M) says that Salve Regina's holistic leadership program changed her life. It equipped her with the latest approaches to integrative systems thinking and growth strategies and allowed her to deepen her sense of self and become a more conscious and aware person.

 It's very much an inside-out process. It's not command and control. It's really about being able to be present in the moment and show up in that presence in a way that impacts other people.