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Our unique holistic leadership program is an integrative field of study where students learn theory and practice to gain skills that effect change in areas such as education, business, nonprofits, government, health care and the arts.

Our Program

Our curriculum develops master’s-level practitioners capable of working effectively with individuals, groups and larger systems in ways that reflect the program’s philosophy, our University’s mission and our changing world. We facilitate student mastery of theoretical material, holistic perspectives and leadership skill development as a practical art and a transformative process of change.

Within our creative and supportive learning community, our students use self-reflection as a foundation for effective leadership, learn proven intervention skills for facilitating shifts in group perspectives and work to develop guideposts for personal and larger systems change.

Courses are offered in the evenings at our Newport campus.

Program Spotlight: A Different Kind of Leader

Lisa Milich '13 (M) said 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 become a more conscious and self-aware person. After all, real leadership starts from within through deep personal growth and transformation.

 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 and really changes the face of leadership. 


Time to Complete

Three years

Program Format

Evening classes

Application Deadline

March 1, May 1 or Nov. 1

Our Faculty

In traditional, face-to-face classes, our distinguished and passionate faculty inspire students to explore their gifts, develop their capacity for effective leadership and contribute to social, organizational and global change.​


Meet Our Faculty

Holistic Leadership (M.A.)

12 courses | 36 credits

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