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College of Business

Master of Strategic Leadership

Type Postgraduate
Credit Hours 30 Hours
Duration 1.5 Years
Language English
Study mode Full Time
Intake Spring, Fall
Delivery mode Weekend
Campuses Abu Dhabi, Dubai


With the world of business and government facing change on an unprecedented scale both regionally and globally, it is more important than ever for organizations to be flexible and adapt quickly to these changes – and this requires strong and strategic leadership.

Focusing on leadership, strategy, change management, organizational behaviour and research skills this program, unique in the region, is specifically designed for experienced, senior, high-calibre professionals and executives. It will develop leaders able to influence sustainable organizational transformation in the UAE, the region and globally.

By joining this executive education program, you can expect to strengthen your leadership skills, sharpen your strategic thinking and become inspired to lead high-performing teams and achieve your leadership ambitions. With an emphasis on the practitioner perspective, you will focus on real-life challenges drawn from your own professional experience, addressing organizational issues in a sustainable and cross-cultural context which will help raise your leadership profile within your organization.

A powerful component of this program is the Contemporary Issues in Leadership module. This elective brings a further practical dimension to the program through lectures and discussions with influential business and political leaders during a one-week overseas field trip. The aim is to expose you to the challenges faced by international leaders and enable you to draw parallels to your own organization’s issues. 

Italy is the destination for our 2018 trip. Students will meet with a senior figure to discuss relations between the Vatican and the Muslim world, the Chief Human Resources Officer of the World Economic Forum, the Chief International Relations Officer for Milan Expo 2015, senior diplomats and other leading figures.

The program has a Fall intake for Abu Dhabi and Spring intake for Dubai.

"The MSL program is preparing leaders for the coming disruption.”  

"My focus is on innovation and how organizations respond to change and move forward. A major success factor in this is leadership and I have developed the ‘C.L.E.V.E.R’ framework to show organizations how to proceed. This focuses on what is important right now, specifically relating to the fourth industrial revolution – digitalization. Less than 20% of leaders globally are aware of how this can and will affect their businesses.

The nature of strategic leadership is changing rapidly, along with the technologies that are driving this change. The MSL program is preparing leaders for the coming disruption, examining the importance of agile management and what it means to be a leader in the digital world, how to harness technological advances and get ready for the transformation the technological revolution will inevitably bring."

Dr. Alessandro Lanteri

Program educational objectives and student outcomes

Tuition fees structure & calculation

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Tuition is based upon the College and/or Department classification as opposed to the course classification or level. Tuition rates for undergraduate students vary from the tuition rates for graduate students.

The tuition fee calculations are an example only and are based on the assumption that elective courses will be taken with the College that the student is taking their major with. However, if the student selects elective courses outside of this College, the total cost payable may increase or decrease to reflect the tuition rate of the College where the elective is delivered.

Costs of books and supplies are not included in the Tuition and Fees. Students at Abu Dhabi University are also required to pay certain fees and other costs to attend the University. Abu Dhabi University reserves the right to change tuition and fee rates at any time. A tuition schedule is published prior to registration for each semester.

For more information, please click here to view the University's tuition fee structure. Fees are subject to change during the year as per government charges and testing bodies.

Career opportunities

The program will prepare you to advance into critical managerial and leadership positions in key areas of any organization in both the public and private sectors.

The acquisition of a master’s degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in your chosen field.  You may use it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of professional training.

Entry requirements

Course outline

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