The LEAD Masters Program
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The LEAD Program offers select, shore tour eligible Navy and Marine Corps Officers the unique opportunity to earn a Masters of Professional Studies in Leadership Education and Development from the University of Maryland and then put their knowledge to work, mentoring and developing Midshipmen as Company Officers at the United States Naval Academy.
This unique program was jointly designed by University of Maryland and the United States Naval Academy to prepare officers for the responsibilities of a Company Officer, and as leaders throughout their careers, through graduate education based on current practices, accepted theory, and research.
The LEAD students complete 45 credit hours over the course of one year and are taught by faculty who are knowledgeable in a wide range of disciplines including group dynamics, information technology, ethics, trend analysis, and Department of Defense policy. Following completion of their degree, LEAD students serve as Company Officers at the United States Naval Academy for the remainder of their shore tour.
"...There was no more important or rewarding tour than as a Company Officer at USNA. I made lifelong friends, many of whom are now Commanding Officers at sea. There is no tour which had more impact on young people. The 'Leadership by example' opportunity is simply boundless." - Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USNA Company Officer 1975-1978
"...No job is more important, and very few are more rewarding. I have many great memories of, and enduring friendships from, my tour as a company officer." - General C.C. Krulak, USMC (Ret.), USNA Company Officer 1970-1973