Division of Leadership Education and Development

The LEAD Masters Program

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The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program provides graduate education and preparation for talented, highly qualified Junior Officers to serve as Company Officers at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) and for continued future service in the Navy and Marine Corps.  The program develops students’ abilities to think critically and analytically, and focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for understanding, designing, and conducting leader and team development.  Junior Officers selected for this master’s degree program will complete a 45 degree credit program at The George Washington University (GWU) in a one-year period with classes both at GWU and USNA.  

GWU will deliver an MA in Leadership Education and Development for USNA company officers (LEAD fellows) within a year’s time frame.  To best accomplish this program and in line with GWU’s emphasis on cross-disciplinary initiatives, two departments in two different schools (Department of Organizational Sciences & Communication (OSC) in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), and Department of Human and Organizational Learning (HOL) in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD)) will collaborate based on targeted areas of expertise and will share the teaching load.  The degree will be housed in CCAS.
LCDR Alex Dietrich, USN will serve as the USNA LEAD Program Director and Dr. Clay Warren (Chair of the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication) will serve as the GWU LEAD Program Director, sharing responsibilities for all aspects of program planning and execution, as well as coordination of administrative and logistical requirements between USNA and GWU.

"...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
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