Skip to Main Content

Concentration in Strategic Leadership

Lead with integrity and innovate with vision through a concentration in strategic leadership. Learn the foundations of leadership and develop the practical skills needed to lead others to the highest levels of success and accomplishment. 


About the Concentration

The MBA with a concentration in strategic leadership is a 39 credit-hour program. This concentration is designed specifically for those who desire to lead with integrity while refining the necessary skills to become a truly effective global business leader empowered to achieve one’s goals. Learn from the university’s nationally-renowned business leadership experts, confront knowledge gaps across the field of business, and become enlightened by the psychology and tradition of successful leadership.

MBA with Strategic Leadership Concentration Courses

39 credit hours/13 classes 

Required Core Curriculum:

ACCT 5323. Accounting for Managers.
BUAD 5350. Data Analysis for Decision Making.
BUAD 6305. The Effective Leader.
BUAD 8310. Business and Society.
FINA 6305. Managerial Finance.
MANA 6307. Managing Complex Organizations.
MANA 8320. Global Strategy.
MARK 6305. Value Based Marketing.
OPER 6305. Management of Operations.
BUAD 8390. The Capstone Experience.

Strategic Leadership Concentration:

LDRS 5320. The Craft of Leadership.
LDRS 6310. Leading Through Adaptive Challenges.
LDRS 6360. Spiritual Leadership.


Leadership Perspective:

Southwest Airlines President and MBA Alumnus Tom Nealon Describes Five Characteristics of History’s Great Leaders

As president of Southwest Airlines, Tom Nealon’s, MBA ’87, influence extends across all areas of the company — from overseeing much of the airline’s daily operations to advancing the corporate strategy and mission. A graduate of the University of Dallas Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business, Nealon draws on the balance of business, leadership and ethical principles that are the foundation of his MBA to lead the organization forward.

Tom Nealon“ As a leader you have to really care about people. And it’s not that you have to know every person's name, but there has to be a courtesy toward — and a genuine interest in — the people in your organization. ”- Tom Nealon, President, Southwest Airlines