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.
The MBA with a concentration in strategic leadership is a 42 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 6320. Critical & Strategic Thinking or MANA 8310. Strategic Management.
AND one of the following concentration courses: LDRS 5340. Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision-Making. LDRS 5350. Storytelling as a Mode of Thinking. LDRS 6360. Spiritual Leadership. LDRS 6310. Leading Through Adaptive Challenges. MANA 7395. Ethical Dimensions of Leadership.
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
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