Leadership Studies

Welcome to the
Master of Arts (MA) in Leadership Studies Program

Our program provides an innovative educational foundation that addresses the theories, history, ethics, values, and technologies that prepare students to manage and lead organizations at all levels to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Graduates are prepared for positions of responsibility in all sectors, whether it be private or public, military or education, nonprofit or for profit. With a focus on the substance and processes of leadership in a variety of roles, the MLS degree provides professional education (non-thesis, capstone requirement) for students interested in leadership careers.  


Message from the Interim Director


Dr. Areli Chacon

Thank you for your interest in The University of Texas at El Paso's (UTEP) Master of Arts in Leadership Studies (MLS) Program. 

The MA in Leadership has been offered by UTEP since 2005 and has assisted more than 700 students to attain their graduate degrees. While the program was initially established for a specific military population, over time we have evolved into a more comprehensive program who serves all types of students; military and civilian, recent college graduates and established career professionals, athletes and government officials, men and women from non-profit and for profit organizations, students in El Paso and students located throughout the world.

Our Faculty, many of whom have been with the program since its establishment in 2005, is also diverse with educational and professional experience that makes them eminently qualified to teach at UTEP and in the Leadership Studies program in particular. 

Students can choose to take courses online, in class (hybrid), or do a combination of both. Students can take courses as their schedules permit in either format as all courses are offered several times every year. They can be taken one at a time, or multiple courses can be taken simultaneously, depending on the student's preference. Courses can be accessed through the UTEP website once the student's email account is established (approximately 72 hours after admission).

I invite you to explore our website and see for yourself the different options that the Leadership Studies Program has to offer. We are always working to further the University's mission of providing access and excellence to all of our students.

Best wishes and Go Miners!


Dr. Areli Chacón Silva
Interim Director
MLS Program