USC Price School of Public Policy

EML Degree Overview

The Executive Master of Leadership (EML) program structure offers participants insight into the mechanisms that facilitate effective personal and organizational networks, as well as collaborative problem solving strategies and practices. EML follows a cohort model whereby students enroll in the four required core courses together as a single learning unit or group and build on each other experiences through a degree curriculum that has three distinguishing features:

  • Transformational leadership that connects the business/private, public, and nonprofit sectors;
  • An interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary problem-solving approach;
  • A design to connect ethics with leadership through core values.

The EML Program Objectives are:

  • To prepare for the challenges and opportunities of being a leader in our global society.
  • To identify and develop the individual’s leadership skills and capabilities as they relate to interacting with others, in small groups and large organizations.
  • To build on the student’s interpersonal skills in the process of leading others; including such skills as communicating effectively, building empathy and trust, engaging others, resolving conflicts, managing stress, and becoming more resilient.
  • To develop skills in strategic management; including establishing the organization’s purpose, setting strategic directions, and maintaining currency in planning and implementation.
  • To understand the nature of organizational change and transformation; including especially the interaction of multiple groups in society.
  • To obtain insight and perspective on ethical and legal responsibility, advocacy, and authentic community and stakeholder engagement.
  • To build the individual’s leadership persona, recognizing that leadership ultimately comes from within.

Through reflective journals and interactive core class discussions, students are continually exposed to the practice of synthesizing what they have learned and providing feedback on what changes they are making in the course of their leadership journey. The program incorporates long-standing faculty and senior staff experience in designing and delivering leadership and management development programs with leaders over the past thirty-five years. Faculty and guest presenters include innovative thinkers, policymakers, and practitioners who have extensive knowledge in the field as a result of their experience in both the academic and professional settings.