Master of Strategic Leadership From Abu Dhabi University

Program Overview

With the world of business and government facing change on an unprecedented scale both regionally and globally, it is more important than ever for organizations to be flexible and adapt quickly to these changes – this masters in Strategic Leadership program will give you the skills you need to evolve with the dynamic landscape of the business world.

Focusing on leadership, strategy, change management, organizational behaviour and research skills this program, unique in the region, is specifically designed for experienced, senior, high-calibre professionals and executives. It will develop leaders able to influence sustainable organizational transformation in the UAE, the region and globally.

By joining this executive education program, you can expect to strengthen your leadership skills, sharpen your strategic thinking and become inspired to lead high-performing teams and achieve your leadership ambitions. With an emphasis on the practitioner perspective, you will focus on real-life challenges drawn from your own professional experience, addressing organizational issues in a sustainable and cross-cultural context which will help raise your leadership profile within your organization.

A powerful component of this program is the Contemporary Issues in Leadership module. This elective brings a further practical dimension to the program through lectures and discussions with influential business and political leaders during a one-week overseas field trip. The aim is to expose you to the challenges faced by international leaders and enable you to draw parallels to your own organization’s issues. 

Italy is the destination for our 2018 trip. Students will meet with a senior figure to discuss relations between the Vatican and the Muslim world, the Chief Human Resources Officer of the World Economic Forum, the Chief International Relations Officer for Milan Expo 2015, senior diplomats and other leading figures.

The program has a Fall intake for Abu Dhabi and Spring intake for Dubai.


Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

  Course Duration

22 Months

  Tuition Fee

AED 110,010




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Core Courses

  • MSL500 Strategic Dimensions of Business Functions

  • MSL501 Developing a Leader Within You

  • MSL 522 Leadership and Communication

  • MSL514 Organizational Behavior

  • MSL 524 Research Methods in Business

  • MSL503 Contemporary Issues in leadership

  • MSL 525 Leading Organizational Change

  • MSL502 Leading and Building High Performing Teams

  • MSL XXX Elective

  • MSL599 Project in Leadership



  • MSL 561 Cross-Cultural Management

  • MSL 513 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Bachelor’s Degree

Directly related discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a 4.0-point scale from an accredited university recognized by the UAE’s Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs.


Managerial Experience

Applicants need to have 3-5 years of managerial experience, depending on their CGPA.


English Language Proficiency Requirements

For master program taught in English, an Official score report of international TOEFL (IBT) 79 or the ITP 550 (taken at Amideast) or the Academic IELTS 6.0 must be taken no more than two years prior to admission, or English EmSat minimum score of 1400 no more than 18 month prior to admission to Abu Dhabi University.

Students with a recognized bachelor’s degree and an EmSAT score of 1250, English Academic IELTS Score 5.5, or equivalent on another standardized test approved by the Ministry, can be granted conditional admission for one semester, and may take a maximum of six credit hours in the first semester of study.


International Students

We welcome applications from students with a variety of bachelor’s degrees from an accredited university recognized by the UAE’s Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs. For more information on international student admission to any of ADU’s postgraduate programs, please visit Postgraduate International Admission.



Applicants meeting the educational, experience, and language requirements of the program will be invited for an interview with the Assistant Dean for Postgraduate and Executive Programs.

Abu Dhabi

Tuition fees structure & calculation

  •  Majors AED 110,010
    • Credit Hour Cost (Aed) AED 3,667
    • Required Credits 30

The program will prepare you to advance into critical managerial and leadership positions in key areas of any organization in both the public and private sectors.

The acquisition of a master’s degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in your chosen field.  You may use it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of professional training.

The mission of the MSL program is to develop leaders who will influence sustainable organizational transformation in the UAE and the region. This is the only program of its kind in the UAE designed to prepare experienced professionals for leadership roles. As the only strategic leadership program in the GCC accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education, and top international accrediting bodies such as AACSB, EQUIS and WASC, graduates have great career potential with regional and international corporations.


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