leadership development

associate in applied science (aas)
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why choose leadership development?

  • people who combine inspiring leadership with the management skills to effectively guide processes are in high demand among both small and large businesses in mid-state’s district.
  • students will learn from faculty who are high-performing leaders with real-world experience.
  • this program is a great fit for those who want to attain the full associate degree or for those who simply wish to skill up in any specific area of their leadership through individual course completion.
people enter the business world from all walks of life, and it’s not uncommon for the hardworking and dedicated to advance until they are directing the work of others. however, not all great employees will automatically make great leaders without formal training in leading people and managing processes.

program locations

adams campus
401 north main street
adams, wi 53910

marshfield campus
2600 west 5th street
marshfield, wi 54449

stevens point campus
1001 centerpoint drive
stevens point, wi 54481

wisconsin rapids campus
500 32nd street north
wisconsin rapids, wisconsin 54494

what you'll learn

designed for individuals currently employed and working closely with their employer on skill development, mid-state’s leadership development program prepares students for success in effectively managing processes and inspiring a diverse workforce.

in this program you’ll develop the technical and interpersonal skills needed to lead the operations of a business including helping organizations adapt to change, encouraging innovation, displaying a variety of effective leadership skills, demonstrating critical-thinking skills, and using communication skills appropriate in a professional and collaborative environment. you’ll grow your skills in planning, finance, team building, leadership, safety, project management, decision making, talent development, supervision, innovation, and the use of software. every course directly applies learning to the student’s real-world work environment through various projects. as a graduate of the leadership development associate degree, you’ll be prepared for leadership roles in any organization.

estimated entire program cost

cost based on the 2020/2021 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $4,461.90
  • books: $3,261.05
  • supplies, uniforms, and/or exams: $0.00
  • total estimated cost: $7,722.95

financial aid eligibility

this program is eligible for full financial aid.

term: 1
catalog# title credits
10196190 leadership development 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
10103106 microsoft office-introduction 3.00
10102121 finance and budgeting 3.00
  • introductory statistics 3.00
  • intermediate algebra with applications 4.00
10804107 college mathematics 3.00
-or- 10804189 introductory statistics 3.00
-or- 10804118 intermediate algebra with applications 4.00
(15-16 credits)
term: 2
catalog# title credits
  • intro to sociology 3.00
  • intro to american government 3.00
10809172 introduction to diversity studies 3.00
-or- 10809196 intro to sociology 3.00
-or- 10809122 intro to american government 3.00
10801136 english composition i 3.00
10102214 continuous improvement 3.00
10196189 Team Building & Problem Solving 3.00
10196188 project management 3.00
(15 credits)
term: 3
catalog# title credits
10196192 managing for quality 3.00
10196191 supervision 3.00
  • speech 3.00
10801196 oral/interpersonal communication 3.00
-or- 10801198 speech 3.00
10196136 Managing Risk & Safety 3.00
  • developmental psychology 3.00
10809198 intro to psychology 3.00
-or- 10809188 developmental psychology 3.00
(15 credits)
term: 4
catalog# title credits
10196135 conflict resolution 3.00
10546110 mental wellness and stress management 3.00
10623171 lean six sigma 3.00
10196138 Training & Talent Development 3.00
10196139 workplace innovation 3.00
(15 credits)
(60-61 credits)



  • supervisor
  • manager
  • team leader

“the instructors are great. they are encouraging and always want to see their students succeed—they’re proud when they see students achieving their goals.”

jodilynn feit

choose your path

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