What is an M.S. in Innovation and Leadership?

Through an interdisciplinary approach to innovation, Furman’s Master of Science in innovation and leadership develops leaders who leverage creativity, critique, feedback and iterative processes to develop team-based solutions for the challenges facing the industries, organizations and communities they serve. Graduates with this degree will understand and apply theories and frameworks of innovation; identify and employ collaborative strategies to amplify innovation; and devise needs-based assessments and articulate possible directions in the face of rapid societal change, uncertain futures and imperfect information.

Why pursue an M.S. in Innovation and Leadership at Furman?

Furman University has won national acclaim for its innovative approach to education at the undergraduate level and in the community. From The Hill Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to the Center for Innovative Leadership and other programs, Furman continues to build upon its innovative reputation. Among the faculty and staff, expertise in innovation and leadership has emerged from an interdisciplinary subset of innovators, coaches, mentors and trainers. The Master of Science in innovation and leadership harnesses this strength and grounds it with academic study, thought leadership and practical application. Plan a visit or start your application today.

How will you learn?

To earn an M.S. in innovation and leadership, students will complete 30 hours of coursework through three units of study: innovation seminar, focused coursework and customized experiential learning. The yearlong innovation seminar is a 12-credit sequence in which students focus on leading the innovative self, leading innovative teams and leading innovative organizations. Three focused courses enhance student learning in key areas related to leading innovation in teams and organizations (9 credits). Each student engages in a yearlong experiential learning plan that can include combinations of executive coaching and mentoring, practicum, leadership development or other context-based learning (9 credits). A typical enrollment pattern for this program would include concurrent enrollment in these three units. Visit our campus or request information to learn more.

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Our faculty

Janna Pennington

Lecturer of Communication Studies

Kenneth D. Peterson

Professor of Economics

Steven Stewart

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

John A. McArthur

Professor & Chair, Communication Studies

Katie Maxwell

Internship Program Director

Kim Keefer

Director, Shucker Center for Leadership Development

Maegan Azar

Associate Professor of Acting & Directing; Theatre Arts Department Chair

Angélica Lozano-Alonso

FACULTY DIRECTOR, THE HILL INSTITUTE FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP; Professor of Spanish, Spanish Language Coordinator

Charles Davis

Adjunct Professor, Business and Accounting

Cynthia King

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence; Professor of Communication Studies

Matthew Cohen

Associate Professor, Sustainability Science

Brad Harmon

Assistant Dean for the First-Year and Second-Year Experience
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