The Master of Arts degree in Leadership Studies (MLS) seeks students with the passion and dedication to join a new generation of leaders who will confront challenges in an increasingly complex and constantly changing world. MLS graduates have a deep understanding and appreciation of the dynamics of leadership, the convergence of leadership with other human relations, and the role of the individual as a leader in groups, organizations, and society. Through mastery of leadership theory and skills, graduates of the MLS program are prepared to perform as successful leaders in their work organizations, their communities, their nations, and the world.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Alarmingly Low Number of Women Coaches in College Basketball, Fletcher Brown

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The Love-Power Synergy of Effective Leadership, Philip A. Giordano

Yoga Teacher Training Graduates: The Eight Limbs of Yoga at Work, Ella Jenness

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Coaches Have an Ethical Responsibility as Leaders to Disclose the Risks of Sport Specialization, Meredith Bickford

Managing Small Teams & Leadership: The Best Leadership Style to Managing a Small Team, Jared Bourget

The Science Behind Assistance Dogs and Stress Relief Therapy, Kristina Coneeny

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Motivating and Engaging Pulmonary Rehabilitation Patients, Shelly May DuBois

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Fake Service Dogs: Leading by Example, Joshua Ferguson

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Emotional Intelligence as an Attribute of Fire Service Leadership, Paul D. Froman

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Facebook: How Likes and Followers Affect Users Perception and Leadership, Troy Johnston

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Exploring Antecedents of Those Who Practice Servant Leadership, Maria Anne Kindelan

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Transformational Leadership: A Soldier's Need for Creativity in the Maine Army National Guard, Johnathon A. McGahey

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Virtual International Leadership Within Organizations Overcoming Cultural, Language, and Physical Barriers, Jaye Mendros Goulet

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Building Bonds on Teams: How Team Building Positively Impacts Young Athletes, Jennifer T. Mull-Brooks

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Trauma-Informed Practices to Reduce Student Stress: A case study proposal, Stacy Nightingale

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Post Millennial Generation in the Workforce, Tarynne N. Scott

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Workplace Incivility: A Quantitative Study of Public University Staff Member Experiences in the Northeast, Tracy M. St. Pierre

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

Establishing the Place of Critical Thinking in Leadership Education: An Integrative Review, Moira Foley

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Understanding the Difference Between Transformational Leadership and Cultural Intelligence, Sarah E. Fortier

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Community Leadership Associated with Jail Diversion, Wallace J. Fraser Jr.

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Conflict Competence Among Undergraduates: Exploring the Impact of Fear of Negative Evaluation, Erica E. Leighton

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A Case Study of the Automation Revolution and Ethical Leadership Options Available to Ensure Job Security, Jordan D. O'Hearn

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Exploring the Impact of Grit and Sponsorship on Female Leadership and Aspirations, Melissa Ann Simones Landry

Leading Virtual Teams: Trust, Conflict, and the Training Conundrum, Coby D. Smith

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Conflicting Positions on Climate Change Identifying the Determinants, Timothy Sprague

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Volunteer Recruitment and Retention in Maine Performing Arts Organizations, Adam P. Blais

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Building Authentic Leadership Potential: The Benefits of Short-Term Study Abroad Programs, Samantha Clapp

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Unconscious Bias in Leadership Decision-Making, David K. Davis

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Citizen Perceptions of Minor Changes to the Police Patrol Uniform, Lucas J. Hallett

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Resolving Homelessness in Maine: Perspectives from the Homeless, Lucas M. Labbe

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Animal Welfare: Measuring Strategies for Improving Lives, Elsbeth Paige-Jeffers

Healthcare Simulation Assessment Tool Development: Feedback For Improving Student Performance, Katharine H. Roy

Cisgender Superiority and its Impact on the Careers of Gender Non-Conforming and Transgender Workers, Anna K. Schwartz

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Rural Brain Drain: A Quantitative Study of the Potential Impact on the Youth in Rural Aroostook County, Jill Bouchard Cairns

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Communication Efficacy Using Technology within Virtual Teams, Jeremy DaRos

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Engagement, gamification, and workplace satisfaction: A convergent study of user indicators, Josiah J. Eikelboom

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Views of Trust and Perceptions of Performance In Nursing Teams, Neil James

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Combat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Homeless Veterans in the State of Maine, Sean E. Joyce

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Effectiveness of High-Fidelity Simulation in Changing Citizens’ Attitudes Toward Police, Jeffrey A. Pardue

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Leadership within Collegiate Student Organizations: Does Membership Contribute to Leadership Development?, Shawn Plante

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Meta-Analysis Review on the Value of Organizational Support for Employee Work-Life Balance: A Call to Leaders, Suzette N. Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Where Did All the Young People Go? Can the Organizations of the State of Maine Re-Enlist Its Native Youth?, Tyler Norman McPherson

Few Carrots and No Sticks: Exploring the Efforts of those in Curricular Support Roles to Lead Change from within Shared Governance Structures at Selective Liberal Arts Colleges, L. Jason Parkhill

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4-H Leadership Development in Southern Maine: Community Clubs vs. School/Afterschool Clubs, Laura Personette

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VIRTUAL TEAM INTERACTIONS: DO THEY HELP OR HINDER INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION?, Lorna Puiia

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Leadership in Adult Education, Monique Roy

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Motivating the Generations: Implications for the Higher Education Workplace, Jennifer Smith

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Succession Planning in Family-owned Businesses, Alexandra Burns

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Are SAT Scores a Strong Predictor of Student Success? A Study of Education Majors, Admission Variables and the Impact of Leadership Development, Lisa Marie Ellrich

Lance Edward Armstrong: An Exposition of Cancer, Power, Influence, Coercion, and Narcissism, George Edward Fish