The Naval Academy's Leadership Education & Development (LEAD) Masters Program provides graduate education to incoming company officers and helps prepare them for their critical role in the academy’s mission of developing midshipmen into future leaders.
The pilot program began in 1996, with participants attending the Naval Postgraduate School. It moved to the University of Maryland in 2006 and began its second year at George Washington University this May.
This year, the highly competitive program solicited applications from across all warfare communities of the Navy and Marine Corps. The selected cohort of 15 officers will study full time at George Washington University’s Foggy Bottom campus in Washington, D.C. for one year.
The 45-credit Master of Arts degree in Leadership Education and Development blends coursework from GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and military leadership courses taught by USNA faculty.
“The program attracts highly-qualified warfighters from the fleet who will serve as role models and mentors for the midshipmen," said Capt. Wesley Huey, director of USNA’s LEAD Division. "It provides them with quality credentials for teaching in the classroom and of course is a valuable opportunity for the individual officer to enhance his or her own personal and professional goals. It’s a win-win!”
More information can be found on the USNA website.