Leadership, Public Policy & Social Issues

Address Social Issues as an Effective Leader

Union Institute & University’s major in Leadership, Public Policy & Social Issues enhances your understanding of conflict within public, private, and nonprofit institutions. Once you decide on a focus of study, you will develop sound knowledge of foundational theory and appropriate research methods, with an emphasis on ethical leadership and social responsibility.

Careers of our Leadership, Public Policy & Social Issues Graduates

Public Policy


Middle and Upper

level management

Law Enforcement

& education

Recent Graduate Fields of Study

  • Educational reform and leadership
  • Environmental policies
  • Global leadership development
  • Health policy
  • Law enforcement leadership
  • Leadership development, training, and skills
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Organizational development and organizational leadership
  • Policy review and evaluation
  • Public policy formulation and advocacy
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Servant leadership
  • Situational leadership
  • Strategic management

Leadership, Public Policy & Social Issues Structure & Courses

•  Minimum 36 credit hour program
•  Full-time & part-time options
• January, May, and August start dates
• Complete your degree in as little as 24 months.

Major & Core Courses
Advanced Courses
Graduation Capstone

Hear what our

students are saying

Although I've worked as a fundraiser within the nonprofit sector for nearly 15 years, until now I've remained unsuccessful in securing government funding. However, after two years of guided scholarly study I learned how to effectively participate in advocacy at the State level, and successfully obtained newly awarded government funding support for the NPO I represent. To me, this grant award represents the impact of the Union Institute & University graduate programs - helping leaders to be more effective, ultimately improving the quality of life for all those impacted by that service.

Sharmaine McLaren2015 Graduate