Grad Edge: Leadership Development Program

The Grad Edge leadership development program provides K-State graduate students an opportunity to push their leadership to the next level. You will develop a leadership mindset and skills to make positive change in your work, studies, student organizations, and professional roles. Through this semester-long experience, you will work with Leadership faculty and your peers to dive into challenges that are most important to you. The Staley School of Leadership and the Graduate School have created this program specifically for graduate students who want to move beyond technical expertise to solve problems.

Spring 2024 cohort program

Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2024 program, which will be conducted in a fully virtual format for distance students, with in-person small group options for on-campus student.

Application deadline: December 11, 2023

Program learning objectives

This program is based on design principles of shared exploration (learning with others), self-reflection (meaning-making), and application (learning through practice). Through the various program elements, you will identify a relevant leadership challenge and apply concepts of adaptive leadership to find solutions. You will also:

  • Examine your leadership mindset
  • Identify and leverage your leadership strengths
  • Build your capacity to relate to and work with others
  • Explore drivers of system change
  • Identify opportunities to be a change agent within and beyond the university


The Grad Edge: Leadership Development Program is offered in partnership by the Graduate School, the Staley School of Leadership, and the Leadership Communication Doctoral program.


Questions about the Grad Edge: Leadership Development Program may be directed to Megan Miller, assistant director of student success, at or 785-532-6191.