Online Master’s Degree in Leadership with Hollins and UVA

A partnership between Hollins and the University of Virginia allows students who have completed UVA’s Certificate in Leadership to transfer credits through a graduate-level transfer program agreement and complete their Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.) degree with a concentration in leadership from Hollins — and all online. Degree can be completed in one or two-year options. Learn more about how to turn your certificate in leadership into a master’s degree and enhance your career today.

David MartinI was excited when Hollins University accepted my Leadership in Human Resources Management Certificate credits, and the distance learning option allowed me to pursue a Master’s degree while working full time in Charlottesville. The M.A.L.S. program created the essential path which I needed to continue my career goals and the Hollins University faculty and staff have exceeded my expectations with their encouragement and guidance.

David Martin
Human Resources Service Center Representative
University of Virginia


Certificate in Leadership to Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Student A: Student transfers in maximum number of credits allowed from Certificate in Leadership from UVA School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Accepted to the M.A.L.S. program for fall term 2018. Begins with 18 transfer credits.

Fall 2018 (8 cr.) Spring 2019 (6 cr.) Summer 2019 (8 cr.)
SOSC 500C (req.) and POLS 557 Online elective
2 credit Ind. Study
HUM 500C (req.)
Final Essay (req.)

In this scenario, the student would be eligible to apply for financial assistance for each term enrolled as the credit hours are equivalent to part-time status. Student would graduate with a total of 40 credits.

Student B: Student transfers in 15 credits from Certificate in Leadership from UVA School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Accepted to the M.A.L.S. program for fall term 2018. Begins with 15 transfer credits.

Fall 2018 (4 cr.) Spring 2019 (4 cr.) Summer 2019 (4 cr.) Fall 2019 (4 cr.)
SOSC 500C (req.) Online elective HUM 500C (req.) Leadership course or Online elective
Spring 2020 (6 cr.) Summer 2020 (4 cr.)
Leadership course or Online elective and 2 credit Ind. Study Final Essay (req.)

In this scenario, the student would only be eligible to apply for financial assistance for the summer terms and spring 2020 as these would be the only times considered part-time. Student would graduate with a total of 41 credits because Hollins does not normally do independent studies for less than 2 credits.