Master’s Program

Master’s Program

Our Vision

The Leadership South Dakota Master’s Program is a pilot program designed to meet the leadership training needs of Leadership SD alumni. The program will take components of the Leadership South Dakota program and incorporate team-building, accountability, goal-setting, and problem-solving activities. Training will focus on problem-solving, team accountability, and individual leadership growth.

Objectives of the Master’s Program

  • Meet our alumni’s needs for ongoing training opportunities.
  • Provide an opportunity for Leadership South Dakota alumni to learn from leaders in areas like state government, tourism, and cybersecurity.
  • Launch a forum for Leadership South Dakota alumni to network and discuss leadership topics of mutual interest.
  • Engage participants in a leadership team for growth in goal-setting, team building, and accountability.

Program Components

The Leadership South Dakota Master’s Program will incorporate the following components:

1. DISC Assessment

Each participant will take the DISC assessment. If the DISC assessment is already on file with Leadership South Dakota, the participant will not need to take another assessment.

2. Virtual Book Study

A virtual book study will be held in January, March and May (alternate months to the program sessions). Books will be provided to the participants in advance of the book studies.

3. Leader in Residence

A Leader in Residence will be present during each program session to provide insight into the focus topic and reinforce general leadership principles.

4. Teams & Accountability

Each participant will be placed in a six-person team (24 participants with four groups of six). Each team will work together throughout the program on team building, problem solving and individual accountability.

5. Learning & Goal Setting

Each program session will provide participants with time to learn about the focus topic, network with fellow class members, gain knowledge from the Leader in Residence and set goals that will be shared with team members at each program session.

6. Evaluation

Participants will be asked to evaluate each program session and provide feedback on how the program can be improved for future alumni.


Dates and locations:

  • Session 1 – State Government – Pierre – February 3 & 4, 2020 (5:00 PM to 5:00 PM) – Completed


  • Session 2 – Tourism/Marking/Analytics – Keystone – April 6 & 7, 2020 (5:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
    Leader in Residence – Jim Hagen, Secretary of Tourism


  • Session 3 –  Cyber Security – Madison – June 8 & 9, 2020 (5:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
    Leader in Residence – Miles Beacom, CEO, First PREMIER Bank Card

* More detail here

Application Deadline

Tuition for three program sessions, including lodging, meals and program costs, is $500.00 per session

  • Session 2: Keystone – Applications Due March 13, 2020
  • Session 3: Madison – Applications Due April 30, 2020

Note: Travel to the session locations is the responsibility of the alumni participants.

Selection Process

Each session will be capped at 24 participants. The class members will be selected on a first come basis.

Other Application Notes

Any questions about the application process should be sent to

Master’s Program Application

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.