Magis Leaders Program

Magis - To seek excellence in all aspects of life; to find more purposeful and effective ways to carry out our work every day; to give greater love, care, and compassion to our neighbor. 


The Magis Leaders Program (MLP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in and be rewarded for their achievement. Completion of the MLP requires attendance at MLP seminars focused on key areas of applied personal and professional development. The topics are intended for students with diverse backgrounds and professional disciplines who are intent on preparing themselves as potential up and coming leaders as they compete for jobs. 

Students admitted to the MLP seminar requires a commitment of eight sessions that span the fall and spring semesters. Admission is selective and is by application only. Admission will be decided by a selection committee made up of faculty. Entry into the MLP seminar is currently offered once per academic year beginning in the fall semester. 

Academic Component

The MLP Coursework invites students to consider their inherent responsibilities in the process of reaching a position of influence. With emphasis on professional careers, the course will cover areas such as personal branding, networking rules, mentors & sponsors, working smart, building and leading teams, interviewing for success, professional conduct and navigating diversity and inclusion. The MLP topics are delivered by leaders considered subject matter experts in their fields.  

The MLP is two sequential .5-hour courses starting in the fall and ending in the spring semester. Admission to the MLP program carries with it the understanding that the two courses must be taken sequentially. Each course is valued at .5 credit hour or 1 full credit hour the entire sequence. (This sequence can be used to replace Professional Readiness II MG 3001.)

About the Professor

Ken Mellard is a community leader, leadership trainer, and former business leader who serves as Adjunct Professor in the Helzberg School of Management. Prior to entering the workforce, he received degrees from Rockhurst University and Boston College. During his tenure as a business owner he led healthcare initiatives focused on automating medical services. He also led healthcare consulting team focused on contracting and profit improvement strategies. Ken has served on multiple community organization boards in a variety of leadership roles. Ken is the lead professor of the program and will be supported by other faculty of the College of Business, Influence, and Information Analysis. Dave Fowler previously created and developed the Program until his retirement. 

Who Can Apply

Any Rockhurst University undergraduate student can apply for enrollment in the Magis Leaders Program. To be considered, all applicants are expected to have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above.

Meeting Time: Arranged


Each application must be supported by one reference from a professor, instructor, or university administrator who can attest to the applicant's character, motivation, and/or leadership potential. You will be prompted to provide contact information for your reference as part of the online application.

Application Opens: March 1, 2021

Application Deadline: March 22, 2021