Leadership Education and Development (LEAD)

Leadership Education and Development (LEAD)

(Curriculum 855)

Equipping Junior Officers and Select Senior Non-Commissioned Officers with essential skills and knowledge to serve as Company Officers at the United State Naval Academy and for continued future service in the Navy and Marine Corps.

LEAD provides a program foundation that develops students’ abilities to think critically and analytically by providing essential skills and knowledge in management and leadership fundamentals such as:

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Decision Making
  • Social Science Research Methods

Specialized courses address the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for leading organizations and developing leadership in others such as:

  • Mentoring, counseling and teaching subordinates
  • Leading teams
  • Leader communication
  • Ethical leadership
  • Organizational Change
  • Serving as a positive role model

Completion of this curriculum qualifies an officer for subspecialty code 4500P.

LEAD Details and Course Work

Admissions Criteria/Eligibility

The program is open to qualified Junior Naval and Marine Corps officers and Select Enlisted.

Candidates for the LEAD program must have achieved the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.2 on a four-point scale from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Completion of at least two semesters of college algebra or trigonometry is the minimum mathematical preparation
  • An APC of 345

Requirements for entry

Candidates for the program must have achieved the following: a baccalaureate degree with a minimum undergraduate GPA/quality point rating (QPR) of 2.20 and at least one college level mathematics course.

Program Length

LEAD is a twelve month program.

Curriculum Sponsor

United States Naval Academy.

Delivery Mode

Courses are delivered in a mix of in-residence and web-based modes.

Application Deadlines and Entry Dates

The application deadline for the 2022 LEAD cohort is 1 October.

The entry date into the program is the ensuing July.


Active-duty Naval officers are mission funded by the Navy and are not required to pay tuition but incur a continued service obligation.

Note: Active-duty Naval officers should contact their Detailer/Monitor for details regarding a continued service obligation.

Contact Information

  • Program Managers at USNA: LCDR Lindsey Santiago, (443) 306-1482, lsantiag@usna.edu (general program information, applications)
  • Program Officer at Naval Postgraduate School: CDR Matt Geiser, (831) 200-3498, mtgeiser1@nps.edu (general program information)
  • Education Technician at Naval Postgraduate School: Yueying Mao, (831) 656-6230, yueying.mao@nps.edu (course enrollment, administrative questions)
  • Academic Associate at Naval Postgraduate School: Dr. Marco S. DiRenzo,
    (831) 656-2966, msdirenz@nps.edu (curriculum, academics)

There are nineteen required courses to complete the LEAD program over a one year period.