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Masters of Success

Welcome to the Masters of Success homepage.  We are glad you are interested in challenging yourself to become the very best in all areas of your life, not just in leadership!  MOS is about developing yourself in ALL areas of life.

Applications for MOS for the Spring of 2015 are available October 1, 2014! 

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Interviews for MOS Spring 2015 begin in November, 2014.  After you submit your application online, please call 231-8241 and ask for Ann Marshke.  Ann will arrange a 20-30 minute interview for you.   The program runs Jan - April 30, 2015; on Wednesday evenings from 4pm-7:00pm.

Program Summary

The Masters of Success Program is a reality-based leadership experience that allows students to work in conjunction with a major company to resolve a current leadership or management challenge. Students are divided into competing teams to create a viable solution that can be quickly implemented and tested by the company.

During the competition, students are coached on their leadership effectiveness, their ability to lead others, and how to communicate like a professional. Students are also challenged through the project and weekly workshops to overcome personal obstacles to their leadership effectiveness and are provided with immediate feedback as to how they might improve their effectiveness as a leader.  

Juniors through graduates students are encouraged to apply for this fiercely competitive program designed to push students to the highest levels of leadership and success. The program's success is based on actual research conducted by program facilitators.

MOS Vision:

Graduates of the Masters of Success Program at NDSU are compelled to be the very best in their field by having a mindset of mastery, service, character, fortitude and the highest personal standards possible.


Students in every field must be able to understand their respective career environments and be able to document they have been taught the necessary leadership skills and produce evidence that they can lead a team, communicate like an executive, resolve conflict, manage relationships, and effectively operate under pressure.  Thus, the Masters of Success program helps students to understand the true nature of leadership and management while coaching students how to enhance their own leadership abilities. 

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Application Process
The application process for MOS is fiercely competitive.  Out of 100 applicants, we will only choose 15-20 individuals.  Applicants must complete the following during the application process

  • Check to make sure you are available for all workshop dates/times as well as all other MOS functions (see below)
  • Completed application form submitted 24 hours before your scheduled interview
  • Completed 15-20 minute interview

Major Dates (participants must be able to attend all dates listed below):

  • January 21st-Opening Ceremony 4pm-6pm.
  • January 28- Wednesday workshops 4-7pm.
  • February 4, 11, 18, 25- Wednesday workshops 4-7pm.
  • February 6,7,8-Mastery Retreat (depart Friday at 5pm; return Sunday at 2pm).
  • March 4, 11, 18, 25 Wednesday workshops 4-7pm.
  • April 1, 8, 15, 22 Wednesday workshops 4-7pm.
  • April 29- Closing ceremony and awards banquet (Wednesday, 4-7pm).

For interviews, all forms of interview formats will be implemented using problem based questions; experience based questioning, and yes/no answers. Dress is formal. 

Applicant minimum qualification criteria:

  •  Junior, senior or graduate level status
  •  Possess and maintain a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  •  Commitment to attend all Wednesday workshops (See dates/times above)
  •  Actively participate in all workshop sessions and simulations 
  •  Adhere to the highest ethical standards
  •  Conduct him/herself in a professional manner in and outside of the program

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What Students Really Get

In today's fast paced global environment, graduates in every field compete, work, and struggle to find a way to be a leader; hoping to discover the secret to success. Companies are also finding new ways to outsmart their competition, build the next generation of products, and to find outstanding graduates from colleges nationwide who will help make this happen. The Masters of Success program is designed to actively coach and train participants to create maximum impact as a leader.

At North Dakota State University, we strive to help our students understand the true nature of the workforce both positive and negative. We help our students understand what questions to ask an employer to determine a company's viability, leadership structure, decision making ability, empowerment of its employees, and to what extent the company will help the student to succeed.

The Masters of Success program has been thoroughly and pragmatically designed to educate you on some of the following core competencies:

  • Interviewing Skills
  • Leadership styles and traits
  • Conflict resolution strategies
  • Project management skills
  • Emotional Intelligence in the workplace
  • Decision making
  • Team development
  • Supervising 
  • Motivating self and others
  • Different forms of power
  • Influencing others
  • Advanced communication skills 
  • Career development
  • Company models/structures/management


To challenge students to reach their absolute highest potential as a leader

Founded in 2000, the Masters of Success advanced leadership program is the brainchild of a former program participant and Steve Winfrey, a leadership program adviser. 
The student was once a part of one of Steve's basic level leadership programs. The student was very bright and well liked by students, faculty and administrators. He was the type of student to be voted, "Most Likely to Succeed".

After graduating, the student experienced the harsh difference between the safe environment of a college setting and the hard core reality of today's work environment. After being fired from his $50,000 six month position, the student telephoned Steve and asked the dreaded and unforgettable question, "What are you teaching your students about leadership?" The student was being fired from his first job. What did he do wrong? Why did he not see this coming? Why did his intelligence, training and ability to make friends fail him right out of college? These questions had to be answered.

After several minutes on the phone, the two decided to meet. After four hours of intense conversation, the meeting was finally over and the pilot program for the next generation leadership program was born. Using the latest leadership theories, coaching methodologies, communication theories, and Steve's latest leadership development model, The Student Based Learning Model, the Masters of Success was born.

Today, the student has his master's degree in agriculture and his happily working as a successful businessman and farmer in Minnesota.

Previous "MOS Students of the Year" from North Dakota State University:

  • Jessica Neumann 2007
  • Sindhuja Sankaran 2008
  • Judy Novotny 2009
  • Kylie Artz 2010
  • Tegan Jo Buckley 2011
  • Cassie Hillen 2012
  • Amanda Breen 2013

Will it be you next? Apply Now!

The Masters of Success Program is sponsored by the Memorial Union. The Masters of Success is not affiliated with any other program, in or outside, of North Dakota State University.  

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Administration Phone: +1 (701) 231-8241
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:01:30 AM