Master of Science in Leadership

This program is offered at the Jackson and Madison campuses.

The Master of Science degree in Leadership at Belhaven University is a 36 credit hour graduate program, designed to enhance the professional skills of business managers and executives. The program caters to adult professionals who seek to develop and increase their management and leadership roles in business, education, church, and other areas of their professional lives.

Intended to grow the individual's comprehension of internal and external social, legal, political, and economic forces as they affect the decision-making process within an organization, the program has been structured to serve both holders of baccalaureate degrees in business as well as other disciplines. Classes are offered one night per week. Students are required to participate in Project Team, which enhance the learning process and the development of problem-solving skills.

  • 36 credit hours
  • 8-week courses, taught year round
  • Attend classes one night a week
  • All classes taught from a Christian worldview
  • Small class sizes so you know your professors and classmates
  • Competitive tuition rates
  • Consultants of organizational development
  • Development specialist
  • Organizational manager
  • Special events consultant
  • Operations manager
  • General manager
  • Special events coordinator
  • Corporate recruiter
  • Labor relations manager
  • Non-profit director

Objectives of the Master of Science in Leadership Program

The following are Executive Development Learning Objectives of the M.S.L. program:

  • Practice servant leadership using Christ as the model in serving people and society.
  • Provide leadership, vision, and strategic planning in a variety of organizations and environments.
  • Prepare to lead others in environments increasingly characterized by change and complexity.
  • Master principles of human behavior and motivation to maximize use of human resources.
  • Master key functional area skills in marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, and economics.
  • Appreciate the trend to a global world and the need to continually update leadership principles and techniques.
  • Complete a significant hands-on project in a live organization and integrate the knowledge and skills from all courses taken.
  • Develop organizational-wide skills in structure, coordination, policy, and design of subunits.
  • Master methods of organization change and development.
  • Develop the ability to utilize the most recent tools and concepts emerging in management and leadership.
  • Interact with executive level leaders from the community to identify current challenges and optional strategies to address them.

Admission Information

Up to 6 hours of accredited graduate work may be transferred if a B or better has been earned in each course. A 2.5 cumulative GPA or a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 hours from undergraduate work is required for admission or 9 hours of graduate work with a B in each course.

Students applying to the Master of Science in Leadership degree program must also submit two completed recommendation forms (one being from a current or former supervisor) if requested.

Curriculum Summary

Course # Course Name Credits
MSL 601 Introduction to Graduate Study 3
MSL/MBA 624 Ethical Problems in Business 3
MSL/MBA 640 Organizational Behavior 3
MSL 630 Leading High Performance Teams 3
MSL 643 Financing, Accounting and Budgeting for Leaders 3
MSL 686 Strategic Leadership 3
MSL/MBA 646 The Legal Environment of Business 3
MSL 658 Principles of Executive Leadership 3
MSL 660 Current Issues in Human Resources 3
MSL 665 Coaching, Mentoring and Resolving Conflict 3
MSL 668 Leadership in Organization Change 3
MSL 670 Capstone Seminar in Organizational Leadership 3
Total 36

View Course Descriptions from the University Catalogue.

The Master of Science in Leadership with Human Resources Concentration allows students to look into and experience the field of Human Resources. The courses will have a heavy focus on the study and application of human resource principles. Students will explore areas of study that include employee relations, compensation and benefits, and look at current issues in the field. Students who desire to pursue a MSL may already know the field they intend to work in, and will benefit from the opportunity to add a concentration to the core MSL degree program. Note, the concentration classes are only offered online.

Curriculum Summary

Students can select 2 of the 3 electives (online only).

Course # Course Name Credits
MSL 661 HR Employee Relations 3
MSL 662 HR Compensation and Benefits 3
MSL 663 Issues and Innovations in Human Resources 3

The Master of Science in Leadership with Ministry Concentration is a 36 credit hour graduate program, designed to enhance the professional skills of ministry leaders. The program caters to adult professionals who seek to develop and increase their management and leadership roles in the church, parachurch, other ministry organizations, and other areas of their professional lives.

Curriculum Summary

Course # Course Name Credits
MSL 601 Introduction to Graduate Education 3
MSL/MBA 640 Organizational Behavior 3
MSL 630 Leading Productive Teams 3
MSL 686 Strategic Leadership 3
MSL 658 Principles of Executive Leadership 3
MSL 660 Human Resources 3
MSL 665 Conflict Resolution 3
MSL 668 Organizational Change 3
MSL 670 Leadership Capstone 3
Ministry Concentration (online only):
MIN 610 Biblical Shepherding 3
MIN 620 Education Ministry of the Church 3
MIN 630 Church and its Mission 3

The public administration component of the degree usually involves broad-brush topics such as government budgeting, ethics, public law, and public policy. While an MSL in Public Administration prepares graduates for potential upper-level positions in government, graduate degree holders also draw demand among non-profit organizations that either work closely with agencies, or are in heavily regulated industries.

An MSL in Public Administration can also offer graduates greater flexibility to work in either the public, private or non-profit sector - a good choice for students who haven’t settled into a definite career track. The emphasis on servant leadership throughout the curriculum is particularly well suited for a life of public service.

A 3.0 GPA in the Public Administration concentration courses must be maintained to graduate.

Curriculum Summary

MSL with Public Administration Concentration

Course # Course Name Credits
MSL 601 Introduction to Graduate Study 3
MSL/MBA 624 Ethical Problems in Business 3
MSL/MBA 640 Organizational Behavior 3
MSL 630 Leading High Performance Teams 3
MSL 643 Financing, Accounting and Budgeting for Leaders 3
MSL/MBA 646 The Legal Environment of Business 3
MSL 658 Principles of Executive Leadership 3
MSL 660 Current Issues in Human Resources 3
MSL 665 Coaching, Mentoring and Resolving Conflict 3
MSL 668 Leadership in Organization Change 3
MSL 670 Capstone Seminar in Organizational Leadership 3
Total 33

Public Administration Concentration (pick 3 of 5 – online only):

Course # Course Name Credits
MPA 607 Ethics and Society 3
MPA 611 Public and Administrative Law 3
MPA 610 Economics and Public Policy 3
MPA 609 Administration of Financial Resources 3
MPA 612 Public Policy Analysis 3
Total Electives 9

These rates are for August 1, 2019 through July 31, 2020.

Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour
Graduate MED/MSA/EdS/EdD $525
Grad. Certificate - Sports Admin. $525
Graduate Military – currently serving $375
Graduate Military – Veteran or Spouse $420

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