Online Master of Science in Leadership Degree Program

The Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) is a 36 credit hour graduate online 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, this online master degree in leadership has been structured to serve both holders of baccalaureate degrees in business as well as other disciplines.

Master of Science in Leadership classes are offered in eight week "terms." All courses are taught from the foundation of the biblical worldview, and students are taught to lead with conviction, think critically, and achieve success according to Christian principles.

  • 36 credit hours
  • 100% online
  • 8-week courses, taught year round
  • 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

The following are the Executive Development Learning Objectives of the Master of Science in Leadership Online 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 trends of 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 sub-units.
  • 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 find strategies to address them.
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and an official transcript from the institution granting your baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of all graduate level work, if any. A 2.5 cumulative GPA from undergraduate work is required for admission or 9 hours of graduate work with a B in each course. Up to 6 hours of accredited graduate work may be transferred if a B or better is earned in each course.
  • Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the M.S.L. program, may be admitted on a conditional basis. The student should submit an essay and 2 letters of recommendation for review by the program committee. Students admitted on a conditional basis to the M.S.L. program must earn a 3.00 grade point average in the first six semester hours of graduate work to continue in the program.

Curriculum Summary

Course # Course Name Credits
MSL 601 Introduction to Graduate Education 3
MSL/MBA 624 Ethical Problems 3
MSL/MBA 640 Organizational Behavior 3
MSL 630 Leading Productive Teams 3
MSL 643 Financial Analysis 3
MSL 658 Principles of Executive Leadership 3
MSL/MBA 646 The Legal Environment of Business 3
MSL 665 Coaching, Mentoring and Resolving Conflicts 3
MSL 660 Human Resources 3
MSL 668 Organizational Change 3
MSL 686 Strategic Leadership 3
MSL 670 Capstone Seminar in Organizational Leadership 3
Total Core 36

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The online 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.

Additionally, the Master of Science in Leadership program at Belhaven University fully aligns with the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Belhaven is one of only 355 educational institutions in the world to be acknowledged by SHRM.

Master of Science in Leadership with Human Resources Concentration Curriculum Summary

Course # Course Name Credits
MSL 601 Introduction to Graduate Education 3
MSL/MBA 624 Ethical Problems 3
MSL/MBA 640 Organizational Behavior 3
MSL 630 Leading Productive Teams 3
MSL 643 Financial Analysis 3
MSL 658 Principles of Executive Leadership 3
MSL/MBA 646 The Legal Environment of Business 3
MSL 665 Coaching, Mentoring and Resolving Conflicts 3
MSL 660 Human Resources 3
MSL 668 Organizational Change 3
MSL 686 Strategic Leadership 3
MSL 670 Capstone Seminar in Organizational Leadership 3
Total Core 36

With HR Concentration - Total Hours 42.  Electives: Choose 2 of the following:

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
Total Electives 6

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The online 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.

Master of Science in Leadership with Ministry Concentration 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 658 Principles of Executive Leadership 3
MSL 665 Conflict Resolution 3
MSL 660 Human Resources 3
MSL 686 Strategic Leadership 3
MSL 668 Organizational Change 3
MSL 670 Leadership Capstone 3
MIN 610 Biblical Shepherding 3
MIN 620 Education Ministry of the Church 3
MIN 630 Church and its Mission 3

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The core courses in an online MSL with a Public Administration concentration focus on the leadership skills needed in the public sector – coaching, conflict management, team building, and human resource management. Students also immerse themselves in topics such as leadership development and managing organizational change. 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. The emphasis on servant leadership throughout the curriculum is particularly well suited for a life of public service.

MSL with Public Administration Concentration

Course # Course Name Credits
MSL 601 Introduction to Graduate Education 3
MSL/MBA 624 Ethical Problems 3
MSL/MBA 640 Organizational Behavior 3
MSL 630 Leading Productive Teams 3
MSL 643 Financial Analysis 3
MSL 658 Principles of Executive Leadership 3
MSL/MBA 646 The Legal Environment of Business 3
MSL 665 Coaching, Mentoring and Resolving Conflicts 3
MSL 660 Human Resources 3
MSL 668 Organizational Change 3
MSL 670 Capstone Seminar in Organizational Leadership 3
Total Core 33

Public Administration Concentration (pick 3 of 5): A 3.0 GPA in the Public Administration concentration courses must be maintained to graduate.

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

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

Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour
Graduate MAT/MBA/MHA/MPA/MSL $565
Grad. Certificates - Finance, Health, HR,Leadership, Public Admin. $565
Graduate Military – currently serving $375
Graduate Military – Veteran or Spouse $452

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