Master of Science in Leadership

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.

In addition to the core MSL classes, students can go on to earn concentrations in Human Resources, or Ministry.


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.

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

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 the following: