Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Leadership

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Other Format(s) Bachelor of Science in Leadership
Credits Required for Graduation 80
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Spring Quarter
Meets International Visa Requirements No


Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Enhance Your Leadership Abilities

Our innovative Bachelor of Science in Leadership degree is an 18-month accelerated program specifically designed to prepare you for career advancement and a foundation of leadership skills applicable to any industry.  This program is designed for students who have completed an associate degree or equivalent credits who would like to complete their bachelor's degree at an accelerated pace.

In today’s companies, influence and decision-making authority are now distributed throughout an organization. Maximizing the effectiveness of project and team-based organizations requires new collaborative leadership. The program draws upon Northeastern University’s renowned practice-oriented approach to education, integrating theory and practice.

Formats: The Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Leadership is also available for students who would like to complete this degree at their own pace, visit our Bachelor of Science in Leadership web page.

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, leadership and management jobs are projected to grow about as fast as average. Applicants for the limited number of higher-level management jobs will face keen competition, while less severe competition is expected for lower-level management jobs. Demand is expected to be strong for facility managers.

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Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Required Courses

Quarter 1

LDR 1003 Learning Leadership 6 q.h.
ENG 3550  Writing for the Professions 6 q.h.
ENG 3551 Writing Lab for ENG 3550 1 q.h.

Quarter 2

LDR 1203 Assessing and Building Leadership Capacity 6 q.h.
CMN 2201 Business and Professional Speaking and Presentations 6 q.h.
LDR 2720 Evidence-Based Leadership and Decision Making 3 q.h.

Quarter 3

HRM 2350 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 6 q.h.
HST 3430 Leadership Themes in U.S. and World History 6 q.h.
CMN 2002 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.

Quarter 4

MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World 6 q.h.
ACC 1110 Accounting Basics for Managers (first six weeks) 3 q.h. 
FIN 2110 Finance Basics for Managers (second six weeks) 3 q.h.

Quarter  5

CMN 2210 Organizational Communication and Leadership Issues 6 q.h.
LDR 2285 Leadership & Ethical Issues in Science, Technology, and Society 6 q.h.

Quarter 6

CMN 2157 Negotiation Skills with Project 4 q.h.
POL 3580 International Relations and Organizations 6 q.h.
LDR 4995 Practicum 3 q.h.

Required minimum credit hours: 80 q.h.

Quarter 1

Learning Leadership (6 q.h.)

Exercising leadership is challenging. Exercising leadership to effect real change is even more challenging. Exercising leadership while learning to adapt to changing circumstances is more challenging still. This participatory, experiential class will challenge your ideas about leadership and challenge how you view the exercise of leadership, including your own. Additionally, the distinctions between leadership and authority; power and influence; and technical and adaptive challenges that call forth different qualities of leadership or management will be explored. Students will develop a personal developmental plan to help understand, advance, and expand skills; explore and enhance strengths; and learn to diagnose and address weaknesses.

Writing for the Professions (6 q.h.)

This course introduces the vocabulary and philosophy of business communications. Students practice planning, writing, and analyzing effective business letters and memoranda. Students learn the methods and principles of research and documentation of semi-technical analyses and business reports. The course allows practice in organizing and writing complex forms of business communications.

Writing Lab for ENG 3550 (1 q.h.)

Requires students to analyze and draft writing assignments from topics covered in ENG 3550.

Quarter 2

Assessing and Building Leadership Capacity (6 q.h.)

Organizations are only as effective as the individuals who work in them. This course focuses on enhancing students’ individual awareness, reflection, and effectiveness as leaders. Through a self-assessment, students will learn to appreciate the differences between themselves and others and deepen their understanding of what motivates people in the work environment. The nature of leadership is explored through various perspectives to deepen and enrich the appreciation of its complexity. The activity-rich experience of this course will provide students with ongoing feedback from peers and opportunities for growth and development.

Business and Professional Speaking and Presentations (6 q.h.)

Offers students an opportunity to hone their skills in developing and presenting persuasive presentations. Covers the use and misuse of visual support and tools for complementing presentations with visual support.

Evidence-Based Leadership and Decision Making (3 q.h.)

Designed to increase a leader’s information literacy for decision making. Leadership is not an exact science; decisions cannot be prescribed with absolute certainty. How, then, does a leader know when to act? By what criteria do we make decisions when our access to information may be incomplete? Offers students an opportunity to obtain the tools to identify and translate knowledge needs into clear, focused, answerable questions; match information needs with the most effective information resources and retrieve the best available evidence; appraise the new information for its validity and relevance; and apply the new information when making leadership decisions.

Quarter 3

 Organizational Behavior and Leadership (6 q.h.)

What is needed to become an effective organization? What is the role of leadership in that process? This course examines individual learning and motivation as well as interpersonal communications and team dynamics. The course will allow students to explore how leaders analyze and assess their organizations and circumstances, apply knowledge, and develop personal insights to enhance organizational performance.

Leadership Themes in U.S. and World History (6 q.h.)

Through time and across the globe, leaders have both emerged from and helped shape their eras and social contexts. This course examines the relationship between leaders and their settings, exploring the diversity and complexity of leadership.

Intercultural Communication (3 q.h.)

Offers students an opportunity to develop intercultural awareness resulting in patterns of perception and thinking that enable them to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries. Topics include the effect of cultural differences in communication styles, the assumptions one makes in attempting to communicate, and the effect of cultural differences on individuals' views of conflict and conflict resolution.

Quarter 4

Managing in a Diverse and Changing World (6 q.h.)

Organizations in the twenty-first century undergo rapid and unpredictable change. A significant part of this change involves managing in increasingly diverse global and domestic environments. In this course, students will examine historic changes in workforce composition and the impact of such issues as globalization, gender disparity, and technological change. The course focuses on increasing personal awareness, understanding and skills to function effectively as leaders with members of different ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds.

Accounting Basics for Managers (3 q.h.)

Covers the fundamental concepts and principles of financial and managerial accounting. Studies basic techniques of financial statement analysis and applies fundamental principles of managerial accounting to demonstrate how to monitor, control, evaluate, and report operational performance, such as the revenue and expense cycle, product costs, and the cash collection process. Offers students an opportunity to obtain the basic language and tools of accounting to understand, use, and communicate information contained in accounting statements to efficiently manage and operate various business entities. Emphasizes the role of the user and not the preparer of financial statements.

Finance Basics for Managers (3 q.h.)

You cannot lead or manage effectively without understanding the numbers. The purpose of this course is to provide non-financial managers with the rudiments of financial problem solving. Students will be introduced to and develop basic analytical tools and concepts. Topics covered include financial statement analysis, budgeting forecasting and planning, project planning and management, and risk management.

Quarter 5

Organizational Communication and Leadership Issues (6 q.h.)

Why is communication important for organizations and how do individuals within organizations become effective communicators? This course provides the foundation in the study of organizational communication and introduces students to other relevant topics, such as meeting dynamics, crisis communication, and measurement and assessment of the quality of organizational communications.

Leadership & Ethical Issues in Science, Technology, and Society (6 q.h.)

This course encourages students to consider the relationship between scientific inquiry, technological advances, and changes in society. Through readings, class discussion, and independent research, students will gain a broad perspective on the role of science and technology in history, with a particular focus on leadership themes in the interactions of science, technology, and society.

Quarter 6

Negotiation Skills with Project (4 q.h.)

This course introduces students to the techniques of dispute resolution. The curriculum focuses on the process of mediation, facilitation, and negotiation. Through readings, class activities, and individual projects, students will have the opportunity to explore applying these skills in professional settings.

International Relations and Organizations (6 q.h.)

Nations interact and are interdependent as never before. Today, no study of leadership is complete without an exploration of international relations and organizations. How can and should leaders behave in this complex, integrated world? This course explores the development of international organizations as well as topics in world politics, war and peaceful coexistence, the global economy, and other issues for today’s leaders.

Practicum (3 q.h.)

This capstone practicum is an opportunity for students to integrate theory and practice in a real world setting. Through experience, students will demonstrate competence in the areas of leadership knowledge and skills. With the guidance of faculty, students will define an appropriate project and undertake their own action research.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Academic transcript(s): must submit one of the following
    • Official associate degree stating conferral and date
    • Official high school transcript or GED and
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended- must be equal to 80quarter hours (60 semester hours) for transfer credit evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $30,240.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be? 

Bachelor of Science in Leadership program is specifically designed for students who wish to advance their career in a new job, or to assume a higher leadership position within their current organization.Candidates for this program may aspire to become:

  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Directors
  • Team Leaders

Program Format

This accelerated program is designed for students who have earned an associate degree or the equivalent number of credits (80 quarter hours or 60 semester hours) and are looking to earn their bachelor's degree at an accelerated pace. The office of admissions will work with applicants to evaluate and accept as many previously completed credits as possible.

Formats & Schedule

The Fast-Track 18-month Bachelor of Science in Leadership is offered as on-campus or online program.

On-campus classes meet at a designated time at the Boston main campus or the Downtown Boston campus on Broad Street. This format allows for face-to-face interaction with instructors and fellow students. Classes are also augmented with online learning through instructor-facilitated lessons and assignments using Northeastern University’s state-of-the-art learning management system.

On-campus classes meet one week night per week and every other Saturday, and participants complete all coursework with the same group of students.

The online format offers flexibility and convenience for working professionals with demanding schedules across the world. Using Northeastern University’s state-of-the-art learning management system and you will be guided through online coursework by your instructors.

Online classes are asynchronous, so there is no designated meeting time. Also, all online Fast-Track courses are completed with the same group of students allowing you to interact with familiar classmates over the six-term schedule. 

Additional Benefits:

  • Complete your degree in 18 months
  • Know your six-term course plan when you begin your program
  • Fast-Track program managers register you for all courses and advise you throughout your entire academic program
  • Develop a valuable network of professional contacts
  • Learn from classmates and the various industries and professions they represent

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Cognitive Complexity
    Students will develop and apply a process for sound decision making, through the use of critical-thinking skills and an understanding of change processes and obstacles to change.

  2. Knowledge Acquisition, Integration and Application
    Students will integrate their lived experience; knowledge of diverse cultures, cross-cultural communication, the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and the uses of power between groups; and how ethics, morals, and values relate to their leadership dilemmas into their leadership development process.

  3. Humanitarianism/Civic Engagement
    Students will demonstrate humanitarian values, such as being committed to social justice, engaging in socially responsible actions, and serving as positive social change agents that are reflected upon within their work in the program.

  4. Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competence
    Students will evaluate and clarify their own and others’ intrinsic and extrinsic motivations as leaders, their own personal identities, and how their identities shape their leadership and followership. Students will define and explicate their personal values, establishing a sense of confidence, belief in themselves, a comfort with taking risks, and a sense of balance between achieving tasks and dealing with relationships.

  5. Practical Competence
    Students will learn how to effectively articulate their set of practical skills and tools, relating group dynamics, team building, and multiple forms of effective communication to developing relationships, managing conflict, and working across difference through a ‘blueprint” portfolio of the individual’s leadership design.

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