Bachelor of Science in Leadership

Campus Locations Boston, Online
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s) Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Leadership
Credits Required for Graduation 160
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter (excl F1 visa applicants)
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes

Overview

Enhance Your Leadership Capacity


To achieve success, businesses and organizations rely on leaders—outstanding individuals who are adept at leading teams, making difficult decisions, and effecting change. In response, Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies offers the Bachelor of Science in Leadership.

Specifically designed to help you develop the skills required to assume a future leadership position, this innovative undergraduate program includes courses in psychology, writing, negotiation, finance, ethical decision making, logic, and organizational behavior. To help you put your knowledge into practice, the program features a leadership practicum, a structured consulting experience in which you work with an organization or conduct an applications-oriented research study that tackles a relevant leadership issue. As a result, you will emerge with the knowledge, skills, and insights you need to advance your career.

Formats: The Bachelor of Science in Leadership is also available in an 18-month, Fast-Track format which is designed to transfer in credits from a previously earned associate degree or your equivalent credits. For more information, visit our Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Leadership page. Additionally, you can choose to complete your Bachelor's Degree in Leadership in a global environment through our Leadership- Global Classroom Degree Completion Program.

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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Core Curriculum

College of Professional Studies degrees* integrate a core set of course requirements that ensure all of our graduates possess a well-rounded educational background and understanding of the world. The core courses allow students to gain insights into disciplines other than their field of study, as well as develop expertise in written and oral communication and critical thinking.

 


Written Communication (12 q.h.)

Effective with the Fall 2013 term, all three English course requirements in the Written Communication area of the core curriculum will have a 1-credit writing lab co-requisite. This applies to all new and returning students.

Complete the following three courses and labs:

ENG 1004/1014 College English 1/ Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 1005/1015 College English 2/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 3006/3007 College English Workshop/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.


Diversity (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

CMN 2002 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.
MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World* 3 q.h.
SOC 1110 Diversity 3 q.h.
SOC 1635 Race and Ethnicity 3 q.h.


Information Literacy (3 q.h.)

ITC Information Technology Elective 3 q.h.

Suggested courses:

 

ITC 1001 Intro to PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 2003 Advanced PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 1255 Human-Computer Interaction 3 q.h.
ITC 2020 Digital Collaboration and Knowledge Management 3 q.h.

Mathematics (6 q.h.)

Complete a minimum of six quarter hours from the following courses:

MTH 1001 College Algebra 1 3 q.h.
MTH 2002 College Algebra 2 3 q.h.
MTH 2512 Finite Mathematics 3 q.h.
ECN 2001 Statistics 1 3 q.h.
ECN 2002 Statistics 2 3 q.h.


Ethical & Political Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

LDR 3230 Ethical Decision Making 3 q.h.
PHL 1001 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics 3 q.h.
PHL 2180 Business Ethics 3 q.h.


Science Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Choose one course with any one of the following prefixes: BIO, BTC, CHM, ESC, PHY

 

Suggested courses:

 

BIO 1010 Biology 1 3 q.h.
BIO 1825 Biology Today: An issues Approach 3 q.h.
CHM 2105 Chemistry and the Environment 3 q.h.
ESC 1525 Energy for Today and Tomorrow 3 q.h.


Historical Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Strongly Recommended:

 

HST 3131 The World: 1945-Present 3 q.h.

Other choices:

 

HST 1003 Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 3213 Contemporary America 3 q.h.
HST 2205 Coming to America: The American Immigrant Experience
3 q.h.

 

Total Core Curriculum: 33 q.h.


*Degree requirements vary. Some degrees require specific core choices.
See curriculum pages for more information.


Curriculum

 

Core Curriculum (33 q.h.)

We require all bachelor's degree students to complete required core curriculum, allowing you to gain insight into disciplines other than your field of study.

Foundation Courses (15 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

POL 1001 Introduction to Politics 3 q.h.
PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology: Fundamental Issues    3 q.h.
SOC 1001 Sociology 1    3 q.h.
ENG 3003 Writing for the Professions 1    3 q.h.
ENG 3004 Writing for the Professions 2 3 q.h.


Major Courses (36 q.h.)

Complete two of the following courses:

CMN 1101 Fundamentals of Human Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 1102 Interpersonal and Group Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 2154 Negotiating Skills    3 q.h.
CMN 1156    Techniques of Persuasion and Argumentation 3 q.h.
CMN 2002 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.


Choose one of the following courses:

MGT 1001 Dynamics of Business 1 3 q.h.
MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World 3 q.h.


Complete all of the following nine courses:

ACC 1110 Accounting Basics for Managers 3 q.h.
HRM 2101 Organizational Behavior 3 q.h.
LDR 1201 Assessing Your Leadership Capability 3 q.h.
LDR 1202    Establishing the Framework: What is Leadership? 3 q.h.
LDR 2720 Evidence-Based Leadership and Decision Making 3 q.h.
LDR 3230 Ethical Decision Making 3 q.h. 
LDR 4995 Leadership Practicum 3 q.h.
PHL 3010 Logic 3 q.h. 
FIN 2110 Finance Basics for Managers 3 q.h.

 

Non-Business Electives (49 q.h.)

Open Electives (27 q.h.)

 

Total Quarter Hours: 160

 


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military 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.


Tuition

Estimated total tuition for this program is $59,040.00.

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.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2014-15 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?

The 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.

Graduates may wish to consider jobs as:

  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Directors
  • Team leaders

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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