Master of Science in Leadership

Campus Locations Boston, Charlotte, Online
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 45
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes

Overview

Now offered in hybrid format at Northeastern's Charlotte campus.

As today's workforce continues to diversify and globalize, having a leadership mindset is the critical link between success and failure.  If you are looking for a graduate degree that will help you build your career, advance in your organization, and make a positive difference in an ever-changing world, the Master of Science in Leadership is the one for you. It will cultivate and develop your personal leadership philosophy in a way that will not only help you meet your many personal and professional challenges but also make you indispensable to any organization. The Master of Science in Leadership takes full advantage of your existing professional knowledge, provides you with information from experts in the field, and helps you explore the latest leadership concepts. We then reinforce this with an experiential approach to learning that allows you to apply your course-work to your professional growth and strengthen your personal leadership capabilities.

The mission of the Master of Science in Leadership program is: to equip students to lead successfully in an everchanging diverse and complex global environment; to cultivate a practitioner focused mindset and skillset that enables students to function as strong leaders at team, organizational, and societal levels; and to translate knowledge into a personal leadership profile & professional portfolio that takes into consideration the students’ professional experiences and career plans, integrates proven leadership models, and empowers students through experiential learning to gain a full appreciation for the true power of leadership.

Program Objectives

  • Develop and bolster your leadership competencies
  • Explore key leadership areas such as: management, ethics, strategic thinking, and organizational culture
  • Prepare for the challenges and opportunities associated with leading in a global world
  • Exercise leadership skills through action-learning and research projects
  • Improve your ability to lead and work both independently and collaboratively

PMI Accreditation In September of 2009, the Master of Science in Leadership with a concentration in Project Management received accreditation by the Project Management Institute's Global Accreditation Center (GAC), the world's leading association for project management professionals. Accreditation is achieved by meeting the GAC’s rigorous standards, which include an assessment of program objectives and outcomes, a review of onsite and online resources, evaluations of faculty and students, and proof of continuous improvements in the area of project management.

The GAC logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Please note: Effective August 1, 2011, courses from FIN and ACC may not be applied towards this degree.

Career Outlook

As the global economy continues its recovery, the call for capable leaders is on the rise. Not surprisingly, employers are increasingly evaluating leadership skills as part of the interview process. Professionals who possess strong decision-making, organizational, and people skills will be well positioned to succeed in leadership roles.

 


Curriculum

 

Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2017 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.

Required Courses (27 q.h.)

Please take courses in order listed below.

LDR 6100 Developing Your Leadership Capability 3 q.h.
LDR 6110 Leading Teams 3 q.h.
LDR 6115 Leadership Communication  3 q.h. 
LDR 6120 Organizational Leadership 3 q.h.
LDR 6135 Ethical Leadership 3 q.h.
LDR 6140 Strategic Leadership 3 q.h.
LDR 6145 Global Leadership 3 q.h.
LDR 6150 Transforming Organizations  3 q.h. 
LDR 7980 Capstone (recommended as last course in program) 3 q.h.

 

Elective Courses (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses: 

CMN 6060 Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation  3 q.h. 
COP 6940 Personal and Career Development: Leadership in Practice (enrollment into this course requires participation in the cooperative education program) 3 q.h.
INT 6943 Integrative Experiential Learning 3 q.h.
INT 6900 International Field Study Experience  3 q.h. 

 

Concentrations (15-16 q.h.)


Health Management Concentration

HMG 6110 The Organization, Administration, Financing, and History of Health Care 3 q.h.
HMG 6130 Health-Care Strategic Management 3 q.h.
HMG 6140 Principles of Population-Based Management 3 q.h.
HMG 6160 Health-Care Information Systems Management 3 q.h.
HMG 6170 Health Law, Politics, and Policy 3 q.h.


Human Resources Concentration

HRM 6005 Creating a High-Performance Organization: Strategic Organizational and HRM Choices 3 q.h.
HRM 6010 Total Compensation 3 q.h.
HRM 6020 Strategic Recruitment, Training, and Performance Management 3 q.h.
HRM 6030 Employee Rights and Employer Obligations 3 q.h.
HRM 6040 High-Performance HR Systems and Development 3 q.h.


Leading & Managing Technical Projects Concentration

PJM 6000 Project Management Practices 3 q.h.
PJM 6205 Leading and Managing Technical Projects 3 q.h.
PJM 6210 Communication Skills for Project Managers 3 q.h.
PJM 6215 Leading Remote Project Teams 3 q.h.
PJM 6220 Planning and Scheduling Technical Projects 3 q.h.


Nonprofit Management Concentration

NPM 6110 Legal and Governance Issues in Nonprofit Organizations 3 q.h.
NPM 6120 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations 3 q.h.
NPM 6125 Promoting Nonprofit Organizations 3 q.h.
NPM 6130 Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations 3 q.h.
NPM 6140 Grant and Report Writing 3 q.h.


Organizational Communications Concentration

CMN 6000/
INT 6000
Introduction to Organizational Communication/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
CMN 6020 Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 6050 Crisis Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 6090 Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 6110 Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management 3 q.h.


Project Management Concentration

PJM 5900 Foundations of Project Management* 4 q.h.
PJM 6000 Project Management Practices 3 q.h.
PJM 6025 Project Scheduling and Cost Planning 3 q.h.
PJM 6015 Project Risk Management 3 q.h.

 Choose two** of the following courses:

PJM 6125 Project Evaluation and Assessment 3 q.h
PJM 6135 Project Quality Management 3 q.h
PJM 6140 Managing Troubled Projects 3 q.h
PJM 6710 Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management 3 q.h. 

*This course is required for students who do not have at least two years of professional experience working on projects. This course is only intended for those who are not familiar with professional project work. Students with two years or more of professional project experience should not take this course.

**Students who take PJM 5900 are only required to take one course within this section.


Sport and Social Change Concentration

LDR 6410 Leadership and Organization in Sport 3 q.h.
GST 6102 Global Basics: Global Corporate and Social Responsibility 4 q.h.
HSV 6120 Social Inequality, Social Change, and Community Building 3 q.h.
LDR 6360 Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level 3 q.h.
LDR 6427 Gender and Diversity in Sport 3 q.h.

 

Required minimum credit hours: between 45-46 q.h. depending on the selected concentration

Tuition rates, all fees, rules and regulations, courses, and course content are subject to revision by the president and the Board of Trustees at any time.

Please note: Effective August 1, 2011, courses from FIN and ACC may not be applied towards this degree.


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
  • Two letters of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution's grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be "official," it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

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

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Tuition

Estimated total tuition for this program is $30,195.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate 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 2017-18 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?

 

This degree is designed for professionals who wish to advance their careers by assuming greater leadership positions within their organizations. Those who apply to this program may work in industries that include: 

  • Human Resources
  • Corporate Training
  • Project Management
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • Organizational Communications

Applicants for the Master of Science in Leadership program typically have 1-3 years of relevant work experience.


 

Benefits of a Northeastern Master's Degree


Faculty

 

Our Faculty

Our Leadership faculty serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.

Teresa Goode  
Teresa Goode, EdD
Faculty Director, Leadership Portfolio
Sriram Rajagopalan 
Sriram Rajagopalan
Assistant Teaching Professor
  Nancy Pawlyshyn
Nancy Pawlyshyn, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor
 Les Stein
Les Stein, EdD
Assistant Teaching Professor 

 

 

 


Learning Outcomes

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Incorporate intellectual skills and foundational leadership theories to create personal and organizational leadership models, profiles, and plans for developing leadership competencies.
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Frame and evaluate leadership challenges in a wider social or global context drawing on theories, tools, and methods from diverse fields of study.
  3. Applied and Collaborative Learning
    Investigate and recommend solutions to solve complex organizational problems related to effective team leadership, achieving strategic and operational goals, leading change, and driving results.
  4. Civic and Global Learning
    Create a strategic plan to develop diverse and inclusive environments capable of leading transformational change at the organizational, domestic, or global levels.
  5. Experiential Learning
    Synthesize and transfer leadership-specific best practices and tools to new, complex situations within course work or beyond the classroom.

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