Leadership

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Location: Anywhere

Why Leadership?

The Master of Science in Leadership prepares you to meet the evolving challenges of today's world by helping you cultivate a personal leadership philosophy.

As today's workforce continues to diversify, leadership tasks and responsibilities have become more complex. Leveraging students’ interdisciplinary backgrounds, this master's degree in leadership combines real-world lessons with an action-learning approach that is designed to build and strengthen your leadership capabilities.

Our approach to cultivating strong leaders is proven to work -- not just in the United States but in other countries as well, including emerging democracies where schools are using it to grow their own leadership infrastructures. As a result, we have developed strategic partnerships with the International University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, in which they draw on our faculty to share their approach to preparing students to be effective leaders in a global community as well as the curricula they've developed.


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Unique Features

  • Online program designed for working professionals and those looking to enhance their career experience
  • Specialize your focus by choosing from seven different concentrations
  • Participate in Capstone Project
  • Opportunity for integrated experiential learning

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

Unique Transfer Credit Opportunities

About the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Opportunities: 

Why consider a graduate degree from Northeastern University? We recognize the knowledge and HR competencies demonstrated by those who have earned their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification through the Society of Human Resource Management. As a result, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential-holders have the unique opportunity to accelerate through a Northeastern University Graduate Program by applying this credential in exchange for transfer credit.  

Successful applicants for a master's degree program with their SHRM-CP: 

  • Will receive 3 quarter hours of transfer credit - a 6% savings in tuition
  • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 14 courses, rather than 15 
  • Transfer credit is awarded for the following courses: HRM 6015 Introduction to Human Resources Management

Successful applicants for a master's degree program with their SHRM-SCP:

  • Will receive 6 quarter hours of transfer credit - a 13% savings in tuition
  • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 13 courses, rather than 15 
  • Transfer credit is awarded for the following courses: HRM 6015 Introduction to Human Resources Management and HRM 6005 Creating a High-Performance Organization

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Accreditation Description

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.


What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Science in Leadership General Requirements
LDR 6100 - Developing Your Leadership Capability
3.00
LDR 6110 - Leading Teams
3.00
LDR 6120 - Developing Organizational Leadership
3.00
LDR 6135 - Ethical Leadership
3.00
LDR 6140 - Strategy Development and Implementation
3.00
LDR 6145 - Global Leadership
3.00
LDR 6150 - Innovation and Organizational Transformation
3.00
LDR 7980 - Capstone
4.00

Electives

EDU 6184 - Interdisciplinary Foundations
2.00
 

Note: EDU 6184 is only for Global Pathways Students.

Complete at least one of the following: 

CMN 6000 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
2.00
INT 6000 - Writing Lab
1.00
 

Note: CMN 6000 and INT 6000 are co-requisites and should be taken together.

OR

LDR 6115 - Leadership Communication
3.00
 

Complete at least one of the following:

CMN 6095 - Foundations of Developing Cultural Awareness
3.00
COP 6940 - Personal and Career Development
3.00 - 4.00
INT 6900 - International Field Study Experience
3.00
 

Concentrations

Concentration in Health Management

HMG 6110 - Organization, Administration, Financing, and History of Healthcare
3.00
HMG 6130 - Healthcare Strategic Management
3.00
HMG 6140 - Principles of Population-Based Management
3.00
HMG 6160 - Healthcare Information Systems Management
3.00
HMG 6170 - Health Law, Politics, and Policy
3.00
 
Concentration in Human Resources Management

Students must take five courses -- the two required courses and their choice of three electives. Students with HR experience who waive HRM 6015 can take an additional elective. Those with SHRM-CP or HRCI-PHR certifications receive credit for HRM 6015 and must take 6025 and three elective courses; those with SHRM-SCP or HRCI-SPHR certifications receive credit for HRM 6015 and HRM 6005, must take 6025 and two elective courses.

Required Courses:

HRM 6015 - Introduction to Human Resources Management
3.00
HRM 6025 - Workforce Analytics
3.00
 

Electives:

HRM 6005 - Creating a High-Performance Organization: Strategic Organizational and HRM Choices
3.00
HRM 6010 - Compensation and Benefits
3.00
HRM 6020 - Talent Acquisition and Onboarding
3.00
HRM 6030 - The Employment Contract
3.00
HRM 6042 - Strategic Workforce Planning
3.00
HRM 6047 - Managing the Employee Life Cycle
3.00
HRM 6050 - Employee Engagement
3.00
HRM 6060 - Organizational Design
3.00
HRM 6070 - Global Human Resources Management
3.00
Concentration in Leading and Managing Technical Projects

PJM 6000 - Project Management Practices
3.00
PJM 6205 - Leading and Managing Technical Projects
3.00
PJM 6210 - Communication Skills for Project Managers
3.00
PJM 6215 - Leading Remote Project Teams
3.00
PJM 6220 - Planning and Scheduling Technical Projects
3.00
 
Concentration in Nonprofit Management

NPM 6110 - Legal and Governance Issues in Nonprofit Organizations
3.00
NPM 6120 - Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
3.00
NPM 6125 - Promoting Nonprofit Organizations
3.00
NPM 6130 - Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations
3.00
NPM 6140 - Grant and Report Writing
3.00
 
Concentration in Organizational Communication

CMN 6000 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
2.00
INT 6000 - Writing Lab
1.00
CMN 6020 - Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication
3.00
CMN 6050 - Crisis Communication
3.00
CMN 6090 - Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication
3.00
CMN 6110 - Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management
3.00
 
Concentration in Project Management

Required Courses

Note: Students with project management experience are not required to take PJM 5900:

PJM 5900 - Foundations of Project Management
4.00
PJM 6000 - Project Management Practices
3.00
PJM 6025 - Project Scheduling and Cost Planning
3.00
PJM 6015 - Project Risk Management
3.00

Electives

Complete one of the following. (Note: Students who are not required to take PJM 5900 complete two of the following).

PJM 6125 - Project Evaluation and Assessment
3.00
PJM 6135 - Project Quality Management
3.00
PJM 6140 - Managing Troubled Projects
3.00
PJM 6710 - Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management
3.00
Concentration in Sport and Social Change

LDR 6410 - Leadership and Organization in Sport
3.00
GST 6102 - Global Corporate and Social Responsibility
4.00
HSV 6120 - Social Inequality, Social Change, and Community Building
3.00
LDR 6360 - Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level
3.00
LDR 6427 - Gender and Diversity in Sport
3.00
 

Did You Know?

Organizations with the highest quality leaders are 13x more likely to outperform their competitors in key success metrics (DDI, 2015).

Did You Know?

By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to our Global Network of more than 3,200+ employer partners and 245,000 alumni. 

Average Time to Completion

1-2 Years

Accreditation

PMI

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter

Visa Eligible

No