Bachelor of Science in Leadership

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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. Through readings and case studies, 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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Discover why the Bachelor of Science in Leadership can benefit your career; view our recent webinar on the program.


Please note: The College of Professional Studies undergraduate programs will operate on a semester academic calendar in fall 2016. Read more...

Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.


General Foundation Courses (18 s.h.)

ENG 1105 College Writing 1 3 s.h.
ENG 1106
College Writing 1 Lab   1 s.h.
ENG 1107 College Writing 2   3 s.h.
ENG 1108 College Writing 2 Lab   1 s.h.
ENG 3107 Writing for the Professions-Business and Social Sciences 3 s.h.
ENG 3108 Writing for the Professions Lab-Business and Social Sciences 1 s.h.
  Engaging with the Natural and Designed World 3 s.h.
  Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation 3 s.h.


Leadership Foundation Courses (36 s.h.)

MTH 1100 College Algebra 3 s.h.
ECN 1100 Principles of Microeconomics 3 s.h.
ECN 1200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 s.h.
MTH 2310 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 3 s.h.
ITC 1000
ITC 2016
Computer Applications
End User Data Analysis Tools
3 s.h.
MGT 2330 Business Law  3 s.h.
PHL 2100 Business Ethics  3 s.h.
MGT 1100 Introduction to Business  3 s.h.
ACC 2100 Financial Accounting  3 s.h.
FIN 2105 Introduction to Corporate Finance  3 s.h.
CMN 1100 Organizational Communication  3 s.h.
PSY 1100 Foundations of Psychology  3 s.h.


Major Required Courses (42 s.h.)

LDR 1200 Assessing Your Leadership Capacity 3 s.h.
LDR 3200 Leading and Managing Change 3 s.h.
LDR 3250 Leading Teams Locally and Virtually 3 s.h.
LDR 3400 Evidence-Based Leadership & Decision Making 3 s.h.
ENG 3300 Literature and Business Leadership 3 s.h.
CMN 2310 Professional Speaking 3 s.h. 
HST 2150 The World Since 1945 3 s.h.
CMN 3120 Negotiation 3 s.h. 
CMN 3350 Intercultural Communication 3 s.h.
MGT 2310 Organizational Behavior 3 s.h.
MGT 2100 Principles of Management 3 s.h.
HRM 2320 Human Resources Management 3 s.h.
POL 1120 International Relations 3 s.h.
LDR 4850 Capstone - Strategic Decision Making 3 s.h.


Non-Business Electives (24 s.h.)


Required minimum credit hours: 120 s.h.


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this 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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  • Summer Graduate
    Jul 10, 2017 (4-, 6-, and 8-week classes)
    Aug 7, 2017 (4-week classes)
  • Fall Undergraduate
    Sep 4, 2017 (7.5- and 15-week classes)
    Oct 25, 2017 (7.5-week classes)
  • Fall Graduate
    Sep 18, 2017 (6- and 12-week classes)
    Oct 30, 2017 (6-week classes)

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