At Southeastern University, we transform students into trusted leaders with the knowledge and skills it takes to make a lasting impact on their industries and a positive difference in the world.
Our accelerated online BS in Business Leadership degree combines soft skills and business managerial concepts to enable graduates to advance in their careers and achieve their long-term goals. Whether you’re interested in a rewarding position in business management, church leadership, finance or nonprofit management, the online BS in Business Leadership degree will equip you with the practical and biblical principles that are essential to success as an effective servant leader in your field.
Designed for working individuals, the online BS in Business Leadership degree features a curriculum that provides the core principles of business leadership that are essential to career success. Through industry-focused courses, you’ll receive a combination of basic leadership theory and business managerial concepts to enable you to advance in your career. Differing from other bachelor’s degrees that provide the credentials for business and leadership careers, this accelerated bachelor’s degree online program emphasizes the decision-making aspect of business while focusing on the soft skills that can be applied in a variety of diverse career settings.
Delivered fully online with multiple start dates each year, the online BS in Business Leadership program allows you to balance your education with your personal responsibilities as you prepare for the next step in your career. With our flexible schedule options, you can access course work and materials whenever and wherever it’s best for your schedule. This program allows students to transfer up to 90 previously earned credits and awards up to 24 credits for previous career experience.
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Courses and Requirements
SEU’S online BS in Business & Professional Leadership degree requires 120 total credits. Through 56 credits of general education courses, you’ll strengthen your professional skills in communication and mathematics while deepening your understanding of religion, history, fine arts and science. Compiled of 37 credits, the program’s core courses offer instruction on essential business concepts, business communication, marketing strategies, management techniques, principles of leadership and more. In addition, you’ll also choose 27 credits from a selection of diverse elective courses. You may be eligible to receive up to 24 credits for your previous career experience.
The general education, or CORE, component of undergraduate degrees provides you with a basic understanding of a broad range of subjects. This also supports the liberal arts emphasis of the university’s academic mission.
Course Number Course Title Description Credits DCOM 1433 Fundamentals of Speech This course is a study in both theory and practice in the principles of effective speech development and presentation. 3 ENGL 1133 English Composition I This course is the study and practice in the critical reading and effective writing of expository prose, with an emphasis on fluency and style. 3 ENGL 1233 English Composition II This course includes study and practice in the critical reading and effective writing of argumentative and expository prose, with an emphasis on the documented paper. A research paper is required. 3
Mathematics (select one):
Course Number Course Title Description Credits MATH 1213 College Algebra This course is a study of the systematic development of fundamental algebraic operations. Included in this development are systems of linear equations and inequalities; linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions; absolute value equations; radicals; and conic sections. 3 MATH 1313 Topics in Mathematics This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and mastery of the basicoperational skills involved in the areas of informal geometry, logic, probability, andstatistics. 3 MATH 1323 Explorations in Mathematics This is a discrete mathematics course that demonstrates the beauty and utility of mathematics. Topics for this course are set theory, elementary number theory, history of mathematics, numbers and number systems, financial mathematics, and systems of linear equations and inequalities. 3 MATH 2023 Introduction to Probability and Statistics This course is an introduction to the concepts and methods of probability and statistics. The course is designed for students interested in the application of probability and statistics in business and other social sciences. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability theory, random variables and probability distributions, sampling distributions, analysis of variance, and correlation and regression. 3 BBUS 2433 Data Management and Analysis In this course students will analyze, synthesize and evaluate actionable information to drive routine and ad hoc management decisions. The course provides an introduction to descriptive, inferential, predictive, and prescriptive data analytics using a spreadsheet. 3
Historical Perspective (select one):
Course Number Course Title Description Credits HIST 1033 World Civilization to 1600 A survey of world history from the beginning of civilization to 1600. Introduction to the origins and early development of individual civilizations. Stresses interdependency and interrelations among cultures, and compares social, political, and religious movements. 3 HIST 1043 World Civilization Since 1600 A survey of world history from 1600 to the present. Emphasis is placed on various nationalistic movements including the English, American, and French Revolutions; the rise of new nations; scientific expansion; changes in religious sects; world conflicts; and status of the world at the present. 3 HIST 2013 American History to 1877 This course is a survey of American history to 1877. Topics include the colonial period, the Revolutionary era, the Constitution, Jeffersonianism, economic and territorial expansion, sectional tensions, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. 3 HIST 2023 American History 1877 to Present This course is a study of American history from 1877 to the present. Topics include the New South, the New West, foreign affairs, industrialization, the Progressive Era, the World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and present issues. 3
Humanities elective (select one):
Course Number Course Title Description Credits HUMS 2033 Theatre Appreciation This course is an introductory overview of the elements of dramatic production and the history of theatre. 3 HUMS 2233 Introduction to Humanities This is an integrated course designed to increase the student's understanding and appreciation of the creative and expressive arts through the study of representative materials. 3
Course Number Course Title Description Credits ENGL 2133 Introduction to Literature This course introduces an in-depth study of the poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama of American, English, and world literature. 3
Behavioral Science elective (select one):
Course Number Course Title Description Credits PSYC 1133 Introduction to Psychology An introduction to the field of psychology, with special emphasis on the more applied areas of psychology. Topics addressed include perception, intelligence, learning, personality, and social behavior. 3 PSYC 1233 Psychology of Adjustment This course is an introduction to human adjustments and the resulting forms of behavior. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles underlying normal behavior. This course helps students apply mental health principles to everyday living. 3
Social Science elective:
Course Number Course Title Description Credits BBUS 2203 Introduction to Economics This survey course introduces the basic concepts of economic reasoning including the essentials of microeconomics including supply and demand, elasticity, factors of production, price and output determination under various market structures, and market equilibrium. It also introduces macroeconomic measurements including GDP, unemployment, inflation and policy tools for business cycle stabilization. 3
Natural Science elective with lab (select one):
Course Number Course Title Description Credits NSCI 1034 Life Science Lecture/Lab This course includes the major biological principles and their application to the general health and well being of humankind. Problem solving and explanation of biological phenomena is expected to be the basic process development approach. 4 BIOL 1334 Human Anatomy and Physiology and Lab This course includes the major biological principles and their application to the general health and well-being of humankind. Problem solving and an explanation of biological phenomena are expected to be the basic process development approaches. This course incorporates a hands-on laboratory that includes applied technology and field-oriented experiences using scientific inquiry for discovery and problem solving. 4
College and Christian Calling:
Course Number Course Title Description Credits CORE 1001 College and Christian Calling This course serves as an introduction to the mission of Southeastern University and the academic tradition of liberal arts education. The course prepares students for academic and social success by focusing on the areas of success factors for higher education, Christian higher education as calling, and personal and spiritual formation. 1
Old Testament Studies:
Course Number Course Title Description Credits BIOT 1433 Old Testament Interpretation The course serves as an introduction to Old Testament interpretation. It provides an elemental framework for interpreting the Old Testament by exploring its ancient Near Eastern contexts; discussing literary, thematic, and theological constructs; and demonstrating how it informs Christian thought and practice. 3
New Testament Studies:
Course Number Course Title Description Credits BINT 1533 New Testament Interpretation This course serves as an introduction to the New Testament in the context of its first century environments. The course examines the teachings and interpretations of the New Testament as well as the role of the Scriptures in the Church. 3
Course Number Course Title Description Credits THEO 2123 Christian Thought and Practice This course surveys the history of Christian thought and practices. Doctrinal topics introduced in the course include the doctrines of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, humanity, salvation, the church, scripture, and last things. The course explores the application of Christian practices and spiritual disciplines such as prayer, communion, baptism, and social responsibility to the students’ community. 3
Course Number Course Title Description Credits BBUS 4113 Workplace Ethics and Social Responsibility This course considers legal, societal, and Judeo-Christian principles as applied to ethical decisions in the contemporary workplace. The course discusses the role of social responsibility and stewardship of business. Students prepare and present a case study to a related topic. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits CORE 2013 Human Diversity and Christian Community Students are introduced to current issues in human diversity and challenged to respond to them creatively and empathetically as 21st century Christians. Writing Intensive. 3
Course Number Course Title Description Credits CORE 1503 Personal Stewardship This course explores personal stewardship from a Christian perspective. The course focuses on the ideas and practices of living responsibly with respect to one's own health & wellness, management of personal & family finances; engagement in civic responsibilities; and oversight of God's creation. Emphasis is given to the application of these practices with respect to the student's stage of life. 3
Course Number Course Title Description Credits THEO 3123 Introduction to Ethics This course examines the philosophical and theological principles and issues related to ethics. It addresses meta-ethical questions about the relationship between moral language and concepts and various metaphysical and post-metaphysical views; normative ethical theories; theological structures and implications of ethics; and contemporary ethical issues. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits BBUS 1003 Foundations of Business This course is an introduction to the key functions of business in the global economy. The course includes an overview of economics, accounting and finance, management, operations, marketing, and business planning. Students will also develop professional networking skills using social media. 3 BBUS 1013 Financial Decision Making This course provides an introduction to the basics of using financial data to make informed decisions in organizations. It places emphasis on financial statements, time value of money, financial ratios, budgeting and managerial decision-making using accounting and finance information. 3
Course Number Course Title Description Credits BBUS 2133 Financial Accounting This course provides a survey of financial accounting and basic accounting statements.The focus is on the development of statements and the interpretation of this information for decision purposes in organizations. 3 BBUS 1333 Spreadsheet Fundamentals This course introduces spreadsheet design and development. Students structure data and work with formulas and reporting tools. The course provides hands-on experience with spreadsheet projects in business contexts. 3 BBUS 2003 Design Thinking for Business This course provides an overview of the design thinking process and tools useful for business innovation. Emphasis is on developing an iterative approach to problem solving and explores a variety of design-based methodologies and tools. 3 BBUS 2113 WI: Business Communication This course will study effective communication in a professional environment. The course prepares students to create effective letters, reports, electronic, and other forms of business writing and presentations. 3 LDRS 2123 Principled Leadership The student will examine patterns and styles of leadership in a business environment from Biblical and Christian perspectives. Special attention will be given to the development of a leader's personal life, including spiritual formation, personal ethics, decision-making, and integrating faith, learning, and work. 3 LDRS 3003 Cross-Cultural Leadership This course introduces students to the challenges and impact of leadership within a cross-cultural framework. It examines cultural values, practices, and patterns of communication that exist within various cultures with an emphasis on cultural intelligence. 3 BBUS 3203 WI: Essentials of Management This survey course introduces the theories of management and emphasizes the basic management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizations. The course emphasizes the functions of management with appropriate quantitative and behavioral concepts and encourages students to develop a set of professional ethics from a Christian world-view. 3 BBUS 3303 Essentials of Marketing This course examines the structures, functions and behaviors of marketing systems. The basic exchange functions of pricing, product development and management, promotion and distribution are studied within the contexts of decision-making, consumer satisfaction, and the environments of business. 3 BUSI 3403 Essentials of Business Law This course introduces the legal principles and US court system which applies to normal business transactions including contracts, torts, property, business structure, and important employment laws. 3 BPLE 4141 Senior Professional Portfolio This course is the capstone course for the major requirements and provides students the opportunity to synthesize and apply their learning in a workplace context. Insights are gained leadership profile as they relate to the workplace. A written reflection and portfolio of evidence are required. 1
Select six credits from any of the following:
Any LDRS 3000- or 4000-level course; or any BBUS 3000- or 4000-level course
27 credits of any elective courses.
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$390 per credit hour||$46,800|
|Technology Fee||$150 per semester||$1,200|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$1,200|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This accelerated bachelor’s degree online program takes an estimated seven semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options. About 98 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid and we have multiple payment options available.Learn More
Our online BS in Business & Professional Leadership is designed to prepare you for a rewarding leadership position in the growing field of business. With support from industry-experienced educators and the content of our advanced curriculum, you’ll develop the professional skills you need to succeed. Once you’ve completed the program, you’ll have the credential to purse a variety of careers, including:
- Marketing Manager
- Market research analyst
- Human resources specialist
- Personal financial advisor
Frequently Asked Questions
- As an online student, you're still part of a community. We have enrollment counselors, advisors and tuition planners who will work closely with you for the duration of your program. You’ll also have access to our tutoring services, career services and the online library.
- No, there is typically no need for you to come to campus.
- We offer three 16-week semesters that are each broken into two eight-week terms. This allows you to focus on just one or two classes at a time, instead of four or five courses.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
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