Designed for driven professionals striving to become industry problem-solvers, Southeastern University’s online master’s in leadership focuses on the application of leadership in context with tracks in Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit Leadership, Research or Organizational Leadership.
Southeastern University’s online Master of Arts in Leadership degree consists of an accelerated curriculum that combines leadership innovation with key problem-solving methods, designed specifically to prepare working individuals for the next step in their careers. Delivered in a fully online classroom, our master’s in leadership program offers four unique concentration tracks, each developed to help you strengthen your professional skills, enhance your problem-solving potential and demonstrate what it takes to advance in your industry.
As a student, you’ll have the choice between four career-focused specialization tracks: Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit Leadership, Research, and Organizational Leadership. Created for today’s growing business world, these concentrations are skill-specific, so you can become an expert in what matters most in your industry or ministry. In addition to choosing the content you study, you’ll also get to choose the time and place you study. While completing your degree in our online classroom, you’ll have the freedom to access course materials whenever and wherever is convenient for your schedule.
Our online master’s in leadership degree is guided by a faculty of educators with years of professional leadership experience. Determined to help you succeed academically and professionally, your educators will provide you with the personalized guidance and support necessary to grow your potential as a leader and gain a deeper understanding of professional relationship dynamics. With each course, you’ll enhance your capabilities and take a step closer to leading professionally through example and making a difference in the workplace.
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 master’s in leadership degree includes a total of 36 credits. Through 18 credits of core education courses, you’ll strengthen your understanding of leadership fundamentals, including the practice of self-leadership, social intelligence, strategy and more. The additional 18 credits of this program are earned through a selection of four diverse degree specializations. Each specialization offers guidance in a specific area of leadership through career-focused courses.
Course Number Course Title Description Credits LDRS 5113 Leadership Theory/Frameworks This course examines the distinction between leadership and management, in addition to major theories and models of leadership from a variety of perspectives. Students are expected to understand the theoretical basis of each model, strengths and weaknesses, and how to apply concepts to practical situations in business and other settings. Students will explore their personal leadership style through a series of assignments. Students will also reflect on leadership experiences and then apply lessons learned to further develop their leadership capabilities. 3 LDRS 5103 Art and Practice of Self-Leadership This course provides students an opportunity to review and reflect on self-leadership by interacting with both classic and contemporary literature. Students will contribute to the body of public knowledge regarding self-leadership and will develop or strengthen the disciplines and behaviors that are essential for effective leadership. 3 LDRS 5143 Leading with Social Intelligence This course provides an in-depth exploration of leading with social intelligence. Areas of emphasis focus on awareness of situations and the social dynamics involved, and the knowledge of interaction strategies with others. Additionally, self-introspection, consciousness of one’s own perceptions and reactions to situations, will be discussed. Interpersonal people skills will also be analyzed from both a toxic and nourishing effect. 3 LDRS 5153 Leadership in Context This course provides a study of the contextual considerations of leadership. Context may include such things as culture, socio-economic status, institutional, political, etc. When leadership decisions are being made in any organization, the contextual aspects of the environment must also be taken in to account. More specifically, interaction between the leader and the follower will be analyzed, as well as the applicability of leadership theories such as situational leadership, leader-member exchange, and adaptive leadership. Additionally, differentiation of an objective context versus subjective context will be discussed. 3 LDRS 5163 Leader as Strategist This course offers an opportunity for students to design and think strategically, in business and not-for-profit organizations. Students will evaluate case studies and understand how leaders leverage available people and resources to accomplish strategic objectives. The primary focus will be on determining the best way to influence through strategy, organizational design, organizational culture, and leading change efforts. 3 LDRS 5173 Leader as Storyteller Leaders today must create vision, inspire action, and create communities—all of which are best accomplished using stories. Leader storytelling involves converting life experiences into a more powerful and meaningful form with a clear thesis to accomplish a set purpose. Often the right anecdote motivates followers more surely than hours of lectures. Students will learn why stories are persuasive, the common features of great stories, how to make stories more visual, and the importance of rewriting. They will also learn how stories can build brands, drive growth, and inspire action. Special topics include how the leader finds stories to change others and how to promote stories in a digital world. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits LDRS 5343 Innovation and Technology This course examines the basic constructs of how to organize successful technology-driven innovation in both entrepreneurial and established organizations. Students will explore how innovation-based strategies are used as a source of competitive advantage and how to build organizations that excel at identifying, building, and marketing technological innovations. The course also examines how entrepreneurs can shape organizations, so they can continuously build and market innovations. 3 LDRS 5313 Negotiation and Conflict Management Complex relationships and flat organizational hierarchies require leaders to master negotiation skills and be able to implement them to manage interpersonal and inter-organizational conflict. Nearly every transaction with another person involves some type of negotiation. This course equips students to develop their perception, persuasion, analytical thinking, and interpersonal skills to build agreement and to manage relationship break-down. Students will learn negotiation and conflict management theory, processes, strategies, and related ethical considerations. Specific topics addressed include investigation, mediation, arbitration, multicultural contexts, personality conflicts, crisis planning, and developing enduring system-wide solutions. 3 LDRS 5303 Coaching, Mentoring, and Consulting This course provides a detailed review of three aspects of leadership; coaching, mentoring, and consulting. Each aspect will be discussed regarding the part it plays in developing aspirant leaders, followers, and organizations. 3 LDRS 5323 Leading Brand Creation Fundraising and marketing feed off one another and ideally fuel an organization’s growth and success. This course provides students an understanding of the interplay between these two forces, as well as addresses the role of leadership, audience analysis, message creation, strategies, and ethics. Students will create a marketing and fundraising plan for a real or fictitious organization and be able to identify, secure, and maintain a diverse portfolio of funding sources. 3 LDRS 5353 Business Startup Plan (Capstone) This course integrates all prior learning in the entrepreneurship concentration and helps students discover how an idea, a market, and price form the basis of a business start-up. The course introduces students to the entrepreneurial journey, from finding an idea, to accessing the marketplace, to raising capital for a business venture by developing a well thought out business plan. This process engages students to think through crucial issues in an organized way and help improve business acumen. The business plan will also help students prepare a roadmap for becoming a successful entrepreneur. 3
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Course Number Course Title Description Credits LDRS 4103 Leading Organizational Change This course prepares learners to better comprehend the hyper-turbulent environment of the 21st century by introducing behavioral science techniques and methodologies to systematically bring about high-performing organizations. 3 LDRS 5423 Leading Teams Leading teams involves managing different personalities, cultures, conflicting political agendas, and varying skill levels while simultaneously securing resources and managing expectations of senior stakeholders. This course focuses on group dynamics and the principles of building highly effective teams. Students will receive theoretical and practical knowledge about small group interactions, often learning through participation in hands-on group activities that demonstrate and reinforce the textual material. Emphasis is placed on leadership skills, subordinate participation, power dynamics, and team problem-solving. 3 LDRS 5303 Coaching, Mentoring, and Consulting This course provides a detailed review of three aspects of leadership; coaching, mentoring, and consulting. Each aspect will be discussed regarding the part it plays in developing aspirant leaders, followers, and organizations. 3 LDRS 5323 Leading Brand Creation Fundraising and marketing feed off one another and ideally fuel an organization’s growth and success. This course provides students an understanding of the interplay between these two forces, as well as addresses the role of leadership, audience analysis, message creation, strategies, and ethics. Students will create a marketing and fundraising plan for a real or fictitious organization and be able to identify, secure, and maintain a diverse portfolio of funding sources. 3 LDRS 5443 Leadership Capstone The goal of this course is to assist students in the integration of their academic study of leadership and their leadership experiences in preparation for their roles as members of the contemporary workforce. Students will analyze and synthesize the concept of leadership using cultural, ethical, sociological, and historical perspectives. Exploration and reflection of personal values, decision-making, and in-depth analysis of various leadership themes take place in course activities. 3
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Course Number Course Title Description Credits LDRS 5253 Statistics This course provides an overview of probability and statistical methods to include, data analysis in support of both quantitative and qualitative analysis as it relates to issues in leadership. 3 LDRS 5243 Methods This course introduces and discusses approaches, strategies, and data collection methods relating to research in leadership. Students will consider how to select the appropriate method for use in a study to be performed. Additionally, these students will learn how to collect data based on different data collection methods, construct these tools, and pilot them before they become ready for use. 3 LDRS 5223 Leadership in History Perhaps the best way to learn leadership is to observe a great leader in action. Since that is often impossible to do in person, in this course students will study the lives of great leaders to broaden their understanding of what leadership is and how it is implemented. Readings will include many short biographies from multifarious types of leaders and contexts throughout time, and the course is designed to allow students some participation in choosing which leaders to study. The intent is to extract lessons and insights which can be applied to students’ own approaches to leadership, and to help students understand both commonalities and differences between great leaders. 3 LDRS 5263 Thesis This course is the study and application of leadership-specific scholarly research techniques in preparation for the writing of the MA in Leadership thesis. 3
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Course Number Course Title Description Credits PMIN 3833 Organizational Leadership This course develops theologies of leadership upon which current trends in church organization and leadership techniques are assessed. The history of organizational and management theory is developed, as well as organization, leadership, and group process theories. Planning, programming, budgeting, and evaluation are considered in relation to congregational programs. Other areas of management are presented on an introductory basis, such as planning and managing change in an organization, systems analysis, conflict management, and review of leadership traits. This course requires careful study of and reflection upon the appropriate biblical texts. 3 LDRS 5413 Followership Dynamics This course considers a critical review of followership, and how those that follow can impact an organization. Leadership studies have had prominence through much of the 20th century, however, studies involving followership have been severely underrepresented in scholarly literature. Societal thoughts on followership will be considered from ancient times until present day. Various types of followership models will be considered, and what impact followers can have on leaders and the organization. 3
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LDRS 5523 Applied Leadership/Disney Leadership Institute
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$495 per credit hour||$17,820|
|Technology Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to four 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.
SEU Online wants to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options. About 85% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and we have multiple payment options available.Learn More
Our online master’s in leadership degree provides you with the necessary skills to pursue several rewarding career paths. Potential careers you can pursue after graduation include:
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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