Bachelor of Science in Leadership

Campus Locations Boston, Online
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 120
Entry Terms Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Semester
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes


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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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
Lab for ENG 1105   1 s.h.
ENG 1107 College Writing 2   3 s.h.
ENG 1108 Lab for ENG 1107  1 s.h.
ENG 3107 Writing for the Professions-Business and Social Sciences 3 s.h.
ENG 3108 Lab for ENG 3107 1 s.h.
ND Core  Engaging with the Natural and Designed World 3 s.h.
EI Core  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 3100 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 to reach minimum credit hours for the degree.


Required minimum credit hours: 120 s.h.


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

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

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $62,280.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of semester hours. Most courses are 3-4 semester hours. See Undergraduate 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?

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

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Integrate lived experiences and leadership structures, styles, and practices to create an individual leadership profile, demonstrating knowledge of self-awareness and a thorough understanding of the evolution of leadership theories.
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Critically and systemically examine a challenge related to leadership in a cross-cultural context and become expert producers of evidence-based decision-making strategies drawing on theories, tools, and methods practiced in the field of leadership.
  3. Applied and Collaborative Learning
    Prepare and present a web portfolio linking knowledge and skills acquired in professional, research, and course practices with knowledge acquired in the field of leadership.
  4. Civic and Global Learning
    Explain in a group setting diverse positions, including those representing different cultural, economic, and geographic interests, on a contested public issue related to leadership, and evaluate the issue in light of both those interests and evidence drawn from the literature in leadership.
  5. Experiential Learning
    Integrate leadership-specific best practices and tools into experiential learning opportunities offered in the program.



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    Jul 10, 2017 (4-, 6-, and 8-week classes)
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    Sep 4, 2017 (7.5- and 15-week classes)
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    Sep 18, 2017 (6- and 12-week classes)
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