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Strategic Leadership Program Details

Master of Arts

In the strategic leadership program, you’ll build on your unique skills and experiences to become a leader of greater influence. Our curriculum helps leaders develop the self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and competencies necessary to lead people and organizations in new directions.

Face to Face

Evening

You'll meet during the evening at one of our convenient locations.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Online

Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Location: Online

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Blended

Partially Online

Courses will be a mix of online and face to face sessions. You'll complete over half of your coursework at one of our convenient locations.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Total Credits

36

Finish in as Few as

18 months

Courses

  • Engaging Your Potential (LEAD607)

    Orientation to Bethel University Graduate School, the MBA and MA Strategic Leadership programs, and the career coaching process.

    0 credits

  • Leadership Theory & Personal Agency (LEAD611)

    Analysis of leadership theory and research as it applies to individuals and organizations. Evaluation of personal leadership capacities and identification of specific areas of growth in capacity and resilience. Analysis of the relationship between personal faith and leadership service

    3 credits

  • Worldview, Ethics and Leadership (LEAD621)

    Coherent and relevant examination of ethical theories and arguments in light of Christian worldview. Exploration of the relationship between spirituality, worldview, and ethical issues in organizations. Evaluation of ethical policies and procedures for organizations. Design ethical resolutions for issues, dilemmas, and behaviors faced in organizations. Effective communication of ethical positions.

    3 credits

  • Organizational Diagnostics and Health (LEAD641)

    Examination of organizational health and the key systems necessary to build and sustain it. Assessment of ones leadership characteristics and personal approach to organizational health and change. Use of research, theory, and faith and their roles in organizational effectiveness.

    3 credits

  • Leadership Formation and Strategic Talent Management (LEAD651)

    Creation of a personal leadership philosophy grounded in understanding of the importance of developing others. Recognition of ones ability to both coach and to be coached. Understanding of foundational leadership processes, practices and strategies in effective talent management. Demonstration and recognition of the importance of culture, nondiscriminatory inclusion, and personal faith while providing recommendations to increase effectiveness.

    3 credits

  • Strategic Communication for Leaders (LEAD671)

    Application of the theories of persuasion in communication contexts including public speaking, business writing, and interpersonal responses. Analysis of both ethical and persuasive communication skills during interpersonal interactions. Evaluation of the interactions between technology and communication. Demonstration of public speaking with the use of professional presentation software.

    3 credits

  • Integrative Team Capstone (LEAD795)

    Culmination of leadership courses as students continue in graduate work. Foundation for a collaborative project that synthesizes scholarship and practice around the development of a real-life business/leadership project. Exploration of interconnections within business and connections with other aspects of life.

    3 credits

  • Managing Projects & Quality Initiatives (SLDR615)

    Introduction to project management theory, issues, and skills associated with project management. Analyze connections between behavior, knowledge, and processes that influence the success of projects in organizations. Assess projects, management, and tools for management based on best practice.

    3 credits

  • System Approaches to Leading Change (SLDR630)

    Introduction to systems thinking, and systems-based approaches to leading change. Analysis of the relationships between the elements and dynamics in an organizational system. Evaluation of organizational change situations and change initiatives, given a variety of variables and perspectives. Development of leadership approaches to organizational change.

    3 credits

  • Beyond Diversity (SLDR640)

    Dimensions that relate to the workplace. Use of cultural intelligence tools and inventories to increase personal awareness and understanding of others. Synthesis of diversity theory and tools to build effective, inclusive leadership in the workplace and community.

    3 credits

  • Managing Conflict Through Dialogue (SLDR650)

    Transitioning from "dealing with incidents" to leading teams that learn from conflict. Developing personal and professional boundaries when dealing with complex organizational environments. Thinking productively about conflict from organizational, developmental, and spiritual standpoints.

    3 credits

  • Followership: The Other Side of Leadership (SLDR660)

    Overview of the traditional views and attitude toward followers, analysis of different models and styles of followership, and the characteristics of "good" followers. Analysis of relationship between leaders and followers and leadership and follower styles. Exploration of bad leadership, courageous followership, transformational leadership; planning for improving followership abilities.

    3 credits

  • Portfolio Deliverable (SLDR789)

    Synthesis of key learning from the Master of Arts program, including a reconsideration of earlier work, leadership theories and growth concepts, and the development of a professional portfolio.

    0 credits

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    • Experiencing Global Business (BUSN675)

      Explore international cultures, faith, ethics, and business structure by traveling internationally on a Bethel-sponsored trip. Gain perspectives on how American companies do business globally and compare American and international cultural, business/economic, educational and spiritual practices.

      3 credits

    • Topics in Leadership Studies (SLDR605)

      Course is offered as an elective, and covers a variety of emerging, transitional, and/or exploratory leadership topics.

      3 credits

    • Leading in Times of Crisis (SLDR645)

      Assessment of crisis situations and the variables contributing to particular episodes. Analysis of resources and opportunities available during crisis and their impact on a crisis situation. Synthesis of self-awareness, faith foundations, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills for the organization and direction of individuals and groups during times of intense difficulty.

      3 credits

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Bethel’s MBA and M.A. in Strategic Leadership dual degree program provides you with two master’s degrees, saving you time and money. With these degrees, you’ll obtain the technical and vision-building skills for effective leadership in the complex and constantly changing business environment.

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