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Strategic Leadership Program Details

Master of Arts

In the strategic leadership program, you’ll build on your unique strengths 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


You'll meet during the evening on campus.

Location: St. Paul

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


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.


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


Finish in as Few as

18 months


  • 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

  • Organizational Diagnostics and Health (LEAD641)

    Examination of organizational health and the key systems necessary to build and sustain it. Assessment of one’s 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 one’s 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

  • Data Analytics for Leaders: Making Ethical Decisions (LEAD661)

    Exploration of data analytics relevant to the business setting. Analysis of methods to visualize and explain quantitative data. Synthesis of appropriate strategies to make ethical and effective data driven managerial decisions.

    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, challenges, and skills associated with project management. Analysis of connections among human behavior, knowledge, and processes that influence the success of projects in organizations. Assessment of projects, management, and tools for management based on best practice including the integration of cultural and diversity intelligence for competitive advantage in the marketplace.

    3 credits

  • Systems Perspectives on 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

  • Emerging Models of Work and Leadership (SLDR635)

    Exploration of emerging models of work and the leadership necessary to support them. Evaluation of leadership practices and how leadership must align to the needs of the work. Evaluation of the place of work and leadership in various community contexts.Alignment of leadership practice with faith commitments, justice, fairness, and the common good.

    3 credits

  • Beyond Diversity (SLDR640)

    This course examines diversity in the 21st century to include numerous and complex dimensions that relate to the workplace. Use of cultural intelligence resources, tools and assessments to increase personal awareness and an understanding of others. Synthesis of diversity theory, cultural intelligence theory, cooperation and competition theory, along with tools to build an inclusive and effective workplace. Construct an inclusive workplace model to increase innovation and creativity for competitive advantage in business.

    3 credits

  • Learning and Leading Through Conflict (SLDR650)

    Analysis of conflict from psychological, spiritual, and organizational perspectives. Development of personal and organizational conflict management approaches that reduce fear-based responses to conflict, distinguish between healthy and unhealthy conflict, and value healthy conflict as a necessary lab for learning and a gateway to deeper shared interests.

    3 credits

  • Followership: The Other Side of Leadership (SLDR660)

    Examination of followership. Overview of traditional views and attitudes toward followers. Analysis of Kelley’s model of followership types and the characteristics of an exemplary follower. Analysis of the relationship between leaders and followers and investigation into the relationship between followers and toxic leaders. Application of Values-Based Leadership including identification of traits and values of followers. Evaluation of personal followership style and development of a plan for improving abilities as a follower.

    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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