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Degree Overview

Today’s dynamic organizations require skilled, well-educated leaders. South University Savannah’s Master of Science in Leadership program can help you develop your natural leadership qualities and prepare you to effectively lead individuals, teams, and complex organizations. Now offered in our Online + On Campus learning format, our new way of learning gives you the opportunity to learn alongside your peers while still having the capacity to meet the demands you face as a professional. The first week of the quarter is spent in the classroom, getting to know classmates and faculty, followed by an alternating schedule of one week online and one week on campus.

Through faculty guidance and coursework, you can refine your leadership style so that you can more successfully manage, communicate with, and influence others. As a student in the Master of Science in Leadership program, you can develop the business, communication, and problem-solving skills that are needed for leadership roles in public, private, and nonprofit organizations.

Admission Requirements

Admissions Criteria for the Master of Science in Leadership (MS) are as follows:

Prospective students are required to submit the following:

  • Application form
  • Official transcripts for bachelor or graduate degree granting institution.  (All credentials earned outside the United States must be evaluated by a NACES or AICE-member credential evaluation service).  Please speak with an admissions representative for more information.

 Specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of application for admission.
  • A 2.7 overall grade point average or higher on completed requirements for the baccalaureate degree, or, an earned graduate degree from an accredited institution with a CGPA of 3.0 or higher.
Provisional Admission:

Applicants with an undergraduate degree CGPA of less than a 2.7, but not lower than a 2.3, or a graduate degree CGPA of less than 3.0, but not lower than a 2.7,  will be considered for provisional admission.  Students who do not attain a 3.0 GPA in the first quarter will be dismissed. Students cannot appeal the dismissal from the university as a result of failure to meet the conditions of provisional admission.

Course Requirements

Master of Science in Leadership: 48 Credits
Foundation: Personal Leadership: 12 Credits
LEA5100 Leadership, Organization Theory and Change, 4 Credit Hours
LEA5125 Leadership Ethics, Culture, and Politics, 4 Credit Hours
MBA5001 Organizational Behavior and Communication, 4 Credit Hours
Core: Organizational Leadership: 32 Credits
LEA5130 Team Building and Group Dynamics, 4 Credit Hours
LEA5140 Emotional Intelligence and Leadership, 4 Credit Hours
LEA6150 Coaching and Professional Development, 4 Credit Hours
LEA6175 International Leadership, 4 Credit Hours
LEA6180 Strategic Negotiations, 4 Credit Hours
LEA6185 International Negotiations, 4 Credit Hours
MBA6501 Strategic Human Resources Management, 4 Credit Hours
MBA6505 Organizational Development and Change Management, 4 Credit Hours
Capstone: 4 Credits
LEA6999 Strategic Leadership and Implementation, 4 Credit Hours
Note(s):

South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Career Outlook

The Master of Science in Leadership program will help you to develop the business, communication, and problem solving skills needed for leadership roles in public, private, and nonprofit organizations.

Outcomes

Offered at South University, Columbia; South University, Montgomery; South University, Online Programs; South University, Savannah; and South University, Virginia Beach.

The Master of Science in Leadership degree program is designed to provide students the opportunity to develop skills in leadership, communication, problem solving and teamwork for use in a broad range of organizations. These skills are critical for successfully managing and leading organizations in today's dynamic organizational environment.

The Master of Science in Leadership program is delivered in two modalities: fully online and blended. Students enrolled in the blended modality meet face-to-face in the classroom and asynchronously online on alternating weeks over the 11-week quarter. 

The 12-course (48 credit hours) program is designed for experienced professionals seeking to advance in their careers and for individuals with limited professional experience seeking to develop skills that can prepare them to seek employment managing and leading individuals, teams, departments and organizations.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Assess how individuals, cultures, society, ethics, and psychological principles affect the actions and decisions of leaders as they influence individual and organizational stakeholders.
  2. Influence others through effective communication skills that present clear, scholarly, and persuasive arguments.
  3. Apply critical thinking to examine qualitative and quantitative data, including evaluation and synthesis of data for problem recognition and problem solving.
  4. Demonstrate information literacy, including the ability to determine the extent of information needed, assess the needed information, evaluate information and its sources critically, and use information effectively, ethically, and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.
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Jefferson Reid Grad Alumni
Class of '12
Bachelor of Business Administration

“I wanted to stay in project management, but I knew my associate’s degree in aviation technology wouldn’t allow me to get where I wanted to be. A business degree was most relevant to the experience I had gained in the workforce. South University professors do a good job of teaching the concepts and then combining them.”

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Class of '04
Bachelor of Business Administration

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MBA in Healthcare Administration

“This program has helped make me better. It improved my time management. It improved my organization. I think because of its accelerated pace, it created those unexpected benefits. The classes I have taken in the AMBA program are relevant to my new position. I know my degree was something they looked at. South University has a good reputation; people have heard of it.”

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Class of '09
Master of Business Administration

“A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to take my career to the next level and realized that an MBA would allow me to achieve that goal. When I first showed interest in South University, I met my admissions officer, Shakeara Hudson. She made the application process as easy as possible, and then she checked on me continuously while I was a student just to make sure I was on track to complete my MBA. She even attended my graduation ceremony and spoke with me afterwards.”