Master of Science in Leadership with Human Resources Concentration

The online Master of Science in Leadership with Human Resources Concentration allows students to look into and experience the field of Human Resources. The courses will have a heavy focus on the study and application of human resource principles. Students will explore areas of study that include employee relations, compensation and benefits, and look at current issues in the field. Students who desire to pursue a MSL may already know the field they intend to work in, and will benefit from the opportunity to add a concentration to the core MSL degree program.

The Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) is a 36 credit hour graduate online program, designed to enhance the professional skills of business managers and executives. The program caters to adult professionals who seek to develop and increase their management and leadership roles in business, education, church, and other areas of their professional lives.

Intended to grow the individual's comprehension of internal and external social, legal, political, and economic forces as they affect the decision-making process within an organization, this online master degree in leadership has been structured to serve both holders of baccalaureate degrees in business as well as other disciplines.

Master of Science in Leadership classes are offered in eight week "terms." Project Team activities enhance the learning process and the development of problem-solving skills. All courses are taught from the foundation of the biblical worldview, and students are taught to lead with conviction, think critically, and achieve success according to Christian principles.

Additionally, the Master of Science in Leadership program at Belhaven University fully aligns with the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Belhaven is one of only 355 educational institutions in the world to be acknowledged by SHRM. 



The following are the Executive Development Learning Objectives of the Master of Science in Leadership Online program:

  • Practice servant leadership using Christ as the model in serving people and society.
  • Provide leadership, vision, and strategic planning in a variety of organizations and environments.
  • Prepare to lead others in environments increasingly characterized by change and complexity.
  • Master principles of human behavior and motivation to maximize use of human resources.
  • Master key functional area skills in marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, and economics.
  • Appreciate the trends of a global world and the need to continually update leadership principles and techniques.
  • Complete a significant hands-on project in a live organization and integrate the knowledge and skills from all courses taken.
  • Develop organizational-wide skills in structure, coordination, policy, and design of sub-units.
  • Master methods of organization change and development.
  • Develop the ability to utilize the most recent tools and concepts emerging in management and leadership.
  • Interact with executive level leaders from the community to identify current challenges and find strategies to address them.

Curriculum Summary

Master of Science in Leadership Curriculum Summary

Course # Course Name Credits
MSL601 Introduction to Graduate Education 3
MSL/MBA624 Ethical Problems 3
MSL/MBA640 Organizational Behavior 3
MSL630 Leading Productive Teams 3
MSL643 Financial Analysis 3
MSL658 Principles of Executive Leadership 3
MSL/MBA646 The Legal Environment of Business 3
MSL665 Coaching, Mentoring and Resolving Conflicts 3
MSL660 Human Resources 3
MSL668 Organizational Change 3
MSL686 Strategic Leadership 3
MSL670 Capstone Seminar in Organizational Leadership 3
Total Core 36

With HR Concentration - Total Hours 42.  Electives: Choose 2 of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits
MSL661 HR Employee Relations 3
MSL662 HR Compensation and Benefits 3
MSL663 Issues and Innovations in Human Resources 3
Total Electives 6

Admission Information

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and an official transcript from the institution granting your baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of all graduate level work, if any. A 2.5 cumulative GPA from undergraduate work is required for admission or 9 hours of graduate work with a B in each course. Up to 6 hours of accredited graduate work may be transferred if a B or better is earned in each course.
  • Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the M.S.L. program, may be admitted on a conditional basis. The student should submit an essay and 2 letters of recommendation for review by the program committee.  Students admitted on a conditional basis to the M.S.L. program must earn a 3.00 grade point average in the first six semester hours of graduate work to continue in the program.