Master of Science in Leadership with Public Administration Concentration

The core courses in an MSL with a Public Administration concentration focus on the leadership skills needed in the public sector – coaching, conflict management, team building, and Human resource management. Students also immerse themselves in topics such as leadership development and managing organizational change.

The public administration component of the degree usually involves broad-brush topics such as government budgeting, ethics, public law, and public policy.

While an MSL in Public Administration prepares graduates for potential upper-level positions in government, graduate degree holders also draw demand among non-profit organizations that either work closely with agencies, or are in heavily regulated industries.

An MSL in Public Administration can also offer graduates greater flexibility to work in either the public, private or non-profit sector - a good choice for students who haven’t settled into a definite career track. The emphasis on servant leadership throughout the curriculum is particularly well suited for a life of public service.

The Master of Science in Leadership degree program at Belhaven University is a 33 semester credit hour graduate program designed to enhance the professional skills of business managers and executives. The program is designed for adult professionals who seek to develop and increase their management and leadership roles in business, education, church, and other areas of their professional lives.


Curriculum Summary

MSL with Public Administration Concentration

Course # Course Name Credits
MSL 601 Introduction to Graduate Study 3
MSL/MBA 624 Ethical Problems in Business 3
MSL/MBA 640 Organizational Behavior 3
MSL 630 Leading High Performance Teams 3
MSL 643 Financing, Accounting and Budgeting for Leaders 3
MSL/MBA 646 The Legal Environment of Business 3
MSL 658 Principles of Executive Leadership 3
MSL 660 Current Issues in Human Resources 3
MSL 665 Coaching, Mentoring and Resolving Conflict 3
MSL 668 Leadership in Organization Change 3
MSL 670 Capstone Seminar in Organizational Leadership 3
Total 33

Public Administration Concentration (pick 3 of 5 – online only):

Course # Course Name Credits
MPA 607 Ethics and Society 3
MPA 611 Public and Administrative Law 3
MPA 610 Economics and Public Policy 3
MPA 609 Administration of Financial Resources 3
MPA 612 Public Policy Analysis 3
Total Electives 9


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.
  • A 3.0 GPA in the Public Administration concentration courses must be maintained to graduate.