Black Hills State University is now offering a new program, a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership (MSSL), that has already garnered the attention of business and military people in the region and throughout the nation.

The Strategic Leadership degree is designed to prepare students for executive-level leadership positions. The program meets the graduate education needs of working professionals interested in advancing their careers as well as individuals serving in the military with plans to be employed as civilian leaders upon completing their military service.

To accommodate working adults, the program is designed to be completed in two years. Applications are now being accepted for the first cohort which begins this fall.

“This online degree will prepare executives with the leadership and strategic vision to transform companies and agencies. The program equips students with the insights necessary to plan for and address future opportunities and challenges,” Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, president of BHSU, says. “We know that graduate students, many of whom work full time, desire a convenient way to access courses and earn their advanced degree. This Strategic Leadership degree will create transformational opportunities for our students.”

According to Rajeev Bukralia, dean of educational outreach at BHSU, the Strategic Leadership degree consists of a total of 33 credit hours of graduate-level work, which includes 24 credit hours of required core courses and an additional 9 credits of approved electives, offered in an executive, cohort model entirely online.  Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the MSSL program incorporates the theories, methodologies, concepts, and mentorship abilities vital to leading and transforming organizations.

“The program facilitates the development of leaders who understand the intricacies of organizational change,” Bukralia says. “The program includes key leadership elements such as leadership traits, ethics, motivation, creativity, vision, strategic planning, teamwork, technology, problem solving, forecasting, innovation, change management, and effective communication. The online delivery of the program will allow students to complete the program from anywhere in the world.”

Bukralia espouses the value of this degree for military personnel who wish to transition to leadership positions in businesses and non-profit organizations. The program supports career advancement in government, business, non-profit organizations, and military. He says this degree will also be an attractive option for individuals serving in the military who wish to advance to a higher rank. He noted that the degree, because it is offered entirely online, is garnering attention from people in the military and business people regionally and from across the nation.

For details contact the BHSU Office of Educational Outreach at 605-642-6258 or via e-mail at mssl@BHSU.edu. Information is available online at www.BHSU.edu/StrategicLeadership. Limited enrollment is available for this program.