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The Online Master of Science in Strategic Leadership provides unique leadership training for individuals guiding organizations in today’s knowledge-driven global economy. This innovative, interdisciplinary program incorporates leadership theories, concepts, methodologies, and mentorship skills that are essential to leading and transforming organizations.

The Master of Science in Strategic Leadership program is designed to prepare students for advanced leadership positions and to foster career development in a variety of organizations including government, non-profit, and the military. Expert faculty in key leadership areas teach core course work in such areas as visioning, motivation, creative problem solving, strategic thinking and decision making, innovation, leading organizational change, ethics, and effective communication.

The Master of Science in Strategic Leadership degree builds a strong foundation for students seeking leadership positions in the military, as well as a variety of other organizational contexts. Working professionals will enjoy the advantages offered by this online program of study. This program is offered entirely online, so it can be pursued from any location, and with great flexibility.

The MSSL requires 33 hours of coursework (24 credit hours of core courses and 9 credit hours of elective courses). You can complete the entire program in 2 years.

BHSU is currently accepting applications for the MSSL program for the next cohort. Cohorts begin in January and August, each year. Click on “Apply Now” to get started. For questions, visit the “Contact Us” page.

How much does it cost?

The Online MSSL program is charged at the graduate self-support tuition rate and there are no additional fees. Financial aid is available for qualified students who wish to pursue the MSSL program. To learn more about tuition and financial aid, visit the Financial Aid website.

Find Your Career

Employment opportunities include:
» Account Executive
» Advertising Specialist
» Management Trainer
» Entrepreneur
» Financial Advisor
» Hotel General Manager
» Casino Group Sales Manager
» Human Resources Manager
» Small Business Owner
» Travel Agent
» Retail Manager

Complete in Two Years

SLDR 710

Leadership and Innovations: Lessons Learned

SLDR 728

Levels of Leadership

SLDR 740

Leadership and Innovations: Lessons Learned

SLDR 748

Social Change and Diversity

SLDR 752

Strategic Decision Making

SLDR 755


SDLR 695


SLDR 770

Visioning: Strategic Planning

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Amber Lind

Class of 2009

»» B.S. in Business Administration, Specializations in Marketing and Management
»» Began her career with Aflac after graduation in Promoted to Aflac Regional Sales Coordinator
»» Involved in Student Council and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) while attending BHSU

Contact Info

Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg
Phone: 605.645.7228

Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799