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Degree Programs

Can you describe the kind of programs and degrees you are offering at SBL?

  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MOL)
    The MOL provides students with a 21-credit hour core curriculum of in-depth leadership and organizational development topics combined with a 9-credit focused concentration in one of several areas followed by a 3-credit culminating project in which the student conducts research or an organizational intervention that incorporates all the course content of the program.

  • Master of Arts in Strategic Foresight (MSF)
    The MSF allows you to study the future in the context of organizational decision-making. Designed for consultants as well as managers of strategy, HR/training, research & development, and marketing, our MSF degree will fine-tune your leadership abilities and help you discover how to position your leadership on the cutting edge of change.

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is designed for today's professional who operates in a global and rapidly changing environment. The graduate business degree addresses strategic opportunities produced by a global economy, entrepreneurial approaches to problem solving and capitalizing on new business ventures, as well as the growing need for ethical decision making. Firmly grounded in traditional business theory and contemporary concepts, our MBA program is further enhanced by the incorporation of Judeo-Christian values, which yield a balanced, Biblical perspective on global integration and effective business practices to help you successfully develop, execute, launch and lead new or expanded enterprises anywhere across the globe. This 42-credit-hour program can be completed in just 28 months of part-time study or 16 months of full-time study and gives you the flexibility of taking your coursework on campus or online. An optional residency provides opportunities for networking, attending major speaker events and being invited to present papers at future residencies.

  • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership
    The Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership is a terminal, research-based multidisciplinary degree that is designed to equip leaders to influence the field of leadership through think tanks, scholarly research, academia and influential positions. A minimum of 60 credit hours is required beyond the master's degree to complete the Ph.D. It is, however, the demonstration of independent scholarly ability at the doctoral level, rather than the mere accumulation of credits, that is required to successfully complete the program.

  • Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL)
    The Doctor of Strategic Leadership is an applied program that seeks to immediately facilitate the leadership abilities and roles of strategic mid-career professionals in organizations around the world. A minimum of 60 semester hours is required beyond the master's degree to complete the doctor of strategic leadership degree.

What is the difference in the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and the Doctor of Strategic Leadership?

Our two doctoral programs, the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and the Doctor of Strategic Leadership, are designed to meet the unique needs of today's professionals and emerging leaders. Below is a brief description of each program to help you determine which one will help you fulfill your professional goals:

  • The Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership is a terminal, research-based, multidisciplinary degree that is designed to equip leaders to influence the field of leadership through think tanks, scholarly research, academia and influential positions. If you have an interest in the following, then we encourage you to consider the Ph.D. program:
    • Teaching at the university or college level
    • Scholarly writing and research
    • Guiding others in the art of research, critical thinking and writing
    • Developing and advancing leadership theories
  • The Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL) is an applied multidisciplinary terminal degree designed to equip leaders and executives to comprehend and address the intricacies and challenges of organizational transformation. Our DSL program is best suited for those with an interest in:
    • Training and consulting
    • Strategic planning
    • Leading teams through successful plan execution
    • Identifying organizational needs and providing solutions

What is the difference between the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and the Master of Arts in Strategic Foresight?

  • The M.A. in Organizational Leadership focuses on the human dynamics of an organization and, as such, studies the leader-follower relationship, organizational theory and human development. Moreover, it considers developmental aspects of teamwork, leadership and organizational change that lead to improved organizational effectiveness and fulfillment of its defined mission.

  • By contrast, the M.A. in Strategic Foresight operates on a "forward-looking" or vision-based understanding of leadership. Through methods such as forecasting and scenario development, it explores the leader's role in directing an organization in its relationship to external change and the larger society. The degree builds on applied research in strategic management, knowledge creation and organizational transformation to empower leaders to proactively guide their organizations through impending transitions. Both degrees relate to leadership; however, one focuses on internal aspects of building organizational culture, while the other focuses on how organizations adapt to changing external environments.

Does the School of Business & Leadership provide executive education?

The School of Business & Leadership at Regent University is uniquely positioned to provide a variety of leadership-oriented conferences, roundtables and events geared toward those at all levels of leadership.

What is organizational leadership?

Organizational leadership involves the following: leadership theories and principles applied in the workplace, structure of organizations, leading and motivating people, strategies, environment, values, ethics and systems.

Can I slow my program down?

Yes. Students are encouraged to enroll in at least one course per semester throughout their program. Please keep in mind that students must complete their degree requirements within five years of initial enrollment for master's programs and seven years for doctoral programs. Therefore, students will typically need to enroll for more than one course per term.




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