The Bachelor of Applied Science in Strategic Leadership (SL) program at Lake-Sumter State College educates leaders to effectively manage their organizations and positively impact their communities. With approximately 60 hours on top of your AA or AS degree, you can obtain a BAS in Strategic Leadership degree from Lake-Sumter State College.
Graduates of this program have diverse career paths open to them in a broad range of industries which may include: sales, retail, small business, government, public safety, healthcare, criminal justice, and not-for-profit organizations.
- Completion of an A.S. or A.A. degree (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
Credit Hours: 60
Estimated Time to Completion: 2 years (full-time) 3-4 years (part-time)
Course Types Offered
Courses in this program are offered in online course types. Learn more about course types offered at LSSC.
|Cornerstone Course||MAN 3240 Organizational Behavior|
|Core Courses||MAN 3353 Management Theory and App|
GEB 3213 Advanced Business Communications
GEB 3452 Legal & Ethical Environment for Business
ACG 3024 Accounting for Managers
MAR 3802 Marketing for Managers
FIN 3400 Financial Management
MAN 4301 Human Resources Management
MAN 4720 Strategic Management
MAN 4900 Organizational Management Capstone
|Concentration||Choose a concentration:|
Criminal Justice Leadership
Health Services Administration
|Professional Support||Work with an academic advisor to determine 12 credit hours of courses that best support their program and career goals.|
Check your DegreeWorks to track your progress toward completing your degree and program.
Students in the BAS Strategic Leadership have the opportunity to choose a concentration to customize their education to their career goals:
- Organizational Management
- Criminal Justice Leadership
- Health Services Administration
- Project Management
Total tuition costs for the Strategic Leadership program are currently about $7,335. The cost per credit hour is $122.25 multiplied by the program credit hours, 60. This does not include course/lab fees and textbooks. For more information, visit our current Tuition & Fee information page.
Scholarships are available to all eligible students each semester from the LSSC Foundation. Visit the Foundation Scholarships page to learn more.
Students graduating from high school and enrolling at LSSC may qualify for other scholarships offered through the State of Florida. You will be notified of your eligibility after you apply to the College.
There are many options to finance your education. You may be eligible for Federal Grants, Work-Study, State Grants, Federal Loans, and Institutional Scholarships. For more information and how to apply, please visit the Financial Aid page.
- Executive Leadership
- Operations Manager
- Leadership Development Specialist
Job Outlook (Florida)
Statewide, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FLDEO) predicts 5.4% job growth for General and Operations Managers through 2023. This includes all 67 of Florida's counties.
In Central Florida, FLDEO predicts a 19.4% growth rate in General and Operations Managers through 2029. For this data, Central Florida includes Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Sumter Counties.
Salary Data (Florida)
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021 wage data, the median salary for General and Operations Managers is $78,070 in Central Florida. Across Florida, the median salary is $78,660. For this data, Central Florida includes Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties.
The mission of the B.A.S. Strategic Leadership program is to prepare graduates for a successful diverse career path in a variety of organizations.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the B.A.S. Strategic Leadership program requirements, graduates will be able to:
- Develop interpersonal skills through teamwork and partnerships embedded across the program.
- Model professionalism with integrity and exhibit personal responsibility.
- Solve real-world problems through the application of knowledge, theory, and skills.
- Demonstrate strategic leadership concepts through the analysis of relevant case studies across diverse settings.
- Choose appropriate communication methods when cultivating professional relationships.
- Prepare for the workforce through employability “soft” skills in communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and social responsibility that are evidenced in a program-level portfolio.
- Evaluate information by selecting, using, and documenting research relevant to program courses, and applying current technology as appropriate.
Well-Rounded Curriculum Model
The BAS in Strategic Leadership program follows a curriculum model that prepares students to be proficient in the soft, employability skills needed by employers, such as critical thinking, communication, and collaboration, as well as the hard, technical skills that support leadership in the workplace, such as accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, legal issues, organizational behavior, and management.
Dr. Rhonda Tracy
Interim Program Director
Dr. Rhonda Tracy has over thirty years' experience in higher education in positions ranging from education professor to a state system Chancellor. Dr. Tracy believes leadership occurs at all levels and has written a leadership handbook entitled The Starting Gate that is grounded in servant leadership. She has won awards for teaching, leadership, and technology and has presented more than 100 papers at professional conferences. Dr. Tracy developed the first Leadership Academy at West Virginia University at Parkersburg and won the President's Award at Winthrop University for leadership in technology. She was appointed by Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher to the Kentucky Commission on Women and received the Commission's award for leadership development of young women. Dr. Tracy has a BA degree from the University of South Carolina, an MA degree from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. from Ohio University.
The State of Florida requires students entering a Florida College System (FCS) or State University System (SUS) institution to demonstrate competency in civic literacy by the time they graduate, pursuant to s. 1007.25(5), Florida Statutes. Beginning with the 2021-2022 academic year, newly enrolled students must demonstrate competency through completion of a civic literacy course and by achieving a passing score on the Florida Civic Literacy Examination (FCLE).