Management and Leadership Studies Program (MLP)


To inquire about this program:
Dr. Karen Carter | 423.869.6675 |

LMU's program in Management and Leadership Studies is designed for working adults who want to obtain a bachelor's degree. By integrating your career and workplace experiences with the study of business, you'll earn a degree that is relevant to your workplace needs and that allows you to focus directly on developing the skills you need to assume management and leadership roles.

Degree Offered

Bachelor of Science

Admission Requirements

Admission to Lincoln Memorial University:
  • Submit an LMU admission application and the nonrefundable $25 application fee
  • Request all official transcripts from accredited institutions you have attended to be sent to the LMU Admissions Office
Upon your admission to the University, you will be contacted about the admission process to the Management and Leadership Studies Program which entails:
  • Admission to LMU
  • Completing at least 60 semester credit hours from a post-secondary institution as evidenced by official transcripts sent directly from the college or university to the Admissions Office
  • Having earned a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on all academic work completed
  • Completing at least 26 semester credit hours of the General Education Core Curriculum for the MLP
  • Submitting two letters of recommendation - one character reference and one employer reference
  • Providing a writing sample (a minimum of two pages) to the MLP director that includes a self-analysis and the purpose and goals for participating in the MLP
  • Completing a personal interview with an MLP advisor; and
  • Paying a $100 admission fee (applied to tuition) to reserve space in the designated cohort group (non-refundable and non-transferable)

Special Features

Utilizing a comprehensive business curriculum, the MLP consists of 17 classes (54 hours of study) that can be completed over the course of 4 semesters.

The MLP classes are designed to provide a focused, intensive educational experience structured around a rigorous management and leadership business function core.


The LMU School of Business offers the Bachelor of Science degree designed specifically for working adults at four convenient locations. The Management and Leadership Studies Program (MLP) is offered at LMU-Cedar Bluff, as well as Walters State Community College in Sevierville, Tennessee Walters State Community College in Morristown and Middlesboro, Kentucky on the campus of Southeast Kentucky community and Technical College.

The convenient course schedule allows you to take evening classes with other working adult students. The courses within the program make use of a variety of real world exercises and activities intended to integrate students’ business/organizational work experiences with their core MLP classes.

Core Curriculum

Term #1 Fall 2014
MLS 303 Team Leadership- 3 credits- 8 weeks
MLS 308 Communicating in Business with Technology – 4 credits – 8 weeks
MLS 270 Business Statistics – 3 credits – 8 weeks
MLS 330 Principles of Management – 3 credits – 8 weeks

Total Credits= 13 Credits- 16 weeks

Term #2- Spring 2015
MLS 300 Operations Management – 3 credits – 8 weeks
MLS 301 Lincoln’s Legacy – 3 credits – 8 weeks
MLS 307 Survey of Economics – 3 credits – 8 weeks
MLS 410 Project Management – 4 credits – 8 weeks

Total Credits= 13 Credits- 16 Weeks

Term #3- Fall 2015
MLS 394 Accounting for Managers- 3 Credits- 8 weeks
MLS 309 International Business – 3 credit
MLS 305 Business Issues & Trends – 3 credits – 8 weeks
MLS 430 Marketing Management – 3 credits – 8 weeks
MLS 400 Human Resource Management – 3 credits – 8 weeks
Total Credits= 15 Credits- 16 Weeks

Term #4- Spring 2016
MLS 304 Ethical Leadership – 3 credits – 8 weeks
MLS 420 Finance for Managers – 3 credits
*MLS 405 Legal Environment in Business – 3 credits
MLS 440 Business Strategy in a Global Environment – 4 credits
Total Credits= 13 Credits- 16 Weeks

Overall Credit Hours= 54

*Elective class - MLS 498 – Internship in Business – 3 credits – May be repeated to a total of 6 credit hours applicable to program and/or degree requirements. Prerequisite: Approval of chair.

Course Descriptions

Curriculum Information

Students who have earned an Associates of Art (AA) or Associates of Science (AS) degree from a SAC’s Accredited Tennessee or Kentucky institution will have completed all General Education core requirements set forth by Lincoln Memorial University as a component of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway Program as approved by the University spring 2012.
A baccalaureate degree from LMU requires 128 hours. To meet this requirement, student hours may come from a combination of the following:
  • Transferable college credit hours
  • Special credit, which includes Prior Learning Portfolio
  • Credit by Examination
  • LMU MLP core curriculum
  • Military Credit

Career Opportunities

The MLP provides its graduates with the opportunity to continue their education and enhance their careers. Our graduates are prepared to serve as managers and leaders in business, education and government.