Cross-Sector Leadership, BMS

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Cross-Sector Leadership

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 120
  • $259.00
  • $534.00

Program Overview

The online Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMS) degree with an area of concentration in Cross-Sector Leadership will provide students with knowledge and skills to collaboratively lead across sectors—government, nonprofit, and business. Students will learn to “speak the different languages” of the sectors to effectively communicate and solve problems in today’s interconnected world.

Students of the Cross-Sector Leadership BMS will have gained knowledge and experiences enabling them to:

  • Understand and apply collaborative leadership across the public, nonprofit and business sectors.
  • Effectively approach and communicate with cross-sector partners.
  • Analyze issues and challenges from the perspectives of all three sectors
  • Recognize the interconnectedness of all three sectors.
  • Demonstrate cultural understanding.
  • Develop and evaluate cross-sector collaboration initiatives.
  • Apply strategic and project management skills.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the online application for admission
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MGMT/PA 3800Cross-Sector Collaborative Leadership3
The goal of this course is to prepare students to serve as collaborative leaders of cross-sector initiatives. Specifically, this course will prepare students for success in working collaboratively across private, nonprofit and public sector organizations while also enhancing their overall development as a leader. Examples of successful and unsuccessful cross-sector collaborations will be explored along with discussions of theories related to cross-sector collaboration. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Permission from instructor or MGMT 3490 with a grade of C or higher or enrollment in the cross-sector collaborative leadership minor.
MGMT 1500Introduction to Business3
This course is for students who are interested in gaining foundational knowledge in many aspects of the business world including economics, finance, marketing, management, and accounting.
ACCT 2000Accounting Basics for Non-Business Majors3
This course is designed to provide non-business students with an understanding of basic accounting terms and concepts, an understanding of the usefulness of accounting data for decision-making by internal and external business stakeholders, and the skills to actually use accounting data in decision-making. Prerequisites: ENGL 1150 and MATH 1310 or MATH 1220 with 'C-'(2.0) or better.
PA 2000Leadership and Administration3
This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to increase their leadership skills by providing them with a series of competency-based seminars/workshops on the characteristics and tasks in which leaders are engaged.
PA 2170Introduction to Public Administration3
A study of governmental administration and its involvement in the social and economic problems of American democracy. It includes but is not limited to the organizational, financial, personnel and planning problems and administrative relations with legislatures, political parties, chief executives and the courts.
PA 3200Program Planning and Evaluation3
Research, program design, and evaluation are critical functions in the non-profit sector. Leaders and managers of non-profit organizations are continually challenged to monitor community needs, select and develop services and programs that respond to those needs, and to evaluate and modify the services they provide. This recurrent process is the foundation of quality non-profit programs. This course prepares students to undertake the research, program design and evaluation process employed in non-profit organizations. Prerequisite: PA 3000 Applied Statistics and Data Processing. Not open to nondegree students.
PA 3700Financial Management for Nonprofits3
This course will prepare students to oversee the financial management of nonprofit organizations by focusing on four areas: key financial concepts, financial statements presentation, accounting and reporting, and operational issues ? emphasizing the links between accounting staff, program staff, fundraising staff and board of directors. Prereq: PA 2170 Introduction to Public Administration, PA 3000 Applied Statistics and Data Processing in the Public Sector, PA 3500 Non Profit Organizations and Management. Not open to nondegree students.
PA 4960Cross-Sector Collaborative Capstone3
This is a capstone course that prepares students to be effective leaders in the 21st century. This course is the final leadership course in the Cross-Sector Collaborative Leadership minor. This minor requires a capstone project that encompasses the students knowledge and training. It is designed to provide an applied service-learning opportunity for students. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Must be completing Cross-Sector Collaborative Leadership Minor. Not open to non-degree graduate students.
Select two from the following: 6
ENTR 3710 Entrepreneurial Foundations | PA 3500 Nonprofit Organizations and Management | PA 4440 Organizational Development and Change | PA 4530 Strategic Planning

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterAug 23
  • Spring SemesterJan 24
  • Summer SessionsJun 01