Online Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

You’re a driven individual with a vision. You step up to the challenge with a level head and laser focus, look for innovative ways to improve, and realize that results come from collaboration. Abilene Christian University’s online Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership program taps into your innate strengths with a structure combining management theory with communication, strategy, and analytical principles. You’ll transform into a well-rounded, forward-looking professional ready to tackle something new and guide others along the way while fulfilling your vocation to make a far-reaching impact on the world.

You’re a driven individual with a vision. You step up to the challenge with a level head and laser focus, look for innovative ways to improve, and realize that results come from collaboration. Abilene Christian University’s online Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership program taps into your innate strengths with a structure combining management theory with communication, strategy, and analytical principles. You’ll transform into a well-rounded, forward-looking professional ready to tackle something new and guide others along the way while fulfilling your vocation to make a far-reaching impact on the world.

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Thrive in Your Vocation

Your persistent, purposeful qualities point toward a rewarding leadership career. Gain key skills applicable across a range of industries while completing your bachelor’s with the support of our vibrant, virtual Christ-centered community. Locked-In Tuition

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Our Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire undergraduate degree.

About the Program

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With a focus on vocational formation integrated into every course, the online Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership program helps you explore your identity, relationship to the world, and connection to the life and mission of God. Use these principles to guide your career, lead with purpose, and make a difference no matter the industry you pursue.

Program Structure

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Stand out from the competition while understanding what it takes to succeed in today’s global workforce. Complete your bachelor’s degree or gain the skills to move up in your career with a 64 credit-hour major focused on leadership theories and applications, purposeful communication, data- and research-based decision-making, and the importance of teamwork and collaboration. 

Required Hours

Total: 120 hours
University Requirements: 56 hours
Major: 64 hours (up to 25 hours in electives)

Example Coursework

Self Assessment in Leadership
Teams and Team Leadership
Crisis Management in Organizations
Ethics for Leaders

Upcoming Start Dates

October 18, 2022
January 10, 2023

Common Job Titles

Management Analyst
Compliance Manager
Social and Community Service Manager
Executive Coach
Nonprofit Executive Director

Curriculum

Leadership extends beyond giving directions and persevering in the face of challenges. Instead, fostering collective success and a sense of accomplishment rests on support, collaboration, and a culture where all ideas are heard. In turn, the online Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership focuses on relationship building — listening, motivating, and nurturing innovation and advancement through teamwork. 

The program is divided into two segments: a 39 credit-hour core and 25 credit hours of electives for exploring higher-level leadership, communications, and business subjects. However you envision your career, the program covers:

  • classic and contemporary leadership principles;
  • the art of cultivating your leadership style in relation to your vocation;
  • ethical, top-down decision-making skills;
  • research designs and statistics methods for making data-backed decisions;
  • organization-level decision-making skills to encourage success and cultural change;
  • management theory;
  • human resources management;
  • team dynamics;
  • psychology-rooted organizational behavior theory;
  • race and racism and their influence on the workplace;
  • crisis management principles;
  • models of organizational change and development; and
  • organizational communication theories and methods.

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Dena Counts, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

Dr. Dena Counts, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

Dr. Dena Counts is an assistant professor and the program director for two programs – the online B.S. in Applied Communication and the online B.S. in Organizational Leadership. Dena received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication from ACU. After working in the fields of fundraising, consulting, training, and human resources, Dena returned to ACU where she has served in multiple roles during the past 12 years. Dena received her doctorate in Organizational Leadership through ACU Online in 2019. Dena loves the challenge of teaching online and she is continually looking to improve learning and communication strategies for the online student.

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The School of Organizational Leadership oversees this online bachelor’s program. Students are encouraged to hone their strengths not only in relation to their career but vocational calling and role in their community. This intersection sparks curiosity through exploration of leadership theory alongside formation and imparts Christian values not just for personal guidance but for making ethical decisions and operating with integrity and authenticity in the workplace.

 

Through this framework, the online Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership program:

  • stresses the relationship between driving results and empathetic, collaborative leadership;
  • touches on various leadership styles, including transactional and transformative, and their applications;
  • aims to strengthen your decision-making skills, cultural intelligence, and team building, with the goal of creating more diverse organizations;
  • explores leadership not just as a tool of innovation and direction but of change that extends beyond your organization;
  • delivers a global perspective of business and leadership;
  • encourages you to uncover your own leadership style — one that’s equal parts vision, empathetic communication, and purposeful management to bring individuals together and inspire change;
  • equips you to anticipate and persevere through various organizational challenges; and
  • refines your written and verbal communication, critical-thinking, analytical, problem-solving, and strategic-planning skills.

Reach higher, switch fields, or prepare for a role with more responsibilities. ACU’s online Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership degree program prepares you for the steadily growing number of management positions: between 2020 and 2030, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the workforce will need nine percent more management professionals, including in private, nonprofit, and government sectors. 

 

Based on where you see yourself making a difference, your degree prepares you for positions in:

  • employee relations;
  • sales;
  • organizational dynamics;
  • human resources;
  • business development;
  • project management; and
  • customer service.
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To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Submit official high school and/or college transcripts.
  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.

Students are not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores.

Graduation Requirements: Students must earn a 2.0 GPA or higher to meet graduation requirements and complete at least 33 advanced hours.

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Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).