Leadership Development

You Can Earn your Degree in About Two Years

If you already have an Associate of Arts and Science degree, the online Leadership Development program can be completed in as few as two years.

Leaders with strong decision-making skills are in demand in today’s fast-paced, dynamic global economy.

Our Leadership Development program prepares you to make complex leadership and management decisions by:

  • Building and strengthening your personal leadership ability.
  • Expanding your confidence in conflict resolution.
  • Helping you understand the complexities of managing a team in today’s workplace.
  • Improving your communication skills.
  • Inspiring you to motivate your colleagues in almost any work environment.

Transfer Credits

If you already have an AAS degree, you most likely will transfer in about 60 credits. In some cases, we can accept up to 90 credits of previous college-level coursework.

Find Out How Your Credits Transfer

One of our staff members will be happy to review your previous coursework and prepare a personalized planner that will explain how your associate degree or other credits will transfer and what coursework you will need to complete to earn your Liberal Studies degree.

Affordable and Flexible

Our tuition—$360 per credit for *Leadership Development courses—helps simplify the budgeting for your degree. Courses taken outside of your degree requirements may have additional fees.

Financial aid is available for students who qualify. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

We also welcome Veteran’s benefits and employer reimbursement. 

100 Percent Online and Accelerated

The Leadership Development program is offered completely online!

Most courses are delivered in an accelerated, seven-week session, which offers additional flexibility for students working full time whether you work outside or inside the home.

Courses are delivered through Canvas where you will interact with your professors and classmates through online discussion, class lectures and the use of a dropbox for assignments to upload assignments.

There are no required scheduled meeting times, but there are deadlines and due dates for projects, assignments and discussions.

A Wide Variety of Career Options

The online Leadership Development is a degree that prepares students to be leaders in a wide variety of workplace environments. It is applicable for students interested in pursuing leadership roles in a wide variety of business settings, as well as in non-profit, civic, and community organizations.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the online Leadership Development gain the skills and knowledge to be true, transformative leaders. The five key learning outcomes of this program were developed with workforce and organizational needs in mind.

Learning outcomes are supported by the curriculum and course instruction.

The five learning outcomes for the Leadership Development program are: 

  • Understand how current technologies can be used to communicate effectively in professional environments.
  • Be able to gather, assess, and use information to make informed and well-reasoned decisions.
  • Be able to apply theories of leadership to create an effective team environment in the workplace.
  • Have a broad understanding of effective leadership roles and strategies and be able to apply them in a variety of professional, personal, and civic environments.
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to understand and apply communication theory in order to effect appropriate change in a variety of leadership settings.

Admissions Requirements

As a student in the online Leadership Development program, your major will be within the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS). You are not required to take the ACT, SAT or placement exams or have any previous college credits; however, many students transfer credits from other institutions.

Learn More About the Admissions Process

Browse the Courses

The Leadership Development program consists of general education courses, Liberal Studies major courses, and Leadership Development emphasis courses.

Previous credits and prior work experience may count for some requirements. Contact the program advisor for a credit transfer evaluation!

Major and Emphasis Courses

Communication 384: Online Business and Professional Speaking (3 credits)

An examination of the unique communication problems and practices in business and industry. Through investigation, case study and practical exercises students should understand and be able to participate effectively in a variety of communication experiences faced by managers in business and the professions.

Communication 380: Introduction to Organizational Communication Studies (3 credits)

The course explores the origins and usefulness of organizational communication theory through the examination and pragmatic application of those theories, concepts, and issues to adult learners’ organizational experiences. A significant focus of the course will be having students gain knowledge for understanding and improving communication skills in a variety of settings by analyzing challenges commonly faced in today’s organizations. Topics may include: decision making, organizational change, technology, globalization, emotion, assimilation, and other issues central to organizational communication.

Communication 382: Applied Communication Studies: Managerial Communication (3 credits)

Organizations need managers that understand how communication shapes the work environment and who are able to apply that understanding to effectively direct and coordinate work processes, build relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and foster cultural values and practices that enhance the experiences and decisions of their members. This course is structured around a series of core communication issues and challenges that managers encounter in performing their organizational roles and responsibilities. Adult students enrolled in this class will learn managerial communication concepts, theories, and issues in order to critically asses their own organizational experience with (or as) managers and to develop strategies that address real-world challenges managers face.

Liberal Studies 208: The Ecology of Occupation (3 credits) (SS) (XS)

Examines the relationship between occupation (both work and discretionary) and values, identity and health/wellness in contemporary society. Focuses on the complex variables (economic, psychological, sociological, genetic) which affect occupational choice, and hence our freedom (or lack thereof) to engage in meaningful, rewarding occupation.

Liberal Studies 209: Critical Thinking & Writing (3 credits)

Introduces the concepts related to self-directed, life-long learning with a focus on various types of thinking and writing skills through exposure to a broad range of academic subjects. Students will be introduced to the principles and processes involved in developing a learning portfolio, which will be required in their Capstone course.

Liberal Studies 230: Introduction to Leadership (3 credits)

This course will introduce students to a variety of theories and issues involved with leadership, including power and influence; vision, values and ethics; effecting change through teams and coalition; and the importance of embracing diversity. Examples will be drawn from a broad range of contexts, including organizations, education, politics, and communities.

Liberal Studies 301: 
Contemporary Global Issues and Problems (3 credits)

This course explores the ethical and religious dimensions of several global challenges in contemporary international society: (1) the expanding role of religion as a motivation for violence as well as a force for justice and peace; (2) the increasing deterioration of the global environment; (3) international efforts to protect human rights in countries where there is systematic oppression or genocide; and (4) the chronic gap in wealth between rich and poor nations.

Liberal Studies 309: 
Development of Scientific Ideas (3 credits)

Encourage analysis and understanding of the ideas that have effected scientific developments over the last two thousand years. Examines the growing ability of scientists to understand the phenomenon of nature; specifically, it peruses seminal ideas in astronomy, biology, physics and other sciences. Addresses broad scientific ideas and notes their practical significance for man. Prerequisites: concurrent or prior enrollment Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.

Liberal Studies 335: Transformative Leadership (3 credits)

Transformative leadership is a creative, passionate, and authentic expression of service inspired by the leadership wisdom of Bennis, Drucker, Greanleaf, Hesselbein, Hooks, and Quinn. In this course, learners will have the opportunity to identify and develop individually unique and effective leadership styles and approaches. Through a combination of inventories, reflection, and experiential activities, learners will explore their passion and what constrains their leadership as well as how they impact and influence others. Learners also will observe and analyze the leadership styles of leaders with whom they associate.

Liberal Studies 336: Collaborative Leadership Dynamics (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce a theoretical framework for collaborative leadership and the elements of group dynamics that support and maintain its success. Opportunities to integrate theory and practice will be provided to assist learners in understanding how groups function and how they as leaders, impact the ability/behaviors of the group for solving personal, interpersonal, group and organizational problems.

Liberal Studies 337: Conflict Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration (3 credits)

Designed to introduce learners to the study of ADR or Alternative Dispute Resolution, this course explores the resolution of conflict through negotiation, mediation and arbitration. A variety of approaches for resolving conflict are examined, from the adjudicative (arbitration, private or special judging, neutral fact-finding), to the evaluative (peer, lay, judicial, and expert evaluation) to the meditative. Emphasis is given to the meditative process and its usefulness in a wide range of venues. Learners will be given multiple opportunities to integrate theory and practice in the development of conflict resolution skills.

Liberal Studies 410: 
Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

Designed as a culminating or “capstone” learning experience, this course focuses on the integration of concepts and ideas from previous Liberal Studies courses.

Liberal Studies 436: Senior Project (3 credits) (14 weeks)

This course is designed as a culminating or “capstone” learning experience for adults nearing the completion of the baccalaureate degree through Online and Continuing Education. The fundamental aim of the course is to equip participants with the learning capacities and competencies necessary for continued personal, civic and career growth. This course is an individually planned learning project that combines the concepts and ideas mastered through coursework with actual workplace environments. The student, the instructor and a workplace mentor will agree on an applied learning project. Goals, objectives, and a preliminary plan will be approved in writing by all three parties before the project is begun. The project will be supervised by the University instructor and the workplace mentor and will include a literature review and commentary, original work and a final report and presentation.

Public Administration 364
: Administrative Leadership and Behavior (3 credits) (SS)

Leadership criteria, sources, motivations and possibilities at different organizational levels in America; tools of leadership for promoting organizational goals; analysis of effects on societal, political and bureaucratic structures on a cross-cultural basis.

A Supportive Community

You will have a strong support network from day one with small classes, dedicated advisors and excellent campus resources that are available to all online students: academic advising, Polk Library and writing center


Online Degree Programs

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