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Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership


Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership provides an academic foundation for the professional and career-focused study of leadership principles and skills. It is specifically designed to advance the professional objectives of students who desire to complete a baccalaureate degree for career advancement and expanded job opportunities. The combination of leadership, management, and global and social-cultural perspectives provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective leadership at various levels and in a variety of occupational settings.

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The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

  • Application and Fee
  • Official copy of Transcript(s) if applicable
  • ACT or SAT scores if applicable

Application Process

1. Apply for admission 

  • Visit the Distance Learning Admission Page for more information.
    • A Step By Step Guide for completing the application process: Application Tutorial
      • There is a $45 application fee.
  • Complete the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application
    • Under Planned Course of Study Section, Choose:
      • Category of Study >>> Bachelor's Degree
      • Planned Course of Study >>> Organizational Leadership-Prep - Seeking Admission
      • Primary Location >>> Web (online only)

2. Submit Required Materials:

  • Beginning Freshmen
    • An official high school transcript (no faxed transcripts accepted)
    • ACT or SAT scores.
      • Students over the age of 21 may substitute the ACCUPLACER for ACT/SAT. Additional information: HERE.
  • Transfer or Readmit Student
    • Send your official transcripts from each college attended, other than WKU,  to Undergraduate Admissions
      • You may request electronic transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse. This speeds up the admissions process considerably. If your school is not listed with the Clearinghouse, please contact them directly to see if they have another process in place for electronic submissions or request that an official copy be sent by mail.
    • Students with fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit earned, must also submit:
      • High school transcript
      • ACT or SAT scores
  • For additional information on university admission requirements please visit WKU Admissions.

Deadlines for Admission Applications & Transcripts

Kentucky & Out-of-State Residents

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring Semester: January 1
  • Summer Term: May 1

International Students

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: September 1
  • Summer Term: March 1

Required Core Courses (24 hours)

Please Note: Prerequisites are noted in parenthesis.

  • LEAD 200: Intro to Leadership Studies or LEAD 300: Leadership Theory & Application
  • LEAD 325: Leading Change (prerequisite: LEAD 200 or 300
  • LEAD 330: Leadership Ethics & Decision Making (prerequisite: LEAD 200 or 300)
  • LEAD 395: Contemporary Leadership Issues (prerequisite: LEAD 200 or 300)
  • LEAD 400: Practicum in Leadership (prerequisite: LEAD 200 or 300)
  • LEAD 440: Leading Teams (prerequisite: LEAD 200 or 300)
  • LEAD 450: Leadership in Global Contexts (prerequisite: LEAD 200 or 300)
  • LEAD 465: 

Elective Courses (24 hours)

In addition to courses outlined above, students must complete 24 hours of electives in combination with transferred hours relating to leadership.Courses may be selected from the list below. Additional courses may be incorporated with advisor approval:

  • AMS 430: Technology Man
  • COMM 240: Critical Listening 
  • COMM 263: Communication & Culture 
  • HCA 340:  Healthcare Organization & Man.
  • ICSR 300: Public Problem Solving
  • MGT 305: Critical Thinking in Management
  • MGT 311: Human Resource Management
  • MGT 333: Man. of Non-Profit Organizations
  • MGT 361: Business Communication Fundamentals
  • MGT 417: Organizational Behaviors
  • MGT 419: Management of Organizational Conflict
  • PSY 350: Social Psychology
  • PSY 355: Issues in Cross Cultural Psychology
  • PSY 370: Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • SOCL 360: Community in Rural and Urban Settings
  • SOCL 362: Social Institutions: Race, Class and Gender

Colonnade (39 Hours) or General Education Certification

In addition to the program specific courses previously listed, students without an A.A. or A.S from a regionally accredited school must complete 39 additional hours as part of the Colonnade Program (formerly General Education). However, students who transfer to WKU with an earned associate degree from a regionally accredited school are considered General Education Certified and are not required to complete Colonnade requirements.

Please note the following as you plan your program of study:

  • A bachelor’s degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. Remaining hours may be earned through completing a Minor Program of Study, an Undergraduate Certificate, additional electives or through a combination of these options.
  • Students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership may earn no more than:
    • 24 semester hours from the School of Journalism and Broadcasting
    • 30 hours in courses administered by the Gordon Ford College of Business
    • 12 upper-level semester hours from the Gordon Ford College of Business.
  • Students who transfer to WKU with an applied associate degree (e.g., Associate of Applied Science) receive a 12-hour waiver from the overall upper-level course requirement.

Joint Undergraduate Masters Program (JUMP)

The Organizational Leadership JUMP Program provide students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately five years. Qualified students have the opportunity to take up to 12 credits of graduate classes as an undergraduate student (at the undergraduate tuition rate)! These 12 graduate credits fulfill both undergraduate and graduate requirements. Please contact the program advisor, Fallon Willoughby at fallon.willoughby@wku.edu to learn more. 

Academic Department

Program Advisor:Fallon Willoughby
Phone: (270) 745-5137
Email: fallon.willoughby@wku.edu
Website: wku.edu/leadership/undergraduate/bachelors.php


WKU Online

Email:learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online 

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