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Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

Bachelor of Science in Organizational LeadershipThe 100% Online 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.

Minimum requirements for admission:

When completing 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)

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This major requires a minimum of 48 semester hours: 24 hours in the leadership core plus 24 hours in identified electives. Students must meet all University requirements for admission, continuance in the program, and graduation. Sample Program Schedule

Below is the list of major requirements available through WKU Online (semester-based online or self-paced on demand courses).

Required Leadership Core (24 hours)

LEAD 200


LEAD 300

Intro to Leadership Studies-Fall, Spring, Summer


Lead Theory & Application-Fall, Spring Summer

LEAD 325

Leading Change-Fall, Spring, Summer

LEAD 330

Lead Ethics & Decision Making-Fall, Spring, Summer

LEAD 395

Contemp Leadership Issues-Fall, Spring, Summer

LEAD 400

Practicum in Leadership-Fall, Spring, Summer

LEAD 440

Leading Teams-Fall, Spring, Summer

LEAD 450

Leadership in Global Contexts-Fall, Spring, Summer

LEAD 465

Leadership Coaching-Fall, Spring

Identified Electives (24 hours)

AMS 390

Project Management (Fall, winter, and summer)

AMS 430

Technology Management/Supervision/Team Building-Winter, Spring, Summer

BE 350

Business Communication-Fall

COMM 240

Effective Listening-Fall, Spring, Summer

ENG 306

Business Writing-Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

ENT 312

Entrepreneurship-Fall, Spring

HCA 340

Health Care Organization & Management-Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

HCA 346

Ambulatory Care Administration-Fall, Spring, Summer

MGT 200

Legal Environment of Business-Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

MGT 305

Ethics & Critical Thinking-Fall, Winter, Summer

MGT 311

Human Resource Management-Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

MGT 333

Management of Non-Profit Organizations-Fall, Spring

MGT 361

Business Communication Fundamentals-Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

MGT 400

Employment Law-Fall, Summer

MGT 417

Organizational Behavior-Spring and Summer

MKT 220

Basic Marketing Concepts-Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

MKT 325

Personal Selling-Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

PSY 350


PSYS 350


Social Psychology-Fall, Winter, Spring

PSY 355

Issues in Cross-Cultural Psychology-Summer

PSYS 370

Industrial/Organizational Psychology-Fall, Spring

REC 460

Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations-Spring

SOCL 360

 Community in Rural & Urban Settings-Fall, Spring

SOCL 375

Diversity in American Society-Fall, Spring

SPS 300

Systems Thinking & Problem-Solving in Complex Organizations-Fall, Spring, Summer)

Colonnade/General Education Certification

In addition to the program requirement courses listed above, students without an earned associatiates and/or General Education Certification from a regionally accredited school must complete 39 additional hours as part of the Colonnade Program (formerly General Education).

Students who transfer to WKU with an earned associate degree and/or General Education Certification 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 120 unduplicated credit hours. More information at wku.edu/registrar/degreecert.
    • Remaining hours may be met through transfer work, completing Colonnade or adding a Minor Program of StudyUndergraduate Certificate, additional electives or a combination of these options.
    • 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.
  • Students seeking this degree may earn no more than:
    • 24 hours from the School of Journalism & Broadcasting
    • 30 hours from the Gordon Ford College of Business
    • 12 upper-level hours from the Gordon Ford College of Business.

Joint Undergraduate Master Program (JUMP)

The Organizational Leadership JUMP Program provides students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately five years. Qualified students have the opportunity to take up to 18 credits of graduate classes as an undergraduate student (at the undergraduate tuition rate)! 12 of these graduate credits can fulfill both undergraduate and graduate program requirements. Please contact the program advisor if you would like to participate in the JUMP Program.

Financial Aid includes grants, scholarships and loans for educational purposes.

To qualify for federal student aid you must meet certain requirements. General eligibility requirements can be reviewed on the Federal Student Aid website at studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/basic-criteria. Here are a few basics to keep in mind:

  • Your eligibility is determined through an application process. So, your first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at fafsa.ed.gov/. Even if you doubt your eligibility, apply. Approximately 90% of those who apply qualify for some form of aid.
  • Online courses are treated the same as face-to-face courses. If your application is approved, you may elect to take web, on demand or face-to-face courses. 
    • Online On Demand courses require same semester completion and an On Demand Agreement.
  • You must be classified as a degree-seeking student to qualify.
    • Degree seeking normally refers to an associate, baccalaureate or master degree. However, some stand-alone certificates are eligible. For additional information on eligible certificate programs Click Here
    • Certificates may also be earned in conjunction with degrees at the associate, baccalaureate and master levels and  financial aid will be awarded based on the primary degree listed.
  • You must be registered at least half-time to receive aid (6 credit hours for undergrad students; 4.5 credit hours for grad students).
  • You must meet federal and state regulations regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to remain eligible. The complete SAP Policy is available at wku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.
  • The WKU School Code for the FAFSA application is 002002.

Veterans and Active Military

WKU is a military friendly school. Veterans and active military are required to file additional forms for military tuition assistance. The Office of Veterans Affairs unit that helps ensure all appropriate information is on file. For additional information visit wku.edu/veteran or email va.questions@wku.edu

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Tuition rates are based on:

  • Student Classification (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Enrollment Status (full-time or part-time)
  • Delivery Mode (Web, On Demand, Face-to-Face).

We know that it can be difficult to understand the different tuition rates and how they apply to you. The information on this page is designed to provide clarification on tuition, as it applies to online courses. The WKU Bursar Office provides additional information and should be considered the official source.

Please note: The information below does not apply to programs falling under The Kentucky P-12 Professional Educator Rate. The educator rate is a special tuition rate for Kentucky teachers in specific master degree programs. It is $350 per credit hour for online courses. More information, including a list of eligible programs, can be found here.

Students enrolling exclusively in web courses (semester-based web or on demand) are charged the per credit hour rate listed below regardless of location.

2019-2020 Academic Year - Online (Web) Rate
Undergraduate Students $540 per Credit Hour
Graduate Students $707 per Credit Hour
2019-2020 Academic Year - On Demand Rate
Undergraduate Students $450 per Credit Hour
Graduate Students $707 per Credit Hour

Full-Time Undergraduate Students

  • Fully Online Students: If you are enrolled exclusively in online courses (i.e. semester based web courses, On Demand courses or a combination of the two), you will be charged the applicable per credit hour rate for each course (applicable rates are noted above). There is no full-time online rate. No out-of-state tuition is ever charged.
  • Semester-based web + face-to-face: Full-time undergraduate students who enroll in a combination of face-to-face classes + web will be charged the applicable in-state or out-of-state tuition rate + an additional per credit hour fee for the web class (the fee for 2018-2019 is $150 per credit hour).
  • On Demand + face-to-face: Full-time undergraduate students who enroll in a combination of face-to-face classes + on demand are charged per credit hour, based on class type (face-to-face or on demand) for all hours taken up to 12 credit hours. Those enrolling in at least 12 hours of face-to-face classes + on demand class(es) are charged the applicablein-state or out-of-state tuition rate full-time tuition rate for face-to-face classes + the per credit hour rate for the additional on demand class(es).

Part-Time Undergraduate Students

Part-time undergraduate students enrolling in a combination of delivery modes (Face-to-Face, Web, On Demand) are charged the per credit hour rate for each course, based on course type.

  • On Demand Courses: The per credit hour rate for in-state undergrad students is always charged, regardless of where you live.
  • Web Courses: The per credit hour web course rate is always charged, regardless of where you live.
  • Face-to-Face Courses: The applicable in-state/out-of-state per credit hour rate is charged.

Graduate Students always pay the per-credit hour rate based on course type (Face-to-Face, Web, On Demand), regardless of part-time or full-time status.

Potential Additional Fees:

Course Fees
Occasionally, there is an additional fee charged in relation to a specific course. The fees are non-refundable after the University's refund period is less than 100%. The WKU Office of the Bursar provides additional information about course fees.

Proctored Exam Fees
Students taking web courses are often required to take proctored exams where students are monitored while taking the exam. DELO Testing Centers is one option for WKU students and does not charge a fee for proctoring. If you are unable to visit WKU’s campus, there are other options within the WKU Remote Proctoring Network, which includes both proctor locations who charge for proctoring services as well as those who do not charge. Students are responsible for payment of any proctoring fees if they choose to use a proctor who charges a fee for this service. Students are also responsible for any additional fees that might be associated with the use of a particular proctoring site, such as parking fees.

Academic Department

Program Advisor: Dr. John Baker
Phone: (270) 745-5149
Website: wku.edu/leadership/undergraduate/bachelors

WKU Online

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

You may qualify for up to $4,000 in scholarships!

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 Last Modified 8/6/20