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Bethel’s B.A. in Organizational Leadership degree provides a transformative education that will enable you to make a difference in the world and inspire others. You’ll learn how to lead with character, build successful teams, and influence your organization.

You need to have 60 credits to start this program. Your enrollment counselor can help you explore your options for obtaining credits, including taking courses in our associate degree programs.

Face to Face

Face to Face Evening

You'll meet during the evening at one of our convenient locations.

Location: Anderson Center

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.


Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Location: Online

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

18-22 months


  • Foundations of Business Management (BUSN301)

    An exploration of the foundations of modern management theory and practice including how external and internal environmental factors impact the practice of business management. Topics such as global forces, political and legal forces, socio-cultural forces and demographic forces will be used to develop an understanding of the complexities in business management today.

    3 credits

  • Global Management and Leadership in Business (BUSN310E)

    Equip managers and leaders with a framework for formulating strategies to thrive in a global marketplace. Develop global managerial and leadership perspectives on business opportunities and challenges in global trade, competition, modes of market entry, investment systems, power distance, communications, member cultures, and other leader/manager challenges.

    3 credits

  • Professional Project Management (BUSN320)

    Introduction to the principles of project management including the role of the project manager, types of projects, stages of a project, project variables, and project processes. Examines the organization, planning, and controlling of projects and provides practical knowledge on managing project scope, schedule and resources.

    3 credits

  • Leadership and Adult Development (ORGL310)

    Assessment of personal strengths and how those strengths apply in personal, professional and learning communities. Analysis of various theories of adult development including psychological, moral and spiritual development. Reflection on personal strengths, development and purpose.

    3 credits

  • Theories of Organizations and Leadership (ORGL330)

    Evaluation of leadership theories. Exploration of organizational behavior and leadership models and their distinguishing attitudes, values and cultural dimensions. Analysis of individual/organizational factors that stimulate behavior. Analysis of common characteristics contributing to building and sustaining organizational culture. Identification of how faith and worldviews affect leadership theory and practice.

    3 credits

  • Scholarly Research and Writing for Organizational Leadership (ORGL340R)

    Instruction and practice in scholarly writing as preparation for the programs writing assignments. A practical approach to expository essay structure, and reading and writing research studies. Bibliographic instruction, writing portions of a literature review, and an introduction to principles of survey research are included.

    3 credits

  • Leadership Communication (ORGL350)

    Good communication as a foundation for effective leadership. A leaders communication as a reflection of the ability to successfully influence and impact others with integrity. Practices, skills, and tools necessary to focus on the leader as the communication champion.

    3 credits

  • Leading in the Digital Age (ORGL370)

    Introduction to major technology developments and their impact on people and organizations. Evaluation of technology, benefits and consequences of technology, and technology change in the organizational context. Analysis of personal and organizational issues related to technology in light of ethical and/or moral reasoning and relevant organizational and/or personal characteristics.

    3 credits

  • Principles of Leading and Managing (ORGL400)

    Introduction to management principles and the leadership practices that support them. Evaluation of basic leadership models and individual management practices within an organization, and assessment of deep personal commitments that can impact leadership practices. Integration of research, best practice, and developmental self-awareness into a personal leadership and management plan.

    3 credits

  • Self-Leadership and Organizational Health (ORGL430)

    Analysis of components that contribute to healthy organizations, effective leaders and engaged followers. Apply self-leadership in real-world contexts. Recognition of appreciation in organizational environments. Assessment of personal understanding of cultural awareness and focused strategies. Exploration of how faith, worldviews and self-leadership inform organizational health.

    3 credits

  • Integrated Principles of Leadership (ORGL462)

    Focus on an integrated paradigm that brings together the broad field of leadership. Examination of framing real versus perceived issues, in real time. Discussion and practice of resolving identified issues. A study of the implications of managements best practices and how they impact morale, employee contribution, and organizational effectiveness.

    3 credits

  • Applied Leadership Ethics (ORGL465H)

    Study of the ethical and emotional intelligence dimensions of leadership. In particular, consideration of the impact of ethics on the resolution of internal issues through the application of authentic leadership, how ethical growth occurs from a biblical perspective, and the relationship of ethics with emotional intelligence.

    3 credits

  • Leadership and Change (ORGL490)

    Study of the various components of change and transformation related to leading, managing, and following. Examination of the leaders role in promoting an environment that allows for the well-being of both the individual and the organization. Designed as a senior seminar integrating and synthesizing personal learning experiences in the program.

    3 credits

  • CORE Courses

    A distinctive feature of Bethel's programs is our commitment to the development of the whole person. In addition to courses within a program, students explore personal values and faith formation in a hospitable environment that respects learning from one another's perspectives. Rather than teaching students what to think about Christianity, we teach students how to think about the Bible, Christian history, and personal faith.

    • Community, Self and Formation: Ancient and Contemporary Narratives (CORE300)

      An exploration of self in the world, based on personal experience and classical spiritual practices. Students are challenged to think systemically about contexts of family, faith community, workplace, and broader culture as they plan for lifelong formation and contribution to the well-being of others.

      3 credits

    • Examining Crucial Questions (CORE330)

      Summary of the Christian biblical narrative. Identification of the roles of scripture, history, experience, and reason as they form convictions related to social and ethical issues. Examination of selected theological concepts using the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, as well as the application of those concepts to real life situations.

      3 credits

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