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Program Overview

This degree will give you the credentials to advance your career in any company or industry or to move your career in a new direction. The program offers a great opportunity to study with your peers: adults with substantial work experience. Not only will you learn from professors and curriculum, but also from the students’ real-world perspectives. And you can learn online from wherever you need to be and when it’s convenient.

  • You may be able to receive credit for life and work experience through a Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio. You may also be able to receive transfer credit for previous college courses.
  • Save more with a special reduced tuition rate.
  • All courses are completely online.
  • You’ll have support every step of the way with professors, advisors and tutoring
  • You will be connected to a community of peers in numerous organizations and industries.
Students in Life Skills class

This program emphasizes:

  • Understanding organizational systems
  • Models of effective leadership across a variety of professional contexts
  • Organizational continuous quality improvement methods
  • Knowledge and skills appropriate for professionals in organizational, industrial and institutional leadership
Students in Life Skills class

Graduates of this program may work as:

  • Consultants
  • Leaders in nonprofit or community organizations
  • Managers or directors
  • Supervisors in manufacturing companies
  • Human resources professionals
  • Business owners
Students in Communication Studies class


The curriculum focuses on:

  • The nature and characteristics of leadership across a range of professions and contexts
  • Using work and life experiences as examples to analyze information on leadership and determine effective practices
  • Critical thinking
  • Organizational development and change models
  • Research methodology for understanding, objectively processing and predicting human behavior, social affairs and business applications

This degree has a total of 120 credit hours, with requirements in three categories: core curriculum, major and minor.

Major Course Requirements

  • EDAE 101 Introduction to Leadership for the Adult Learner (3 credit hours)
  • EDAE 102 Study Skills for Adult Learners (3)
  • EDAE 203 Critical Thinking in Social Sciences (3)
  • EDAE 406 Systems Theory and Human Capability (3)  
  • EDAE 412 Organizational Development and Change (3)
  • EDAE 415 Social Science Research Skills for Leaders (3)
  • EDAE 418 Ethical Leadership in Workplace Training (3)  
  • EDAE 430 Capstone in Organizational Leadership (3)
  • COM 101 Human Communication (3)
  • COM  206 Small Group Communication (3)
  • COM  305 Organizational Communication (3)
  • COM 333 Leadership Communication (3)
  • COM  343 Conflict, Mediation and Negotiation (3)
  • MATH 108 (3)
  • MIS 221 Information Technology (3)
  • PHIL 220 (3)
  • SOC 150 (3)
  • SOC 301 (3)

Minor in Ethics (15 hours)

Philosophy ethics course (choose 2):

  • PHIL 210 Philosophy of Human Nature (3)
  • PHIL 215 Ethics (3)
  • PHIL 280 Applied Ethics (3)

Religion ethics course (choose 2):

  • REL 109 Exploring Christian Ethics (3)
  • REL 220 Taking Human Life (3)
  • REL 308 Faith and Society (3)
  • REL 401 Seminar in Christian Ethics (3)

Any approved ethics course (Course will be approved by the Ethics Minor Committee. See either department chair for the list.)

Contact Information

Yolonda Sanders, Ph.D.
Program Director, Professional Instructor