Upcoming Start Dates

  • March 11, 2020 (8-week Spring Term)
  • May 26, 2020 (8-week Summer Term)
  • August 19, 2020 (Full Session)
  • October 12, 2020 (8-week Fall Term)

Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership

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The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership will prepare you to be an active leader defined by your contributions to successful organizations and communities.

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The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership is a fully online program designed to equip students with the management and leadership skills necessary for professional advancement in the modern workplace. The program combines elements of organizational theory with practical human resources and communications training.

Graduates are prepared for leadership roles in corporate, education, non-profit, and other professional sectors.


  • 2.5 minimum GPA for all previous college course work
  • No minimum test score required

Curriculum Topics:

  • Organizational Theory
  • Research Principles and Methodology
  • Change Management
  • Digital Technology Assessment
  • Employee Motivation Tactics
  • Communication Strategies
  • Behavioral Analysis
  • Team Leadership Fundamentals
  • Human Resource Management
  • Approaches to Innovation
  • Evaluation of Organizational Structures
  • Strategic Plan Development and Implementation
  • Ethical Leadership

Follow these steps to apply for this program:

  1. Submit a completed GOAL-Degree Completion Program Application

  2. Send Official Transcripts of previously attended institutions to:

    Gardner Webb-University
    Digital Learning
    P.O. Box 1896
    Boiling Springs, NC 28017
    Or electronic official copies to: dcp@gardner-webb.edu

  3. Submission of official transcripts from any institution attended during the interim if applying for readmission as a former student.

Applicants must have earned at least 24 hours of college credit; those with 48 or more transferable hours may be admitted without additional review. Applicants with fewer than 48 transferable hours will work with their assigned Success Coach in collaboration with the academic program leadership of the applicant’s chosen major program of study to produce a written curriculum plan establishing a clear path to graduation.

Gardner-Webb partners with community colleges in NC for our Pathways program, which offers the opportunity for community college students to transfer credits from their Associates in an Applied Science degree toward a corresponding Bachelor’s degree offered by GOAL-The Degree Completion Program.

Additionally, Gardner-Webb University is a participating institution in the North Carolina Community College Articulation Agreement for an Associates of Arts and Associates of Science degree, offering greater transfer opportunities for continuing your education. Visit our transfer equivalency database to find out more about which courses will transfer to GWU.

The University also participates in the North Carolina RN to BSN Uniform Articulation Agreement, allowing registered nurses who hold an Associate in Nursing degree from a NC Community College to complete a BSN in as little as 1 year following the NCCC RN-BSN 5 block degree program.

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