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Online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management and Leadership

Become a leader for change in your workplace

Companies, organizations and communities across the globe are seeking principled, ethical, effective leaders prepared to guide their team through seasons of dynamic change and growth. The Bachelor of Science in Management and Leadership degree program at William Woods University equips you with critical skills and a deeper understanding of what it means to be a leader in the 21st century.

At the heart of this degree program, offered both online and on campus, is a focus on leadership as an ethical endeavor, with the intent of developing leaders of character who will have a positive impact within their organizations and society. Through each management and leadership course, you will develop critical skills to lead such as resolving conflict, decision-making, adapting to change, providing vision, motivating others and achieving organizational goals.

In addition to focusing on the soft skills needed for today’s business environment, you will have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of the hard skills and delve deeper into your area of professional interest by choosing to pursue one of our several business discipline concentrations, including: Accounting, Advertising and Marketing, Economics and Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Entrepreneurial Management (online only) and Administration (online only).

Special opportunities

  • Develop your ability to lead in complex, dynamic and fast-changing environments and lead a diverse workforce through taking courses in Adaptive Leadership, Change Leadership, Business Ethics and Leadership Theory.
  • Take advanced level courses in areas like Global Leadership that challenge you to analyze the attributes of effective global leadership and the issues facing global leaders.
  • Learn from faculty who are experts in their field and have published original research in areas such as ethics, cross-cultural leadership, organizational psychology and leadership; who have held positions as military officers, leading international peacekeeping efforts in the Middle East; who are founders and presidents of consulting firms that train law enforcement in improving their leadership capabilities; and other leadership experts.
  • Join William Woods Collegiate-DECA team, recent first place winner in the international competition, and gain greater understanding and experience in your chosen career path through networking, travel and competition at both the regional and international level.
  • Collaborate on several projects throughout your course of study and learn to demonstrate project management, communication and organizational skills.

Your management and leadership degree at work

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Management and Leadership program go on to pursue careers as business analysts, business operations managers, first-line supervisors and more. In addition to working in corporations, graduates of this program will find a variety of opportunities working in the Armed Forces, governmental organizations and nonprofits.

Students who complete this program are well positioned to pursue a graduate degree in a range of areas, such as management, organizational leadership, MBA programs and others.

Faculty Perspectives

Employers often find it easier to find individuals with the technical skills needed to be successful in their positions but they struggle to find individuals with the soft skills necessary to lead their organizations. In this program, we strive to develop our students’ leadership competencies so they can effectively lead in a variety of organizational environments. We want our graduates to make their followers and their organizations better today than they were yesterday and better tomorrow then they are today.

Dr. Stephen Forsha, Director of the School of Business and Technology


The Bachelor of Science in Management and Leadership degree at William Woods University consists of 124 distinct credit hours for graduation — including 48 core major credits and a capstone component.

Courses you may take

ACC 240 - Principles of Accounting I - 3.00

An introduction to the principles underlying accounting information. The course will focus on the role that accounting information plays in planning, evaluating, and recording operating activities of businesses. An introduction to financial statements is also included. In this course students will summarize financial data and construct basic financial statements using various software tools such as Excel and QuickBooks.

BUS 321 - Principles of Marketing - 3.00

An application of concepts from the field of marketing of consumer demand in relation to marketing procedures, functions, methods, policies, including issues of marketers from a marketing perspective.

BUS 324 - Personal Finance - 3.00

This course provides practical information covering five main topics: money management (budget, credit cards, income taxes, and mortgage payments), insurance, investments, retirement and estate planning. Students are expected to integrate various personal finance instruments and construct a personal finance plan based on their personal assessment. Prerequisite: Any college level math course

BUS 351 - Principles of Management - 3.00

An investigation of management concepts with an emphasis on the four basic managerial functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling, including the application of decision making, group dynamics, communication, and the business environment.

BUS 421 - Organizational Behavior - 3.00

This course will build on prior management and behavioral concept and theory to explore individual and group processes involved in management/employee relationship, group dynamics, conflicts management, change management, motivation, moral, job design, organizational culture and development. The course will provide a strong understanding for productive organizational results focusing on the interactions of employees, employers, and the organization.

BUS 475 - Human Resources Administration - 3.00

Various tools will be discussed that are available to the Human Resources professional such as job analysis and job design. Students will analyze administrative and legal issues that pertain to the functions of a Human Resources department and demonstrate their comprehension by applying the principles they have learned to solve these non-routine issues.

LDR 201 - Concepts in Leadership - 3.00

This course introduces students to a variety of leadership concepts and serves as a foundational course for more advanced study in leadership. Topics include but are not limited to motivating others, management communication, training and development, team building and improving leadership qualities within each person.

LDR 220 - Adaptive Leadership - 3.00

In this course, students will develop their ability to lead in complex, dynamic and often fast-changing environments. Students will analyze leadership as it is practiced and evaluate the personal dangers leaders often face when they practice leadership. This course is based on the research of Ronald Heifetz, Dean Williams and Marty Linsky.

LDR 330 - Global Leadership - 3.00

An advanced level study that challenges students to investigate and analyze the attributes of effective global leadership. The United Nation’s (UN) Global Compact and its ten principles will be studied and used to measure globally responsible leadership and how good leadership impacts the issues facing global leaders today. Case studies will be used to illustrate each on the ten principles in actual contextual situations. The case studies allow the student the opportunity for thinking through the issues and seeing how leaders facing the same problems actually addressed them.

LDR 350 - Change Leadership - 3.00

This course is designed to introduce students to the challenges of leading an organization during change. Students will investigate theories and best practices of change leadership/leading at the organizational and personal level. Topics include but are not limited to leading and facilitating communication during change, decision-making during crisis, managing resistance to change and creating appropriate environments to facilitate change. Prerequisite: LDR 201

LDR 450 - Ethics in Leadership - 3.00

This course investigates the important role ethics plays in leading. In this course, students will develop an understanding of their own character development and its impact on followers as well as gaining insights into leading the self. Students will explore, analyze and investigate topics such as normative ethics’ role in leadership, servant and steward leadership, as well as sense making, satisficing and decision-making from an ethical leader perspective. Prerequisite: LDR201

LDR 475 - Leadership Theory - 3.00

This course introduces student to leadership theory at an advanced level. Through the exploration, analysis and critique of such theories, students will develop a deeper understanding of leadership and leading. Topics covered in this course include but are not limited to historical perspectives of leadership, transformational and transactional leadership, charismatic leadership, dysfunctional leadership, power and political leadership. Prerequisite: LDR201

LDR 499 - Leadership Studies Capstone - 3.00

This is the culminating course in the Management and Leadership program. As such, students will integrate the knowledge gained throughout their major program of study. This will be accomplished with case study analysis and the completion of a research project focused on leadership in organizations. Prerequisite: BUS 351, BUS 421, LDR 220, LDR 450 and LDR 475

MIS 125 - Productivity Tools - 3.00

Students will learn basic skills involving the applications of word processing, database, spreadsheet, presentations, and e-mail using the Office 2013 suite. Students will be exposed to employment considerations and new administrative features. Several of the specific components will include: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook.


Your digital classroom. Available anywhere.

William Woods online undergraduate programs are available to students across the country. In Missouri, our students come from Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Moberly, Springfield, Ozark, Cape Girardeau, Rolla and many more locations. Beyond Missouri, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Arkansas and other states.

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