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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


BUS 321

Principles of Marketing


BUS 324

Personal Finance


BUS 351

Principles of Management


BUS 421

Organizational Behavior


BUS 475

Human Resources Administration


LDR 201

Concepts in Leadership


LDR 320

Adaptive Leadership


LDR 330

Global Leadership


LDR 350

Change Leadership


LDR 450

Ethics in Leadership


LDR 475

Leadership Theory


LDR 499

Leadership Studies Capstone


MIS 125

Productivity Tools



Admissions Information

Learn more about undergraduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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