Bachelor's Degree

Organizational Development & Leadership (BA)

Work your way up the ladder through our 100% online program. Here, you'll prepare to become a valued leader in your organization.

Program Overview

Focus on advancing in your career by improving your skills in leadership, communication, and organizational effectiveness.

In Widener's organizational development & leadership bachelor's degree program, you'll prepare to assume a supervisory or leadership role in a diverse range of professional settings, including corporations, service industries, and nonprofit organizations. The core curriculum concentrates on the skills of critical thinking, ethics, and handling organizational stability and change.

You can earn your degree through three flexible pathways, all offered 100% online in a part-time format. Choose the option that meets your personal and professional goals.

  1. Enroll in the organizational development & leadership bachelor's degree program and complete your degree 100% online.  
  2. Take advantage of our 4+1 accelerated advantage and earn your bachelor's degree plus master's degree in 5 years instead of the typical 6 years, allowing you to advance in your career faster while saving you money. 
  3. Start in one of our two organizational development & leadership certificate programs - human resources leadership or organizational equity and inclusion - and roll your credits into the bachelor's degree. Certificates are offered at a discounted tuition rate per credit so starting the program this way will afford you significant savings. 

Not sure which option is best for you? Our admissions team can customize your educational plan to meet your personal and professional goals. Contact us today to learn more. 

Online Program Options

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If you’ve ever thought about earning your master’s degree, take advantage of our accelerated graduate program options. Once admitted into the program, you will take up to 9 credits of graduate-level courses that will count towards both your undergraduate and graduate degrees. Complete your master’s degree in as little one year in one of the areas below:

You may apply once you reach 90 credits in your bachelor’s program or upon Associate Dean approval. A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required to apply.

If you're not ready to commit to a bachelor's program, you can start in one of our two 100% online, 9-credit organizational development & leadership certificates. Every course you take is eligible to seamlessly roll into the bachelor's program, affording you significant savings as certificates are offered at a discounted tuition rate per credit.

Note: Transfer credits may impact the ability to pursue the certificate options towards degree completion. 

Certificate options include: 

  1. Human Resources Leadership Certificate (9 credits): 
    Learn how human resources leaders function effectively in organizations, and successfully lead their organizations in developing strategic and productive workforces through a human development approach to working with staff. See Loading....
  2. Organizational Equity & Inclusion Certificate (9 credits):
    Increase your knowledge and skills in creating and sustaining diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace. See Loading....

Please contact the Student Success Advisor for more information about how our certificate programs can afford you savings.   

Admissions Information

  • Complete your online application
  • Submit official transcripts from any high school, college, or trade school attended, if applicable

You are able to transfer up to 90 credits from accredited institutions. For graduation, you must complete at least 30 credits at Widener, and 50% or more of the major courses must be completed at Widener. 

Program Highlights

Critical thinking, ethics, managing organizational stability and change—at Widener, you'll gain leadership skills fit for a competitive job market.

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Top 25 in Nation

Our online bachelor's degree in organizational development & leadership was recognized as one of the 25 best programs in training and development for 2021. 


Best online college in Pennsylvania

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Experience Everyday Flexibility

  • Effectively balance work, life, and school by enrolling in a part-time program and taking courses 100% online. 
  • Commit to the accelerated master's degree program and finish faster, or start with a certificate program that allows you to make progress toward your bachelor's degree in a more cost-effective way.  
  • Stretch your education beyond major-specific studies by adding a minor to your degree. Your specialized training will give you a leg up when you hit the job market. 
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Develop Into a Coveted Leader

  • Take practical courses that put you on the inside track to a supervisory role. 
  • Add sought-after skills to your resume like ethical decision-making, communication across teams, change management, and more.
  • Learn to lead from different perspectives. You'll prepare for a wide range of leadership roles and career opportunities. 


Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Prepare to manage effectively and lead your organization through internal and external change.

Outlooks & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Organization development & training
  • Human resources & talent management
  • Public relations
  • Organizational communications
  • Advancement & development

Industry Growth

Management Occupations jobs are expected to grow 8% from 2021 to 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Student Stories

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"“Looking at all of the different positions I’ve worked in, I realized having a leadership degree would allow me to do anything I want.""

Naquawna Letman

Class of 2022 and Class of 2023
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"I’ve lifted myself up. I went from dropout to summa cum laude. It’s a complete 180."

Kelly Quinn

Class of 2020 and 2022

Take the Next Steps


Applying online is easy—and it's free! Have questions about your individual requirements? Request an in-person or virtual meeting with an admissions advisor for guidance prior to submitting your application.