Bachelor's Degree

Organizational Development & Leadership (BA)

Work your way up the ladder through our online bachelor of arts in organizational development and leadership degree program. Here, you'll prepare to become a valued leader in your organization.

Program Overview

The organizational development and leadership program is designed for professionals who are focused on their career and who desire to improve their skills in leadership, communication, and organizational effectiveness. This degree is for those who assume supervisory and leadership roles in diverse corporate, service, and nonprofit settings. The core curriculum concentrates on the skills of critical thinking, ethics, and dealing with organizational stability and change.

Online Program Options

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  • Minimum of 30 credits at Widener including 50% of the major credits
  • A GPA of 2.0 in the major
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 or better
  • Completion of writing enriched courses
  • A score of 5 on the writing sample within 18 months of graduation
  • Completion of MATH 117
  • Successfully complete all courses and requirements

Eligible students can earn both a bachelor of arts and a master of arts in organizational development and leadership degree through the accelerated organizational development and leadership program. This is a great option to take advantage of if you are considering a master's degree. Students may take up to 12 credits of master’s level work while completing their undergraduate degree.

You can apply for admission to the program any time after you have reached 90 credits within the bachelor's program or upon associate dean approval. A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for admission.

Learn more about the master's degree in organizational development and leadership.

Admission Requirements

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

You are allowed to transfer up to 90 credits from accredited institutions. You must complete 30 credits to meet the residency requirement, and 50% or more of the major courses must be completed at Widener.

Program Highlights

As a Widener student, you will benefit from a convenient, innovative curriculum through which you will gain key knowledge, skills, and experiences for a competitive job market, centering around critical thinking, ethics, and dealing with organizational stability and change.

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

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Online Classroom

  • All courses are offered in an online format
  • Minor options are available for those completing a bachelor's degree
  • Find flexible course options that fit your schedule

Leadership Development

  • Focus on communication and leadership skills
  • Customized for individuals looking to move into a supervisor-type role
  • Course load provides useful skills in leadership and business
Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Explore critical issues in organizational development including leadership, communication, and organizational effectiveness. Your education will prepare you to manage effectively and lead your organization in navigating internal and external change.

Outlooks & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Organization development & training
  • Human resources & talent management
  • Public relations

More Careers

  • Organizational communications
  • Advancement & development

Pride Perspectives

Hear from our students about their experience in the Organizational Development & Leadership program.

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I’ve lifted myself up. I went from dropout to summa cum laude. It’s a complete 180.

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Kelly's Story

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Financial Aid

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We’re glad you made the decision to apply. All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the online application system.

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