Leadership & Innovation (BS) Program Overview

Discover and develop your leadership skills with an online bachelor’s degree program in leadership and innovation from Bluefield University. Whether your dream is to lead a small team or manage a large workforce, the skills you master in the leadership and innovation program can help you reach your goals as a Christian leader. Your studies will create close connections with our faculty and your fellow students as you prepare for your dream job.

Earn an Online Leadership & Innovation Degree

Learn fundamental theories about leadership, and develop a plan for raising your personal leadership skills to the next level in the leadership and innovation program. You’ll practice your critical thinking and problem-solving skills as you study real-world situations leaders face. By the end of the program, your leadership toolbox will be filled with the skills employers want, including teamwork, communication, negotiation, a positive attitude, and an ethical character.

With your degree, you’ll be able to lead in a variety of organizations. Employers are looking for graduates with strong leadership skills who know how to lead people and teams. Perhaps, you might serve in a human resources position, manage a team of sales representatives, lead in a government organization, or manage a nonprofit. There is no limit to the job opportunities available to graduates who can communicate, as well as lead and motivate others.

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Tuition: $395 Per Credit Hour
Next Start: June 28, 2023 (Online)
Time to Complete: 4 years*

* Time to complete can be reduced with prior learning and transfer credits

Courses & Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BS)
General Education (39-41 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors

  • Bluefield Core (6 Credits)
  • Christian Studies (6 Credits)
  • Composition (3 Credits)
  • Health & Physical Activity (3 Credits)
  • Humanities – Fine Arts, History, Literature (6 Credits)
  • Math/Natural Science (3-4 Credits)
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 Credits)
  • Degree-Specific Requirements (6-7 Credits)
    • B.A. Foreign Language or Cultural Understanding (6 Credits)
    • B.S. Math/Science Courses (6-7 Credits)
Core Requirements (36 Credits)

  • Learning & Research Skills
  • Introduction to Leadership
  • Business Communication
  • Foundations of Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Business Research Methods
  • Personal Leadership Strategies
  • Quality Assurance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management & Finance
  • Contemporary Leadership
  • Leadership & Change Management
Electives (43 Credits)
Total Credits: 120

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Human Resource Manager
Post-secondary Education Administrator
Industrial Production Manager
Management Consultant
Corporate Trainer

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Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


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