Why You Should Get Your Organizational Leadership Degree Online

by | Nov 2, 2021

If you’re considering an Organizational Leadership degree, it’s likely because you’re planning for the future. You may already be working and are looking to advance your position, but without a degree, you know your options are limited. On the other hand, you can’t just stop working. That’s why pursuing your degree online is an excellent path to take.

Advance Your Career Without Putting Your Life on Hold

Online programs allow you more flexibility to take courses and complete a degree while working. There are fewer constraints around scheduling than with in-person courses. You don’t need to be on campus in a classroom and if your courses are asynchronous, you can even choose when to do your virtual coursework in a way that best fits your life.

Improve Your Organization and Time Management

Organization and time management are essential parts of being a strong leader. Online programs foster these skills through a greater reliance on self-driven learning and studying. With no in-person classes, you’ll need to hold yourself accountable to attend virtual classes, read assignments, interact on discussion boards, make time for studying, and meet deadlines. This will help you find out what works best for your own style of learning, while also nurturing your organizational and time management skills for a strong career in leadership.

Sharpen Online Organizational Leadership Skills

Today’s leaders need to know how to set strategic goals that serve the entire organization, tap the right resources to achieve those goals, and inspire their team to go above and beyond. But most of the way you’ll communicate with your staff today will be online. Through online learning, you will become proficient in virtual conference platforms, communication methods, online learning tools, and other tech skills that will likely become a large part of your career in a leadership role. You will also hone your communication skills in new ways. From online discussion boards to virtual presentations, you will learn how to communicate effectively in a variety of ways.

Take Advantage of More Opportunities for Discussion

Remote learning affords multiple opportunities for online discussion with your peers and instructors. Whether that’s on discussion boards, or through impromptu online messaging, these additional discussions can help you go beyond memorizing material and help you gain a greater understanding of what you’re learning.

Pick Up Skills and Learnings You Can Apply Immediately

Whether it’s mastering presentation software or improving your skills in video calls, online learning gives you the opportunity to take what you learn in your program and apply it directly to your career. Imagine taking a new skill or concept you learned from a Leadership and Change Management class into work and it is a success? You could receive acknowledgment and accolades before you even complete your degree.

Learn Organizational Leadership at Your Own Pace

Maybe you learn quickly or maybe you prefer to take your time. Either way, online learning can accommodate you so you can get the most out of your organizational leadership program. Unlike in-person lectures, you can pause, rewind and re-watch sections of a presentation as many times as you’d like. On the flip side, you can skip ahead if a section covers something you already know. And you can do all of this at any time of day, or night.

Tap into Additional Learning

Without the constraints of scheduled course meetings, you can truly learn as much as you want while online. Whether you take an extra course as an elective or enroll in some advanced certification, once you’ve experienced the world of online learning, the potential for more is limitless.

Online Organizational Leadership Programs Help Set You Up for Success as a Leader

Qualified leaders are in high demand and short supply. Bad managers cost businesses billions of dollars each year. But good managers lead, inspire, bring out the very best in their teams and help their organizations achieve long-term success and profitability. A good online organization leadership program can teach you to hone the leadership talents you may already possess while building new skills to your career that are critical to 21st-century leadership.


Bluefield University’s online Organizational Leadership program gives you the tools you need to be a strong leader, in a unique and fresh online format. Strengthen your critical thinking, problem-solving, organizational, communication skills, and more. Along the way, we’ll help bolster your ethics with our faith-based approach giving you the soft and hard skills to be a leader your teams can look up to.

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  • 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?

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How long is a semester?

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Is there an orientation?

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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.

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