College of Liberal Arts


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Lead on a new level!

The Leadership program from Woodbury University has been recognized and honored by the top administrators from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in the region.


Create Your Future

Our BA in Leadership is designed for working professionals to help you not only move up in your field, but also to cross boundaries and delve into new imagined endeavors in the future. The program is offered in an intensive format that combines fast-paced discussion with practical projects and presentations to mirror the workplace environment. You can complete the program in as little as 2.5 years by taking one course one night a week (prerequisites must be fulfilled); and the program uses the cohort model, a unique format in which students begin, complete classes and graduate together, forming a structure of teamwork and support.

Why Woodbury

The Bachelor of Arts in Leadership program draws on a long legacy empowering students to succeed as they apply the principles of design thinking, transdisciplinarity, civic engagement, and entrepreneurship to their work in the public and private sectors.


Careers in Leadership

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • International Team Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Corporate Recruiter
  • Talent Manager
  • Knowledge Manager
  • Vice President, Human Resources
  • Management Consultant
  • Director, Quality Systems
  • Director, Compliance
  • Vice President of Marketing
  • Global Trade
  • Strategy Consultant
  • Health Services Manager
  • Education Administrator
  • Director, Strategic Planning
  • Organization Development Consultant
  • Strategic Planner of Innovation
  • Social Entrepreneur
  • Law Enforcement
  • Consulting
  • International Relations
  • School Administrator
  • Labor Relations Negotiator
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Corporate Coaching Consultant

“This program inspires students to think about life and work in a new way, which leads to improved decision-making, problem solving and planning; tools for professional success.”

— Ariane David, Alumna

“The combination of a great cohort and passionate instructors made my academic journey an unforgettable one. The Leadership program changed my outlook on career and life by allowing me to develop the leadership skills I always had. ”

— Levon Akopyan, Alumna


Intimate classrooms, state-of-the-art auditorium, MAC and PC computer labs, on-campus library, and art galleries.


  • Human behavior in an organization
  • Principles of effective leadership
  • Organizational structure and communication
  • Ethical behavior and decision-making principles
  • Conflict resolution and organizational

This course examines past methodologies in the field of leadership studies, covering its history, philosophy, theories, and major concepts. It will provide students with a strong foundation of leadership and enable them to differentiate between the roles of manager and leader. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises, and group processes.

This course examines current theory in the burgeoning field of leadership studies. It includes practical application of leadership skills and their place in supervising and leading others. Also covered are ideas of self-awareness, understanding the role of the leader, leadership styles, and the significance and implementation of vision statements. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises, and group processes.

This course emphasizes both policy analysis and policy development. Based on the development of empirical data, the student utilizes both deductive and inductive decision-making processes for problem analysis. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises, and group processes.

This course centers on a variety of moral dilemmas that prevail in societies and organizations. Students gain a deep understanding of the complexities of such moral dilemmas through critical analysis and application of ethical principles. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises, and group processes.

Emphasis is on organizational structure from a sociological point of view. The categories of learning include diversity and common elements of organizational structure, as well as rational, natural, and open-systems perspectives. Course also covers in-depth study of emerging issues and problems in public service employment. Students will identify and define the role of personnel administration within the public sector, review objectives and processes of mobilizing and managing human resources for governmental services, and study conflict resolution and problem solving in collective bargaining. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises, and group processes.

This course covers the basic principles underlying formulation and administration of human resource management, such as recruitment, selection, orientation, training, development, compensation, benefits, and salary. Upon understanding the managing of human resources, primary focus becomes critical and social meanings associated with the development of human resources. Course topics include internal and external organizational influences upon individual morale, motivation, satisfaction, and performance. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises, and group processes.

This course is designed to provide students with conceptual models and successful examples for exercising leadership in a diverse culture. The goal of the course is to develop organizational leadership that aims to transform the workplace through global awareness and enhancement of human potential. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises, and group processes.

Equips students with a broad scope of organizational communication theories on which they can build effective internal/external communication strategies. Course focus is on organizational communication channels and networks. Also includes dyadic, small group, formal, and informal communication, as well as the relationship of communication to organizational satisfaction and effectiveness, and how communication differs in leader-member exchange and mass communication. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises, and group processes.

Interpersonal aspects of leadership communications will be studied. This course explores concepts and develops related skills that define communication in a variety of face-to-face contexts. Topics include models of communication, language and meaning, verbal and nonverbal communication, interpersonal communication, small group communication, perception, conflict, and establishing positive human relationships via communication. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises, and group processes.

This course provides an overview of leadership and employee behavior in the workplace and a broader study of organizational psychology. Topics include cultural issues involved in the development of organizations and the structure of these organizations, the efficacy of various organizational structures on productivity, the well-being of employees, and organizational structure and culture as a reflection of values and norms. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises, and group processes

Students examine the leader’s role in organizational change, in creating and preventing change, as well as determining the organization’s readiness for change. Students explore the reasons for resistance to change and strategies for coping with that resistance. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises, and group processes.

The success of leaders often rests on their ability to manage conflict and build sustainable coalitions. Leaders must be able to strategically analyze complex multiparty negotiation and conflict situations. They need self-awareness and skills to manage crises and to facilitate consensus while protecting and advancing their own interests and objectives. This course will apply analytical tools and concepts from the fields of negotiation and conflict management. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises, and group processes.

Focusing on the pursuit of truth, this course gives a comprehensive perspective focusing on selecting appropriate data analysis techniques for research and evaluation designs. The practical logic and applications of statistics used for research designs are presented. Both descriptive and inferential statistics (parametric and non-parametric) are covered. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises, and group processes.

Major areas covered include those that will assist the student to guide and direct the development of a long-range comprehensive strategic plan, including the documentation of the plan, guiding and implementing the plan, as well as ongoing assessment of the success of the plan. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises, and group processes.

The focus of this course is on formulation of research problems, development of interviewing skills—including data collection and recording—establishing field relations and tactics, transcribing data, analyzing data, and writing research reports. This course addresses the fundamentals of participant observation and interviewing. Students conceptualize their own research design and become more knowledgeable consumers of extant literature. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises, and group processes.

This course builds on the leadership concepts contained in previous courses and provides the opportunity to synthesize all prior learning in leadership and related coursework and experiences, both professional and personal. It enables students to expand their thinking outside the present concepts and explore the arena of leadership as it will impact and apply in the future to the individual, the group, the organization, and an industry. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises, and group processes.


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