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Degree Offered

Degree Offered

Students enroll in courses through our accredited partner institutions.  Many courses are designed in partnership with College Unbound and facilitated by College Unbound recommended instructors. Students enrolled at a College Unbound partner institution are bound by the policies of that governing institution.


Bachelor of Arts

Organizational Leadership and Change

Degree Requirements


120 credits are required for the College Unbound Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Change degree. There are 36 credits in the major, 44 credits of general education requirements, 8 credits of Bachelor of Arts requirements, and 32 additional elective credits. A minimum of 30 credits must be upper division credits—300 level or better. Students are required to complete at least 30 College Unbound credits in order to earn this degree. This requires at least 1.5years—two full semesters and one 8-week term at College Unbound.) Up to 90 credits may be transferred from other accredited universities upon College Unbound approval, but will not be officially recorded until the student has successfully completed some coursework at College Unbound. College Unbound faculty review potential transfer credit according to policy which addresses things such as currency, rigor, appropriateness to degree program, and overlapping content.


36 credits are required for the Organizational Leadership and Change major: 20 prescribed core credits, 6 student-selected credits from core areas, and 10 supporting and related course credits for which the student has greater flexibility. Students must receive a C or better in each of the courses within their 36-credit major. The 20 prescribed core courses prepare the ground for action research in Organizational Leadership and Change. Many different course options exist to fulfill the remainder of the program, allowing students to customize the degree to their specific goals.


The program is carefully designed so that the student acquires the necessary lifelong learning competencies that employers and life demand—skills essential to personal development, career development, and participatory citizenship. Students build understanding of the functions of leadership in organizations and communities in the context of rapid technological and societal change. They design, implement, and evaluate extensive workplace and/or community action research projects to enact change. The program prepares them for careers as community leaders, chief executive officers, general/operational/administrative managers, human resource specialists, and social and community services managers—management positions are listed within the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training’s Top 50 Occupations With Largest Growth 2012 – 2022.