Leadership and Professional Development (B.S.)


The University’s online bachelor of science in leadership and professional development is designed for individuals who have earned 75 or more undergraduate credits and now wish to complete a bachelor’s degree. The program is ideal for working adults who need a flexible, fast-paced, online degree program that recognizes their prior education and work experience.

Coursework includes a required Leadership and Professional Development Core that emphasizes transferable leadership skills such as communication, problem-solving, and motivating others. The Core courses are combined with an Advisor-Approved Track and a limited number of ISU signature courses in our Foundational Studies (General Studies) Program.

The Advisor-Approved Track enables student to tailor the program to meet their particular career goals—and engage in individualized professional development while enhancing teamwork, collaboration, and community-building skills. We are continuing to develop tracks to serve student needs. Current tracks include the following.

  • The Open Track offers students the flexibility to build an individualized plan by combining a minor, a certificate, and/or electives. Students work with an advisor to tailor their coursework based on their prior educational background, work experience, and career goals. For details, see Leadership and Professional Development: Open Track.
  • The Caregiving Track includes completion of the gerontology certificate plus directed electives chosen in conjunction with an advisor.
  • The Educational Entrepreneurship Track includes completion of the early childhood minor and either the entrepreneurship minor or the business administration minor.

The University aims to offer this online program with the greatest consideration for flexibility and cost. The Core is offered in fast-paced, 8-week semesters, while most other courses are offered in a blend of both 8-week and 16-week semesters. The Core will use open education resources where possible to minimize the costs of textbooks.

The Program is designed for transfer students (see admission requirements). Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per these transfer guidelines.

The Leadership and Professional Development Degree Program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program also is open to students in Canada (all provinces). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. and Canada except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Required Courses


With fast-paced (8-week semesters), online learning, flexible for today's worker, the Leadership and Professional Development B.S. will help students gain a competitive advantage in their workplace or take their careers in a new direction with contemporary skills for today's marketplace.

Specific career opportunities vary depending on the track selected and prior work experience.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

Further Information

For further information and assistance, contact:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.