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Oral Roberts University Launches New Degree Completion Program in Leadership Studies

Oral Roberts University will offer a Leadership Studies degree completion program beginning this August. The program, which is designed for working adults, allows students the ability to complete this degree in 12 18 months by attending a series of classes offered one night a week.

"This new program has been specially designed to give adult-learners the ability to get a whole-person degree at ORU and still keep their livelihood," said Dr. Wendy Shirk, Dean of the College of Arts and Cultural Studies at ORU. "We are excited to be able to offer this service to working adults in the region."

This hybrid degree in Leadership Studies includes courses in the fields of Public Policy, Business and Communications. Students enrolled in the program only need to come to campus one night a week for eight weeks at a time and they will be able to complete two classes during each eight week period. With this schedule offered twice during the fall, spring and summer semesters, students can take a total of 12 courses per year.

The leadership studies degree completion program is designed to use all the credits earned from other colleges and universities to complete the degree at ORU. This unique program will prepare students for leadership positions in education, health care, social services, church, government, law enforcement, fire protection, business, non-profit groups, and a number of other fields.

"The program's mission is to promote the best in leadership practice by developing knowledgeable, ethical, caring, inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing world and to improve the quality of leadership in organizations and communities -- regionally, nationally, and internationally," said Dr. Michael Hirlinger, Chair of the History, Humanities and Government department.

The curriculum is designed to emphasize inquiry, understanding, skill development, practice, reflection and provide an environment where students can study and develop an understanding of leadership. Leadership Studies students pursue a rigorous program of study in leadership theory, organizational communication, public and private sector leadership, church leadership, conflict resolution, ethics, and administrative theory.

Students with a variety of backgrounds are considered for the program. Applicants must be 21 years of age and must have completed 65 hours of college credit with a 2.0 GPA or better. For more information concerning the Leadership Studies degree completion program at Oral Roberts University, please contact Dr. Michael Hirlinger at 918.495.7308 or by email at mhirlinger@oru.edu.