Online B.S. Service and Leadership

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Overview of the Online Service and Leadership Program

Serve in your calling. Lead in your career.

Good leadership is a cornerstone of success in every career field. If you want to make a lasting impact by serving others and leading well, the Bachelor of Science in Service & Leadership is for you. Advance your career by pursuing a degree that shows you what it means to lead, serve, and make a difference.

Everyone has experienced the effects of bad leadership. This is your opportunity to lead better by putting others first. With a B.S. in Service & Leadership from IWU, you can fulfill your calling to serve others as a leader in fields like human relations, human services, human resources, criminal justice, management, finance, and healthcare administration. This program is also designed to appeal to military students who want to apply their JST or CCAF credits toward a degree that will advance their career – both in the military and as a civilian. IWU provides:

  • Flexibility to select courses that interest you
  • 100% online coursework
  • Opportunity to transfer up to 90 previously earned credits toward degree completion



See how your prior experience can help you finish your degree. Submit your JST/CCAF transcripts below and receive a free unofficial review within 72 hours.


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You’ll Learn To…

  • Analyze the key components of effective service and leadership within the context of personal, team, and organizational dynamics
  • Apply leadership and followership theories and models within diverse multi-cultural and global settings
  • Integrate leadership principles and practices with interdisciplinary and service perspectives
  • Integrate faith perspectives, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making with personal development and professional practice as a leader.

Career Options

  • Human Resources
  • Criminal Justice
  • Management

Career Advancement

A Bachelor of Science in Service & Leadership prepares you to thrive in a variety of growing career fields. Our program is designed to provide you with effective leadership skills in service areas that interest you, allowing you to choose foundational classes from seven different disciplines:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Human Services
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Human Relations

Continuing Education

Upon completion of your bachelor’s degree, you may also be prepared for advanced standing in one of IWU-National & Global’s master’s programs, such as:

Graduates of the BSSL can earn dual credit for up to 25% of their master’s degree depending upon course availability, selection, and degree program.



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$395/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.


Below are the courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

Service Courses (focal areas)

Students may elect to complete all hours in any one service focal area (where available) or across focal areas to meet their interests, contexts, or needs.

  • Criminal Justice
  • Human Services
  • Human Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Management

- 18 credit hours

Leadership Courses

General Education
- 30 credit hours

- 3 credit hours

- 18 credit hours

- 3 credit hours


Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • Proof of high school graduation or GED certification.
  • Original transcripts from all previous college or university study at a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours is required before the student is eligible to start a bachelor core program.

  • Completion of 120 semester hours.
  • Completion of the required core courses with a GPA of 2.25 or higher.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.
  • Completion of 30 hours of general education requirements as specified (General Education Requirements).
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Transfer/Assessed Credit Policy

Transfer credit for degree requirements for undergraduate programs within the College of Adult and Professional Studies may be granted as follows:

  • Credit must have been earned at a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) with a minimum grade of "C".
  • Courses must be approved by the School of Service and Leadership.
  • Credit documented on a JST or CCAF transcript for training received in any MOS, NEC system, AFSC, and Coast Guard Ratings. Assessed credit for degree requirements may be granted through IWU's assessment of prior learning.


The BS Service and Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024