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DCU Leadership degrees




Effective immediately, Dayspring Christian University, Saint Francisville, Louisiana,   has begun to offer 3 new degree sets. DCU will begin to offer classes immediately for these new degrees.  Please see the list of new offerings. DCU consortium schools may begin to offer the several degrees after approval from the University in Louisiana or the AACT office in Mississippi.


Associate of Church Leadership           (60 credit hours)

Bachelor of Occupational Leadership          (120 credit hours)

Bachelor of Pastoral Leadership           (120 credit hours)

Bachelor of Professional Development (120 credit hours)

Master of Organizational Leadership          (46 credit hours)

Doctor of Innovative Communication & Leadership           (39 credit hours)

Doctor of Philosophy, Innovative  Communication & Leadership       (48 credit hours)


To achieve success, businesses and organizations rely on leaders – outstanding individuals who are adept at leading teams, making difficult decisions, and affecting change. That’s why Dayspring Christian University offers degrees in Leadership. Dayspring Christian University online and on-campus Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Communication & Leadership Studies Programs are designed to enhance your personal and professional influence, leadership abilities, communication effectiveness, job performance and elevate your career leading persons to a personal commitment to Christ.

"The Doctor of Creative Leadership and Communication” is designed for the Christian leader who wants to significantly improve their communication skills by learning best practices in preaching, media ministry, and leadership.  Dr. Gary Barkman, President says that it is time that our Pastors and Counsellors to begin to operate in the 21st century"

The Doctor of Leadership & Creative Communication degree will provide students the spiritual, academic, leadership, homiletic, and media resources to be effective communicators. The program will prepare church leaders to communicate effectively in a media-saturated society and to enhance their sermon presentations and online ministry presence through media.

The 39-hour graduate doctoral program will offer online courses to make acquisition of this degree conducive to students who are actively engaged in ministry. The program will combine distance education with strategic campus seminars to connect  (Ph.D. will be 48 hours) students with top-tier leaders. Prerequisites for admission to the doctoral program are a Master level degree and three years of full-time ministry. (Some information stated here is adopted from the “Southwestern Assemblies of God University” news release, January 2014 to explaine our similar degree offering).


Courses - Bachelor of Occupational Leadership

The Bachelor of Occupational Leadership is a 123-credit program. The curriculum has been designed to help you acquire a practical set of skills that you can transfer across various aspects of your life and career. As you build a solid foundation in understanding the roles and major functions of leadership in contemporary organizations, you can gain the tools necessary for overcoming obstacles to effective organizational performance.

In addition to the required courses in occupational leadership, you will also choose from courses in communication arts and sciences; crime, law, and justice; labor and employment relations; management; philosophy; political science; psychology; and sociology.

This program requires that you complete a minimum of 123 credits. To earn this degree, you must successfully complete:

  • 36–37 credits required for the major
    • 12 prescribed core course credits
    • 24–25 supporting and related course credits
  • 45 General Education credits (Note: 0–6 of these 45 credits are included in the requirements for the major)
  • 24 bachelor of religious arts degree credits
  • 21–24 elective credits

The degree's 12 credits of prescribed core courses focus on contemporary labor management and supervisory leadership issues. Many different course options are available to fulfill the remainder of the program, allowing you to customize the degree to meet your specific goals.

Some of the same courses will be required for the degree:


Associate of Church Leadership           (60 credit hours)

Bachelor of Pastoral Leadership           (120 credit hours)

Bachelor of Professional Development (120 credit hours)




Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership - Curriculum

Learn How to Lead Change in the Real World

Gain key insights and learn how to effectively facilitate and manage change with the Organizational Leadership degree online curriculum at Dayspring Christian University.

The Organizational Leadership master’s curriculum provides key knowledge and skills for effectively facilitating and managing change in the real world. Courses are designed to help you integrate what you learn in class with your professional work. Faculty members are leaders in the field and collaborate with professionals who are actively applying organizational leadership skills in the workplace.

The Organizational Leadership master’s curriculum is comprised of 36 credits and can be taken online, at our qualified teaching centers, or both.

A Tailored Organizational Leadership Master’s Curriculum

The Organizational Leadership degree online curriculum includes six core leadership courses, three leadership electives and three business electives, enabling you to select courses in your areas of interest.

Required Courses

Total Credits: 36 minimum to 46 standard

OL-500: Human Behavior in Organizations

This course is a study of individuals and groups and their interaction. Students examine theories of motivation, communication, leadership, power and change with practical relation to contemporary issues. They also study organizations for key design variables and reward systems aimed at improved performance and organizational efficiency through employee motivational programs, participative management and cooperative decision making.

OL-600: Strategic Human Resource Management

This course emphasizes the strategic role of the human resource manager in performing functions of recruitment, hiring, training, career development and other contemporary processes within the organizational setting. It serves as an introduction to the areas of compensation, collective bargaining, affirmative action and other regulatory procedures and requirements as they relate to contemporary applications in organizations.

OL-663: Leading Change

This course focuses on transforming organizations by introducing Kotter's eight processes by which leaders effect change. Because organizations, leaders, and employees differ, various techniques and strategies are examined. The course integrates Kotter's processes for leading change, organizational development and transformation theory and practice, and analysis of an organization which has effected systematic change. The use of work teams as a key change factor will have special emphasis.

OL-670: Organizational Leadership

This course combines theory and practice by encouraging students to learn traditional and contemporary leadership theories and apply them to the analysis of the behavior of business managers, entrepreneurs and other recognized individuals. This course includes readings, cases, exercises and numerous examples of effective leadership models. Areas covered include the societal evolution of leadership; the leadership roles of strategy, vision and transformational change; the development of leaders; the leadership responsibilities of creating effective teams, organizations and cultures; the exploration of different leadership styles; and current popular approaches to leadership theory.


OL-500 or HOS-550

OL-690: Responsible Corporate Leadership

Students investigate the nature of the environments in which business enterprises conduct their operations in order to determine the actual and desirable levels of attentiveness and responsiveness of business managers to the relationship between the enterprise and society.

OL-750: Contemporary Issues in Organizational Leadership

This is the capstone course for the degree in organizational leadership. Students examine contemporary issues challenging leaders of the postmodern organization. Using a case-based approach, students will examine specific issues under the broader themes of leadership, team- work, quality, change, organizational structure and trustworthiness. Within the context of these themes, students will be exposed to the latest trends that have begun and will continue to challenge organizational leaders for the foreseeable future. Students develop environmental scanning techniques that will assist them in the identification of potentially new areas for opportunities as well as develop an understanding of some systems changes already under way in the business environment.


OL-500 and OL-600 and OL-690 and OL-670

Elective Requirements

OL ELE - Students may select three (3) Organizational Leadership electives
BUS ELE - Students may select three (3) Business electives

Foundation Course(s)

For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:

MBA-501: Mathematics and Statistics for Business

This is an applied course, which will provide students with the mathematical knowledge and skills that underlie many courses offered in the school of business. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and methods of linear algebra, mathematical functions, differential calculus and statistics and their applications to business. They will also sharpen their quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills that are so important for success in the world of business today.

MBA-502: Economics for Business

This course is intended to provide the student with a concisely focused yet rigorous introduction to both micro- and macroeconomic theory needed at the foundational level of a graduate degree program. Some of the topics to be addressed include: market behavior; demand theory and related elasticity concepts; production and cost theory; managerial decision-making in perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive markets; GDP determination; unemployment and inflation; and fiscal and monetary policy.




Doctor of Innovative Communication & Leadership

 COM 101

Public Speaking


SW 266

Media Literacy


Communication and Culture course

From approved list


Foreign Language courses

200 level or above




 If you are required to take either foundation, both apply to towards your business electives.

ORG 264

Interpersonal Communication


ORG 271

Small Group Communication


ORG 301
ORG 315

Advanced Public Speaking

Business and Professional Communication


STR 327

Research Methods


ORG 350

Communication Theory


MRC 352

Rhetorical Criticism


ORG 352

Leadership and Communication


ORG 358



MRC 398

Argumentation & Advocacy


ORG 470

Organizational Communication


ORG 458

Senior Seminar


ORG 404
ORG 405








MRC 354
ORG 359
MRC 482

ORG Guided Elective: One Course From the Following:

(This course will also fulfill the CCOM Communication & Culture requirement)

Gender & Communication

Intercultural Communication
Voices of Dissent






DISCLAIMER: As with all new degrees at Dayspring Christian University, we are not offering secular degrees but a religeios approach to a degree that is outstanding in the field.  We feel that our students can and will work hard to accomplish much in all of the above areas with a Christ centered approach