Office of Continuing Studies

R. Gunden, Executive Director of Continuing Studies


The Office of Continuing Studies administers several quality degree programs designed for non-traditional students. Our adult programs reflect the distinctive Goshen College standards of excellence, in a friendly environment of professional support.

Two degree-completion programs are available:

In addition, two full degree programs are offered:

  • B.S. in Business Administration
  • B.A. in Social Work

The BSBA and BASW degree programs are detailed in the Business and Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology sections of the catalog.

The organizational leadership program prepares learners to lead effectively within an organization. Through a thoughtful blend of theory and application, learners are able to understand what works and why. Textbooks, experienced faculty, and the formal and informal life experiences of participants enable learners to be challenged to grow as leaders – and as people. Visit the Office of Continuing Studies web site for more details.

The bachelor of science in nursing program is for persons who have already completed an R.N. program. For more information about the R.N. to B.S.N. program, including specific graduation requirements, see the nursing department section of this catalog.

Admission information

Degree completion programs

Degree completion programs are designed for adult learners who are working full time. Classes meet once a week in evening hours. Students must have three to five years significant life or work experience, around 60 semester hours already completed, demonstrate mastery of basic computer skills, provide a satisfactory writing sample, references and have a C average in all prior course work.

Students graduating in this department must earn 120 semester hours with a 2.0 grade point average on courses completed at Goshen College. General education requirements must be completed as follows: English composition (3), literature/fine arts/foreign language (3), natural science (3), social science (3) and history (3).

In addition to the 40 credit hours earned in the core courses, students may earn up to 20 additional credit hours through Credit for Prior Learning. Students may transfer up to 20 credits from their military service. These must be college credits, not vocational credits. Credits can also be obtained using DANTES and CLEP tests. Goshen College is a test center for both exam programs.

BSBA and BASW programs

Admission information for other non-traditional programs is available on the web site for Office of Continuing Studies at

Major in organizational leadership

40 credit hours

OLP 300 Effective Communication 3
This course develops and enhances general and professional writing skills. Clear, concise, well-edited writing is emphasized. Course content includes selecting appropriate writing formats for specific situations and practicing various writing strategies to promote clear thinking and effective communication. Life-learning essays and professional writing assignments are included in the course requirements. (five weeks)

OLP 301 Individual and Group Dynamics 3
This course examines the question: what factors combine to determine individual and group performance in an organization? Individual and group dynamics are examined in the context of the adult learning environment as well as the work environment. The internal and external environment of the worker in modern organizations is explored. Motivation is studied as a consideration of personality, attitudes, perception, roles and environment. (five weeks)

OLP 307 Managerial Accounting 3
The acquisition, analysis and reporting of financial information is important to the individual leader and the organization. Special attention is given to the planning and control responsibilities of practicing managers. Students gain confidence in their ability to interpret and use financial information for more effective decision making. (five weeks)

RELN 305 Enduring Issues in Christian Perspective 3
Examines the biblical heritage and major doctrines of Christian faith. Explores basic issues such as individualism and community, personal decision-making, social justice and relating to other religious traditions. Class members will be challenged to think through their own responses to these issues. (five weeks)

OLP 308 Economic Environment of Organization 3
This course focuses on the role of prices and markets in the modern, mixed free-enterprise economy. Students consider economic tools needed to better understand economic policy debates and make better choices as leaders. (five weeks)

OLP 309 Leading & Serving Multicultural World 3
The modern workforce is rapidly becoming a mosaic of colors, languages, cultural traditions and values. This demographic reality poses an immense challenge for both workforce and leaders. The goal of this course is to better understand different cultural values and styles, to recognize one’s own biases and assumptions and to value diversity. (five weeks)

OLP 312 Organizational Theory 3
Humans are immersed in organizations; to a large extent they form our lives. This course introduces the history of organizational development and examines how and why organizations change. It covers organizational task goals of planning, organizing and control. (five weeks)

OLP 401 Organizational Cultures 3
This course introduces the concept that organizational culture is the sum total of the written and unwritten assumptions that an organization has learned and used throughout its history. The role of culture in young corporations, mid-life and mature organizations is considered. Consequences to organizational culture in a time of acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures are examined. (five weeks)

OLP 403 Leadership Theory & Development 3
This course focuses on providing theoretical foundations and conceptual principles for leadership and skills necessary to practice leadership competently. Activities are designed to enhance leadership self-awareness, encourage development of personal perspectives on leadership and prepare students to address leadership challenges. The course reviews historical and current perspectives on leadership and considers how leaders use influence to direct and coordinate the activities of group members. (five weeks)

OLP 410 Ethical Issues in Leadershp and Organization 3
This capstone course considers the responsibilities of both leaders and organizations. Attention is given to three distinct but related themes: the social responsibility of organizations, public policy toward business organizations and leadership ethics. Students are challenged to make ethical analysis a routine part of their decision-making framework. Case studies explore the reality of the multiple, competing claims placed on the leader and the organization. (five weeks)

OLP 412 Leading & Managing Change 3
Organizations today function within a dynamic environment marked by rapidly changing technologies, globalization of markets, the “knowledge enterprise” and an increasingly diverse workforce. Leaders of organizations must understand the change process, appropriate responses to change, conflict resolution and how to develop strategies for the future. Rethinking competition, leadership and markets is an essential exercise as leaders search for new paradigms that will govern organizations now and in the future. (five weeks)

OLP 420 Strategic Planning, Action, Measurement 3
This course addresses strategic issues in running a business enterprise. Effective strategy-making and strategy-execution are the key ingredients of company success and the most reliable signs of good leadership. The basic concepts and tools of strategic analysis and business research are presented, utilizing case studies and simulation problems. (five weeks)

OLP 450 Leadership Project I1
This capstone project integrates classroom theory with practical experience by identifying an opportunity to lead through service within an organizational setting – either the student’s workplace or a public benefit organization. Students work with a faculty mentor to structure the learning, coordinate with the cooperating organization and assess the level and significance of their learning.

OLP 451 Leadership Project II3
Continuation of the capstone project begun in OLP 450. Includes formal presentation of findings.

B.S.N. Completion

For more information about the R.N. to B.S.N. completion program, including specific graduation requirements, see the nursing department catalog page.