Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies

Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine

Lead with growth and change.

If you are interested in personally leading people and organizations, the Leadership Studies degree provides a strong and versatile career path for you. You will learn the key elements of what makes an organization perform at high levels, and the skills the leader needs to implement growth and change. Your knowledge base can be applied to any sector: corporate, small business, entrepreneurship, and nonprofits such as churches and service organizations. Also, if you have a vision for a graduate degree, you will find that we offer a seamless transition to continuing your education with our Master's in Organizational Leadership or Executive Coaching & Consultation. This is a major intended to prepare you for success in the 21st century and to advance your career.

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To make life work, you must focus on character growth first, and not just the results you want in the end.

Dr. John Townsend

Personally Learn from Dr. John Townsend

Students enrolled in the Leadership Studies bachelor’s degree program will:

  • Begin their program with a live webinar with Dr. Townsend.
  • Join a live webinar bimonthly where Dr. Townsend and Institute Fellows conduct a training, with time allotted for personal interaction through a Q&A time.
  • Engage with Dr. Townsend’s exclusive training videos and podcasts created for each course.
  • Gain access to white papers written by Dr. Townsend for topic areas that draw on his decades of experience in leadership development and consulting.
  • Be invited to the in-person Symposium on Concordia’s campus where Dr. Townsend speaks along with Institute Fellows. "This event will be recorded if you cannot attend."


Innovative curriculum with flexible format.

This highly relational curriculum is biblically based, neuroscience informed, experientially focused, and integrates the latest advances in online education that are equal to and some ways superior to face-to-face programs. You will connect to your professors and classmates through biweekly virtual classrooms and biweekly homework partners. With our flexible online delivery format, you can live and work anywhere and take all of your courses online to earn your bachelor’s degree.

Transformation through relational education

If you want to grow as a person, you are in the right place. Starting with your first course, you will learn Dr. Townsend’s Competence & Character Growth Model which is integrated throughout the curriculum. You will have many assignments where you apply what you are learning to your personal life or career. As you connect with your homework partner, you review ways you are growing each week according to the Competence & Character Growth Plan that each student develops when they start the program. And our highly relational faculty are available to encourage your growth in many ways.

Committed, Relational Faculty

Our scholar-practitioner faculty members understand their role as both teachers and mentors and strive to help students grow as people and professionals. Our faculty is comprised of professionals who have real world experience. Our small classroom sizes allow our faculty to support our students in achieving their personal and career goals. With a commitment to scholarly learning and growth, our professors vulnerably share their journey in which they integrate their faith and life experiences with their profession.

Are you ready to make a difference?

Take your next step toward creating the career, and the life, you’ve been waiting for.

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