Bachelor of Science
Applied Management and Leadership

Total cost:

$9,510 View Tuition Details

Application due date for October 3, 2022 term: September 30

Estimated time to completion: 20 months

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The Bachelor of Science in Applied Management and Leadership program is built as a transfer friendly degree completion program, providing students with the knowledge and skills to become and advance as managers and leaders within their respective fields. Graduates of the program will be able to decipher financial statements and make decisions about future business performance. They will develop, prepare, and manage marketing strategies taking consumer data into discussion. Those who earn the degree will also determine ways to organize and lead many aspects of a variety of projects.

in the nation for most master's degrees awarded in education*.

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What you can expect.

  • Flexible Study on your schedule. Our online format allows you to plan your coursework around your life.
  • Accelerated Completion This program is especially designed as a degree completion program for individuals who want to earn a bachelor’s degree in an accelerated manner. The transfer-friendly degree is earned by coupling the credits you have previously earned with the required courses in this program and can be completed in as little as 18 months.
  • Focused Coursework All courses center around developing effective leadership and management skills, broadly applicable to a range of businesses and roles. You will take courses with other students who share your passion for bringing leadership and management skills to their jobs and career tracks.
  • Well-Rounded Approach This program examines the diverse areas that impact management and leadership including finance, marketing, advocacy, legal and ethical issues, human resources, information management, and diverse populations. As a result, graduates of this program are well-versed and prepared for a variety of leadership positions.

This program is not currently available for residents of Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, and Kentucky.

A few of the classes you'll take.

  • FIN4003 Finance and Sustainability in Business 3 semester credits
  • LEAD4003 Collaborative Business Communication 1 semester credit
  • MRKT4003 Introduction to Marketing 3 semester credits
Marc Aguilera, Ed.D.

Department Chair

Marc Aguilera, Ed.D.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Business
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American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission— a federally-recognized accrediting agency. The College’s accreditation includes approval to offer degree programs, in education, healthcare, nursing and business and leadership through distance education via the Internet. Accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality and is the most recognized accreditation status for higher education entities. To receive and maintain HLC accreditation and affiliation approval, we must continuously undergo routine peer review cycles and provide proof that our programs meet or exceed HLC accreditation criteria and expectations of quality.

A Note About Licensure:

While this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the intended program outcomes, it does not lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement. ACE offers several programs that do provide a pathway to licensure, certification, or endorsement and they can be found here.


*Students are required to complete eighty-four (84) semester credits in addition to the credits listed in ACE course list for satisfactory completion of the program. Inclusive of the eighty-four (84) semester credits, a required thirty (30) semester credits of general education must align with the Indiana College Core as defined in the College Catalog. These credits can be acquired prior to program enrollment or while enrolled in the program.

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B.S. in Applied Management and Leadership

Total Tuition

36 semester credits
x $215 per credit



$50 Application Fee

$1,620 Technology & Library Fee
($45 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost*


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Admission Requirements

B.S. in Applied Management and Leadership

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, the enrollment agreement, and the payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

B.S. in Applied Management and Leadership

  • Minimum level of education required:  Associates degree or 60 undergraduate semester hour credits from an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.
  • Minimum grade point average 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for full admission
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 1.75 on a 4.0 scale for provisional admission

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an NACES-recommended agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to the education/accreditation level required for the program.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.

  2. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper or internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the internet-based version is 80, and the paper-based version requires a minimum TOEFL score of 20 for each of the three skills: Reading, Listening, and, Writing.

    • The minimum IELTS score required is 6.5. Note: IELTS is not acceptable for Texas programs leading to certification.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.
  3. Applicants to the Texas Educational Leadership program whose first language is not English must submit a minimum scaled score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or evidence of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C).


B.S. in Applied Management and Leadership

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 36 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Course List

(36 total semester credits plus *84 credits completed outside of course list)

*60 credits required for admission and *24 additional credits which can be taken at ACE or elsewhere

The use of communication strategies is effective when messages are tailored for internal and external business audiences, as well as for interpersonal and intrapersonal purposes. Effective uses of social media and technology are also explored. Students will determine ways to lead difficult conversations as a leader, such as through conflict resolution and reviewing basic mediation concepts.
Marketing concepts and processes for developing, implementing, and assessing the effectiveness of an effective marketing plan will be covered. Students will identify contemporary models and practices expected from marketers in an increasingly fast-paced, dynamic domestic and global market. Building from a foundational understanding of consumer behavior and marketing research, the development and implementation of marketing mix strategies will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of marketing communications that address traditional advertising and promotion with digital marketing.
Servant Leadership enriches the lives of others, which in turn, positively impacts an organization. Emphasis is placed on servant leadership with an exploration of how servant leadership is different from other styles of leadership. The course examines how servant leadership aligns with ethics, integrity, accountability, and being a socially responsible leader. Students will also discover how to apply strategy and systems thinking within a leadership role.
As a leader or manager, individuals need to understand financial practices to ensure sustainability. This course provides insight into the leader's role related to financial planning, fundraising, and fiscal responsibility. Topics include budgeting and accounting, grants and proposals, and venture and private equity.
An overview of current international business theories, patterns, and management concepts is provided. Emphasis is placed on understanding the key factors that influence multinational operations and the variety of ways international business may evolve in the future. Students will describe how the global supply chain impacts various stakeholders. Students will explain how to enter the international market by identifying international trade policies, foreign currency issues, and market entry strategies. The course will focus on communication tools and negotiation tactics for students to develop their cultural competence, cultural awareness, and business decisionmaking skills.
Planning, organizing, controlling, and leading are crucial phases in managing projects. Emphasis is placed on resource allocation and balancing competing priorities related to human resources, time management, and technological resources. Students will identify ways to manage and develop a team to successfully complete a project.
Social entrepreneurship has an impact on national and international economies. Topics include the role of entrepreneurs as they attempt to advance and sustain social and economic change and legal structures for operating as a small business. Innovation, invention, discovery, and creativity are themes throughout the coursework. Students explore business models and outline their own entrepreneurial business plan.
The role of the leader is paramount in building organizational cultures that promote and reinforce ethical conduct. This course provides an introduction to organizational integrity and responsibility and related ethical, legal, and social issues.
In this course, students gain knowledge and skills on how to design, implement, facilitate, monitor, and evaluate strategic planning for an organization. Topics include strategies to effectively plan and create a framework for formulating, adapting, and aligning organizational vision, mission, beliefs and goals within an overall strategic plan. The role of action planning, timelines, and forecasting also will be addressed.
Recruitment, retention, and talent management are key components in human resource management. Students discover topics such as workforce planning, compensation and benefits, training, and labor relations. Workplace safety and labor laws will be covered.
Students will evaluate and compare different leadership theories, frameworks, and philosophies. Students will also reflect upon their own leadership experiences through the perspectives of those theories. This course places emphasis on bridging theory to practice for leadership development and how to be an effective leader in a variety of settings. As growing leaders, students will learn about making data-informed decisions and how these decisions influence future results or actions.
Organizational behavior and change can improve organizations. Various organizational culture, toxic leadership, and organizational psychology will be reviewed to develop potential solutions or frameworks. This course focuses on decisionmaking processes and perspectives of various stakeholders promote organizational behavior change.
This capstone course culminates in the creation of a project reflective of the business knowledge and skills acquired in the program to become a manager and leader. Students report on their awareness of environmental, social, and political influences related to business leadership to present products that include the importance of ethics, economic and policy trends, strategic planning, and overall organizational success.


Students are required to complete eighty-four (84) semester credits in addition to the credits listed in ACE course list for satisfactory completion of the program. Inclusive of the eighty-four (84) semester credits, a required thirty (30) semester credits of general education must align with the Indiana College Core as defined in the College's General Education Requirements policy. These credits can be acquired prior to program enrollment or while enrolled in the program.