Online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Organizational Leadership Degree

BA in Organizational LeadershipExplore the social and cultural aspects of business and how they impact organizational effectiveness with the online Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership (BAOL) program. Benedictine’s online program teaches you the key leadership techniques for maximizing human capital as well as theories of organizational behavior and leadership skills that drive results.

Online Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership coursework covers such topics as:

  • Ethical leadership
  • Cultural and social change
  • Psychology
  • The relationship between labor and management
  • Organizational dynamics and social organization

The online Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership examines how people work together most effectively and shows you how to communicate and lead organizational plans that improve productivity.

In this program, you will study:

  • The function and roles of organizational leaders in local and global communities
  • The analytical skills to assess the behavioral aspects of groups and organizations
  • Motivating factors for individuals and groups
  • Leadership techniques
  • Communication skills

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership consists of:

  • 42 general education credits
  • 45 program-specific credits
  • 33 elective credits

Students can transfer up to 90 credits into this program, 18 of which can be from prior learning experiences including work/life experience and military experience.

Choose from two concentrations.

Human Resources Management:
Focus on making sure your organization has capable employees who are motivated to meet their full potential. Classes include:

  • Employee Recruitment Strategies
  • Employee Performance and Appraisal Management
  • Essentials of Compensation and Benefits
  • Employment Law and Risk Management

Study techniques for drawing consumers' attention to your brand, organization, service and/or product with classes in:

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Promotional Strategy
  • International Marketing
  • Internet Marketing Communications


General Education Requirements:  
WRIT101 Person in Community: Writing Colloquium
3 credits
WRIT102 Research Writing
3 credits
SPCH110 Speech Communications
3 credits
MATH095 Intermediate Algebra
3 credits
MATH105 Finite Mathematics
3 credits
HUMN240 Converging Hemispheres
3 credits
HUMN250 The Contemporary World
3 credits
PHIL245 General Ethics
3 credits
MUSI104 Music Appreciation
3 credits
FNAR100 Art Appreciation
3 credits
NUTR100 Impact of Nutrition
3 credits
GEOG105 Physical Geography
3 credits
ECON101 Principles of Macroeconomics
3 credits
ECON102 Principles of Microeconomics
3 credits
PSYC100 Survey of Psychology
3 credits
  Degree-specific Requirements:  
MGT 217 Group Dynamics and Learning Strategies
3 credits
MGT 247 Ethical Leadership
3 credits
SOCL 290 Social and Cultural Change
3 credits
ANTH 200
Cultural Anthropology
3 credits
PSYC 210 Social Psychology
3 credits
MGT 320 Organizational Behavior
3 credits
MKTG 300 Marketing
3 credits
MGT 330 Human Resource Management
3 credits
MGT 303 Management-Labor Relations
3 credits
INTB 300 Introduction to International Business
3 credits
MAT 150 Business Statistics I
3 credits
MAT 251 Business Statistics II
3 credits
MGT 333 Operations Management
3 credits
PSYC 298 Research Methods
3 credits
PSYC 389 Organizational Leadership Capstone
3 credits

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If you decide to go on to Benedictine’s Master of Business Administration program, the University will waive up to four master’s degree prerequisites from the program, saving you time and money.

A bachelor’s degree is a crucial credential for continued career mobility and success. According to recent employment projections from the U.S. Department of Labor, workers with a bachelor’s degree earn approximately $400 more a week than those with only a high school diploma.

In addition, the unemployment rate was lower among those with a bachelor’s degree: just 4.5 percent versus 8.3 percent among individuals with only a high school education1.

The chart shows median salaries for employees with a bachelor’s degree by city.

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership can also be a stepping-stone to further graduate studies. When you go on to Benedictine’s Master of Business Administration program, the University will waive up to four master’s degree prerequisites from the program, saving you time and money.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, accessed 11/12/13,

The organizational management skills you’ll gain in the online Organizational Leadership degree are applicable to many fields, including:

  • Human resource management
  • Labor and management relations
  • Marketing and sales management
  • Management consultation
  • Office management
  • Operations management
  • Training and development
  • Customer service management

A study in 2011 found that many employers in these fields require candidates to have bachelor’s degrees1:

  • 54 percent of employers in human resource management
  • 65 percent of marketing and sales management employers
  • 77 percent of organizations hiring management analysts
  • 56 percent of employers in training and development

1Burning Glass Labor Insights, April 2013

Why should you choose Benedictine’s program from all the online bachelor's degree programs open to you? There are many reasons:

  • It's AFFORDABLE: Benedictine offers competitive tuition rates, financial aid for those who qualify and tuition discounts for military and their spouses
  • It's FAST: Depending on the number of transfer credits you have, you may be able to complete the program in 10 to 36 months.
  • It’s a PATHWAY TO YOUR MASTER’S DEGREE: The University will waive up to four courses from the online Masters in Business Administration program for BA in Organizational Leadership graduates.
  • It's TRADITIONAL: Benedictine has more than 125 years of history and a reputation for academic excellence.
  • It's NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED: US News & World Report ranked Benedictine in its Best Online Bachelor’s Programs category in 2013, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013.
  • It's ACCREDITED: Benedictine is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
  • It's CONVENIENT: Courses are completely online and asynchronous, meaning you don’t need to log in on a certain day or time each week.
  • It's SUPPORTIVE: Before classes start, you'll acclimate yourself with the online learning environment in our complementary Success Strategies Course. You'll also have access to admissions counselors, academic advisors, 24/7 technical support and other services to ensure your educational experience is rich and successful.

Faculty Spotlight

Assistant Dean Amy Miller, instructor for the bachelor’s program introductory courses, addresses some of the common questions potential online learners have about going back to school.

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