BA in Organizational Leadership

Grow the leadership and organizational development skills necessary to advance in any industry. This program equips innovative leaders to analyze opportunities, communicate vision and lead by example with a leadership degree.

Organizational Leadership Degree Overview

Become the leader you want to be with an organizational leadership degree. In this program, students will focus on a comprehensive curriculum that includes marketing, human resources, economics, organizational behavior, ethics, team building, finance, accounting and leadership best practices.

As a student you will:

  • Obtain the knowledge and tools necessary to help put you ahead in your career through leadership and organizational development.
  • Become an innovative leader who identifies issues, analyzes opportunities, communicates a vision, and leads by example.
  • Customize your degree by choosing an area of emphasis in supply chain systems or organizational administration.

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True leadership starts from within, but business leadership starts with their company values and mission statement. Learn how to stay true to your leadership style and on-brand with your company.

Customizable Degrees

Customize your degree by choosing an area of emphasis in supply chain systems or organizational administration.

Immediate Impact

You don’t have to finish your degree to start making a difference in your organization. The BAOL was designed so that you can apply what you learn today on the job tomorrow.


University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

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    Each instructor led me to believe, by providing knowledge and resources, that I was capable of making positive impacts in the lives of people.
    Angelo C.
    BA, Organizational Leadership
    I’m over the moon that their staff made it so easy, and I learned so much that I could apply to my work right now. I improved myself in leadership competencies and it’s made me a much better leader for the Department of the Navy.
    Michele R.
    BA, Organizational Leadership

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process and submit required documents. Documents required vary based on the number of transferable credits and include:


    • High school diploma or GED equivalent
    • Official high school transcript indicating the date of graduation


    • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
    • Provide official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
    active military?

    Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts.


    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.


    BA in Organizational Leadership Program Curriculum

    • Bachelor degrees require students to complete a minimum of 120 semester units which include a combination of General Education requirements and program specific requirements. In the absence of sufficient transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the 120 total units for the degree which a UMass Global Academic Advisor will help you evaluate.


      Code Course Name Credits
      Basic Skills 12
      ENGU103 Writing Communication I: Writing and Rhetoric 3
      ENGU 104 Written Communication II: Writing About Literature 3
      MATU 103 Applied Mathematics 3
      COMU 101 Public Speaking 1 3
      Quantitative reasoning 3
      Oral communication 3
      Breadth Requirements 24
      Humanities Select from 3 different areas: Communications, English, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies 9
      Natural Sciences Select 6 credits 6
      Social Sciences Select from 3 different areas: Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, History, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Political Science/Legal Studies, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology 9
      Liberal Education Foundations 6
      LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity 3
      LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations 3
      Total Credits 42
    • Code Course Name Credits
      Foundation Courses (15 credits)


      OLCU 300 Organizational Behavior


      OLCU 350 Leadership and Professional Ethics


      OLCU 400 Theory and Practice of Leadership


      OLCU 425 Leadership in Diverse and Multicultural Organizations


      OLCU 380 Research and Analytical Thinking


      Competencies (12 credits)


      COMU 410 Organizational Communication


      OLCU 303 Organizational Development and Change


      OLCU 325 Leadership Skills Development Lab


      OLCU 414 Team Building


      Electives/Emphasis Areas (18 credits)


      Complete the electives or emphasis area




      OLCU 487 Senior Research Project


      Total Credits


    • The emphasis in organizational administration addresses the fundamental principles of management and administration. This emphasis will be designated on the student's transcript. Students select six courses (18 credits) from the following:

      Code Course Name Credits
      Required (15 credits)


      ACCU 201 Principles of Accounting I


      ECNU 201 Principles of Macroeconomics


      ENTU 401 Introduction to Entrepreneurship


      MKTU 301 Principles of Marketing


      MGTU 301 Principles of Management


      Select one of the following:


      HRCU 430
      Conflict Resolution


      SOCU 401
      Sociology of Social Conflict, Analysis, and Resolution


      HRCU 445
      Human Resource Studies *


      CSCU 315
      Organizational Information Systems


      Total Credits


      *     PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification or recertification within three years may be used as a substitute for HRCU 445 Human Resource Studies.

    • This emphasis area in supply chain systems combines an overview and systems approach to understanding supply chain requirements as well as a drill down into specific competencies such as leadership, communication, labor relations and organizational information systems which are crucial to supply chain management and understanding. Students complete six courses (18 credits) as follows:

      Code Course Name Credits
      MGTU 320 Strategies Across the Supply Chain


      MGTU 321 Project Management and Supply Chain Leadership


      HRCU 352 Labor Relations


      CSCU 315 Organizational Information Systems


      Select two courses from Communication, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, and/or Organizational Leadership


      Total Credits


    • Code Course Name Credits
      Foundation Courses


      OLCU 300 Organizational Behavior


      OLCU 350 Leadership and Professional Ethics


      OLCU 400 Theory and Practice of Leadership


      OLCU 425 Leadership in Diverse and Multicultural Organizations


      or COMU 315

      Intercultural Communication

      Foundation Courses Subtotal




      Select two of the following:


      CSCU 315
      Organizational Information Systems


      ECNU 201
      Principles of Macroeconomics


      ENTU 401
      Introduction to Entrepreneurship


      MGTU 301
      Principles of Management


      MKTU 301
      Principles of Marketing


      OLCU 325
      Leadership Skills Development Lab


      OLCU 380
      Research and Analytical Thinking


      OLCU 414
      Team Building


      Electives Subtotal


      Total Credits


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