Program Overview

Becoming a leader takes the right combination of experience and knowledge. Now, gain expertise in the fundamentals of modern management with the online Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree from Point Park University. With an online organizational leadership degree, you’ll hone critical management skills including organizational principles, effective communication, project management and more. Point Park’s online organizational leadership degree is designed to help you gain real-world success and can be applied across all industries and disciplines.

Curriculum Overview

The online organizational leadership degree program helps students develop key management skills, including ethical management, strategic planning and organizational change. Each course is developed by professionals for professionals, and the curriculum focuses on career preparedness. The program offers flexibility and support from application to graduation.

Discover how an online organizational leadership degree can help you reach your potential as a business leader in a convenient format designed for your life.

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  • Next Start Date:January 7, 2018
  • Est. Program Length:2-4 Years
  • Credit Hours:121
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$433
 
Thematic Core Courses (42 credits)
  • COMM 101 – Oral Comm. & Pres.
  • ENGL 101 – College Composition
  • UNIV 101 – City-University Life
  • Explore the World
  • Investigate Science
  • Investigate Mathematics
  • Interpret Creative Works
  • Understand People
  • Succeed in Business
  • Appreciate & Apply the Arts
  • Discover Technology
  • Senior Capstone
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Course Description
This course included communication theory, as well as speech preparation, delivery, and communication technology. Student learning focuses on researching, composing, and delivering formal and impromptu speeches and presentations. Topics include research, analyzing and adapting audiences, message construction, outlining, delivery of messages and effective use of visual aids and technology. This course will develop each student’s ability to communicate effectively with respect to audience and purpose. The major emphasis is on the preparation and delivery of presentations ranging from one-on-one pitches, and small group discussion, to large audience speeches.
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Course Description
Students will write argument-based assignments leading to an independently researched project based on academic and professional goals. Students will be required to 1.) find and integrate a variety of sources, 2.) read and analyze these sources, 3.) develop strong thesis statements that reflect perspectives on topics or issues, and 4.) construct persuasive arguments that engage with the viewpoints of experts and commentators. As the term progresses, students will have the opportunity to re-think or revise the ideas and perspectives they explored in earlier writing assignments by engaging with peer feedback and revising earlier drafts. Placement recommendations will require students to take ENGL 101 as a three credit course OR in conjunction with an additional credit of lab or studio instruction. Students who earn F or NP grades in ENGL 101 will be required to re-take the course in conjunction with a one-credit Writing Studio course.*One Writing Intensive course in addition to ENGL 101 is required for graduation.
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Course Description
This course introduces students to the kinds of communities that people construct for themselves (e.g. social, political, artistic, etc.) and the values and dynamics that define such communities (e.g. cooperation, civility, tolerance, responsibility, etc.). The notion of what it means to be a responsible member of the “community” will actively be explored and discussed by engagement and analysis of multiple communities: the classroom community, the Point Park University community, and the Pittsburgh community. Students will also examine the responsibilities they have to their personal academic development.
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Choose two of the following courses:

  • ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GCS 175 – Intro to Global Cultural Studies
  • GCS/MLNG 205 – Languages of the World
  • HIST 201 – Western Civilization I
  • HIST 202 – Western Civilization II
  • PADM 210/POLS 204 – Public Administration
  • POLS 205 – World Geography
  • POLS 250 – Intro to Study of Gov’t Systems
  • PHIL 215 – World Religions
  • SOC/MLNG 260 – Japanese Culture
  • THEA 225 – History Theatre I
  • THEA 226 – History Theatre II
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • CHEM 101 – General Chemistry I
  • NSET 110 – Intro to Natural Sciences I
  • NSET 111 – Intro to Natural Sciences II
  • NSET 120 – Environmental Science
  • NSET 122 – The Science of Light
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • MATH 150 – The Mathematical Experience
  • MATH 175 – Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 180 – College Algebra
  • MATH 190 – Calculus I

*Math course level dependent on results of placement exam.

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Choose one of the following courses

  • EDUC 252 – Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 120 – Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 251 – World Lit: Novels
  • ENGL 252 – The Art of Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 253 – The Art of Poetry
  • ENGL 254 – The Art of Short Story
  • ENGL 255 – Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Literature
  • JOUR 225 – Deconstructing the Story
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Choose two of the following courses:

  • EDUC 220 – Family and Community Diversity
  • EDUC 228 – Educational Psychology
  • HIST 206 – Foundations in Feminism: Women’s History in Western World
  • PSYC 150 – Psychological Foundations
  • PSYC 203 – Theories of Personality
  • PSYC 214 – Psychology of Emotion
  • PSYC 230 – Characterological and Psychotic in Film and Fiction
  • SOC 150 – Sociological Foundations
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • BMGT 271 – The Money Thing: Life and Finances During and After College
  • BUS 404 – Business Ethics
  • CMPS 330 – Electronic Commerce
  • ECON 202 – Principles of Microeconomics
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • ART 100 – Intro to Visual Arts
  • CINE 170 – Intro to Screenwriting for Non-Majors
  • COMM 290 – Seminar in Media Studies
  • COPA 250 – Exploring the Arts
  • EDUC 251 – Art and Music in Teaching
  • ENGL 200 – Creative Writing
  • ENGL 252 – The Art of Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 253 – The Art of Poetry
  • ENGL 254 – The Art of Short Story
  • MLNG 220 – French Literature in Translation
  • PHOT 101 – Photography for Non-Majors
  • THEA 230 – Introduction to Theatre
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • CMPS 114 – Problem Solving with Information Technology
  • EDUC 101 – Technology Literacy in Education for the 21st Century
  • JOUR 103 – Graphic Design I
  • NSET 101 – Intro to Natural Sciences and Technology
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Course Description
Course chosen with advisor near completion of degree.
Departmental Major Requirements (52 credits)
  • BMGT 101 – Introduction to Business
  • BUS 301 – Computer Concepts and Applications in Business
  • BUS 306 – Professional Communication Practices
  • BUS 310 – Fund. of Personnel Management and Regulations in the Workplace
  • BUS 315 – Essentials of Org. Leadership and Behavior OR PADM 308 – Theories of Public Organizations
  • BUS 404 – Ethical Leadership
  • BUS 417 – Dynamics of Business and Strategic Planning
  • ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 202 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • LEAD 110 – Leadership: Introduction to the Study of Leadership
  • LEAD 312 – Leadership: Confluence of Emotional and Cultural Acumen
  • LEAD 315 – Leading Organizational Change
  • LEAD 317 – Understanding Gender and Power: Gender Dynamics in Leadership
  • LEAD 415 – Systems Thinking for Emerging Leaders
  • LEAD 445 – Career Development and Succession Strategies for Leaders
  • LEAD 460 – Leading in the Metanational Environment
  • PADM 210 – Public Administration
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Course Description
A survey of business and management using descriptive and analytical techniques including the study of human relations, delegation of authority and managerial communications.
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Course Description
Designed to provide students with the necessary background and skills to understand and use microcomputers. Topics include the operating system, spreadsheets, databases and word processing, and the uses and applications of computers in business.
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Course Description
Students will strengthen the effectiveness of their business writing and presentation skills through individual and team exercises. Numerous writing assignments and a development of a portfolio of their work will provide students with a professional reference packet for use in their chosen career. Various methods of evaluation will be utilized, including feedback from peers. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing.Or take ENGL 304 – Advanced Oral Communication
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Course Description
Selection procedures, training techniques, wage and salary administration, fringe benefits, grievance procedures and disciplinary action; Develops an understanding of the practical application of workplace regulations on day-to-day human resources operations and ways to minimize a company’s exposure to lawsuits; in addition topics such as diversity will be discussed.
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Course DescriptionBUS 315 – Essentials of Org. Leadership and Behavior
Examines the role of the leader as change agent within an organization. Develop an understanding of motivation, leadership, group behavior, organizational structure and processes as they relate to performance and satisfaction in work organizations. Students will work on developing skills in consensus building, conflict management, overcoming resistance to change.ORPADM 308 Theories of Public Organizations
Organizational structure affects the function and performance of public agencies. Topics in this course include the elements, concepts and principles of organizational theories and leadership development in government and non-profit agencies. Pre-requisite: PADM 210 or BMGT 208 or permission.
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Course Description
A philosophical investigation of the main concepts and theories of ethics, with applications to fundamental moral questions as they arise in different areas of business. The following issues may be used as illustrations: affirmative action, investment in unethical companies or countries, product safety, whistle blowing and advertising.
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Course Description
A presentation of the concepts and procedures of strategic planning. Discussion relates strategic planning to the analysis of the external environment and an assessment of the internal strengths and weaknesses of the organization. Prerequisite: Senior Standing or Permission from Advisor.
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An introductory analysis of economic theory as applied to fiscal and monetary policy affairs.
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An introduction to the pricing and allocation mechanism of the classical market economy.
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Lays the foundation for an academic study of leadership as a process in organizations. Key terms, concepts and theories are presented and examined to serve as tools for subsequent analysis and application. Considerable attention is given to the historical evolution of leadership as a focus of study as well as individual, situational, transactional and transformational approaches.
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Course Description
Students will explore the concepts of emotional intelligence and cultural intelligence and consider their level of EI/CI as they complete instruments, exercises and gain insight on the various styles of leadership that do not sacrifice the essential connections that binds a network or system of people. This course will facilitate students in understanding, recognizing, and honing these skills as well as the application of EI/CI to advancing organizational change.
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Course Description
Examines the role of the leader as change agent within an organization. Students will develop mastery in visioning, the action-research process, strategic leadership, consensus building, conflict management, overcoming resistance to change, performance evaluation, and selected organization development interventions.
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Course Description
A survey of the law as it relates to business transactions including the law of sales, the Uniform Commercial Code, consumer law, commercial papers, partnerships, corporations, antitrust, labor, environmental, secured transactions, bankruptcy, insurance and administrative law. Prerequisite: BMGT 201.
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Course Description
Demonstrates the interdependency of the human-eco system, the necessity for leaders to understand complexities, and the need to discern and convey simplicities. This introduction to systems thinking requires a holistic frame of reference that will facilitate leadership students’ peel away at the layers of perceptions, anchors, and self-inflicted barriers.
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Course Description
The objectives, methods and forms of business communications; business research and the classification and presentation of findings. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; ENGL 101.
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Metanational organizations view the world as a global canvas with pockets of technology, market intelligence, and dynamic capabilities. Leaders of these organizations see untapped potential and innovate more effectively. Leadership students will examine the strengths of this acumen; learn what it means to prospect and attract new pockets of dispersed knowledge, leverage innovation, and optimize integrated networks. Leadership students will learn about the interrelationships of various organizations, agencies and international networks.
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Course Description
This course is an intensive study of governmental and non-profit organizations, including organizational structures and functions, including planning, budget, finance, management and leadership. The course emphasizes the interaction and interrelationship of agencies and administrators at all levels of government and the non-profit sector. Dual listed as POLS 204.
Departmental Major Electives (9 credits)
  • Select (3) LEAD/PADM/BMGT courses at 300+
General Elective Requirements (18 credits)
  • Students may use general electives to complete or partially complete a double major or one or more minors. Students are encouraged to select courses within the School of Business.

Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s B.A. in Organizational Leadership program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Degree admission requires a satisfactory transcript from either a high school or postsecondary institution. Transcripts from postsecondary institutions must include a minimum of 12 earned credits or six months of training. A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. Students with a lower GPA may be considered for admission by the program director based on additional information in support of the application.
  2. The University reserves the right to require an interview or supplementary materials for any applicant (degree or non-degree) and to use these as a means for making an admission decision.

Career Outcomes

Earning a bachelor’s degree can have a significant effect on your salary. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average bachelor’s degree holder earns $59,124 annually compared to $35,256 among those with only a high school diploma. Here are a few careers available to organizational leadership graduates.
Organizational Manager

Organizational managers are responsible for helping companies improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their internal organizational systems. These professionals may examine current policies and practices, identify problem areas, create strategies to improve employee work performance, train upper management to implement new methods of work and other related duties. Successful organizational managers must possess creativity and attention to detail.

Human Resources Manager

Human resources managers help organizations find, train, coordinate and otherwise manage their staff as a whole. Those in this position may be responsible for handling areas such as benefits programs, interview processes, payroll, labor union relations and recruitment. They also serve as a liaison between staff and upper management.

Training and Development Manager

Training and development managers create and implement programs designed to teach company employees. They may assess training needs, develop operational budgets, design training materials, teach training methods to supervisors and other instructors, and evaluate the effectiveness of their work, among other responsibilities. These individuals require strong skills in communication, critical thinking and decision making.

Higher Education Administrator

Higher education managers are responsible for overseeing administrative procedures within a college or university setting. They may acquire funding for their schools, evaluate instructors, work with bookkeeping and budgeting, research teaching methods and other related responsibilities. These individuals must have excellent time management and interpersonal communication skills.

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