Why choose an online organizational leadership degree?

Becoming a leader takes the right combination of experience and knowledge. Gain expertise in the fundamentals of modern management with Point Park University’s Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree online. With the online B.A. in Organizational Leadership degree, you will hone critical management skills, including organizational principles, effective communication, project management and more. Designed to help you gain real-world success that can be applied across all industries and disciplines, Point Park’s online B.A. in Organizational Leadership degree will help you discover what it takes to succeed.

Curriculum Overview

The online B.A. in Organizational Leadership program helps students develop key professional 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 earning an organizational leadership degree online can help you reach your potential as a business leader in a convenient format designed for your life.

Transform Your Experience into College Credit

Point Park University offers robust Prior Learning Assessment and Advanced Standing/Experiential Learning Credit opportunities. Students can transfer credits from qualifying experiences including College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST exams) or UEXCEL exams, Advanced Placement (AP) credit and experiential learning assessment portfolio submissions from prior work experience. Experiential learning credits are not considered current coursework for financial aid and do not fulfill any of the minimum 30 credits that must be completed at Point Park University to graduate. In addition, experiential learning credits through portfolio submissions are capped at 18 credits.  Kindly note that experiential learning credits can be used to meet the minimum transfer credits for degree completion programs.

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  • Next Start Date: January 9, 2022

Est. Program Length: 2 – 4 Years
Credit Hours: 120
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Cost Per Credit: $520
Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 90
  • Est. Program Length: 2 – 4 Years

  • Credit Hours: 120

  • Course Length: 8 Weeks

  • Cost Per Credit: $520

  • Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 90

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Course Offerings

Admission Requirements

Course Description
This course introduces students to the different 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.

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.

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.

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.

Course Description:

A course on how Information Technology impacts organizations and how to use Information Technology to solve problems. Topics include: main concepts of Information Technology at a general level, online collaboration tools, application software, and information literacy as applied to searching and using the Internet. In addition, students will become proficient at an intermediate level in using application software. The student will learn each of the four software applications (Spreadsheet, Database, Word Processing and Presentation) and be able to apply them successfully to problem-solving scenarios.

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.

Choose ECON 201 and PADM 210:

  • ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics (*Required by Department Major)
  • PADM 210 – Public Administration (*Required by Department Major)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • NSET 110 – Intro to Natural Sciences I
  • NSET 111 – Intro to Natural Sciences II

Choose one of the following courses:

  • ENGL 250 – World Lit: Drama, Poetry, Epic
  • ENGL 251 – World Lit: Novels

Choose two of the following courses:

  • PSYC 150 – Psychological Foundations
  • PSYC 214 – Psychology of Emotion
  • SOC 150 – Sociological Foundations

Choose one of the following courses:

  • ART 100 – Intro to Visual Arts
  • COMM 290 – Seminar in Media Studies
  • COPA 250 – Exploring the Arts

Course Description:

This capstone class requires students to interpret knowledge gained throughout their coursework in the University core and major program in order to conceptualize a business model (mission/vision/values), analyze a company’s business model, and create a business operations plan for a theoretical organization. An e-Portfolio will be utilized for assessment purposes. Prerequisites: ACCT, BMGT, or ECON/FIN Major. 90 or more credit hours. ACCT 101 & 102; BMGT 201, 202, 300; ECON 201, 202; and any 1 course in the student’s concentration area.

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.

Course Description
The objectives, methods and forms of business communications; business research and the classification and presentation of findings. Prerequisites: ENGL 101.

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. Prerequisite: None.

Course Description
An overview of business practices in the international arena which acquaints students with the complexities of international business. Analysis of such topics as global interdependencies, the working of multinational enterprises and other concerns reflecting the variety of socio-economic environments in which transnational institutions function. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Course Description
BMGT 340 – Org. Behavior w/ Topics in Mgmt.
Examines the role of individual and group behavior within work organizations. Review the traditional theories of management. Topics will include motivation, leadership, group behavior, organizational structure, conflict management, and resistance to change.
OR
PADM 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.

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.

Course Description
An introduction to spreadsheet, database management and communication software. A thorough understanding is achieved through laboratory assignments.

Course Description
An introduction to the pricing and allocation mechanism of the classical market economy.

Course Description
Selection procedures, training techniques, wage and salary administration, fringe benefits, grievance procedures and disciplinary action. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; PSYC 150.

Course Description
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Course Description
The objectives, methods and forms of business communications; business research and the classification and presentation of findings. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; ENGL 101.

Select (5) LEAD/PADM/BMGT courses at 300+

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.

Career Outcomes

Earning an organizational leadership degree online 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 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 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 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 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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