Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Leadership is a personal transformation that involves harnessing the power of relationships. It means fundamentally shifting from being an individual performer to guiding and inspiring a group of people. All organizations require leaders throughout their structures in order to grow, thrive, and help their businesses realize their objectives. By studying organizational leadership you can become a focused visionary, motivational communicator, and creator of solutions.

The Benefits of a BA in Organizational Leadership degree at Brandman

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership program provides the knowledge and tools necessary to help you move up in your career and become an innovative leader that identifies issues, analyzes opportunities, communicates a vision, and leads by example.  The OL degree is applicable to all industries as every company needs leaders.  Its courses emphasizes theory and practice through a comprehensive breadth of classes including marketing, human resources, economics, organizational behavior, ethics, team building, finance, accounting and leadership. The program is available in both blended and fully online formats,and you can customize your degree by choosing one of the following emphasis areas:

The Benefits of a BBA degree at Brandman

A minor in organizational leadership is also available for undergraduate students completing a bachelor's degree in a different area of study.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Diversity:  Demonstrate the understanding of diversity competence in a global society.
  • Communication: Apply effective and efficient communication skills for interacting collaboratively.
  • Critical Inquiry: Research, analyze and evaluate data, information and situations to draw reasonable conclusions.
  • Leadership: Apply leadership theories and models to the practice of leadership.
  • Ethics:  Assess ethical behavior and decision making.
  • Application: Identify and complete a research project to address an organizational leadership issue.


Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent.
  2. Completed application package. Applications are available online.
  3. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended. 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.
  4. For those applying under an active military agreement with Brandman University, admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.

Graduation Requirements–Bachelor Degrees

  • A minimum of 120 credits.
  • 36 credits earned in upper- division coursework.
  • Minimum of 30 credits completed in residence at Brandman; 18 of which must be upper-division credits, 12 of which must be completed in students major.
  • A 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale at Brandman and transfer work.
  • A 2.0 grade point average in all major and minor coursework. Programs may have additional grade requirements.
  • Resolution of all “I” grades.
  • LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)
  • LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations- (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists.


Foundation courses (15 credits)

OLCU 300 Organizational Behavior 3
OLCU 350 Leadership & Professional Ethics 3
OLCU 400 Theory & Practice of Leadership 3
OLCU 425 Leadership in Diverse & Multicultural Organizations 3
OLCU 380 Research and Analytical Thinking 3


Competencies (12 credits)

COMU 410 Organizational Communication 3
OLCU 303 Organization Development & Change 3
OLCU 325 Leadership Skills Development Lab 3
OLCU 414 Team Building 3


Electives/emphasis areas (18 credits)

Upon admission, students work with their program advisors to develop a plan for electives in the degree program. 18


Capstone (3 credits)

OLCU 487 Senior Research Project 3


Total Credits 48



Minor in Organizational Leadership

Minor Requirements (18 credits)

Foundation courses (9 credits)

OLCU 300 Organizational Behavior 3
OLCU 350 Leadership and Professional Ethics 3
OLCU 400 Theory and Practice of Leadership 3


One of the following (3 credits):

OLCU 425 Leadership in Diverse and Multicultural Organizations 3
COMU 315 Intercultural Communications 3


Electives (6 credits)
Two of the following:

CSCU 315 Organizational Information Systems 3
ECNU 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENTU 401 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
MGTU 301 Principles of Management 3
MKTU 301 Principles of Marketing 3
OLCU 325 Leadership Skills Development Lab 3
OLCU 380 Research and Analytical Thinking 3
OLCU 414 Team Building 3


Total Credits 18
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