BA, Organizational Leadership

Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Organizations require leaders throughout their structure in order to grow, thrive, and realize their objectives. The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership program focuses on understanding the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective visionary, motivational communicator and creator of innovative solutions within public, private, nonprofit and government entities. Its curriculum emphasizes theory and practice through a comprehensive breadth of subjects including marketing, human resources, economics, organizational behavior, ethics, team building, finance, accounting and leadership. Emphasis areas include:

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 32 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 300 Liberal Arts Core Foundations- (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)
  • LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity (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

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



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

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



OLCU 487 Senior Research Project 3


Total Credits 48



Minor in Organizational Leadership


Foundation courses

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


One of the following:

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


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
OLCU 450 Organization Structure and Design 3


Total Credits 18
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