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Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership Online

Gain practical leadership expertise and prepare for professional leadership roles in almost any industry with this 100% online B.A. in Organizational Leadership program.

01/04/21 Next Application Due Date
01/11/21 Start Classes
Tuition now $350 per credit hour with Path to Success Scholarship*

Program Overview

$448 Per Credit Hour
Varies Program Duration
120 Credit Hours

Enhance your understanding and gain practical leadership skills with the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership online degree program at NKU. The knowledge and skills you acquire, such as team-building, conflict resolution, ethical decision-making and leading through change, are valuable in almost any industry – including business, public service, non-profit, and more.

In this affordable program, you will examine leadership in various types of organizations and across organizational levels and positions. The B.A. in Organizational Leadership program emphasizes leadership in team and group settings along with developing personal and professional leadership capacities. You will explore the unique role that human behavior plays in building relationships designed for the betterment of individuals, teams, groups, organizations and communities.

Create a degree plan that leverages your unique educational and career backgrounds with access to personalized advising. You may be eligible to earn academic credit through a variety of non-traditional methods, including: Credit for prior learning, Military Credit, internship and co-op opportunities, and credit for workplace courses and trainings approved through the American Council on Education. Plus, special opportunities may exist for students who have stepped out of school for two years or more and are now ready to complete a degree.

Also available through this program are opportunities to enhance your resume through service learning, student philanthropy, student leadership organizations and competitions, and study abroad opportunities.

NKU organizational leadership graduates have worked at top companies such as Proctor and Gamble, Fidelity, Amazon, Cintas, TriHealth, the IRS, UPS, Elizabeth Healthcare and other healthcare facilities.

In this online program, you will learn to:

  • Summarize and analyze core leadership principles and challenges across many disciplines
  • Describe, evaluate, and apply foundational leadership theory
  • Incorporate diversity and ethical decision making into the leadership process
  • Become an effective communicator and problem solver
  • Appreciate diverse and global perspectives

Potential career outcomes:

  • Program Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Change Management Specialist
  • Organizational Analyst
  • Learning and Development Manager
  • Team Leader (Finance, Logistics, Manufacturing, Retail, and more)

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Tuition

The B.A. in Organizational Leadership online program offers the same affordable, pay–by–the–course tuition for in–state and out–of–state students. Financial aid may be available for students who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

$448 Per Credit Hour
Varies Total Tuition

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Program Path to Success Scholarship Per Credit Hour* Per Credit Hour** Per Course**
Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership $350 $448 $1,344

Tuition is subject to change at any time.

*The Path to Success Scholarship is available for first-time NKU online students only and is comprised of a per-credit-hour savings of $98—for a $350-per-credit-hour tuition rate. The Scholarship cannot be combined with any other offer and is not available for existing students or for the RN to BSN online program.

**Does not include $960 in total program fees that will be divided and assessed by credit hour based on the number of hours taken.

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NKU has been ranked among “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes magazine for 11 years in a row (2019).

Calendar

With six start dates a year, the B.A. in Organizational Leadership online program is flexible and convenient. View the calendar to find the best start date for you, along with corresponding deadlines. Find the best start for you, then submit your application, registration, documents, and tuition by the corresponding deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

01/04/21 Apply By
01/11/21 Start Classes

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First Starts Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Spring 1 01/11/21 01/04/21 01/06/21 01/08/21 01/11/21 02/26/21
Spring 2 03/15/21 03/03/21 03/08/21 03/11/21 03/15/21 04/20/21

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?

Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning your B.A. in Organizational Leadership online. Please reach out to one of our enrollment specialists for help with any questions you may have. Requirements for admission to this program include:

Official transcripts from each college attended
2.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale
Online application fee waived for active/veteran military

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B.A. in Organizational Leadership Online Admission Requirements

Applicants for the B.A. in Organizational Leadership online program are evaluated on a holistic basis and must meet the following requirements:

Transfer Admission

Transfer applicants are students who have graduated from high school and have previously attempted coursework for credit (other than college credits taken while in high school) at another regionally accredited college or university.

Students with a minimum 2.0 GPA from a regionally accredited institution and 24 or more transferable credit hours must submit the following:

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required.
  • Official transcripts from each college attended

Students with a minimum 2.0 GPA and fewer than 24 transferable credit hours are evaluated based on the freshman admission standards and must supply the following:

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required.
  • Official transcripts from each college attended
  • Final and official high school transcript or GED scores
  • ACT or SAT orACCUPLACER® test scores
  • To declare a major in Organizational Leadership, students must have earned a GPA of at least 2.0 in all prior college work. Students who do not meet the 2.0 GPA are eligible for acceptance as Organizational Leadership pre-majors. When the GPA reaches 2.0, the pre-major designation will be removed. First-semester students who wish to declare a major in Organizational Leadership are required to have ACT scores of at least 18 for English, Math, and Reading or SAT scores of at least 430 for Math and Writing and 450 for Critical Reading, or 23.5 for Math and 25 for Reading, Writing, and Language.

Freshman Applicants

A freshman applicant is a prospective student who has not attempted coursework at a regionally accredited college or university (other than college credit earned while in high school or during the summer immediately following high school graduation).

Students who are 21 years or older and have never attended college (other than college credits taken while in high school) must supply:

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required.
  • Official high school transcripts or GED scores
  • ACCUPLACER scores (our placement office can help you schedule this test)

Students who are under 21 years old and have never attended college (other than college credits taken while in high school) must supply:

  • An online application form
  • A $40 nonrefundable application fee*
  • Official high school transcripts or GED scores
  • ACT or SAT exam scores:
    • Required ACT scores:
      18 (English, math, reading)
    • Required SAT scores:
      Prior to March 2016: 430 (math, writing); 450 (critical reading)
      March 2016 to present: 23.5 (math); 25 (reading, writing, language)

Some courses may require additional placement testing depending on transfer credit or ACT scores.

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Admissions
400 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215.

Courses

In order to earn the B.A. in Organizational Leadership degree online, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours, including 33 core credit hours, 37 general education credit hours, a minimum of up to 12 credit hours towards a secondary area of study (focus or minor), and up to 38 credit hours of free electives. Of the 120 hours, 45 hours must be at the 300-level or higher.

Note: If a student enters the program with fewer than 60 credit hours, you will be required to take 12 hours of foundation courses. Consult with your academic advisor to devise an individual degree plan and to get answers to questions about required and elective courses.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the fundamental concepts and foundational theories of leadership to facilitate the development of a personal understanding of the nature of leadership. The evolution of leadership theory and research is explored and its implications for understanding leadership as a phenomenon and the practice of leadership. Course encourages the application of learning to analysis of practical leadership problems and examples of leaders from diverse sectors such as business, nonprofit, government, social change, military, science, popular culture, and athletics.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on concepts and skills for leadership development. Students examine organizational, leadership, and human development theories with consideration towards application of knowledge and skills towards their personal leadership development and growth. Special focus will be placed on increasing the capacity of the individual to lead and develop others.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explore theoretical and empirical concepts of research design and analysis for the field of leadership. Students learn to identify and interpret quality research in leadership. Specific focus is placed on scholarly writing, communication, and developing critical analysis and thinking skills to become good consumers of social science research.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course encourages analysis of the fundamental role of ethics in leadership and decision making. The ethical challenges confronted by leaders and the influence of personal values are examined. The course emphasizes personal ethical development including self-awareness, ethical decision making skills, and understanding diverse perspectives and group decision making.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Contemporary theory on the leadership of organizational change, including best practices for implementing change, and assuring that change will be successful.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the dynamics of teamwork. Roles and qualities of team leaders and team players will be discussed, along with attributes and behavior of teams. Special focus will be placed on problem solving in a team environment, diverse teams, and virtual teamwork.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will explore leading in both diverse and global environments. Students will gain appreciation for the importance of understanding both domestic diversity and global experiences and viewpoints. This course looks at the multitudes of issues involved in leading in these dynamic contexts by examining concepts such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, gender, identity, prejudice and privilege, worldview, and holism. Upon completion of this course, students will understand issues of intercultural leadership and communication and build their capacities and skills for leading in diverse and global contexts.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Culminating learning experience for organizational leadership program. Students investigate and analyze trends and research in leadership and organizational dynamics to refine their understanding of leadership for today’s organizations and prepare for future adaptation. Emphasis on critical and creative thinking, lifelong learning/development for leaders and development and sustainability of organizations. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and LDR 310; restricted to Organizational Leadership majors.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Social perception and social influences on behavior; attribution, attitudes, attraction, aggression, pro-social behavior, compliance, and small groups. Prerequisite: PSY 100.

Repeatable: No

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Psychological principles in business and industry; motivation, job satisfaction, leadership and communication theory, organizational structure, performance appraisal, personnel testing and selection, training, workplace design, and work environment. Prerequisite: PSY 100.

All OL Majors choose ONE of the major elective courses listed here as part of the core. Foundation Track students take BOTH elective courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course discusses the core to every organization—its people. Specific focus on interface between humans and organizations, ethical and legal responsibilities, attracting, developing, and retaining organizational members with competencies for success in global, virtual, diverse, and innovative organizations. Other themes: leader’s role in championing continuous learning/development, forming psychological contracts.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course discusses leadership through the lens of Emotional Intelligence (EI). EI is the capacity to recognize and effectively manage emotions in ourselves and with others. Topics covered include developing effective self and social awareness, and management via EI. Application of EI in the organizational environment.

Students must complete a minor or take 12 credit hours from a declared area of focus outside of LDR courses.

You must take up to 38 credit hours of electives in order to reach the bachelor's degree minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation.

You must take 37 credit hours of general education courses, selected from the following categories.

Note: Some general education courses may be part of the major/minor/focus requirements. If so, those courses may potentially be used to count for both general education and the major/minor/focus. Consult with your academic advisor.

  • General Education Courses:
    • Communication; Written I (3 credits)
    • Communication; Written II (3 credits)
    • Communication; Oral (3 credits)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry
  • Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry
  • Natural Sciences with lab (4 credits)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry
  • Natural Sciences without lab (3 credits)
    • Self and Society
  • Cultural Pluralism (3 credits)
    • LDR 180
  • Individual and Society (3 credits)
    • Self and Society
  • Individual and Society (3 credits)
  • Culture and Creativity (3 credits)
  • Culture and Creativity (3 credits)
  • Global Viewpoints (3 credits)
    • LDR 160
    • LDR 180

Students with fewer than 60 credit hours at admission or major declaration must complete the following foundation courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will explore the basic theories, trends, and practices for leadership from varying global perspectives. Leadership theories are often taught from a Western perspective. This course discusses these historical Western perspectives, while also introducing students to how leadership is viewed and practiced around the world.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines foundational theories and practices of leadership used to bring about social and cultural change. Viewed through historical and contemporary lenses, students are introduced to common threads and unique differences of the leadership process involved in social and cultural change on local, national, and global levels.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explores human relations concepts and promotes intrapersonal and interpersonal skill development for personal and professional growth. Students will gain an understanding of human and organizational behaviors and skills will be built in personal and group communication, conflict resolution, ethical use of power, diversity appreciation, motivation, networking, and structuring values.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course discusses the core to every organization—its people. Specific focus on interface between humans and organizations, ethical and legal responsibilities, attracting, developing, and retaining organizational members with competencies for success in global, virtual, diverse, and innovative organizations. Other themes: leader’s role in championing continuous learning/development, forming psychological contracts.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course discusses leadership through the lens of Emotional Intelligence (EI). EI is the capacity to recognize and effectively manage emotions in ourselves and with others. Topics covered include developing effective self and social awareness, and management via EI. Application of EI in the organizational environment.

Students majoring or minoring in any of the programs offered by the Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership must earn at least a C- in each course counted as part of their program.

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