Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

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Bachelor's in Organizational Leadership
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Ed Cochran
“I have gained confidence in my ability to learn at a high level and to accomplish my educational goals at Penn State.”Read more

Build Your Leadership Skills with an Online Degree

Develop managerial skills, lead more effectively, and broaden your professional horizons with the Penn State World Campus bachelor's degree in organizational leadership.

Why a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership Degree at Penn State?

Diverse Curriculum — If you want a highly practical bachelor's degree program that explores leadership and organizational dynamics, the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership program can help you meet your goals. Courses in psychology, sociology, communication, economics, and labor and employment relations can prepare you for leadership positions in multiple fields. In addition to the foundational courses, the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership includes additional courses designed to prepare you for a more operational approach to business leadership and organization.

Applicable Skills — The liberal arts education in this program can help you develop the skills most sought after by employers: exercising influence, complex problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, sound judgment and decision making, communication, and conflict management.

Solid Foundation — Through the curriculum in the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, you will review the managerial and supervisory behavior of successful leaders. You can gain insight into the complex nature of organizational leadership; become knowledgeable about personal, social, and contextual influences in organizations; and understand how to exercise leadership in organizational settings. You can also acquire the tools you need to understand the interrelated interests of management, workers, unions, and the public.

A Degree to Meet Your Needs — If the social-scientific approach to business leadership in the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership does not exactly match your background or your career aspirations, you could choose the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership, which relies strongly on a curriculum immersed in the social sciences and humanities, in addition to the prescribed organizational leadership courses. It can help you to explore the role of leadership in business and other organizations from a humanistic perspective.

Who Should Apply?

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership is available only to adult learner students, as defined by The Penn State Commission for Adult Learners. The program is specifically designed to meet your needs as a working adult, particularly if you:

  • are currently employed in a professional or preprofessional position and want to expand your employment opportunities
  • occupy a managerial/leadership position but must obtain a degree for further professional advancement
  • have faced challenges starting or completing your college education due to life circumstances or geographical constraints 
  • are an active-duty soldier or veteran looking to advance within the military ranks or transition into civilian life

Career Opportunities for Graduates

According to NACE's 2012 edition of Job Outlook, leadership ability is one of the top qualities sought by employers when hiring new employees. With a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership, you can work in a range of sectors, including:

  • manufacturing
  • service industries
  • government
  • communications
  • charitable and nonprofit organizations
  • multinational organizations

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus