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Bachelor of Arts in
Organizational Leadership

Program Summary

Explore leadership in businesses and organizations from a humanistic perspective with this comprehensive curriculum. The course work in this online bachelor's degree program is focused on the social sciences and humanities.
How To Apply
Apply by October 31 to start January 9

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

123 Credits $620/$664 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

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Prepare for Leadership Positions with an Online Degree

A rapidly growing global environment creates demand for professionals who are schooled in leadership. Employers look for individuals who exhibit strengths in problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, sound judgment and decision making, listening, and conflict management.

Penn State's Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership focuses on contemporary labor management and supervisory leadership issues. Taught by highly regarded faculty from Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, one of the premier institutions in the world to study and work in the liberal arts disciplines, this fully online program can help you develop a broad perspective to prepare for today's complex social, cultural, and professional issues that you are likely to encounter in positions of leadership.

Why an Organizational Leadership Degree Online at Penn State?

100% Online for Maximum Flexibility — Online courses are designed for working adults and provide you with the flexibility and convenience to study around your schedule. Skip the lengthy commute time without sacrificing beneficial interactions with knowledgeable, caring faculty. Build a global network of peers and learn from their diverse experiences, without leaving the comfort of your home.

Comprehensive Curriculum — The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership includes a curriculum immersed in the social sciences, humanities, and language, in addition to the prescribed organizational leadership courses. It can help you explore the role of leadership in organizations from a relationship-based perspective.

Practical Skills — The curriculum in the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership can provide you with broad-based knowledge and skills that you can apply to many professions across various industries. Courses in psychology, sociology, communication, philosophy, management, and labor and employment relations can prepare you for a change in career or help you to advance into leadership positions in your current place of employment.

A Degree to Meet Your Needs: B.S. or B.A. —  If approaching business leadership from a more humanistic approach does not line up precisely with your career goals or previous experience, you might prefer the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, which includes additional courses that explore leadership in business and other organizations from a social-scientific perspective.

Who Should Apply?

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership is now available to any student (formerly only open to adult learner students). The program format is appealing to professionals and students with a variety of backgrounds, 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 in the military ranks or transition into civilian life

Career Development for Graduates

A Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership can prepare you to work in a range of relationship-focused careers in which your leadership skills can contribute positively to the overall business climate and interpersonal interactions.

You may find this degree most valuable if you are interested in showcasing your ability to manage and nurture business and professional relationships through motivational strategies, conflict management, and other forms of interpersonal and social influence, in collaborative work environments, including:

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

Talk to an Organizational Leadership Graduate 

If you would like to speak to a graduate of the program, complete this form to be connected with an Alumni Ambassador. These alumni have offered to answer specific questions about the student experience and discuss any concerns you may be having before you apply.

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