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Bachelor of Science in
Organizational Leadership

Program Summary

Explore leadership from a social-scientific and operational perspective with this online organizational leadership bachelor's degree program and expand your leadership skills while broadening your professional horizons.
How To Apply
Apply by March 15 to start May 17

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

123 Credits $590/$632 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Nationally Recognized
Bachelor's 2021
Ranked in the top ten for online bachelor's degrees by U.S. News & World Report.

Build Your Leadership Skills with an Online Degree

If you are looking for a highly practical bachelor's degree program that provides an evidenced-based approach to organizational leadership, the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership program can help you meet your goals. Develop leadership skills, lead more effectively, and broaden your professional horizons to prepare for the complex social, cultural, and professional issues that you are likely to encounter in modern leadership positions.

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

Diverse Curriculum — Foundational courses in psychology, sociology, communication, economics, and labor and employment relations can prepare you for leadership positions in multiple fields, while electives allow you to delve into workplace issues like conflict management and ethics.

Applicable Skills — This program can help you develop the skills most sought after by employers, including:

  • using evidence appropriately
  • exercising influence
  • complex problem solving
  • teamwork
  • critical and ethical thinking
  • sound judgment
  • leadership development
  • decision making
  • motivation
  • communication
  • conflict management

Solid Foundation — By reviewing the managerial and supervisory behavior of successful leaders, you can gain insight into the complex nature of organizational leadership and become knowledgeable about personal, social, and contextual influences in organizations. 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: B.S. or B.A. — If your interests align more with the humanistic side of organizational leadership, you may want to consider 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.

The Penn State Difference — In this program, you will have the opportunity to study with 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.

Who Should Apply?

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership offered by World Campus may appeal 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 within the military ranks or transition into civilian life
  • are looking to expand your leadership style from many different perspectives
  • want to gain knowledge and skills to become an ethical leader, motivate others, think critically, and make sound decisions

Career Opportunities for Graduates

A Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership can prepare you for a range of careers in which your leadership skills can contribute positively to the overall organizational climate and interpersonal interactions.

You may find this degree most valuable if you are interested in showcasing your ability to lead and nurture business and professional relationships through evidenced-based decisions, motivational strategies, conflict management, ethical decision making, and other forms of interpersonal and social influence.

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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