Online Organizational Leadership Degree (BA)

Online Organizational Leadership Degree (BA)

Online Organizational Leadership Degree (BA)

  • Learn organizational design from a micro perspective and graduate with the skills companies seek in a leader
  • Experience a transformational journey that integrates – and respects – scholarship and faith
  • Complete your assignments 100% online – from anywhere with an Internet connection
  • Start now; graduate with your Online Organizational Leadership Degree in as few as 18 months*

*Time to completion varies based on previous academic experience and units required.

The Online Organizational Leadership Degree program at Fresno Pacific University builds on your previous experience and responsibilities in the workplace to deliver a deeper understanding of organizational design from a micro perspective.

The Online Organizational Leadership Degree program allows you to learn change management best practices, develop clear and convincing communication skills, master legal and ethical human resource considerations, and gain an ability to articulate key leadership practices within the context of a Christian perspective.

You learn from a respected faculty – 80 percent of which has earned doctorate-level degrees. This means you are challenged and encouraged by mentors committed to providing you a well-rounded and industry-respected organizational leadership education.

Find out more in our upcoming webinar: BA in Organizational Leadership Information Session.

Career Opportunities

Specific high-growth organizational leadership careers include:

  • Executive management
  • Nonprofit and community leadership
  • Public administration
  • Human resources
  • Consulting

Admissions Requirements

Fresno Pacific University take a holistic approach to admissions decisions. By that we mean we look at all of the pieces of an application to make sure the program is right for you.

Considerations include:

  • Online application
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official high school transcripts, as well as official transcripts from all colleges attended


Organizational Leadership Curriculum

The following courses are required as part of your 39-unit Online Organizational Leadership Degree major.

Core 1: 15 Units

BIB 314 Jesus and the Christian Community 3 Units

The foundational course for all undergraduate students at FPU, focusing on Jesus, his teachings, the community he founded and the early years of the Christian movement. More than simply a traditional Bible class, it provides students with both academic and practical opportunities for learning and growth within the broader community of the Degree Completion program. The interactive approach to learning moves students beyond knowledge and understanding to doing, living and being.

BUS 434 Individual in the Organization 3 Units

This course focuses on organizational behavior as it relates to individual motivation, productivity and performance. A secondary emphasis is a focus on effectiveness in interpersonal relationships. Students will develop an understanding of theories of motivation and organizational behavior and develop skills in effective interpersonal relationships.

MGT 315 Principles of Management 3 Units

This course introduces Management as a science and develops some of the major theories.

BUS 431 Organizational Behavior 3 Units

This course focuses on organizational structure and design. Primary emphasis is placed on understanding the organization as an open system. Students will learn to use a systems approach in basic organizational diagnosis. Contingency theory provides a theoretical framework for understanding the impact of the environment on organizational effectiveness and design.

BUS 442 Ethics and Values 3 Units

The student formulates a philosophy of life, providing the base for such concerns as ethics in business, accountability in government, respect for human rights and a responsible lifestyle in the contemporary world. Ethical theories and personal values are examined through readings, analysis of the workplace and classroom discussion.

Core 2: 12 Units

BIB 451 Biblical Perspectives on Leadership 3 Units

A look at leadership from a biblical perspective.

BUS 438 Human Resources 3 Units

Students explore the values and perceptions of selected groups affecting social and economic life through an analysis of policies and practices of recruitment, selection, training, development and compensation of employees. Special attention is given to Equal Employment Opportunity and Office of Safety and Health Administration legislation through a series of case studies and simulations.

ACCT 301 Accounting 3 Units

Managers in business need information in order to make appropriate decisions. This course deals with identifying, measuring, analyzing, interpreting and communicating information in order to achieve organizational goals. Ratio analysis will be used to ascertain appropriate financial stability.

MKT 320 Marketing 3 Units

This course provides an in-depth examination of the four main areas of marketing: price, product or services, promotion and physical distribution.

Core 3: 9 Units

BUS 444 Diversity 3 Units

This course is designed to assist the student in developing increased sensitivity, appreciation, and understanding when leading employees in organizational settings of diverse ethnic, cultural, gender, and multi-generational backgrounds.  

BUS 432 Dynamics of Group Behavior 3 Units

This module is a study of group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on decision making and resolving conflict in groups. Students develop strategies for efficient and productive group management and determine which tasks are best handled by groups or individuals.

BUS 440 Leadership and Change 3 Units

Students examine motivational theory and its application to individual and group functioning at work and home. Leadership styles related to particular circumstances are analyzed. Employee development is covered through reading and class practice with an analysis of the effect on current practices.

Capstone: 3 Units

BUS 471 Policy and Strategy 3 Units

This course studies the effects of policy decisions in keeping with strategic decisions. Models will be used to gain understanding of useful propositions for business organizations.