Business Administration: Organizational Leadership

Business Administration: Organizational Leadership

Business Administration: Organizational Leadership

Leadership is Universal

The 100% Online Organizational Leadership Degree at Fresno Pacific University gives you the skills companies seek in a leader. Learn to motivate others through clear and convincing communication. Become the type of leader who can manage change. Master organizational design through an ethical lens and a Christian leadership perspective. This program culminates in a professional development opportunity that prepares you for a wide range of careers across different fields.

Why FPU Online?

  • Accessible - Learn at your own pace while completing your assignments 100% online

  • Transformative - Experience a transformational journey that integrates – and respects – scholarship and faith

  • Flexibility - Graduate with an Online Organizational Leadership bachelor’s degree in as few as 18 months*

  • Affordability - Fresno Pacific University online programs are less than half the cost of the average program for a similar degree at a 4-year private university

  • Transfer-Friendly - Transfer up to 70 community college units toward your major, getting you closer to graduation

  • Supportive - An academic advisor guides you from application to graduation

  • Versatility - Graduate ready to take on a variety of roles in a range of career paths

  • Guarantee - FPU offers a 2-year graduation guarantee for degree completion students

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

Career Opportunities

Positions or advancement in executive management, nonprofit and community leadership, public administration, human resources, consulting and other leadership positions that involve working directly with employees, including those in the healthcare industry.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $40 application fee
  • Two years' post-secondary experience
  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units to start major
  • 2.4 Minimum GPA
    • Students below a 2.4 GPA can submit a petition, resume, letter of recommendation and letter of explanation for consideration
  • Official high school transcripts or GED, as well as official transcripts from all colleges attended

Joseph Britton

Organizational Leadership

"The cohort format has been an excellent way to learn and only having class one night per week allows me to work and focus on family life. FPU has changed the way that I view education and has given me a new outlook at how I want to approach my future career."

Organizational Leadership Curriculum

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

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 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.

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.

BIB 451 Biblical Perspectives on Leadership 3 Units

This course is a unique blend of study in the Bible with an eye toward key aspects related to being “the people of God.” As such, it is neither strictly Bible survey, nor merely a topics course. Specific passages have been selected to promote improvement of skills for reading and understanding the Bible (the act of interpretation). Covers a range of literature, styles and time periods, which are representative of other larger blocks of biblical material. Texts correspond to topics key to understanding the dynamics of community living and aspects of healing and wholeness in these texts. Topics explored include community beginning, ordering, leadership, fragmentation, coherence and power. Both textual and topical aspects are kept in creative tension. Skills, creative thinking and application are all goals.

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.

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.

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.

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.


BUS 440 Leadership and Change

Prerequisite for BUS 471 Policy and Strategy