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Rise to the Top with the Skills You Need to be an Effective Leader

With an organizational leadership degree, you can work in nearly any industry that interests you, and you will typically spend your time at work giving presentations and working directly with employees. Become a valued member of any organization with some of the following responsibilities:


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What will I learn in this degree?

In the online bachelor’s organizational leadership program, you’ll study the various aspects of effective leadership, including clear communication skills, organizational structure and design, ethics and law, organizational behavior, team dynamics, leading change, conflict resolution, vision and transformation of organizations, and how to positively influence those you lead.

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This online bachelor's degree in organizational leadership contains a total of 120 credits broken down into the following categories:

General Education Courses (31 Credits)

CSU Global’s General Education Courses are more than a bachelor’s degree requirement. They are designed to help you develop and strengthen valuable skills demanded in the workplace.

Already taken some courses? Up to 90 total credits (and 64 from community colleges) can be transferred into a bachelor’s degree at CSU Global. Request a Transcript Evaluation Summary to see how close you already are to graduation!

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Core Degree Courses (30 Credits)

  • ORG300 Applying Leadership Principles
    The opportunities for students, in this first course, for all majors are to learn personal and professional leadership styles and drivers by providing an overview of leadership basics. Leadership skills are utilized across fields of study. Regardless of the roles individuals assume in an organization, they will need to communicate effectively, influence others, and understand the way they respond to others and why. The course engages students in discussion, exploration, and application of leadership skills, principles, and practices. Students will learn about the relationships and connections leaders have with individuals and organizations. Topics include leadership communication, motivation, style, and characteristics. Course not eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit.
  • ORG303 Applied Organizational Psychology
    This course consists of a study of industrial/organizational psychology and its application in solving organizational problems and challenges. The course includes a balance between research, theory and application. Topics include developing psychologically healthy and productive workplaces, addressing contemporary organizational challenges, and best practices related to employee management and development. Upon completing this course students should be able to understand and explain industrial/organizational psychology applications in helping organizations fulfill their missions and objectives.
  • ORG429 Ethics and Law in Organizations
    Students in this course examine legalities and ethics in the workplace and the role organizational leaders adopt in ethical behavior. Students will learn the basic frameworks of ethical transactions and legalities in organizational leadership. Students will establish a proficiency in critical thinking skills to identify and answer ethical and legal issues normally encountered in organizations.
  • ORG400 Leading Teams in Organizations
    This course examines the development, organization, and leadership of teams in both traditional and virtual settings, while also considering the impact globalization has on the importance of effective team participation and leadership. This course is designed to facilitate skill development and a working knowledge of and experience in team creation, leading teams, and individual roles within the team.
  • ORG430 Vision and Transformation: Leading Forward
    In this course, students will examine how leaders use information and intuition to transform and drive organizations towards the future. Knowing how to develop a vision, make incremental advances, support innovation in the organizational culture, and influence across organizational hierarchies are crucial to leading forward. Learning practical skills to cultivate innovators in the organization is an expectation of learning in this course.
  • ORG420 Leading Organizational Change
  • ORG405 Principles and Practices of Effective Leadership
    This course explores the various aspects of leadership. Students learn concepts such as leadership styles, effective leadership, diversity and best practices for motivating and influencing groups and individuals within organizations. Additional topics focus on application of effective leadership skills in relation to shaping culture and leading change. Prerequisite: ORG300
  • ORG423 Communication Strategies for Leaders
    This course provides a practical view of leadership communication strategies for transmitting, receiving, and understanding information in the workplace. Emphasis is on equipping leaders with the knowledge of how to overcome communication barriers by utilizing appropriate strategies and methods.
  • ORG470 Leading Through Conflict Resolution
    This course revolves around identification and analysis of leadership strategies for dealing with both functional and dysfunctional conflict in the workplace. Included is a study of conflict management styles of avoidance, accommodation, collaboration, negotiation, mediation, and domination.
  • ORG480 Capstone - Organizational Leadership
    This capstone course provides students the opportunity to understand, observe, and facilitate organizational efforts toward problem solving and social change within an organization. Students will demonstrate what they have learned throughout their organizational leadership program and apply it in real world situations, developing a plan to deal with a significant organizational problem. The student will create one major plan to address the problem in detail.
  • ORG495* Organizational Leadership Practicum
    The practicum provides students with practical experience in organizations specific to their fields. Each student will work under the direct supervision of a senior-level professional at an approved organization or company. The purpose of the practicum is for students to apply and integrate what they have learned during the core courses of their programs.

*ORG495 is an optional course that provides students with practical experience in organizations relevant to their field. This course may not be available in all states, see the State Specific Authorization Policy.

Degree Specialization (Optional) (15 Credits)

Elective Courses (Remaining credits to reach 120 total credits)

The remainder of your degree is comprised of courses of your choice that support your educational goals and needs. Including a specialization reduces the number of elective credits you'll need to complete your bachelor's degree.

How much will my degree cost?

Tuition Rates

Your education should increase your earning potential, not your monthly bills.

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Employer Discount

Your employer may be one of 3,000+ we partner with to offer a 10% discount on tuition.

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Financial Aid

You may be eligible to receive financial aid to help cover the cost of your education.

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Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your degree comes from a top quality, trusted university.


CSU Global’s School of Management and Innovation is ranked #1 by Top Management Schools in their Top 25 Online Bachelor’s in Project Management ranking.


CSU Global project management curriculum is aligned with the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading project management organization.


The Best Schools ranked CSU Global’s online Bachelor’s in Project Management program #5 out of 20.


CSU Global’s B.S. in Organizational leadership is accredited by the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), the world’s leading specialized accrediting body for project management.

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“I really enjoy the classes and interaction with my classmates. The staff is wonderful to deal with, and answers all of my questions — no matter how crazy they are!”


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Why You Should Earn Your Online Undergraduate Degree

At CSU Global, you get more than just a diploma. Our career-driven curricula are based on real-world concepts that help you excel in the workplace on day one. You’ll get training and experience from faculty who have worked in your chosen field. And because we know how hard it can be for modern learners to juggle education, work, and family responsibilities, we lock in your tuition rate so you can enjoy the same affordability for the duration of your enrollment.

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Learn Valuable Skills

The bachelor of science in organizational leadership program is designed to provide today’s managers and organization leaders with the foundational understanding of competitive knowledge, skills, and abilities. Courses in this degree-completion program build an understanding of basic management functions, organizational behavior, organizational design and structure, workplace psychology applications, leadership communication skills, policy development, project management, legal issues, and information technology management. Upon the completion of this online degree, students will have the knowledge of these leadership and management skills to provide a foundation for operating in today’s global organizations.

Specific learning outcomes include the following:

  • Demonstrate the application of effective communication and research skills.
  • Apply proficient leadership skills to strategic organizational development and change.
  • Examine ethical behaviors and outcomes of decisions within organizations and possible impact to society.
  • Practice critical thinking skills for competent analysis in decision-making.
  • Evaluate leadership in a diverse professional setting.
  • Plan to lead through new technologies and a global mindset.

Career Outlook


Download the Organizational Leadership Career Ladder to see title progression from Entry Level to Executive/C-level.


On average, the pay increase a typical CSU Global graduate of the B.S. in Organizational Leadership program received one year after earning their degree.


The BLS reports that Administrative Services Managers earn an estimated annual salary above $90k.


Some job titles as reported by Bachelor’s of Organizational Leadership alumni from CSU Global.

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Credit by Exam

You can get credit by taking exams for what you have already learned.

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Self-Study Assessments (SSA)

CSU Global will help you prepare to earn course credits for taking a proctored exam for specific content areas.

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CSU Global Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Earn credit for what you have already learned in your career or other educational experience.

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