The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership is an accelerated, online degree designed to prepare individuals to become effective leaders who can promote positive organizational change. The Program is specifically designed to facilitate the demands of working professionals seeking to further their education in order to move forward in their chosen career. There are three minors; Teacher Education, Criminal Justice, and Healthcare Management.

The B.A. OL can be completed in 15 months, if you meet the minimum 45 credit requirement. Each course is 4 weeks long. With the flexibility of online classes, you create your own schedule, which allows you the freedom to take care of your family and work, while being enrolled in school.

Have life or work experience? You have the opportunity to use your knowledge and experience to earn up to 27 credits.

5 Reasons to Pursue an Online BA in Organizational Leadership at St. Thomas University


  • All ONLINE program for adults and working professionals
  • Graduate in 15 months
  • 4-week courses
  • Take 1 course at a time
  • Award credits for work and life experience
  • Flexible program with personalized attention
  • Equips you with skills that employers are looking for


  • The Organizational Leadership program enables learners to develop interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills, and the techniques of research and their applications.
  • The courses in the Organizational Leadership program are foundational courses that will prepare you for leadership positions in multiple fields. The curriculum emphasizes personal growth, individual values and advancement in areas of organizational development and human resources; key ingredients for successful leadership in this dynamic global environment.
  • Organizational Leadership graduates are successfully managing businesses, hospitals, schools, charities, law enforcement and government.
  • The Organizational Leadership program has a 97% graduation rate.


Careers Available to Organizational Leadership Degree Graduates:

  • Human Resource Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Organizational Change Consultant
  • Executive Director
  • Supervisor Government

Employment of professional leaders such as human resources managers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2026. As new companies form and organizations expand their operations, they will need human resources managers to oversee and administer their programs and to ensure that firms adhere to changing and complex employment laws.

Average salary for professional with an Organizational Leadership degree is $63,000.00.


  1. At least 23 years of age.
  2. Have completed 12 or more semester hours of credit from an accredited college/post-secondary institution.
  3. Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (on 4.0 scale) or better on all prior academic work.
  4. Demonstrate a minimum of three years of full-time work experience.


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Adult students often bring with them years of on-the-job learning and experience.  Our Prior Learning Assessment program allows you to demonstrate what you know and convert that knowledge to college credits.  Our faculty will assess what you have previously learned to determine if it matches with the degree coursework. By taking an assessment to evaluate existing knowledge and skills, you can progress quickly towards the Bachelor of Arts degree.  We show you how to use your knowledge and experience to earn up to 30 credits without taking a course.

Portfolio 300 and Portfolio 400 are offered to teach you how to incorporate you work & life experience into your degree completion plan. Request more information to find out how.


CLEP exams allow degree seekers with prior knowledge of some college subjects the opportunity to take an exam, demonstrating their knowledge on the subject rather than taking the class. The CLEP exams reward existing knowledge and make it easier for students to earn college credits. Students obtaining satisfactory scores in a particular subject area can earn college credits.

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General Education Requirements 42 credits

Program Requirements 9 credits

ORG 204 Fiscal Accountability for Organizational Leadership
ORG 205 Selected Statistical Procedures
POR 300 Adult Development and Life Assessment

Major Requirements 39 credits

COM 4108 Critical Communication for the Professional World
ORG 305 Socio-economic Resources for Organizational Leadership
ORG 311 Organizational Fiscal Resource Administration
ORG 320 Organizational Law
ORG 323 Staffing and Employee Development
LDR 3180 Organizational Behavior
ORG 332 Organizational Promotion
ORG 490 Strategic Policy and Planning
ORG 499A Action Research Project A
ORG 499B Action Research Project B
PHI 3641 Business Ethics
INP 4105 Psychology of Work
SOC 460D Conflict and Conflict Resolution

General Electives 30-45 credits

(Select courses in consultation with your advisor)


(See Specialization Pages)


Program Director: Dr. Thelma Cole

Academic Credentials: Ed.D. Leadership and Management, St. Thomas University; MS, Special Education, St. Thomas University; BA, Organizational Leadership, St. Thomas University.

Contact Information: 305-474-6879;


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Dr. Thelma Cole

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“I am honored to be a Bobcat here at St. Thomas University, it is a phenomenal school to learn and achieve your goals. The curriculum here is very precise and challenging. St. Thomas University is a very unique school that meets every working parent’s needs. In today’s world, organizations have become more complex with everyday changes. Obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership have help me become very knowledgeable and ready to take on any challenge. The Organizational Leadership program offers varies courses designed solely to teach unique approach methods, training, and skills. Throughout the entire course I found ease within assignments, readings, and discussions while receiving full support from professors and classmates. Upon completion of my degree I received a promotion at my organization in the Human Resources department. I plan to continue my education here at St. Thomas University to better myself as an individual while achieving goals set forth. LET’S GO BOBCATS!”

Jamie Anglin