Undergraduate Program (BA)

Adult and Professional Education (APEX)

Organizational Leadership

Develop your leadership skills with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership. This degree program is designed for adult students who want to prepare for leadership positions in organizational settings.

Required Courses

Students complete 15 credits in required courses as well as one elective for the Organizational Leadership degree in addition to the Undergraduate Core Curriculum. They also must complete a minor and a capstone course. The required courses for the degree are:

Required Courses:
  • • MGMT 300 – Managerial Behavior
  • • MGMT 314 – Leadership
  • • MGMT 309 – Change Management or MGMT 312 – Negotiation and Conflict Management
  • • COMM 260 – Organizational Communication
  • • PSYC 261 – Social Psychology
One Elective (3 credit hours) from the following courses:
  • • COMM 209 – Group Dynamics
  • • CSCI 230 – Socially Responsible Data Usage
  • • PSYC 321 – Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • • COMM 264 - Persuasion
  • • ENTR 305 - Creativity and Innovation
  • • COMM 360 - Advanced Organizational Communication
  • • MGMT 385 - Project Management (STAT 210, MGMT 302 and BAIS 220 pre-requisites)

Here are sample descriptions of some required courses:

MGMT 314 – Leadership. An analysis of various theories and approaches to leadership emphasizing team-building and situational leadership. The course includes skill development, experiential activities, theoretical constructs, and guest speakers who are leaders in a variety of settings.

COMM 260 – Organizational Communication. Organization theories and key concepts provide the framework for addressing contemporary communication issues and how these issues affect individual, group, and organization performance and effectiveness.

PSYC 261 – Social Psychology. A study of the individual’s personality, attitudes and behavior in multi-individual situations.

ORGL 495 – Organizational Leadership Capstone. Students apply an understanding of organizational and leadership concepts, as well as effective communication skills, toward solving an organizational problem as they complete group-based projects.

Minors

Minors offered with the Organizational Leadership degree include:

  • • Business - available fully online
  • • Communication Studies - available fully online
  • • Cybersecurity Systems
  • • Information Systems (BAIS) - available fully online
  • • Psychology

Click here for a complete list of courses required for each minor.

Sample Course Schedule

August

Courses Credit Hours
THEO 111 - Theological Foundations 3
APEX 100 - Leadership and Transformation 3
BAIS 120 - Introduction to Business Technology 1
CORE 103 – GOA for Adult/Transfer Students 0

October

Courses Credit Hours
APEX 200 - Career Path Planning & Development 3
BAIS 200 - Management of Information Technology 3

January

Courses Credit Hours
PHIL 100 - Ethics as an Introduction to Philosophy 3
COMM 260 - Organizational Communication 3

March

Courses Credit Hours
MATH 125 - Explorations in Mathematics 3
PSYC 261 - Social Psychology 3

Summer

Courses Credit Hours
Language 6

Sample Course Schedule

This is a sample course sequence of a full-time schedule for the Organizational Leadership degree with a business minor. Requirements may vary based on transfer credits.

August

Courses Credit Hours
THEO 200 - Theological Perspectives 3
MGMT 300 - Managerial Behavior 3

October

Courses Credit Hours
PHIL 200 - Philosophical Perspectives 3
CHEM 104/105 - Chemistry: Life & Health/Lab 3

January

Courses Credit Hours
ACCT 200 - Introductory Financial Accounting (16-week course) 3
MGMT 309 - Change Management 3

March

Courses Credit Hours
ACCT 200 (continued) 3
ENGL 205 - Literature and the Moral Imagination 3

Summer

Courses Credit Hours
ECON 200 - Microeconomics 3
MKTG 300 - Principles of Marketing 3

Sample Course Schedule

This is a sample course sequence of a full-time schedule for the Organizational Leadership degree with a business minor. Requirements may vary based on transfer credits.

August

Courses Credit Hours
FINC 300 - Business Finance (16-week course) 3
PSYC 321 - Industrial-Organizational Psychology 3

October

Courses Credit Hours
FINC 300 (continued) 3
MGMT 314 - Leadership 3

January

Courses Credit Hours
Historical Perspectives 3
Fine Arts 3

March

Courses Credit Hours
Scientific Perspectives 3
ORGL 495 - Organizational Leadership Capstone 3

Summer

Courses Credit Hours
Humanities Focus 3

Sample Course Schedule

This is a sample course sequence of a full-time schedule for the Organizational Leadership degree with a business minor. Requirements may vary based on transfer credits.

ONLINE The BA in Organizational Leadership, with minors in Business, Communication Studies, and Information Systems, can be completed fully online.

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The BA in Organizational Leadership, with minors in Business, Communication Studies, and Information Systems, can be completed fully online.

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ACCELERATED FORMAT

The Accelerated Degree Completion program offers a combination of evening, weekend and online classes over eight-week sessions. With enough transfer credits, adult students can graduate in about two years. Terms start in January, March, May, July, August and October.

VETERAN FRIENDLY

Xavier’s Student Veterans Center strives to help all veteran and military connected students transition to campus successfully and thrive both academically and professionally. As a Yellow Ribbon School, up to 100 percent of tuition is covered at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

TRANSFER CREDITS

Xavier gives credit for academic courses from regionally accredited institutions, earned CLEP credit, some military experience, the Ohio Police Officer's Training Academy, and other training programs. Your adviser can help you get the most out of the credit you've received.

Xavier by the numbers

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YEARS TO FINISH WITH TRANSFER CREDIT

100%

ADC STUDENTS CONSIDERED FOR AID

ALL

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careers after xavier

An Organizational Leadership degree prepares students as leaders to advance in their organizations or launch new careers in industries like business or technology, including:  

• Management
• Communications
• Training and Development
• Health Care
• Financial Systems
• Information Systems

Graduates are also prepared for entry master's programs such as business, leadership or psychology, or graduate school programs such as law school.

"Coming back as an adult student, again, I was so fearful, but I would advise people if they’re thinking about it, do it. Talk to an advisor. Walk the campus. The support is phenomenal, and embrace every minute of the Xavier experience, because the Xavier experience is truly amazing."

Robin Hickey, BLA with concentration in Organizational Leadership, Class of '18

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