The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership is a dynamic, interdisciplinary degree that develops effective and proactive leaders through the enhancement of interpersonal, communication, organizational and critical thinking skills. Students are challenged to immerse themselves in the theory and practice of leadership on individual, group and organizational levels.

A degree in organizational leadership prepares you to lead and supervise diverse teams in a variety of settings, from nonprofits and small businesses to large international corporations. See the organizational leadership curriculum.

At Cal Lutheran, we pride ourselves on providing personal attention to each of our students. Our classes are intentionally kept small so that you can connect with your instructors and peers. You’ll also have access to a personal academic counselor who will guide and support you every step of the way.

This major is part of our Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals program, which is designed for working adults and lifelong learners resuming their education. Each student enters the program with a minimum of 24 transfer credits, with many bringing in even more credits.

Program Overview


Courses offered online or on campus in Thousand Oaks or Oxnard


Evening classes once per week, Monday – Thursday


Flexible part-time and full-time options


Complete the degree in as little as 18 months

What You’ll Learn

With a leadership degree, you’ll gain the knowledge and practical strategies you need to be a great leader, no matter where you work. Graduates are able to::

  • Effectively and productively lead teams
  • Enhance organizational communication and performance by harnessing technology
  • Successfully engage with direct reports in culturally diverse environments
  • Leverage personal strengths for maximum impact and influence
  • Implement values-based, ethical decision-making practices to support both the organization and its stakeholders

“It was always a big thing for me to not have my bachelor’s degree — with time, money and work schedules it never really happened for me. Once you have that bachelor’s degree it just opens all kinds of doors for you.”

Stacy Kalutskiy, ’18

Organizational Leadership Degree Curriculum

Required courses

All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted


Research Writing for Professionals

Advanced Research Writing for Professionals

Essentials of Statistics

Organizational Behavior

Foundations of Human Resource Management

Principles and Practices of Leadership

Research Methods

Leadership and Organizational Development

Organizational Leadership Ethics

Principles of Professional Communication

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Leadership Across Cultures

People Analytics and Organizational Design

Leadership Capstone


Choose two courses from the following:

Creativity and Innovation

Coaching Individuals and Teams

Conflict and Negotiation

Total Credits to Complete the Degree

To graduate, students must complete 124 credits minimum. This total includes:

  • Major courses: At least 48 credits are completed through organizational leadership major courses. Out of these, at least 39 credits must be upper-division courses (these courses are identified by course numbers in the 300 and 400 ranges).
  • General education and other courses: The remaining credits can consist of general education courses, additional major courses if desired and any transferred credits.

Want to learn more about earning your organizational leadership degree with California Lutheran University? Download our brochure and explore our FAQ page. Ready to apply? Start your application now.

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