Leadership and Organizational Behavior, B.A.
Enhance your communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, and ethical decision-making skills as you prepare to lead a diverse workforce with a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Behavior offered through Saint Louis University's School for Professional Studies. Coursework offers a unique combination of in-demand technical and soft skills so you can develop as a leader capable of identifying problems, motivating employees, and implementing change.
This degree program is particularly well suited for students aspiring to administrative, supervisory, and leadership positions or for those considering a career change. All courses include experience with practical application and are taught by faculty who are also working professionals.
As part of the School for Professional Studies, this 120-credit degree program offers future and current leaders like you a flexible option to meet your personal career goals. With six accelerated, eight-week terms each year offered by SLU online, you can begin working toward your degree at any time, making advanced education more accessible for working professionals.
A degree in leadership and organizational behavior promotes career opportunities in a wide array of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, service and aviation. Related positions include medical and health services manager, purchasing manager, job analysis manager, human resources manager, and marketing director.
The School for Professional Studies welcomes adult learners whose educational journey has been interrupted by life's circumstances. This includes individuals with at least one of the following characteristics:
- Delayed enrollment in post-secondary education
- Attends part-time for at least part of the academic year
- Works full-time (35 hours or more/week) while enrolled
- Financial independence, has dependents other than a spouse, is a single parent, or has other demands that make traditional education less feasible
- Work Experience: At least three years or the equivalent. Work experience may include a full-time/part-time job, internship, volunteer work, or comparable experiences.
- Education: High school diploma or composite GED score of at least 2250.
- Coaching session: Successful completion of a meeting with an academic coach (this can be done virtually or on campus).
- Grade Point Average: Minimum transfer cumulative GPA of 2.5 (unless qualified for conditional admittance).
- Transcript: An official transcript from the most recent institution attended.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:
- Scholarships: awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need. The School for Professional Studies offers numerous scholarships and awards specially for new students.
- Financial Aid: provided in the form of grants and loans, some of which require repayment.
To determine eligibility for financial assistance, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early for maximum consideration. FAFSA is available online at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
For information on other scholarships and financial aid, visit the student financial services office online at http://finaid.slu.edu.
Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Graduates will be able to analyze data to formulate evidence-based decisions.
- Graduates will be able to apply fundamental competencies from business functions.
- Graduates will be able to evaluate organizational behavior at multiple levels.
- Graduates will be able to apply leadership principles in multiple contexts.
- Graduates will be able to evaluate ethical implications in organizational decision making.
|Core Requirements +||39|
|Foundations of Effective Leadership|
|Organizational Research Methods|
|Organizational Behavior, Work, and Wellbeing|
|Organizational Foundations: Business Essentials|
|Human Resources and Personnel Management ++|
|Organizational Behavior and Team Effectiveness|
|Leadership Context: Culture, Structure, and Strategy|
|Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior|
|Leadership and Organizational Behavior Capstone|
|Select 2 of the following:|
|Strategic Communication Across Professional Settings|
|Data-Driven Decision Making|
|Information Systems and Technology|
|Introduction to Entrepreneurship|
|Fundamentals of Project Management|
|Minor (or at least 21 credit hours at the 3000 or 4000 level)||18-24|
+ Students pursuing a degree in leadership and organizational behavior are required to take the following courses as a part of their core curriculum:
- CIS 2850 Principles of Data Analysis
- CMMK 1210 Public Speaking in Organizational Life
- PSYK 1010 General Psychology
++ Academic credit will be awarded in replacement of ORLD 2700 by successful certification in Professional in Human Resource (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Due to the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business AACSB accreditation standards, School for Professional Studies students may not apply more than 30 credits of "business-related" courses toward their degree.
Students must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA.
|Communication and Technology||9|
|Igniting Success: Jesuit Education and the Adult Learner|
|Public Speaking in Org. Life|
|Business and Professional Writing|
|Critical Thinking and Problem Solving||6|
|Discrete Methods and Models|
or CIS 2850
|Principles of Data Analysis|
|Intro to Phil: Self & Reality|
|Ethics, Values & Spirituality||9|
One additional THEO or SPR course
|Engaging the Human Experience||15|
|Ethics of Writing|
|Engaging the Human Experience|
One Humanities course
|Twentieth Century Art|
|Intro to Literary Study|
|Introduction to Short Fiction|
|American Literary Traditions: Special Topics|
|Origins of the Modern World to 1500|
|Origins of the Modern World, 1500 to Present|
|U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850-1877|
|The Saint Louis Region|
|Intro to Phil: Self & Reality|
|Science and Religion|
|Spirituality: Work & Vocation|
|Spirituality, Peace & Justice|
|One Natural Science course|
|Introduction to Ecology and Evolution|
|Biology of Health and Disease|
|One Social Science course|
|Introduction to American Politics|
|Survey of Economics|
|Introduction to Sociology|
|One Diversity course|
|Professional Communication Between Cultures|
|Introduction to Sociology|
Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.
Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.
This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.
|PST 1500||Igniting Success: Jesuit Education and the Adult Learner||3|
|CIS 1150||Concepts & Applications of Technology||3|
|HUM 2000||Ethics of Writing||3|
|CMMK 1210||Public Speaking in Org. Life||3|
|CIS 2850||Principles of Data Analysis||3|
|PHIL 1055||Intro to Phil: Self & Reality||3|
|ARTH 1005||Approaching the Arts||3|
|HUM 1500||Engaging the Human Experience||3|
|ORLD 1000||Foundations of Effective Leadership||3|
|ORLD 1500||Organizational Research Methods||3|
|THEO 1005||Theological Foundations||3|
|ORLD 1800||Organizational Behavior, Work, and Wellbeing||3|
|ORLD 2000||Organizational Foundations: Business Essentials||3|
|ORLD 3300||Organizational Behavior and Team Effectiveness||3|
|ORLD 3800||Leadership Context: Culture, Structure, and Strategy||3|
|CIS 2300||Data-Driven Decision Making||3|
|ORLD 2500||Financial Concepts||3|
|ORLD 2700||Human Resources and Personnel Management||3|
|ORLD 4000||Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior||3|
|ENGL 4005||Business and Professional Writing||3|
|ORLD 4960||Leadership and Organizational Behavior Capstone||3|
For additional admission questions, please call 314-526-2825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2+SLU programs are formal transfer agreements for students seeking an associate degree at a partner institution.