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Program Overview

This degree will give you the credentials to advance your career in any company or industry or to move your career in a new direction. The program offers a great opportunity to study with your peers: adults with substantial work experience. Not only will you learn from professors and curriculum, but also from the students’ real-world perspectives. And you can learn online from wherever you need to be and when it’s convenient.

  • You may be able to receive credit for life and work experience through a Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio. You may also be able to receive transfer credit for previous college courses.
  • Save more with a special reduced tuition rate.
  • All courses are completely online.
  • You’ll have support every step of the way with professors, advisors and tutoring
  • You will be connected to a community of peers in numerous organizations and industries.
Students in Life Skills class

This program emphasizes:

  • Understanding organizational systems
  • Models of effective leadership across a variety of professional contexts
  • Organizational continuous quality improvement methods
  • Knowledge and skills appropriate for professionals in organizational, industrial and institutional leadership
Students in Life Skills class

Graduates of this program may work as:

  • Consultants
  • Leaders or trainers for volunteers in nonprofit or community organizations
  • Managers or directors
  • Supervisors in manufacturing companies
  • Human resources professionals
  • Business owners
Students in Communication Studies class


The curriculum focuses on:

  • The nature and characteristics of leadership across a range of professions and contexts
  • Using work and life experiences as examples to analyze information on leadership and determine effective practices
  • Critical thinking
  • Organizational development and change models
  • Research methodology for understanding, objectively processing and predicting human behavior, social affairs and business applications

This degree has a total of 120 credit hours, with requirements in three categories: core curriculum, major and minor.

Major Course Requirements

  • ORGLD 101 Introduction to Leadership for the Adult Learner (3 credit hours)
  • ORGLD 301 Methods of Teaching Adults (3)
  • ORGLD 305 Multicultural Perspectives on Adulthood (3)
  • ORGLD 307 Program Planning for Adult Service Agencies (3)  
  • ORGLD 403 Assessment of Workforce Development (3)
  • ORGLD 405 Designing Adult Learning (3)
  • ORGLD 406 System Theory and Human Capability (3)  
  • ORGLD 412 Organizational Development and Change (3)
  • ORGLD 415 Social Science Research Skills for Organizational Leaders (3)
  • ORGLD 418 Ethical Leadership in Workplace Training (3)
  • ORGLD 430 Capstone in Organizational Leadership and Development (3)
  • COM 101 Human Communication (3)
  • COM 305 Organizational Communication (3)
  • COM 333 Leadership Communication (3)
  • MATH 108 Introductory Statistics (3)
  • PHIL 220 Practical Thinking (3)
  • MIS 221 Information Technology (3)
  • SOC 301 Race, Ethnic and Minority Issues (3)

Minor in Ethics (15 hours)

Philosophy ethics course (choose 2):

  • PHIL 110 Philosophy of Human Nature (3)
  • PHIL 215 Ethics (3)
  • PHIL 280 Applied Ethics (3)

Religion ethics course (choose 2):

  • REL 109 Exploring Christian Ethics (3)
  • REL 220 Taking Human Life (3)
  • REL 308 Faith and Society (3)
  • REL 401 Seminar in Christian Ethics (3)

Any approved ethics course (Course will be approved by the Ethics Minor Committee. See either department chair for the list.)

What our students are saying

Michaelangelo Aranda

When it came time to return to school, Ashland University came highly recommended for its amazing Organizational Leadership program. The online coursework has allowed me to balance my personal, work and academic life on my own time. The program is so immersive that I'm able to use skills, tools and lessons I am learning in real-time to enhance my role. I'm grateful for the staff and their ability to connect with the students.

- Michaelangelo Aranda

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