Organizational Leadership, B.A.

Organizational Leadership, B.A.


PLNU's Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership is an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree designed to change the way you think about leadership and management. Through creative and innovative learning, you will develop a deeper understanding of who you are; you will analyze and reflect on how you think, interact with others, and lead in the workplace; and you will obtain leadership skills that apply both in your personal and professional life.

  • The program focuses on three essential outcomes: developing self, understanding group dynamics, and engaging with organizational systems.
  • Self-assessments, informational interviews, team projects, and reflection and research papers enhance learning experiences.
  • You learn how to not just manage well but how to lead effectively, mastering theories such as Adaptive Leadership, Situational Leadership, Servant Leadership, and Transformational Leadership.
  • Ethics, organizational behavior, resource management, and cultural influences in the workplace are topics that we dive into together as a cohort.

We admit students from various disciplines and backgrounds to share diverse insight and learn from each other throughout our time together. Students who join the program become effective leaders in corporate, nonprofit, education, and healthcare sectors.

Make a Difference Now

PLNU's Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership is designed for students who have completed some college coursework and are ready to take that next step in pursuing a purposeful career.

We take a personalized look at all your previous college credits and educational experience (certifications, licenses, etc.) and do everything we can to ensure all your hard work counts toward finishing your degree. This means you could earn your degree in as few as 15 months.

Personalized Guidance

A counselor and coordinator will journey alongside you through the entire process, from assisting you with transferring previously earned credit to working alongside you with care and encouragement as you earn your degree.

Designed for You

The program offers two delivery options, providing you the flexibility needed to balance your work and family commitments. You can choose the 100-percent online option, or choose the hybrid track with face-to-face classes held one night per week, supplemented with online coursework.

You will be enrolled as part of a cohort group, allowing you to develop a professional and personal network that mirrors the type of collaborative work environment you'll experience once you graduate and continue a meaningful career.

Faith-Based Difference

Founded on the Wesleyan tradition of valuing diverse perspectives, this program challenges students to demonstrate individual and contextual expressions of faith and values to broaden their learning and deepen their growth.

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*The B.A. in Organizational Leadership is an approved program under PLNU's WASC Regional Accreditation, WSCUC. Since it is not a business major, it is not an Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) approved program.

Application Information

Program Start Date(s):

  • Spring 2022- January 10th, 2022
  • Fall 2022 - August 29th, 2022

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The Selection Process

We understand your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it reflects you as a person. That’s why we are committed to reviewing it thoroughly and giving it the individual care and attention it deserves. We believe you have more to offer than just a GPA, which is why there is no numeric formula that determines admittance. Rather, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admittance into the program. We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you’re unsure of your qualifications.

To be admitted into PLNU's degree completion program, you must have completed at least 40 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.25 from an accredited institution as evidenced by an official transcript sent directly from each college or university attended.*

Application Checklist

Note: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  1. Submit online application for admission.

  2. Submit official transcripts from each institution attended.

    Official transcripts must be sent to:
    Point Loma Nazarene University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3900 Lomaland Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92106

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:

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NOTE: All students are expected to have some proficiency with computer technology (email, Internet, word processing, etc.).

Admission into a distance education program offered by Point Loma Nazarene University is granted at the time of initial acceptance into the program and is dependent on authorized program availability in the state where the student is physically located at the time of admission. If a student moves to another state after admission to the program, continuation within the program will depend on whether Point Loma Nazarene University is authorized to offer distance education courses in that state and/or whether Point Loma Nazarene University meets the professional licensure requirements for a specific program in that state. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the institution of a change in his or her physical presence.

State Authorization

State authorization is a formal determination that PLNU is approved to conduct educational activities regulated by that state or U.S. Territory. PLNU is not required to obtain state authorization in every state or U.S. Territory, and the university has opted at this time not to seek authorization in certain states and U.S. Territories. Additionally, PLNU meets the criteria for exemption from authorization in certain states.

At this time, PLNU does not have authorization in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the U.S. Territories. 

Authorizations in specific states may change periodically. PLNU recommends contacting PLNU admissions at (800) 733-7770 for the latest information.


*Prospective students who meet the other criteria but do not have the required semester hours for entrance or are lacking in the core requirements will be advised how to correct any deficiency. An enrollment counselor will assist these students with the development of a written pre-admission educational plan, which may include bridge courses taken at PLNU. Only courses from an accredited institution where at least a grade of a “C” has been earned will be accepted by transfer. Prospective students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement can be considered for admission under exception. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

**General Education deficiencies may be completed after admittance, but at least 20 hours must be completed prior to starting the program cohort. Three hours of appropriate prior learning credit (see below) may be used to meet one of the General Education areas — with the exception of English composition and math.

***The PLNU General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs) will be addressed and measured within the PLNU degree program to ensure the outcomes we value are demonstrated.

Career Opportunities

PLNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership will prepare you for careers in business, industry, government, and the nonprofit sector, as well as graduate-level study in fields related to business.

These careers include:

  • Operations Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Paralegal
  • Director, Non-profit
  • Event Planner
  • Program Coordinator
  • District Manager
  • Clinic Administrator
  • Field Staff Supervisor
  • Civilian Contractor
  • Admissions & Record Specialist
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Financial Aid and Student Support

We take seriously the role of providing you with financial, academic, and career support so you have the tools you need to be successful at PLNU and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is required to be admitted into this program?

To be admitted into PLNU's Organizational Leadership program, you must have completed at least 40 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 from an accredited institution.

Can I work while completing the program?

Absolutely! The program consists of face-to-face evening courses and an online component that allow for a flexible class schedule so you can continue to work full or part time.

What scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available to me?

You will have the option to apply for a number of scholarships through Student Financial Services. This program qualifies for state and federal financial aid options. Contact your enrollment counselor for more information.

Do you accept transfer credits into your program?

Yes! Because this is a degree completion program, it is designed to give you the last 36 units that you need to complete the requirement of 120 units to receive a B.A. This means that you will need to transfer in 84 units in order to graduate. You do not need to have completed all 84 units prior to entering our program. If you send your admissions counselor your unofficial transcripts from all previous academic institutions, we can determine how many of your units transfer and how many more you might need to take.

How long do I have to complete program?

The expected completion time is as few as 15 months.

How many days a week do classes meet?

Your courses will meet one night a week from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The night on which you begin your class will be consistent through the entirety of the program.

How large will the classes be?

Class sizes are estimated to be 15 to 20 people.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Students seeking to receive credit at the university from an institution outside the U.S. are required to have their foreign transcript evaluated by a service accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A detailed course-by-course report is required. Official foreign transcripts are submitted to the service of choice and the evaluations subsequently submitted directly to the Office of Records. Please contact Financial Aid and Student Support Services for more information.

What’s the difference between this degree completion program and a traditional undergraduate program?

This program is designed for students who’ve already completed some four-year or community college coursework and are looking to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree. The program provides greater flexibility and affordability than most traditional undergraduate programs while maintaining high academic quality by integrating evening courses. The program is ideal for students looking to advance in their careers while balancing work and family life.

PLNU is a Christian university, but I am not a Christian. Would I feel out of place in this program?

We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds as students in our programs. Issues that relate to faith may be discussed in some classes, and engaging in discussion with individuals with alternative points of view will be encouraged as learning opportunities. Students will work within a learning community that is supportive academically, spiritually, and emotionally.

How many hours of transferable college credit are required for admissions to the program?

We require 40 semester hours with at least a 2.75 GPA from an accredited institution. Applicants who do not meet the minimum standards for admissions, but who can demonstrate an exceptionally rich experiential background and/or have shown a dramatic change in academic performance, may petition PLNU for a special review of their status.

Is this program accredited?

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership is an approved program under PLNU’s WSCUS regional accreditation. It is not an ACBSP-approved program. For those interested in an ACBSP-approved program, PLNU offers, through the Fermanian School of Business, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in various areas.

Can I use my work experience to supplement as transfer credit?

We can look into your prior learning experience based on a portfolio that you can supply to us once you are in the program. However, you will still need to meet the admissions requirements with units prior to entering, and your work experience would be an additional supplement if it applies.

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