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.

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.

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.

Convenience to Fit Your Life

Our curriculum is designed with busy, working adults in mind with an entirely online format. Your coursework is designed to be flexible to your needs and help you balance your other life commitments. 

Online Format

If you prefer the flexibility of online learning and the ability to set your own schedule, the online format is for you! Students applying for the online BAOL program can start the program with as little as zero college credits completed. In the online format, PLNU offers all general education, elective, and pre-requisite courses needed for completion of the BAOL program (courses are fully online). With entry points every eight weeks, you can start whenever you're ready!


BAOL, Online

Who is it for?

Busy working adults who prefer independence.

Program start

Fall and Spring

Program Structure

100% online and asynchronous (fully flexible).


Online — at your own pace

International Students 

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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 Quad II - March 14th, 2022 
  • Summer Quad I - May 9th, 2022
  • Summer Quad II - July 4th, 2022
  • Fall 2022 Quad I - August 29th, 2022
  • Fall 2022 Quad II - October 24th, 2022

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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 is fully online, so you don’t have to be in a classroom or log into a meeting.

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! We will do a pre-evaluation of your unofficial transcripts to determine which of your courses will transfer into PLNU, and make sure you know exactly what you have left to take.

How long do I have to complete program?

This depends on how many units you have completed, and the number of units that you want to take per semester. Your admissions counselor will talk through options with you.

How many days a week do classes meet?

Our fully online program does not have any class meetings.

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?

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?

You can start our program with as little as 0 units completed. PLNU offers General Education, Electives, and upper-division program coursework.

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.

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