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Columbia College Bachelor's in Organizational Leadership

Lead organizations to new levels with a Bachelor's in Organizational Leadership degree from Columbia College.

Explore contemporary leadership at Columbia College

Prepare for contemporary leadership opportunities with a degree in organizational leadership at Columbia College. This program focuses on providing knowledge and skill sets needed to succeed in highly competitive environments. Students learn to plan, implement and manage change to benefit companies and organizations.

You’ll learn business analytics, communication and business ethics while gaining an understanding of how leaders lead in today’s economic and social environment.

According to the NCES, “in 2016–17, the greatest numbers of degrees were conferred in the fields of business”. Your degree will be grounded in a liberal arts education, giving you advanced communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

This major is available online only although some coursework may be available in-seat depending on location.

Opportunities to study:

  • Contemporary & emerging leadership theories
  • Diversity in organizations
  • Economics
  • Fiscal management for leaders
  • Leadership concepts
  • Leading change
  • Management
  • Negotiation & conflict

Prepare to lead teams, projects

The organizational leadership program from Columbia College prepares graduates for a variety of industries. You’ll have the skills and tools needed to help companies navigate employment decisions, efficiencies and other changes.

Graduates have a foundation in business basics including management, leadership and negotiation. Graduates also have a strong understanding of current and emerging leadership trends in organizations.

Employment of business and management occupations is expected to grow at faster-than-average rates through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some possible paths include:

  • Administrative services
  • Corporate leadership
  • Organizational management
  • Fundraising and development
  • Human resources
  • Non-profit leadership
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Dr. Ken Akers

"Greater engagement with work strongly relates to commitment to the organization, positive citizenship behaviors, reduced intentions to quit, increased productivity, and the ever-important job satisfaction."

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Available program formats

  • General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
  • Core requirements 42 credit hours
  • Electives 15-18 credit hours
  • Multicultural requirements 6 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 120 credit hours

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