Advance Your Career with an Organizational Leadership Bachelor's Degree

Want to earn the degree credentials needed to advance your career? At University of the Pacific, we offer an accelerated degree completion program that makes earning a bachelor’s degree achievable for working professionals.

Our Organizational Leadership degree is a career-focused program for professionals with some college credit interested in earning their BS. You can take advantage of our accessible hybrid format and low tuition to go back to school in a way that works for you.

You’ll be able to complete your Organizational Leadership degree in as little as 20 months, with each course following an accelerated eight-week format, so you can see the results of your studies as soon as possible.

Become a leader in your organization

The courses you’ll take for your organizational leadership major are designed to be applicable to nearly any leadership position in nearly any field. Plus, you can choose a special concentration in Criminal Justice to advance a career in law enforcement or social services.

Perfect your skills in people management, communications, business decision-making and so much more, and start your path toward a more fulfilling and higher-paying career

Flexible Hybrid Course Format

Accelerated 20-Month Timeline

Significant Tuition Discount

Why Complete a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership?

The BS in Organizational Leadership is designed to work with your already busy schedule. It’s tailored for working professionals who have already completed some college credits, so you’ll be able to achieve your bachelor’s degree with the help of:

An Accelerated Degree in a Flexible Format

Courses meet in-person at the beginning and end of each eight-week term, while the rest of the class is delivered asynchronously online. In-person class meetings help foster connections to your instructors and classmates, while a primarily online format provides flexibility, allowing you to maintain your employment and fulfill your other obligations. The accelerated degree is completed in eight-week terms, which means that you can complete your Organizational Leadership degree in as little as 20 months!

A Significant Tuition Discount

Tuition for our accelerated degree completion programs is approximately 50 percent lower than standard Pacific tuition. Scholarships are also available to students completing their degree, making the Organizational Leadership program very affordable.

Immediately Applicable Career Skills

Develop the skills your managers are looking for, including communication, professional writing, project management and organizational leadership. These skills are used daily in the professional world and put you on track for exciting career advancements.

Why Degree Completion?

Learn more about our students and why those chose to earn their Bachelors in Organizational Leadership.

Program Testimonial
Jennifer Juanitas

“The Organizational Leadership degree completion program made it possible for me to get my degree while also working and taking care of my family. I am so grateful that this program was available to me. Thanks to this program, I was able to get a dream job with OLLI at Pacific.”

-Jennifer Juanitas, BS in Organizational Leadership, 2018

Program Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Pacific

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What Can You Do with Your Organizational Leadership Bachelor's Degree?

An Organizational Leadership major helps you master the abilities necessary to be a strong leader, project manager or administrator in nearly every professional environment. Graduates of the Organizational Leadership program can pursue promotions in their current work environments or use their newfound credentials to apply to new, higher-paying jobs in their fields.

What can you do with a BS in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Criminal Justice?

We also offer a concentration in Criminal Justice for our Organizational Leadership degree. This concentration is a great fit for anyone pursuing career advancement in law enforcement, social services, legal support and more.

Reports show that criminal justice professionals with a bachelor’s degree have higher earning potential — for example, in 75 percent of California law enforcement agencies, officers with a bachelor’s degree earn higher wages.

Explore Courses for the Organizational Leadership Major

Courses for the Organizational Leadership bachelor’s degree are completed with a cohort in a predetermined sequence, so you never have to worry about getting into the courses you need.

The Organizational Leadership major includes a broad range of courses that cover a variety of essential professional skills. Some examples are:

  • Organizational Management and Leadership
  • Benefits, Costs, and Decisions
  • Organizational Social Psychology
  • Professional Ethics
  • Advanced Professional Writing


ORGL 100. Intro to Organizational Leadership. 3 units. This course is an introduction to organizational leadership focusing on what it means to be a good leader. Emphasis is placed on the practice of leadership. The course will examine the nature of leadership, and an introduction to leadership skills, concepts and ethics that will be covered in the program. Students will also be trained in digital information literacy skills – including finding, evaluating and appropriately using sources and data.

BCPS 130. Professional Communications. 3 units. This course is designed to help students become more effective communicators in professional and business settings. It covers the skills necessary for communication in the work environment and modern society. Prerequisites: Enrolled in an approved Benerd College degree completion program.

ORGL 103. Organizational Management and Leadership. 3 units. This course presents a comprehensive, integrative, and practical focus on leadership and management. It is based upon a framework that analyzes leadership and management at different levels: individual leadership, team leadership, and organizational leadership. This course also focused on foundational skill development as a manager/leader.

ORGL 135. Public Relations: Principles of Marketing. 3 units. The objective of this course is to increase the understanding of the Public Relations field. Emphasis is placed on marketing theory and practice, function in organizations, and PR's role in society.


BCPS123. Benefits, Costs and Decisions. 3 units. This course examines how decisions are made. The economic framework of rational choice theory---taking action as long as benefits outweigh costs---is used as a starting point for analyzing decision-making behavior of individuals, firms and governments. We consider how costs and benefits are measured and how to evaluate the validity of information and data used in assessing them. Basic game theoretic models are introduced to explain strategic decision-making. The limits of rational choice theory are also addressed with insights from behavioral economics. Prerequisites: Enrolled in an approved Benerd College degree completion program.

ORGL 143. Mediation and Conflict Management. 3 units. Conflict is inevitable, but it does not have to be debilitating for individuals and organizational/social systems. This course explores the theory and practice of dispute resolution using interest-based mediation and negotiation techniques. Students gain a broad understanding of mediation and negotiation strategies, learn skills that lead to greater success in managing conflict, and develop confidence in the mediation process as an effective means to resolving interpersonal, organizational, and community disputes.

BCPS 120. Argumentation and Persuasion. 3 units. This course is intended to help students become more competent at making persuasive arguments and identifying weakness in arguments in a professional context. Students will be introduced to critical issues and topics for persuasive argumentation including decision making, genres, logos, pathos, and ethos. Prerequisites: Enrolled in an approved Benerd College degree completion program.

ORGL 105. Organizational Social Psychology. 3 units. Students study the sociological way in which the structure of organizations impinge upon the lives of individuals. Special attention will be given to the structural determinants of motivation, opportunity, power and participation within organizations. Organizational culture (roles and images), the processes of organizational change, and the recent efforts to improve the quality of work life and productivity in organizations is examined.

ORGL 145. Issues in Human Resources. 3 units. This course explores the issues and challenges that face the human resource area in any organization. Emphasis is placed on the challenge of attracting and retaining qualified, competent employees. Organizational change and its impact on employee motivation and performance is also addressed.


UCAD 110. Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis. 3 units. This course focuses on the accounting elements that are presented in each of the financial statements and how the financial statements are analyzed using the liquidity, solvency, and profitability ratios. Emphasis is placed on using accounting as a tool to assist managers in the decision-making process. This course also offers a brief introduction to the master budget process. Prerequisites: Enrolled in an approved Benerd College degree completion program.

ORGL 145. Issues in Human Resources. 3 units. This course explores the issues and challenges that face the human resource area in any organization. Emphasis is placed on the challenge of attracting and retaining qualified, competent employees. Organizational change and its impact on employee motivation and performance is also addressed.

ORGL 139. Organizational Communication. 3 units. This course provides an overview of some of the most important theories and research in the area of organizational communication. Students will learn about the essential role of communication in a number of organizational settings, and develop skills in applying organizational communication theory concepts, and perspectives to diagnose, prevent, and address organizational issues.

PACS 003. What is an Ethical Life? 3 units. In their senior year, students take Pacific Seminar 3: What is an Ethical Life? This course is a culminating general education experience and the final component of the university writing requirement. Students learn about and analyze ethical concepts and theories to understand better their moral development, moral values, and behavior. Students will analyze ethical issues in the contexts of family and friends, work, and political life. Faculty use narrative media-such as film, biography, and literature-to illustrate ethical issues. Students write an ethical autobiography to reflect back on their ethical development and anticipate ethical decisions they may encounter in their future roles as family members and friends, as part of the workforce, and as citizens and members of local, national, and global communities. Senior Standing.


BCPS150. Advanced Professional Writing. 3 units. This course will help students write more clearly, concisely, and persuasively for specific audiences in professional contexts. Students will learn to identify the needs of their audience, determine what information to include and how, and to structure a document to answer questions, solve problems or otherwise effectively meet the needs of a given audience and context. Prerequisites: Enrolled in an approved Benerd College degree completion program.

UCAD 165. Project Management: Applied Theory and Practice. 3 units. This course develops a foundation of concepts and solutions that supports the planning, scheduling, controlling, resources allocation, and performance measurement activities required for successful completion of a project. Additional consideration is given to the project lifecycle, Gantt charting, execution and implementation strategies, risk management, budgeting, influence and team leadership.

ORGL 175. Research Methods: Quantitative and Qualitative. 3 units. The objective of this course is to introduce students to fundamentals of communication research. Special emphasis is on understanding the "logic" of the research process. Students develop skills in research design, data collection and analysis, and learn how to apply quantitative and qualitative research methods to solving problems. This course also helps students understand the role of ethics in communication research.

ORGL 180. Leadership: Culture and Challenges. 3 units. This course focuses on how leadership skills students have developed throughout the program can be applied to have meaningful and positive impact on organizations, communities, or societies. The course looks at exemplary leaders and contemporary leadership challenges, with special consideration of the moral aspects of effective leadership. Emphasis is on integrating practical leadership skills with qualities such as authenticity, integrity, and emotional intelligence to effectively address challenges in a variety of settings including and beyond the workplace.


ORGL 176. Applied Research. 3 units. The purpose of this course is to help the student synthesize and integrate the learning experiences acquired in organizational behavior studies and evaluate the research and current topics relative to major emphasis areas. Students are expected to do a literature review, analyze data, write empirical reports, conduct training and workshops, and present research results.

ORGL 199. Organizational Leadership Capstone. 3 units. This course is designed to help students integrate their academic study of organizational leadership and their leadership experience in various organizational settings to prepare them for successfully and productively applying the skills and knowledge they have developed in the program, and in their careers and communities. Students will synthesize various perspectives, concept and methodologies, to research and analyze an organizational leadership issue or a problem and propose appropriate approaches or solutions


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