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Location: Online, Schaumburg
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Type: Accelerated Masters Option, Major, 8-week class schedule

Skilled leaders are invaluable in the ever-changing modern workplace. Prepare to drive positive change, develop direction and improve the way organizations work — and do it on your schedule, so you can maintain your commitments to work and family. Adult degree completion scheduling means you can take classes when it works for you, including evening and online courses. In fact, you can complete the entire Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership program online if you wish. Classes are taught by faculty members with extensive leadership experience and a passion for helping adult learners succeed and advance their careers.

The Heller College of Business faculty offers an Organizational Leadership, BA/MA Organization Development Accelerated Program to eligible students.  Students entering this program can earn both a bachelor's in Organizational Leadership and a master's of arts in less time than earning these degrees separately would require.

Erica Poremba
,  Schaumburg Advisor

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

You’ll develop the skills to help influence organizations and manage change in fast-evolving work environments. Our students graduate with effective communication skills, a deep understanding of leadership and team dynamics, and the ability to think strategically about the challenges facing organizations.

Sample Courses

  • Organization Communication I & II
  • Foundations of Leadership Theory
  • Organizational Change
  • Persuasion and Presentation Skills
  • Group Dynamics and Facilitation
  • Evidence-based Decision-making
  • Social Justice and Diversity in the Workplace
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Leadership Development
  • Organization Development
  • Conflict and Negotiation
  • Power and Influence
  • Strategy, Vision and Planning
  • Special Topics Course
  • Social Media Strategies

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Accelerated Pathways to Graduate Study

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership offers two different accelerated pathways to graduate study, one to the Master of Arts in Organization Development and one to the Master of Arts in Public Administration through a 4+1 program. 

Students choosing to continue on for graduate study in Organization Development can apply to the 4+1 program and, once accepted, can take the following graduate courses as an undergraduate student: 

  • ORGD 420 GROUP FACILITATION (substitute for OLED 350 GROUP DYNAMICS & FACILITATION)
  • ORGD 435 ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT (for OLED 372 ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT)
  • ORGD 425 LEADERSHIP THEORIES AND APPLICATION (for OLED 330 FOUNDATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP)
  • Upon completion of the OLED BA and entrance into the MAOD program, the student will have the requirement for ORGD 420, 435 and 425 waived, which will allow students to complete the MAOD three full-time semesters rather than the four full-time semesters required for other MAOD graduates.

Students choosing to continue on for graduate study in Public Administration can apply to the 4+1 program and, once accepted, can take the following graduate courses as an undergraduate student: 

  • PADM 400 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATIONIN THE US (substitute for OLED 330 FOUNDATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP)
  • PADM 401 MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR PUBLIC SERVICE (substitute for an OLED Elective)
  • PADM 419 STRATEGIC PLANNING (substitute for OLED 380 STRATEGIC PLANNING)
  • Upon completion of the OLED BA and entrance into the MPA program, the student will have the requirement for PADM 400, 401 and 419 waived, which will allow student to complete the MPA in three full-time semesters rather than the four full-time semesters required for other MPA graduates.

Testimonials

I had put off college because of fear of failing. But I reached a point in my career where I could go no further. The next step was a directorship, and I needed that degree. I needed to check off that box so I didn’t have any barriers in moving up. Roosevelt provided that and much more.

​Sheila Hirz 2015
BA,

By blending my professional experience with the range of academic materials I use for the classes, I address all of the issues that arise during each course in a way that is credible, useful, and stimulating for my students. I’m also convinced that newly acquired knowledge is most beneficial when there is a practical application and thus, I work to develop assignments that incorporate textbooks, course materials, and 'real life' situations.

​Donnette Noble
Associate Professor, Roosevelt University