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BA in Interdisciplinary Studies - Org Leadership | OU Online

12+ MONTHS

$500/CH

Transfer 60-90 CH

5 Start Dates

Lead with Clarity and Purpose

Understanding the challenges and opportunities an organization may face is an important part of what leaders do. While maximizing organizational productivity and efficiency may seem daunting, leaders who understand how their decisions affect all aspects of an organization can make the greatest impact.

The 100% online Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Organizational Leadership program will increase your capacity to lead by showing you real-world organizational leadership practices that can produce solutions in your current and future positions. Designed for students who are a minimum of five years post high school/GED or at least 25 years of age and who have already completed at least 60 hours of college credit, the undergraduate leadership program will demonstrate how ethics, conflict resolution, social processes, and more interact to affect a leader’s decision-making at the individual, team, and organizational levels. You’ll also explore different leadership styles to help you develop strategies necessary to inspire growth and change within an organization and develop vital leadership skills in others.

Admission Deadline

Rolling admissions (applications due 14 days before the intended start date).

Program Start Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

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Special Scholarship Funding for Adult Learners

A one-time funding opportunity is available to help you finish your degree. 

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Benefits of the Organizational Leadership Bachelor’s Degree

Finish What You Started

Finish your degree and reach your career goals with a first-class education from the University of Oklahoma. Our flexible online format allows you to complete assignments on your own schedule, leaving more time for what matters to you most. You’ll have support from our experienced faculty and advisors every step of the way.

Strong Career Growth

Create a better life with a career in one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. With a projected 11% growth in employment of Training and Development Managers by 2030 and a median salary of $120,130, you could see increased pay and more opportunities.

PRIOR LEARNING AND TRANSFER CREDIT

In addition to a generous transfer credit policy, your professional credentials may translate into college credit. Prior learning credit is awarded for college-level learning, balancing theory, and practical application appropriate to the subject. Talk to an enrollment coach about how your past college credits and work credentials can save you time and money.

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80%

OU Online graduates find employment within six months after graduation

60%+

OU Online graduates report earning an annual salary of $75,000 or more

78%

OU Online students say the skills they gained in their program made them more competitive in their career field

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Pursue Your Organizational Leadership Management Degree

Take the next step in your career with an online bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. Applications are reviewed year-round for eight-week fall, spring, and summer sessions. Choose your program, choose your start, and apply today.

Program Breakdown

Offered through the nationally ranked OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies, the online program for Bachelor of Arts – Organizational Leadership is fast-paced and accelerated and designed to accommodate working adults. You will be assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan when you are admitted into the program. This plan will help organize and identify the courses you need for your degree.

These courses will total 30 credit hours completed at the upper-division (3000-4000) level. Degree topics will vary depending on your proposed plan of study.

Manageable Accelerated Courses

All undergraduate courses in this program are eight weeks long. Most students take four courses (or 12 credit hours) a semester – two classes in the first half of the semester and two in the second half. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules.

DEGREE PLANNING WORKSHEET

  • Effective Communication
  • Digital Literacy and Data Analysis
  • Critical Inquiry in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Innovative Problem-Solving
  • Portfolio in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Ethics in Leadership
  • Measuring Human Performance
  • Social Processes in Organizations

How to Apply

To apply, students must:

  • Complete the online application at attend.ou.edu
  • Be a minimum of five years post high school graduation/GED or at least 25 years of age by the first day of class
  • Have at least 60 college credit hours completed
  • Have at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Provide official college transcripts from all institutions
  • International students must demonstrate English proficiency

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before classes start. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

For more information on the admissions process or to request a transfer credit evaluation, please schedule a call, and an enrollment coach will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to explore resources to help pay for your degree or compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

“I am truly inspired by students in my classes each and every term. The stories that they tell, the obstacles they’ve overcome, the dreams that they have and are working hard toward every single day… I am humbled to get to be a part of their journey.”

Jennifer Gatlin, Instructor

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Same Academic Excellence

Every OU Online program is built on the foundation of world-class University of Oklahoma faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.  

Online Bachelor's Degree FAQ

Yes. The University of Oklahoma’s bachelor’s programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and are created by university staff and faculty. Graduates of online programs receive the same degree designation as students who attend classes on campus. Your diploma will be a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma.

All OU Online degree programs are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.*

*Note: Degrees also AACSB-accredited specify so in their corresponding program webpage. OU Online’s B.A. in Integrative Studies and B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies degrees (Organizational Leadership, Business Administration, Healthcare Management, etc.) are not accredited by the AACSB.

To be admitted to an online bachelor’s degree program, students: 

  • Must be a minimum of five years post high school graduation/GED OR at least 25 years of age by the first day of class
  • Must have at least 60 college credit hours completed
  • Must have at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Complete the online application at attend.ou.edu
  • Provide official college transcripts from all institutions 
  • International students must demonstrate English proficiency

Once OU receives all materials, we will begin processing your application. Admissions will email a decision letter to the address listed on the application. The average processing time is 2-3 business days. 

For more information on the admissions process or to request a transfer credit evaluation, please schedule a call, and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you do not meet the adult degree completion admissions requirements, the University of Oklahoma offers other degree programs that might be right for you. Schedule a visit with an enrollment coach to discuss your options.

No. Applicants should have at least 60 college credit hours completed, but they do not need an associate degree to be admitted.

Our programs are offered year-round and in eight-week increments. We offer five start dates, with opportunities to begin taking classes in the fall (August or October), spring (January or March), and summer (June).

All programs have a rolling admissions process; however, applicants are encouraged to have their completed applications submitted a minimum of two weeks prior to the start date they intend to begin. Your application is considered complete when we have received official transcripts from all institutions you have attended (academic and military, if applicable). We require a separate transcript from each institution.

Once you apply, we welcome you to submit your information to our Online Transcript Request Form, and we will attempt to order official transcripts from all prior institutions for you. Some institutions do not allow third-party transcript requests. In those cases, you will be contacted and asked to order the official transcript.

To be considered official, transcripts must be enclosed in a sealed envelope and mailed directly from the institution you attended to the following address

The University of Oklahoma
OU Online
Attn: Incoming Transcripts 
1610 Asp Avenue, Room 108 
Norman, OK 73072 

Transcripts may be submitted electronically as long as they are sent directly from the institution you attended to pacsugadmissions@ou.edu. Unfortunately, transcripts submitted through any other method of delivery can’t be accepted as official.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, you can use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page.

Have Questions?

OU Online has a friendly and knowledgeable team of enrollment coaches ready to guide you through the admissions process. Browse the calendar and schedule a one-on-one meeting that fits your schedule, and an enrollment coach will help answer your questions. 

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An Investment in Your Future

Meet your goals and reach beyond them. A bachelor’s degree can lead to a 49% increase in salary or more, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The best investment you can make for your career is in yourself.

The organizational leadership degree completion program requires 120 credit hours to graduate, and 60-90 of those hours can be transferred to OU from other institutions. 

For example, if a student transfers in 90 credit hours, only 30 hours at OU are required to complete the degree. At $500 per credit hour, the cost to that student would be $15,000. 

$15,000-$30,000 depending on the number of transfer credits

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Why OU Online?

We are a top-tier public institution offering high-quality, affordable, professional undergraduate and graduate programs committed to maintaining academic excellence online.

Our Online Programs

Every OU Online program is built on the foundation of world-class faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.

Our OU Family

When you graduate from an OU Online program, you’ll join the network of 250,000 OU alumni and be forever part of the OU family. Become part of the tradition of excellence that OU has established in its 130-year history.

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