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    Success in for-profit and not-for-profit settings requires an understanding of corporate operations, but it also requires the ability to lead, motivate, and inspire. The Organizational Studies degree provides students with this all-important integration of leadership and corporate operations.

    Organizational Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines work behavior at the individual, interpersonal/group, and organizational levels.

    The Organizational Studies degree program develops competencies through project-based learning in the following areas.

    • Individual level
      • oral and written communication
      • critical thinking and problem-solving
      • ethical decision-making
    • Interpersonal/Group level
      • interpersonal relations
      • group dynamics
      • leading a diverse workforce
    • Organizational level
      • the legal environment of organizations
      • integrated marketing
      • economics and accounting
      • leadership and human resource management
      • organizational structure, culture and strategy

    The Bachelor's degree in Organizational Studies online or on the Saint Louis University campus is particularly well suited for students interested in gaining expertise in organizational management or career advancement into administrative, supervisory, and leadership positions. This degree program is a great option for those considering a career change. Saint Louis University offers flexible options for students seeking an organizational leadership program in St. Louis or online.

    All of the organizational studies degree courses in the OS program provide practical application to the workplace. Courses are instructed by discipline-prepared faculty who are also working professionals. In the program, students complete course projects with for-profit and non-profit organizations as well as complete a capstone project prior to graduation.

    Students in the OS program also select any of the SPS minors, or design a customized emphasis of at least 21 hours of advanced elective credits. While the OS major prepares students for a variety of positions in diverse organizational settings, the minor/emphasis allows students to specialize in an area of professional interest.

    SLU offers the Bachelor's degree in Organizational Studies online, as well as in an on-ground format. All courses offered through Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies are in an accelerated format designed for busy adults, with online and evening classes.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline Applications are accepted and processed on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply for admission at least one month before the beginning of the term in which they wish to enroll Tuition fee

    At Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies, we understand that investing in your education is an important commitment. We strive to make our courses affordable and accessible. Find our tuition rates online listed under ‘adult education’.

    Not specified Start date January,March,May,June,August,October 2015 Credits 120

    Saint Louis University offers a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Studies online. This program is 120 credit hours and accepts transfer credits.

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    Delivery mode Online Educational variant Full-time Structure Semi-structured Student interaction Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions) Attendance No Attendance Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

    Course Content

    Careers in Organizational Leadership

    Are you ready to move up?

    All organizations - profit or non-profit, public or private, small or large - depend on leadership to accomplish their goals. With a degree or certificate in organizational studies/leadership, you will obtain the knowledge and skills needed to assume organizational leadership career positions in a variety of professional environments.

    Whether you are seeking an organizational studies degree or a certificate in organizational leadership, this program will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to advance your career and pursue such jobs as:

    • project team leader
    • supervisor
    • department director
    • corporate trainer
    • events coordinator
    • human resource administrator

    The business world is a competitive place, so you want to give yourself every advantage you can. An organizational studies degree or certificate in organizational studies/leadership is an excellent advantage you can give yourself to help you standout in the business world.

    If you already have a bachelor's or master's degree in business, additional education in leadership can increase your credentials and make you more attractive to employers.


    • Total 120 Credits


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 80

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    Applicants to the School of Professional Studies should meet the following admission requirements to be eligible for admission:

    • Age: 22 years or older (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis).
    • Work Experience: at least 3 years or the equivalent.
    • Education: high school diploma or composite GED score of at least 2250.
    • Interview: successful completion of an admission meeting with an admissions counselor. This can be done over the phone or at one of our campus sites.
    • Grade Point Average: A minimum transfer cumulative GPA of 2.5 (unless qualified for conditional admittance).

    Computer requirements:

    • • Windows users: Need a Pentium IV processor, 1 GHz or faster, 512 MB RAM, running either Windows XP or Vista
    • • Macintosh users: Need a G4 processor, 1 GHz or faster, 512 MB RAM, running Mac OS 10.3 or higher
    • • DSL connection or faster
    • • Operable speakers should be connected

    Software requirements:

    • • A Web browser, preferably Internet Explorer or Firefox
    • • Java 2 Runtime Environment
    • • Flash Player
    • • Windows Media Player (Mac users can download the Flip4Mac player to view Windows Media files)
    • • Real Player or an alternative
    • • A word processing program, such as Microsoft Word
    • • A presentation program, such as Microsoft PowerPoint
    • • A spreadsheet program, such as Microsoft Excel
    • • Mac and Windows users can use Open Office as a free alternative to Microsoft Office

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Alumni Study Travel Fund

      Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Saint Louis University.


    Scholarships & Financial Aid

    There are two main ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

    • Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, talent, service, leadership and financial need.
    • Financial aid comes in the form of grants and loans, some of which will have to be repaid.

    Saint Louis University is committed to providing scholarship and financial aid programs to recognize academic excellence and to make a SLU education affordable for working adults.

    To determine eligibility for financial assistance, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early for maximum consideration. FAFSA forms are available in the University Office of Student Financial Services and online at

    For additional financial aid and scholarship opportunities, click here.


    Accreditation is extremely vital to a school because it assures the students that the school's curricula and student body performance either meet or exceed particular standards. Earning accreditation implies the institution has at least met the thorough requirements and teaches pertinent curricula based on verified data. It's also important to note that being regionally accredited is the most recognized type of accreditation in the United States.

    Saint Louis University's accredited degree programs in St. Louis, Missouri are reviewed and evaluated by the Higher Learning Committee of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The HLC has been the continual accrediting body of Saint Louis University since 1916. Sharing a long history, part of the HLC's meticulous process to approve continued accreditation is that SLU must undergo and submit a comprehensive Self-Study every 10 years. SLU has been continuously accredited since 1916—most recently in 2012.

    The HLC's rigorous assessment and accreditation review acts as a major benefactor to Saint Louis University's reputation and curricula as a whole because it requires SLU to undertake and address any necessary improvements needed in its professional commitment to a mission of providing exceptional education to its students.

    Learn more about SLU's accreditation.

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