Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

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The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership provides students who are interested in starting, or who are currently working in, business enterprises with theoretical and applied knowledge of leadership theories and frameworks. Building understanding of the difference between leading small organizations and more traditional large corporations and agencies will be examined.

The premise that leadership is a process and can be learned through understanding theory, analyzing scenarios, case studies and complex problems will provide the opportunity for students to acquire their learning experientially.

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership is designed to give students the opportunity to develop the skills needed to be an effective leader in team and group settings within organizations. It is intended to help students move from an authoritarian paradigm to one of collaboration and integration.

CAEL Portfolio

In partnership with the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), National University has developed a portfolio-based system of demonstrating that a student has achieved the course outcomes for University undergraduate courses. Credit may apply towards both the lower division and upper division credit requirements of the University's undergraduate degree programs unless specified otherwise in policy or limited by the state or jurisdiction of a student's residence. In our Portfolio program, students demonstrate that what they already know is equivalent to what they would have learned in an equivalent college course. The program is designed to be as flexible as possible to meet students’ needs. Students may have acquired this knowledge through past employment, independent reading and study, training programs or in-service courses, volunteer service, cultural or artistic pursuits, hobbies and recreational pastimes, community or religious activities, organizational memberships, adult education, non-credit courses, study abroad, military training not evaluated for credit by ACE, or other experiences. A portfolio enables students to identify and articulate this knowledge, and potentially earn credit for it. Students learn the process of identifying areas of course-equivalent learning and portfolio development skills through the PRLX2100X course offered through the Division of Extended Learning. The resulting portfolio is submitted for review by Subject Matter Experts for potential award of credit. For further information regarding the Portfolio program, please contact

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a personal leadership approach.
  • Identify challenges and advantages of diverse groups in organizations within a global environment.
  • Analyze negotiating styles of leaders, and compare and contrast the concepts of leadership and power.
  • Examine the strategies leaders use to motivate and evaluate members of groups and teams.
  • Evaluate the ethical implications of leadership decisions and strategies.
  • Compare and analyze strategies and frameworks used by leaders to make decisions and initiate change within organizations.
  • Explain how the classic studies have informed the understanding and application of leadership and organizational theory.
  • Communicate orally and in writing using proper business communication formats.


To receive a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and a minimum 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. Refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information regarding application and evaluation. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.

Non-Leadership Course Requirements (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Leadership Courses in the Major (10 courses; 45 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Upper Division Electives (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
    Students select from upper-division courses with the following prefixes: ECE, ECO, FIN, HCM, HRM, MGT, ODV, and SOC.