Organizational Studies

Saint Louis University’s bachelor's degree in organizational studies is designed for students who want to gain expertise in organizational management or who want to advance their career into administrative, supervisory and leadership positions.

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Major in Organizational Studies

Offered through the School for Professional Studies, SLU’s Bachelor of Arts in organizational studies is available entirely online. All of the courses in the program provide practical application to the workplace and are taught by faculty who are also working professionals.

Students in SLU's organizational studies degree program develop skills needed on the individual, group and organizational level. You’ll enhance your communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and ethical decision-making skills. You’ll also explore interpersonal relations group dynamics and skills needed to lead a diverse workforce.

Coursework also covers the structure, culture and legal environment of organizations, as well as marketing, economics, accounting and human resource management.

You can also select any of the School for Professional Studies minors or design a customized emphasis of at least 21 hours of advanced elective credits, allowing you to specialize in an area of professional interest.

Popular minors within the organizational studies program include strategic communications, industrial psychology, project management, contract management and hospitality management.

Minor & Certificate

SLU's organizational leadership minor and certificate is available entirely online and complements your major field of study by developing the knowledge, skills and experience needed to assume leadership roles in professional organizations. You may choose this 21-credit hour program as a minor combined with a major in pursuit of a bachelor's degree, or as a stand-alone certificate.

B.A. Curriculum

Core Curriculum: 48 Credits

Foundation Courses: 27 Credits

  • OSTD 3005: Organizational Foundations
  • OSTD 3205: Interpersonal Relations in Organizations
  • OSTD 3305: Team Dynamics
  • OSTD 4105: Concepts and Theories of Leadership
  • OSTD 4805: Organizational Theory and Practice
  • PST 3100: Accounting Concepts for Professionals
  • PST 3200: Human Resources in Organizations
  • PST 3300: Legal Issues in Organizations
  • PST 3400: Marketing Strategies in Organizations

Minor (or at least 21 hours of advanced elective credits): 18-24 Credits

General Electives (number of credit hours depends on minor): 18-26 Credits

Total for B.A. in Organizational Studies: 120 Credits

Minor and Certificate Curriculum

Required Courses: 15 Credits

  • CMMK 3250: Communication Across Professional Settings
  • OSTD 3205: Interpersonal Relations in Organizations
  • OSTD 3305: Team Dynamics
  • OSTD 4105: Concepts and Theories of Leadership 
  • OSTD 4805: Organizational Theory and Practice

Minimum of two of the following for 6 Credits total:

  • CMMK 4150: Public Relations Principles and Practices
  • CMMK 4270: Advertising Principles and Practices
  • PST 3100: Accounting Concepts for Professionals
  • PST 3200: Human Resources in Organizations
  • PST 3300: Legal Issues in Organizations
  • PST 3400: Marketing Strategies in Organizations
  • PSYK 4250: Motivation and Self-Management
  • PSYK 4450: Personal and Career Development
  • PSYK 4760: Training and Development
  • PSYK 4770: Occupational Health and Stress

Total for Minor or Certificate in Organizational Leadership: 21 Credits

Careers

SLU's program in organizational studies provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to advance your career and pursue jobs such as project team leader, supervisor, department director, corporate trainer, events coordinator and human resource administrator.

Faculty
  • Katie Devany, M.A. 
  • Jennifer Giancola, Ph.D.
  • Andy Molnar, PMP
  • Steven Winton, Ph.D.
Tuition and Fees

At Saint Louis University's School for Professional Studies, we understand that investing in your education is an important commitment. We offer a reduced tuition rate of half the cost of SLU's traditional programs and offer more than $100,000 in scholarships and awards, including opportunities specifically for new students. Active military, veterans and first responders can take advantage of even further discounts.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.


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Applicant Criteria

Students interested in studying organizational studies at SLU must apply directly to the School for Professional Studies. 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.

To be eligible for admission, School for Professional Studies students must be at least 22 years old (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis). Students must have a high school diploma or a GED composite score of at least 2250, and have at least three years of work experience or the equivalent. Students must also successfully complete an admission meeting with a School for Professional Studies admissions counselor.


Distance Learning

Online Courses

This degree program can be completed entirely online.