Spring 2021 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog 
    Dec 09, 2022  
Spring 2021 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Organizational Leadership

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Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Organizational Leadership exists to provide working adult students the opportunity to complete a quality college degree in a schedule and format particularly designed to meet their needs, while responding to the ever-changing marketplace. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and liberal arts in nature, with the major emphasis on leadership, management, and relationship development.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Point Loma Nazarene University Bachelor in Organizational Leadership graduate is prepared to:

  1. Identify leadership theories and practices to address issues in various contexts and organizations (ILO 1).
  2. Demonstrate greater self-awareness of strengths, abilities, and limitations in group and organizational settings (ILO 1).
  3. Demonstrate communication skills needed to engage collaboratively with professionals in a variety of disciplines and industries (ILO 2).
  4. Identify how effective leaders continually adapt to political structures, manage relationships, and utilize ethical principles within the context of diverse cultural environments (ILO 2).
  5. Apply leadership knowledge and skills to influence positive change in organizations (ILO 3).

Graduation Requirements

In order for a student to earn and receive the bachelor’s degree in an adult degree completion program, all of the following requirements must be met:

  1. A total of 120 semester hours must be earned with an overall 2.000 grade point average and all general core education requirements met. (***)
  2. Complete the required program hours in the major (program) from Point Loma Nazarene University with a minimum grade of “C” in each course and an overall 2.000 grade point average for the major (program).
  3. In addition to the program hours earned through the adult degree completion program, additional semester hours must be earned to meet the degree completion requirements of 120 total semester hours. A maximum of 24 hours can be earned through the following non-traditional methods:
    1. Testing (CLEP, Dantes)
    2. Prior Learning and Military Experience credit (PLC, ACE - see below)
  4. Application for graduation must be made prior to the start of the final semester.
  5. Payment in full of all tuition, fees, and other financial obligations owed to the university, including a degree processing fee.


  • Prior Learning Credit (PLC) is not credit for “life experience.” It is credit for prior learning and students must demonstrate through a portfolio that learning has taken place. The faculty will evaluate the portfolio to determine how much credit should be given for the learning accomplished. See http://www.cael.org/pla.htm for examples of how this is described. To receive PLC credit students would enroll in a PLC assessment course to learn the portfolio submission process.
  • American Council on Education (ACE) provides guidance on workplace learning. See https://www.acenet.edu/Research-Insights/Pages/Student-Support/Post-Traditional-Learners.aspx for more information.

NOTE: The B.A. in Organizational Leadership is an approved program under PLNU’s WASC Regional Accreditation, WSCUC. Since it is not a business degree, it is not an Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) approved program.

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