The accelerated bachelor's to master's program for a Leadership & Organizational Development degree (BA/MA) is designed for working professionals wishing to pursue a bachelor's degree in Organizational Studies and professional master's degree while maintaining part- or full-time employment. Our leadership programs offer courses in online formats with optional blended class meetings, in an accelerated 8-week term. These accelerated organizational development courses in St. Louis make our advanced online organizational and leadership courses more accessible for working professionals.

As a part of their undergraduate studies, Organizational Studies majors at SPS can take up to two courses (6 credit hours) that can be applied toward both the bachelor’s degree and the Leadership & Organizational Development master's degree.

Students may request permission to take up to two of the graduate-level ORLD courses as a part of their undergraduate education (this applies to students in any online program at SPS as well as business degree students). If accepted to the LOD program, these two courses would be applied toward the degree completion requirements. The student must possess a 3.0 GPA in his/her major and minor coursework taken at SPS in order to be granted permission to take these graduate level courses. Business degree students and other undergraduate level students who meet the above requirements are welcome to apply.

After completing these two graduate-level organizational and leadership courses, up to 6 credit hours will be applied to the 36-credit-hour professional master's degree in Leadership & Organizational Development, leaving only 30 credit hours to completion and saving students time and money.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified Start date 2016 Duration full-time 2 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode BlendedOnline Educational variant Full-time Structure Fully structured Attendance Regular optional meetings Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Bachelor's in Organizational Studies

General Studies Core Courses 51 Credits

Organizational Studies Major

Leadership & Organizational Development (LOD) Foundation Courses
(Complete up to two LOD Foundation courses as an undergraduate student) 6 Credits

  • Organizational Dynamics 3cr
  • Contemporary Organizational Leadership 3cr
  • Organizational Informatics 3 cr
  • Applied Analytics 3cr

General Electives

Total for Bachelor of Arts Degree 121 Credits

Master's in Leadership & Organizational Development - Remaining Courses

Leadership & Organizational Development (LOD) Foundation Courses
(Complete any remaining LOD Foundation courses as graduate student) 6 Credits

  • Organizational Dynamics 3cr
  • Contemporary Organizational Leadership 3cr
  • Organizational Informatics 3cr
  • Applied Analytics 3cr

Leadership Development Courses

  • Professional Leadership Development 3cr
  • Talent Management and Development 3cr
  • Team Leadership 3cr
  • Leading Organizational Change 3cr
  • Future-Focused Leadership 3cr
  • Contemporary Issues in Leadership 3cr

Capstone Courses 6 Credits

  • Action Research I 3cr
  • Action Research II 3cr

Total 30 Credits


English Language Requirements

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

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All potential students who wish to apply for a graduate-level leadership program must apply directly to and be accepted into the School for Professional Studies (SPS) in order to enroll. Once admitted to SPS, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major, minor/certificate, and master's-level bridge courses in order to advance in the Leadership & Organizational Development Bridge Program. To complete the remaining 30 credit hours for a Master's degree in Leadership & Organizational Development, SPS students must apply and be accepted into the graduate program. Per the current standards, no transfer course is accepted toward the master's degree if the student receives a letter grade below "B".

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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