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Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Management | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Management

About OU’s Bachelor of Arts Degree in Leadership & Management

Earn your Bachelor of Arts in Leadership & Management (BALM) from Ottawa University and gain the skills you need to lead teams at every level of business. The undergrad HR degree promotes the conceptual awareness and practical abilities needed to help organizations run efficiently, effectively and ethically. Students learn how to plan, budget, coordinate, and influence within an organizational setting. They develop ways to analyze systems, interpret data, and set priorities. By enhancing key skills such as communication, problem-solving, decision making, and conflict resolution, they are better equipped to manage and lead others as well as formulate strategic approaches to operational implementation.

Ottawa’s BALM was designed to help you make a difference in your organization immediately following graduation. Through examination of contemporary and classic leadership theories, investigation of successful leadership behaviors across a wide range of environments, and discovery of the strengths and development needs of their personal leadership style, students will develop the skills to lead their organizations to new levels of performance.

Curriculum for the leadership and management degree emphasizes more personal and creative approaches to management, enabling students to work with the emotional intelligence of individual subordinates and inspire them to reach their full potential. Graduates of the program will gain insights into how to manage a diverse workforce, lead change, foster creativity, and inspire entrepreneurial vision. They understand how a manager’s personal responsibility, integrity, and empathy can help motivate a diverse workforce and influence others to work towards meeting organizational goals

Three BALM Concentrations

Additionally, students in the Bachelor of Arts in Leadership & Management program will have the option to personalize their education by selecting one of two areas of concentration:

Career Outlook for the B.A. in Leadership & Management

Companies who invest in leaders do better financially. A study conducted by the leadership development firm Development Dimensions International (DDI) found that organizations who have managers with strong leadership and management skills “showed significantly greater net profit and return on assets.” A bachelor’s degree in leadership and management from Ottawa University distinctively positions graduates to help businesses achieve their most aspiring growth goals and, as a result, corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations are willing to pay employees more for this skill set.

Overall employment of leadership and management professionals is expected to increase by 5 percent through 2029, resulting in the creation of nearly 505,000 new positions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median annual wage for leadership and management occupations was $105,660 in May 2019, which was the highest wage of all the major occupational groups.

Perspective on the BALM

Coordination of financial, material and human resources to achieve organizational goals is a key component of the leadership and management degree program. It provides a broad range of skills, including accounting and finance, human resources, sales and marketing, project coordination, and strong communication, both written and verbal.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

If you’re ready to learn more about earning the undergraduate degree in leadership and management, contact us today.

Foundation Courses








MAT 20043 is recommended to fulfill foundation requirement. 


Leadership and Management Major Courses

Entrepreneurial Vision and Strategy |  
Examines the role of personal values and insight in the creation of companies and their ongoing management. This course explores the meaning of being an entrepreneur and how to combine idea (vision) and action (strategy) for personal and business success.

Leadership of Creativity and Change |  
Examines the role of an organizational leader. Assesses individual skills and discusses the role of a leader in managing teams through environmental and organizational change. Includes extensive application exercises designed to develop leadership skills.

Behavior in Organizations |  
Study of human behavior in work organizations. Focuses on individual satisfaction and motivation as related to organizational structure, nature of task and locus of power. Topics include small group formation, maintenance, organizational conflict, communications and leadership.

Conflict Resolution | 
Examines and develops skills in different dispute resolution methods. Topics include: mediation, MED ARB, problem solving, grievance handling, listening skills, fact finding and body language.

Management | 
Discusses process for managing organizations including planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating. Examines administrative role in organizations and concepts relevant to its function and historical development of administrative thought.

Leadership and Communication |  
Focus on leadership as action and understanding others and interpersonal theory as the connection between leadership and communication in an organizational context. Both didactic and experiential teaching methods used.  

Planning and Budgeting |  
Overview of basic financial systems used in business settings. Includes business planning and budgeting tools and models such as balance sheets, income statements, cash flow analysis, time value of money concepts and project planning techniques.

Managing Cultural Diversity |  
Examines impact of gender, ethnicity and other cultural diversity dimensions on the work organization and management and supervision of a diverse workforce for organizational effectiveness while encouraging individual professional development.

Seminar in Applied Management |  
Capstone course that guides student in the integration of functional content areas in the field of professional management. Addresses management issues and applying management theories and techniques to problems and cases through a process of decision-making. Prerequisite: Completion of all required core courses in the major.

Full Degree Catalog

University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
The courses in Ottawa University's programs are 100% online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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