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.
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Ottawa University, accreditation of selected business programs.
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.