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Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Management

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Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Management

Earn your leadership and management degree from Ottawa University and gain the skills you need to lead teams at every level of your business.

About Ottawa’s Bachelor of Arts Degree in Leadership and Management

No business plans to fail. But, sometimes, they fail to plan for inevitable changes — especially in leadership positions. Strong organizations are those that value leaders at every level, professionals with the people, communication and management skills to take charge and get the job done. Is that you?

If you’re interested in a career in management, consider a bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Management from Ottawa University.

With a major in management studies, you’ll learn that coordination of financial, material and human resources to achieve organizational goals is a key component of management. Development of manager roles within an organization requires a broad range of skills, including accounting and finance, human resources, sales and marketing, project coordination and strong communication, both written and verbal.

In addition to our on-campus program, we have a solution for busy adults looking to earn an online leadership degree. Ottawa’s life-friendly bachelor’s program lets you complete your leadership and management courses at your pace, from the comfort of your home – or anywhere you have Internet access.  

One thing that sets our rich portfolio of our on-campus and online leadership programs apart is that we offer several types of management degree concentrations to choose from, including:

  • Communication
  • Finance
  • Health Care Management
  • Human Resources
  • International Business
  • Marketing

Career Outlook for Management Professionals

Careers in management cross all industries and are available in public, private, government, for-profit, and non-profit organizations.

Discover the Benefits of Online Programs at Ottawa University

  • Generous credit transfer policy – Get credit where credit is due with Ottawa University’s generous credit transfer policy that honors past experience – up to 80 credit hours
  • Rich, established history – For more than 150 years, Ottawa University has educated students for lifetimes of enlightened faith, exemplary service, inspired leadership, and personal growth and significance. Today, we remain an inclusive learning community grounded in faith and focused on the career needs of the future
  • Life-friendly online learning options – At Ottawa University, we’re committed to your professional growth and development – no matter where you are in life. That’s why we offer life-friendly online degree programs for working adults, military personnel and their families, or anyone looking for a flexible and convenient program that can be completed outside the classroom
  • A supportive learning environment – As an online student at Ottawa University, you will collaborate with – and draw upon the expertise and support of – faculty members who are dedicated to your success


If you’re ready to learn more about earning your leadership and management degree online, contact us today.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

Leadership and Management Major Courses

Accounting for Business Operations |  
Introduces operating activities of business. Emphasis on using income statements to plan and evaluate the operations of a for-profit entity.

Macroeconomics |  
Focuses on inflationary consequences of monetary and fiscal policies designed to eliminate poverty and unemployment, significance of money and government deficits on attainment of goals of high employment and economic growth in a non-inflationary environment and role of the dollar in international trade.

College Algebra |  
College Algebra emphasizes problem solving techniques using algebraic concepts. The focus of the course is directed toward exploring how algebra is used in the social and physical sciences. Topics covered include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations, and inequalities, functions and graphs, systems of linear equations, exponential and logarithmic equations, composition and inverse functions.

Microeconomics |  
Study of the role of prices in allocating and developing scarce resources to meet the needs and demands of consumers, the impact of the profit motive on business size and efficiency, the economic power of large-scale business firms, the interplay of private and public choice through price controls, business regulation and taxation.

Business Statistics |  
Focuses on basic methods of research design and analysis of data including descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include mean, median, mode, frequency distribution, range standard, deviation, probabilities of sampling selection, Z-value, T-value, regression and correlation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance and Chi-square analysis.

Business Ethics |  
Introduces development of personal and group norms required for work places. Topics include moral reasoning in business, employee rights and responsibilities of corporations.

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.

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