LEAD WITH CONFIDENCE
Become an effective and innovative leader with a competency-based program that prepares you for an impactful career in an increasingly technological, diverse and global society. Designed for working professionals, this program offers fully online coursework so you can plan your studies around your busy life. Receive credit for what you know and can do, then accelerate your degree completion and job promotion opportunities.
Is this Program a Good Fit for You?
Organizational leadership students are typically interested in:
See Yourself Succeed With a Degree in Organizational Leadership
Whether it's a full year in the classroom or practicum courses and internships, you will engage in practical, real-world learning experiences that build confidence and skill.
Enjoy small classes, guidance and mentorship with a world-class faculty who are respected researchers in their fields.
Regardless of your chosen field, partake in excellence-driven programs that prepare you for the transformational challenges of a complex digital environment and global society through the promotion of instructional engagement, responsive research, quality service and active partnerships.
All competency-based programs in the College of Innovation and Design are offered in two seven-week terms per traditional semester with a break between each term.
|Jan. 16 – March 1
|March 4- 15
|March 18 – May 3
|May 13- June 28
|July 1- 5
|July 8 – Aug. 23
|Sept. 3 – Oct. 18
|Oct. 21 – 25
|Oct. 28 – Dec. 13
Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries
US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2022
Internship experience provides the foundation employers are seeking. Internships are offered as optional credit for this program and can be an important part of your educational experience. These are just a few of the companies that partner with Student Career Preparedness and offer opportunities for organizational leadership students.
You will examine ethics in the workplace and the role of organizational leaders in fostering ethical behavior. Case studies, discussion, self-assessment exercises and reading assignments explore the basic frameworks of ethical dealings and moral leadership. You will demonstrate a competency in critical thinking skills to both identify and remedy ethical issues typically encountered in organizational settings and interactions.
You will examine the role of quantitative data in managerial and entrepreneurial decision making. You will draw upon quantitative tools and analyses from several disciplines, especially statistics, economics, accounting and finance. You will demonstrate the usefulness of these tools and analyses in providing optimal technical options in decision-making situations. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation and translation of data into information for the benefit of internal and external consumers.
This course offers you an in-depth analysis of prevalent issues related to organizational change. Upon completion of this course, you will recognize and describe organizational change in varied organizations, explain and demonstrate behaviors and characteristics to establish credibility and legitimacy as a change agent, and recognize the current dynamic social, political and cultural environment for change and its potential impact on contemporary organizations.
Course Delivery and Resources
There are three components to the 120-credit-hour degree
- General Education/Core Curriculum (42 semester credit hours)
You have the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of general education competencies without needlessly sitting through introductory courses.
- Professional Development Electives (48 semester credit hours)
You are able to demonstrate competency in a variety of related fields.
- Upper Division Applied Coursework (30 semester credit hours)
You will build on and apply work-related skills in four mastery areas.
Through competency-based education, you begin each term by registering for up to two courses. When you complete all of your current courses before the end of a term, you have the opportunity to take and complete another course by the end of the term. You can accelerate an unlimited number of times in a given term. Using this method, you are able to shorten your time to degree completion. You are not allowed to add courses during the final week of the term.
Did you miss the registration window? Don't worry! You have two available registration opportunities each semester! For specific dates, email our advising office at [email protected].
To demonstrate your knowledge, you will submit evidence of a level of competence in reading, writing and mathematics.
You are required to take or be exempt from the Texas Success Initiative Assessment prior to enrolling in college; students without assessment scores because of exemptions that are not test- or grade-based must take a placement test to determine entry level in math and English courses.
TSI Assessment Exemptions
For more information about the assessment requirements, please contact the Office of Student Assessment & Evaluation.
Submit or request submission of official transcripts from high school or GED score report, including percentile scores, at each institution you attended. A transcript is considered official only if received directly from the sending institution or, if hand delivered, the transcript must be in a sealed registrar's envelope.
Earning a degree is more affordable than ever. Our competency-based programs offer quality education at an affordable price. These rates include online versions of required course materials.
|Tuition Per Semester
In-State (TX resident)
This includes: Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arkansas
Neighboring state (aka interior county: Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico and Arkansas)
in-state + $30/hour
Out of state (e.g., Florida)
- Tuition exemption limited to state residents
- Students can only receive ONE exemption (example: you cannot stack senior citizen and active-duty law enforcement exemptions.)
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Frequently Asked Questions
How many hours should I take?
Students initially register for six hours (two courses per-term). You have the opportunity to accelerate into another course with the expectation that you will complete the coursework by the end of the term. You may continue to add courses, one at a time, through the 5th Friday of the term.
What is competency-based education?
Competency-Based Education (CBE) is based on the idea that learning is best measured by students demonstrating what they know and what they can do rather than by the number of hours spent in a classroom. CBE is student-driven and self-paced, guided by individualized feedback from an instructor and advisor. CBE is also flexible, offered 100% online, so it works around the busy personal and professional lives of adult learners and working professionals.
What is the BAAS in Organizational Leadership Program?
The BAAS in Organizational Leadership is a competency-based education program that prepares innovative leaders for employment in an increasingly technological and global society. This entire program is available online and is tailored specifically for adult learners. The degree program focuses on leadership skills, including instruction in organizational planning, dynamics of leadership, finance, team building, conflict resolution and mediation, communication, and other managerial skills that are applicable to all types of organizations including business, government, non-profits and education.
The BAAS in Organizational Leadership is an affordable way to earn a baccalaureate degree with a total of 120 semester credit hours. The competencies and courses are offered in seven-week terms so students will be able to accelerate their time to degree completion.
How long are the terms for competency-based programs?
May I receive credit for prior work experience and/or professional training?
There are several opportunities for you to demonstrate prior learning and earn college credit. You can receive credit for military service (ACE), work experience, professional training, licenses, certifications, and by exam through the College Level Exam Program ® (CLEP).
See “What is Competency Based Education” above.
Can I use my employer’s tuition reimbursement program?
Is there an application fee?
When may I start my major courses?
If I retake a course, do I have to pay for it again?
Do my applied major courses need to be taken in any specific order?
How much is the tuition for BAAS – Organizational Leadership?
Texas-Residents pay a flat-rate tuition fee of $750 per seven-week term regardless of how many courses you enroll in during the term. Tuition for general education/core curriculum courses and all professional development competencies also includes e-textbooks incorporated in the online competency modules.
Out-of-State Residents* pay a flat-rate tuition fee of $1,500 per seven-week term regardless of how many courses you enroll in during the term. Tuition for general education/core curriculum and all professional development competencies also includes e-textbooks that are incorporated in the online competency modules.
*A&M–Commerce has been approved to offer educational programs to select states. Check to see if your state is on the State Authorization of Online Programs list.