B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Learning

The B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Learning

Flexible degree designed for adults – with at least 5 years work experience -- with 8, 10, and 16 week courses offered completely online, in the Louisville metro region, and at Fort Knox. Students range from their 20’s to their 70’s.
Through ELFH 300, a course called Prior Learning Assessment, students create a portfolio with support of faculty, which allows students to request up to 48 hours of college credit for free; these credits count toward work specialization credits for the degree.
The degree is relevant to many in corporate, non-profit, and military sectors, with on-the-job assignments, and education that contributes to careers in multiple fields, such as training, human resources, workforce development and more.

Looking for an online program that you can take at your pace

Bachelor’s Veterans Ed badgeOLL is your home! Our internationally known faculty teach classes online, as well as those in person, and we offer the entire program online. For more information about online learning at UofL, visit our online program.

The B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Learning (OLL) is designed for working professionals who have at least five years of work experience. This program is a great option for adults seeking an extra edge in today's job market. If you are ready to finish your degree, we can help you do it while you enhance your skills in leading people and organizations.

The Organizational Leadership and Learning program was an integral part of my professional development. My classmates and instructors were a diverse group of leaders and members of the local community, representing a wide range of careers and organizations. The relationships I built during my time in the program resulted in endless networking possibilities post graduation. Going back to school and attaining my degree through this program was one of the best decisions I have made, and has opened up many new doors in my career path.

Sam Erny
Class of 2018
Amazon Fulfillment Area Manager

American Association for Adult and Continuing EducationThe OLL program is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Malcolm Knowles Award for the Outstanding Adult Education Program of the Year. The award is presented by the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.

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All classes in the major tracks are offered online. Students use the online course system to...

  • Read the course syllabus or handouts
  • Watch videos
  • Submit papers and assignments
  • Take tests
  • View grades
  • Send email to other students or the instructor
  • Participate in an online chat
  • Discuss case studies with classmates on a discussion board

Bachelor’s Veterans Ed badgeThe biggest benefit of online learning is that you can work to earn your degree from your own home while raising your family, working full time, or experiencing particular life circumstances that make commuting to campus difficult or impossible. At UofL, you are taught by the same world class faculty as our students taking face-to-face courses. You read the same textbooks, do many of the same assignments and earn the same degrees. The biggest difference is that you are able to do it in a way that best fits your lifestyle.

Be prepared for online learning. Online learning is learning that is facilitated in an online environment. Rather than attend class in a traditional classroom setting, online learning allows you to "go to class" when it's convenient for you whether that's 5 a.m. or 11 p.m.

For more information. UofL Online Learning website.

To request information. UofL Online Learning Request Form.

Will you be a successful online learner?

Online learning is not for everyone. Successful online students...

  • Have a desire to learn online
  • Are motivated
  • Have strong time management and organizational skills
  • Can work independently
  • Have college level reading and writing skills
  • Are not afraid to speak up when problems arise

For more information, read the Keys to Successful Online Learning.
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There are three components necessary to complete the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning:

  • Cardinal Core (31 Credits)
    These courses provide you with skills in thinking critically, communicating effectively, and understanding and appreciating cultural diversity. If you have some college and no degree, you will likely have met many of these requirements and will not be required to repeat courses already completed.
  • Major and Track (36-41 credit hours)
    These courses are designed specifically for adult learners with significant workforce knowledge and experience. The content will be tailored to each students' perspective and draw heavily on current and past work experience in order to provide you with additional skills to move to the next level in your professional career.
  • Work Specialization (portfolio credits for prior workplace learning can provide this component)
    (48 credit hours)
    An innovative part of the program is the Work Specialization that provides credits for previous learning through military training, industry certifications, professional development, continuing education units, and/or on the job training. You will earn credit (up to 48 hours) by paying only for a 3-hour course and completing Prior Learning Assessment Documents. You can also use previous college course work to fulfill elective credit hours.

Degree Program Options

Leadership, Training, & Organizational Development Track

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The flagship option is designed for professionals seeking to develop skills in leadership and knowledge for improving organizational and employee effectiveness related to productivity, work satisfaction, morale and/or quality of work life. This option is designed for professionals who work with clients and/or various stakeholders to enhance workplace learning and improve organizational performance.

All courses are available online, face-to-face in the evenings in Louisville, and at the Fort Knox Extended Campus.

Career and Technical Education

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This area of study is designed for career and technical education instructors participating in the Kentucky New Teacher Institute. It is for professionals who have obtained positions as teachers of career and technical education in technical centers or secondary schools.

Courses focus on teaching, evaluation and classroom management skills. To qualify, an individual must document 2,000 hours of prior work experience in an approved occupation. Three of the qualifying years of work experience must have occurred in the last five years of their work history.

The 64-hour Rank Change program requires 21 hours in the industrial education track, 24 hours in the Occupation/Specialization, and 20 hours in general education.

Graduates of this program receive a Rank II from the Department of Education by completing the TC-1 form.

Download 64-hour Rank Change Course Curriculum [DOC]

Healthcare Leadership

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This area of study is designed for healthcare professionals to capitalize on existing knowledge and experience to obtain their bachelor’s degree at their own pace. This is done using the innovative method known as competency-based education (CBE). The degree will help healthcare professionals enhance their skills in leadership, organizational change, workplace development and performance, and attain higher-level positions in their organization.

UofL’s OnTrack program has a curriculum based on the National Center for Healthcare Leadership’s (NCHL.org) competency model. This program is essential for individuals who have acquired the experience, but are missing the proper credentials to move up in their organization, receive increased pay, or achieve management and leadership roles.

This area of study has two enrollments options available to students: Flex Pace and Set Pace.

Flex Pace: Students have 32 weeks to move through the program materials at their own pace, providing more flexibility and self-direction.

Set Pace: Students enroll in 8-week courses and complete each course within a pre-determined time frame, offering the benefits of accelerated courses within a more traditional university structure.

The Delphi Center provides 24/7 support for online students within the Healthcare Leadership Program which can be accessed at the following link: Delhi Online Learning Center

James Wellman"I would recommend the program and I already have. It has been very rewarding for me and...I was able to apply the lessons learned in class to my professional life. The program enabled me to apply for a job I could not have pursued without the degree."James Wellman, CIO at Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma

Admission Requirements

In order to gain admission to the B.S. OLL program, students must have prior college experience or an associates degree, a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a minimum of five (5) years extensive workplace experience and/or military or industry training. Please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website for details: http://louisville.edu/admissions/apply/requirements.

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Deadline for Applications

New students can begin courses at multiple points in the year. All application materials should be submitted by the following dates:

  • Begin courses in August, complete application by July 1.
  • Begin courses in January, complete application by November 1.
  • Begin courses in May or June, complete application by April 1.

Please note: If you cannot meet these deadlines, please contact us at ollinfo@louisville.edu to inquire as to whether you can still be admitted.

Project Graduate

Do you have 90 credit hours or more? If so, you qualify for Project Graduate, which can waive your application fee, provide priority enrollment, and a fast-track application process. Visit the Project Graduate website to learn more.



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Career Opportunities

The Organizational Learning and Leadership (OLL) Program can lead to career opportunities in areas of training development, human resource and workforce development roles. The program prepares you to lead training in your specialization area, develop performance improvement interventions, and manage and evaluate human resource projects.

The B.S. OLL degree program opens doors for new opportunities for students in their current careers and/or prepares graduates to pursue careers in many areas including:

Human Resources: HR Specialist, HR Manager, HR Director

Training and Development: Corporate Training, Training Specialist, Training Coordinator, Instructional Design

Job Outlook: The following information was obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all human resources, training, and labor relations managers, and specialists occupations. College graduates and those who have earned certification should have the best job opportunities.

Overall employment is projected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Legislation and court rulings revising standards in various areas—occupational safety and health, equal employment opportunity, wages, health care, retirement plans, and family leave, among others—will increase demand for human resources, training, and labor relations experts. Rising health care costs and a growing number of health care coverage options should continue to spur demand for specialists to develop creative compensation and benefits packages that companies can offer prospective employees.

Review the following links for additional career and certification opportunities:

Organizations which support these careers and offer certification opportunities:

  1. SHRM - Society for Human Resource Management
    The Society for Human Resource Management is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India
    Learn more about membership, certification workshops (PHR, SPRH and GPHR), and HR careers at http://www.shrm.org
  2. ATD - Association for Talent Development
    ATD is the world's largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. ATD's members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in more than 130 U.S. chapters and with more than 30 international partners. Members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers. Started in 1943, in recent years ATD has widened the profession’s focus to link learning and performance to individual and organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues.
    Learn more about membership, certifications (CPLP), and careers at https://www.td.org/
  3. PMI - Project Management Institute
    Founded in 1969, PMI advances the practice, science and profession of project management. Learn more about membership, certifications (CAPM, PMP) and careers at http://www.pmi.org

Financial Aid

College is one of the biggest expenses you'll have in your lifetime, but it is an investment that will pay off in higher income, expanded career opportunities, and greater personal satisfaction throughout your life. Numerous sources of financial aid can help you pay for college.

The process of locating aid and applying for it can be intimidating. Take it step-by-step and don't hesitate to ask for assistance from the knowledgeable financial aid counselors in UofL's financial aid office.

In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.

The flagship Leadership, Training, and Organizational Development option focuses on developing skills in leadership, organizational development, workplace learning, and organizational effectiveness. Students in this track are typically employed, or aspire to be in a leadership position within their organization and/or within the Armed Forces.

The Career and Technical Education option is designed for industrial instructors in secondary schools and prepares them to become state certified in order to maintain their teaching positions.

The Healthcare Leadership option is designed for healthcare professionals to capitalize on existing knowledge and experience to obtain their bachelor's degree at their own pace and enhance their skills in leadership, organizational change, workplace development and performance, and attain higher-level positions in their organization.

Yes, as long as you have been admitted to the College of Education & Human Development and the BS OLL degree program. The academic counselor will work with you to identify the necessary courses and options for completing courses through UofL or through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

No, you will earn those credits free of charge! In other words, by completing the ELFH 300 Prior Learning Assessment course (which is a 3-credit hour class at normal tuition cost), and submitting a completed portfolio in which you will document and validate your work experience (i.e., on-the-job training, professional development, etc.) and/or military and /or industry training; you will be credited (based upon Committee decision), at NO cost, up to 48 credit hours depending upon area of study chosen.

Tuition amounts may change each year as determined by the UofL Board of Trustees. For current tuition rates, please visit the Bursar's Office Tuition page.

Please visit the Financial Aid website or contact the University of Louisville Financial Aid office at 502-852-5511. There are currently 21 outside "degree specific" scholarships and website links for additional scholarship information.

Yes. Please visit the Bursar's Office website on tuition for details.

The orientation will help you to understand the academic culture and expectations for each academic unit and the resources available to you. You will complete this step online or on campus. Learn more by going to the online orientation website.

You must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours with a GPA of 2.25. If you do not meet this requirement, the University has "online" and campus based options to help you get that done.

Please contact the Kentucky State Board of Proprietary Education at 502-564-3296 ext. 227.

You can find information about translation on the World Education Services website.

Yes. One of the requirements for graduation is satisfactory completion of the courses within the area of study chosen. Students admitted into this program, will receive a Program Sheet with the academic and exit requirements.

Yes. For example, some students will go on to a Master of Science in English, Human Resources and Organization Development, etc. The graduate program you are seeking will be the determining factor. For more information on Graduate Programs offered, visit the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies website.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is an efficient way of earning college credit for college-level knowledge acquired through experiences and trainings outside of the classroom. PLA can help save prospective students time and money. To learn more, check out our PLA website by clicking the link below.

Prior Learning Assessment Website
PLA Database