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Online Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning

The online Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning (OLL) is an ideal way for adults with extensive work experience and an associate degree or equivalent college credit to complete a highly versatile bachelor’s degree and propel their career forward.

Offered by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of the Louisville, this program offers an innovative and career-centered curriculum focused on making you a more effective and impactful organizational leader. The program’s Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) measures your work knowledge and experience and awards you up to 48 hours of tuition-free college credit.


With UofL Online, you can complete this degree on your own time through fully online coursework.

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Earn up to 48 credit hours based on work experience, knowledge and training with Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

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Take accelerated courses and stay on track to graduation. Learn what you need for who you want to become.

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"This program raised my self-image. It allowed me to see a broader future for myself. It’s already opened a door where I have been promoted to a vice-president/director position of human resources."


How Much Will I Pay?

$539 per credit hour
$250 active duty military rate per credit hour

Tuition & Aid    

Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice.


  • Enhance your skills and build expertise in leadership, coaching, workforce development, project management and diversity.
  • Graduate with your bachelor’s degree in as little as three intensive semesters.
  • Take courses in shorter 8-week terms.
  • Join a community of talented and intelligent working professionals just like you, supported by excellent faculty and staff.
  • Access classes, assignments, learning tools and library resources 100% online.
  • Customize your degree with a specialized track in:

"There are certain levels that require a bachelor’s degree in order for you to even to be looked at for an opportunity. Now that I’ve graduated [from the OLL program], I have the assurance that there’s nothing that’s going to stop me"

— Amy Lear '17,Online BSOLL Graduate

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Credit Transfer

You may complete all general education requirements online at UofL, or you may transfer credits from any regionally accredited university to fulfill these requirements. Students who have been enrolled at a KCTCS school and have fulfilled all general education requirements can have them transferred in their entirety and may begin immediately with online upper level coursework at UofL. UofL Academic Advisers are available to assist with your degree planning.

Credit for Prior Learning

In the first online core course, ELFH 300 Prior Learning Assessment, students evaluate and document their learning from work experiences, existing course credits and associate degrees, technical and specialized training to receive credit for the specialization. They may earn up to 48 credit hours in the specialization component at no cost (equivalent of up to 16 courses). Students then proceed to the remaining courses in the designated track.

Program Outcome

Our students come from various industries including health care, military, business, government, public, private and not-for-profit service and education organizations. Interacting with and learning from a diverse group of professionals will provide you with a rich experience in and out of the classroom and will enhance your resource and support network.

The OLL program intentionally builds on and awards you college credit for your working experience, making it easier than ever to find career growth through education. Graduates of this program are employed in leadership roles, training development, instructional design, human resource and workforce development across various industries including health care, military, business, government, public, private and not-for-profit service and education organizations.

Application Deadline Term Start Date
July 1 Fall August
October 1 Fall October
December 1 Spring January
February 1 Spring Late February
May 1 Summer May

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete undergraduate application
  2. Submit application fee of $25
  3. Order official college transcripts from all previous institutions

Note: Electronic transcripts are only accepted directly from the institution(s). Please have electronic transcripts sent to adetran@louisville.edu.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed undergraduate application
  • $25 non-refundable application fee
  • Associate degree or equivalent prior college credit from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 to be admitted in good standing (applicants with a 2.0 - 2.4 GPA may inquire about conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts for all college credits earned at a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum of 5 years of extensive workplace experience and/or military or industry training

If you do not meet all requirements, please contact ollinfo@louisville.edu to discuss your qualifications for admission.

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  • Leadership, Training and Organization Development

    This flagship track helps students develop skills in leadership and knowledge for improving organizational and employee effectiveness related to productivity, workplace learning, work satisfaction, performance, morale and/or quality of work life.

    Degree Completion Requirements Hours
    1 General education classes – transferred credits or completed at UofL 31
    2 Work Specialization/ PLA Award Up to 48
    3 Core Courses 24 - 29
    4 Track Courses 12
    5 Elective Courses 5 - 44
    Total Credit Hours 120

    Core Courses

    Course List Hours
    ELFH 300/307 Prior Learning Assessment (take within the first year) 3
    ELFH 311 Needs Assessment 3
    ELFH 316 Instructional Strategies and Group Facilitation Techniques 3
    ELFH 341 Managing Projects in the Workplace 3
    ELFH 411 Human Resources Fundamentals 3
    ELFH 442 Supporting Organizational Change 3
    ELFH 540 Program Exit (Culminating Undergraduate Experience/Practicum) 3 - 8
    ELFH 578 Workplace and Information Ethics 3
    Total Credit Hours 24 - 29

    Track Courses

    Course List (Choose 4) Hours
    ELFH 312 Designing Learning 3
    ELFH 314 Diversity in the Workplace (SB) (D1) 3
    ELFH 332 Measuring & Evaluating Effectiveness 3
    ELFH 412 Coaching & Talent Management 3
    ELFH 420 Conflict Management in the Workplace 3
    ELFH 460 Adult Learning & Diversity 3
    ELFH 490 Leadership & Management 3
    ELFH 575 Instructional Technology 3
    Total Credit Hours 12

    You will be required to complete a field project at the end of the program. The project may be conducted in your place of employment, with an approved on-site supervisor.

    Course Descriptions

    ELFH 300/307 Prior Learning Assessment (Portfolio Class)
    This course taken in the first semester introduces students to the process of producing a prior learning assessment portfolio/documentation of workplace learning (learning outside of the college classroom). Up to 42 credit hours may be awarded for documented work-place learning.

    ELFH 311 Needs Assessment
    This course addresses occupationally specific training and organizational needs. Students develop a proposal to conduct a needs assessment and a customized data collection instrument.

    ELFH 312 Designing Learning
    This course, which must be taken within the first two semesters, teaches the student to develop curriculum relevant to specific job requirements in occupations. It includes tasks analysis, measurable performance objectives, lesson designs, and course material development.

    ELFH 314 Diversity in the Workplace
    This course examines the challenges and rewards of individual and group differences within workplaces. It focuses on application of cultural competence and diversity solutions to meet group, organizational, and societal development goals.

    ELFH 316 Instructional Strategies and Group Facilitation Techniques
    This course addresses instructional design strategies and group facilitation techniques for workplace and educational based initiatives. Students deliver critiqued lessons to communicate knowledge and skills needed for successful workforce advancement.

    ELFH 332 Measuring and Evaluating Effectiveness
    This course teaches the student how to assess the effectiveness of instructional programs and learning in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. Prerequisite: ELFH 312.

    ELFH 341 Manage Projects Work
    This course teaches the student to create and manage learning facilities, events and assignments, including budgets, tasks and resources. Tools and skills of Project Management are emphasized.

    ELFH 411 Human Resource Fundamentals
    This course is an overview of roles in field of resource management in context of the overall field of HRM, the relationship to workplace performance and the roles and competencies required in workforce leadership.

    ELFH 412 Coaching and Talent Management
    This course addresses knowledge, skills, and dispositions for workforce leaders in talent management, career development, and coaching strategies to maximize performance and goal attainment at individual, group, and organizational levels.

    ELFH 420 Negotiation and Conflict Management
    This course addresses the study and discussion of conflict, its types, sources, and processes with special emphasis in organizational conflict. Additionally, it introduces students to negotiation, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

    ELFH 442 Supporting Organizational Change
    This course focuses on the reasons for and causes of change in organizations, and the professional and personal competencies to support change.

    ELFH 460 Adult Learning and Diversity
    This course focuses on theories and principles of adult learning and diversity with emphasis on their application to the education and helping professions as well as applications of career planning and talent management.

    ELFH 490 Leadership and Management
    This course introduces students to the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling as they apply to leadership of workplace learning and performance.

    ELFH 575 Instructional Technology
    This course provides knowledge and hands-on understanding on current and emerging workforce instructional technologies. Students will learn the theoretical foundation of technology-assisted learning, and various techniques for designing and delivering technology-enhanced learning solutions. Prerequisites: ELFH 311

    ELFH 578 Workplace & Information Ethics
    This course focuses on ethical perspectives at individual, group, organizational and societal levels as they apply to leadership in workplaces and management of organizational information; includes examination of social responsibility.

    ELFH 540 Program Exit Experience
    This is the final course and intended to show mastery of the program standards. It includes two components: 1) a supervised professional work experience related to the student’s program and professional goals; 2) a professional portfolio with reflection paper that analyzes learning related to the Workforce Leadership and Performance standards. Students must submit an Application for practicum one semester prior to enrollment.

  • Career and Technical Education

    This track is designed specifically for career and technical education instructors in Kentucky technical centers or secondary schools who want to become "state certified" to secure their teaching position. Courses focus on teaching, evaluation and classroom management skills. Graduates receive a Rank II from the Department of Education by completing the TC-1 form.

    Qualifying individuals have earned an associate degree in the content area in which the teacher certification is sought, and have been accepted to the New Teacher Institute program through the Kentucky Department of Education.

    The BSOLL Career and Technical Education Grades 5-12 Rank Change program requires completion of the NTI courses, as well as up to 24 hours of the degree core courses, for a total of 120 hours with an overall grade point average of 2.25 and a grade point average of 2.5 and a C or better earned in all major courses.

  • Healthcare Leadership

    Visit the Healthcare Leadership program page for information.

    If this education opportunity matches your needs and goals, contact us today and we’ll help you get started on the path to success!

    The set of questions and answers outlined below can help you learn more about our program, delivery method, application and admission process, financial aid options and how to succeed as an online student at UofL. 

    • Can I enroll in the program if I still have General Education courses to complete?

      Yes, as long as you have been admitted to the College of Education & Human Development and the Organizational Leadership and Learning degree program. The academic counselor will work with you to identify the necessary courses and options.

    • Will I pay UofL tuition for the credits I am awarded from my work experience and/or military/industry training?

      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.

    • Is the major track mandatory?

      Yes. One of the requirements for graduation is satisfactory completion of the courses within the major track. Admitted students will receive a program sheet that outlines academic and exit requirements.

    • Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning degree, can I pursue my master’s in another field?

      Yes. Some graduates of the BSOLL degree continue their education and receive their Master's in Human Resources and Organizational Development, Communications and many other fields. The graduate program you are seeking will be the determining factor due to varied requirements.

    For more information, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email, online@louisville.edu.