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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 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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"I was very much in a place of seeking. I was trying to identify what was next... This program unlocked freedom for me. It helped me see inside, to identify what my unique passion and gifts are."


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:

"I had been passed over for promotions because I didn't have a degree. What I realized is that it's so applicable to everything I do, and everything I've been doing for 30 years."

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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, LEAD 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
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.25 to be admitted in good standing (applicants with a 2.0 - 2.24 GPA may inquire about conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts for all college credits earned at a regionally accredited institution

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

Additional Program Requirements

Applicants applying for admission to Organizational Leadership and Learning must meet the following criteria, in addition to the admission standards listed above.

  • Prior extensive and documented work experience, or equivalent experiences as determined by the program faculty, or technical coursework in a training area or occupation is required.
  • For the BS in Organizational Leadership and Learning with a track in Career and Technical Education, the applicant must be a certified vocational teacher. A minimum of 2,000 hours of supervised work experience in the occupation to be taught is required.

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

    Track Courses

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

    LEAD 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.

    LEAD 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.

    LEAD 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.

    LEAD 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.

    LEAD 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.

    LEAD 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: LEAD 312.

    LEAD 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.

    LEAD 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.

    LEAD 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.

    LEAD 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.

    LEAD 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.

    LEAD 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.

    LEAD 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.

    LEAD 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: LEAD 311

    LEAD 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.

    LEAD 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 occupation-based career and technical education instructors in Kentucky technical centers or secondary schools who want to pursue a change in rank. Courses focus on teaching career and technical education, evaluation, instruction, and classroom management skills. Graduates receive a Rank I from the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board by completing the CA-1 form.

    Qualifying individuals have been accepted to the New Teacher Institute program through the Kentucky Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education.

    The BSOLL Career and Technical Education Grades 5-12 Rank Change program requires completion of the NTI induction program, 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 LEAD 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.