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Online Counseling and Human Relations Track: Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Learning (B.S. OLL)

The online B.S. OLL Counseling and Human Relations (CHR) track is designed for those who are currently serving or have previously served in the military, business professionals who would like to become more well-rounded leaders, mental health professionals and those seeking a pathway to a master’s program.

The counseling and human relations focused coursework aims to develop your foundational knowledge of the mental health needs of culturally-diverse populations, mental health methodology and techniques, and how to effectively apply this knowledge in your leadership and management strategies. As a student of this program you’ll gain the skillset to become an emotionally intelligent leader within your organization or community.

The bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership & Learning with a Counseling and Human Relations track is offered by the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Louisville.

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  • Acquire a deep understanding of the fundamentals of mental health and how its principles can be incorporated into leadership and management roles.
  • Stand out as a business leader with a finely-tuned interpersonal communication skillset—tactfully resolve conflicts, negotiate solutions, build relationships and maintain balance.
  • Develop the foundational knowledge required to continue your studies in the mental health field at the graduate level.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online classes and 24/7 access to learning tools.
  • Learn from world-class faculty who have extensive experience in the field.
  • Move through your coursework quicker with accelerated 8-week terms.


Transfer Credit

If you previously started a bachelor's degree but didn't finish, UofL's online organizational leadership and learning bachelor's is designed to help you achieve degree completion. Transfer up to 60 hours from a community college and up to 90 hours from an accredited 4-year college. You can also take all your general education requirements online at UofL! UofL Academic Advisers are available to assist with your degree planning.

Are you a KCTCS student? 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. Visit our KCTCS Transfers Page for more information.

Credit for Prior Learning

In the first online core course, LEAD 300 Prior Learning Assessment, students demonstrate specific knowledge gained from work experiences as well as technical and specialized military training to receive credit for the specialization. They can earn 9 to 48 credit hours in the specialization component at no cost (equivalent of 3 to 16 courses). Students then proceed to the remaining courses in the designated track that fulfill the graduation requirements of 120 total credits.


Complete this program on your own time through fully-online classes.

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Save Up To $23k IN TUITION

Save up to $23,952 in tuition for workplace learning and military training, with our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

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"More and more business leaders are being recognized for their ability to lead people—not just drive profits. Any agency or organization can benefit from having someone at the helm who is committed to emotional intelligence and managing the impact of job stress on their team."

Andrew McCart, Ph.D.
Program Director


Career opportunities for graduates are likely to be present in a variety of areas and institutions such as corporate training, human resources, organizational leadership, business management, public relations, communications, school districts, healthcare companies, general hospitals, community mental health, residential treatment programs, inpatient treatment hospitals, behavioral health, and alternative community resource programs. Job titles may include:

  1. Corporate Trainer/Educator
  2. Team Leader
  3. Supervisor
  4. Manager
  5. Arbitrator
  6. Mediator
  7. Business Manager
  8. Case Manager
  9. Research Associate
  10. Behavioral Health Technician
  11. Psycho-educational Group Leader
  12. Mental Health Specialist
  13. Substance Abuse Counselor
  14. Residential Youth Counselor
  15. Youth Behavioral Specialist
  16. Community Support Specialist
  17. Human Services Coordinator
  18. Mental Health Outreach Worker

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

Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete the undergraduate application for admission
  2. $25 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit official college transcripts from all previous institutions
  4. Check for Scholarships

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


Admission Requirements

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.25, on a 4.0 scale, is required to be admitted in good standing.
    • Those with a 2.0 - 2.24 GPA may be admitted conditionally.
    • Those with less than a 2.0 college GPA may petition for admission, however, those petitions will be assessed on a case by case basis by the admissions committee.

The online B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Learning, with a track in Counseling and Human Relations is a 120-credit hour program, which requires up to 29 hours of major coursework in leadership and learning as well as 15 hours of track-specific courses.

Course List Hours
Counseling and Human Relations Track Courses 15
ECPY 363 Culture, Social Justice, and Advocacy 3
ECPY 304 Mental Health and the Helping Professions 3
ECPY 319 Theories of Counseling 3
ECPY 422 Emotional Intelligence 3
ECPY 412 Stress, Coping and Resilience 3
General Education Requirements 31
OLL Major Core Courses 24-29
LEAD 300 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 Resource Fundamentals 3
LEAD 442 Supporting Organizational Change 3
LEAD 540 Program Exit Experience (Culminating Undergraduate Experience/Practicum) 3-8
LEAD 578 Workplace and Information Ethics 3
Work Specialization (Credit hours needed will vary based on hours earned through the Prior Learning Assessment portfolio process) 9-48
LEAD 290 Occupational Subjects 2-24
LEAD 291 Occupational Learning 2-24
LEAD 390 Advanced Occupational Subjects 2-18
LEAD 391 Advanced Occupational Experiences 2-18
Elective Requirements (Credit hours needed will vary based on transfer credit and hours earned through the Prior Learning Assessment portfolio process) 5-44
Minimum Required Credit Hours 120


Course Descriptions

  • 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?

    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, at NO cost, up to 48 credit hours (based upon Committee decision).

  • Is there a part-time option?

    Yes, you can complete this program as a part-time student.

  • Is there a GPA requirement for admission?

    Yes, you must have a minimum of GPA of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale) to be considered for admission to the program unconditionally. If you do not have a 2.25 GPA, you can be accepted provisionally. The Admissions Committee will assess applications on a case-by-case basis, carefully considering all qualifications.

  • Is this program suitable for me as an out-of-state student?

    Yes, this program is applicable and available to students in other states. There are no campus requirements. The online learning platform used to deliver the course helps connect you with your peers and professors, as you would be on campus.

  • Is this program open to international students?

    Yes, this program is available for international students.

  • Can I transfer in credits?

    Yes, you can transfer up to 60 hours from a regionally accredited community college and up to 90 hours from a regionally accredited 4-year college. We recommend that you have a transcript evaluation completed to understand how many transfer credits will count toward your degree.

  • I’m a KCTCS Student, is there a transfer pathway for me?

    Check out the transfer pathways available from our KCTCS Transfer Page for more information.

  • How long are the courses?

    The courses are offered in an 8-week format.

  • Can I take summer classes?

    Yes, you can take summer courses.

  • Are there any scholarships available?

    Scholarships available for students who qualify. Check out our Scholarships page to learn more.

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