Are you ready to turn your hard-earned college credits into a bachelor’s degree that companies will respect?
You’ve worked hard to get where you are in life through education and real work experience. Now it’s time for your next career move – earning your bachelor’s degree and becoming an agent of influence for your business or organization – so you can manage and collaborate with others in a wide range of organizations and situations.
PLNU offers a flexible format tailored to accommodate your work and life commitments – so you can earn your Organizational Management degree in as few as 15 months.
This program will equip you for your next step, with courses such as Principles of Management, Personal Leadership Development, Group and Organizational Development, and more.
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Earn your bachelor’s degree in just 15 months, all in a flexible format. A better career and a better life aren’t far away, they’re right around the corner.
A personal career coach who values your experience and skills will accompany you as you earn your degree and continue your career after graduation.
A Smooth Transition
The great thing about community college is its flexibility and accessibility. The great thing about earning your bachelor’s degree from PLNU is that you don’t have to lose that advantage or convenience. Choose between a 100% online option and a hybrid model with face to face classes held one night per week. You don’t have to dramatically change your life now in order to transform it later.
PLNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management is an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree designed to apply general management and relationship developing principles to today’s ever-changing marketplace. The degree balances quality with flexibility, preparing non-traditional undergraduate students for a career managing and collaborating with others in a wide range of businesses and organizations.
PLNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management program is designed for students who have completed some college coursework and are ready to take that next step in their career.
The program offers two delivery options, providing you the flexibility needed to balance your work and family commitments. Choose the 100% online option, or choose the hybrid track with face to face classes held one night per week and supplemented with online coursework. Our guidance counselors will journey alongside you through the entire process, from assisting you with transferring previously earned credit to walking away with your degree. You will be enrolled as part of a cohort group, allowing you to develop a professional and personal network that mirrors the type of collaborative work environment you’ll be prepared to succeed in once you graduate.
The faith-based difference: Founded on the Wesleyan tradition of valuing diverse perspectives, this program challenges students to demonstrate individual and contextual expression of ethics within a context of servant leadership.
|Expected Completion Time|
As few as 15 months
Hybrid (online and face-to-face instruction)
|Location||Mission ValleyOnlinePLNU at CuyamacaPLNU at Southwestern|
|Needed Units to Graduate|
120 (36 of the 120 units must be completed through PLNU)
|Program Start Date|
Spring 2017: Week of January 23, 2017 (hybrid or 100% online)
$500 (per unit) for the 2017-2018 academic year
Quality & Experience
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The Point Loma Nazarene University Organizational Management graduate is prepared for expanded roles within their organization through enhanced abilities to:
- Evaluate the political, interpersonal and social environments within the business or professional workplace from an ethical and Christian context.
- Demonstrate problem-solving and decision-making skills within the context of a diverse cultural environment.
- Distinguish how the role of a manager needs to continually adapt in relation to human capital, social influence, political structure, relational development and situational ethics.
- Evaluate personal, interpersonal, social strengths and weaknesses, and incorporate personal style to effectively and ethically influence the workplace.
Program Start Date(s):
Spring 2017: Week of January 23, 2017 (hybrid or 100% online)
Summer 2017: Week of May 29, 2017 (hybrid or 100% online)
Fall 2017: Week of September 11, 2017 (hybrid or 100% online)
The Selection Process
We understand that your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it’s a reflection of you as a person. That’s why we are committed to reviewing your application thoroughly and giving it the individual care and attention it deserves. We believe you have more to offer than just a GPA, which is why there is no numeric formula that determines admittance. Rather, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admittance into the program. We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you’re unsure of your qualifications.
To be admitted into PLNU's degree completion program, you must have completed at least 40 semester hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least a 2.75 from an accredited institution as evidenced by an official transcript sent directly from each college or university attended.*
You must also have attained the minimum age of 23, OR minimum age of 21 with an associate’s degree, OR minimum age of 21 with significant work experience.
Note: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.
- Submit online application for admissions
- Submit official transcripts from each institution attended.
- Official transcripts must be sent to:
Point Loma Nazarene University
Office of Graduate Admissions
3900 Lomaland Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106
- Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:
- Official transcripts must be sent to:
- Submit a 500-600 word essay with your online application in APA Format including the following:
- Why you wish to join the BA in Organizational Management program
- Your relevant academic and professional experience
- Your future career or life goals
- Complete an interview with your enrollment counselor.
NOTE: All students are expected to have some proficiency with computer technology (email, Internet, word processing, etc.).
*Prospective students who meet the other criteria but do not have the required semester hours for entrance or are lacking in the core requirements will be advised how to correct any deficiency. An enrollment counselor will assist these students with the development of a written pre-admission educational plan, which may include bridge courses taken at PLNU. Only courses from an accredited institution where at least a grade of a “C” has been earned will be accepted by transfer. Prospective students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement can be considered for admission under exception. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.
**General education deficiencies may be completed after admittance, but at least 20 hours must be completed prior to starting the program cohort. Three hours of appropriate prior learning credit (see below) may be used to meet one of the general education areas—with the exception of English Composition and Math.
***The PLNU General Education Learning Outcomes (GELO’s) will be addressed and measured within the PLNU degree program to ensure the GE outcomes that we value are demonstrated.
The Center for Student Success and Career Development is committed to assist you throughout your educational journey. Your Student Success Advisor will walk you through your payment options, which may include federal student loans, grants, employer tuition reimbursement, military benefits, and the Tuition Installment Plan. We encourage you to reach out to your Student Services Counselor to learn about the financial opportunities available to you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many hours of transferable college credit are required for admissions to the program?
40 semester hours are required with at least a 2.75 GPA from an accredited institution. Applicants who do not meet the minimum standards for admissions, but who can demonstrate an exceptionally rich experiential background and/or have shown a dramatic change in academic performance, may petition PLNU for a special review of their status.
What scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available to me?
You will have the option to apply for a number of scholarships through our Office of Student Financial Services. This program qualifies for state and federal financial aid options. Contact your enrollment counselor for more information.
What’s the difference between this degree completion program and a traditional undergraduate program?
The BA OM program is designed for students who’ve already completed some 4-year or community college coursework and are looking to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree. The program provides greater flexibility and affordability than most traditional undergraduate programs while maintaining high academic quality by integrating evening courses. The program is ideal for students looking to advance in their career while balancing their work and family life.
Can I be part of the program as I work full time?
Absolutely. The BA OM consists of face-to-face evening courses that allow for a flexible class schedule so you can continue to work full or part time.
What if I’m deployed or have work commitments that interfere with my class schedule?
We understand that work commitments might make it difficult to complete your degree in the typical time frame. We'll work to accommodate you as best as possible to ensure you finish your degree while fulfilling your work obligations. For specific questions related to your circumstances, please reach out to your enrollment counselor.
List of Courses
MRD-300 - Business and Professional Writing (1)
This course will focus on preparing students on how to analyze and produce typical office documents, such as letters, memoranda, presentations, proposals, and reports. Through individual projects, students will develop purpose-driven messages that reflect the needs of professional audiences. It is designed to help strengthen skills of effective business and professional communication in both oral and written modes. After successful completion of this course, students will be better prepared to communicate effectively in a variety of professional situations.
MRD-301 - Personal Leadership Development (4)
The course will focus on strengthening the student’s analytical tools, management insights, and interpersonal skills while preparing them to build effective teams, resolve strategic problems, and drive change through the organization. This course will help students to refine a set of personal leadership skills to solve problems independently and to lead with confidence while sharpening analytical skills, improving self-awareness, how and why they react, how they are perceived as leaders, and a fresh and informed perspective on what they need to change in order to accomplish their individual leadership objectives.
SCL-302 - Group and Organizational Behavior (4)
This course focuses on human behavior in organizations, emphasizing theoretical concepts and practical methods for understanding, analyzing, and predicting individual, group, and organizational behavior. Topics include work motivation, group dynamics, decision-making, and organizational culture. Students will be introduced to behavior in organizations on interpersonal, group and inter-group levels. Group process is examined on concept and experiential levels to enhance understanding of interpersonal and group processes. Theories of Social Psychology and Group Psychology are reviewed and applied to current situations in the business environment.
MRD-320 - Capstone Research - Planning (1)
The Capstone course is a research project designed by the student, approved and completed under the supervision and guidance of the professor. The purpose of the Capstone is to create an opportunity for the bachelor degree candidate to focus on a specific area unique to the student’s industry and career path. The Capstone is broken into three sections: planning, interpretation, and presentation. Each section is designed to help the student with the next phase of the project. This section focuses on planning and creating a research topic by identifying a problem or topic that is relevant, reviewing prior research, and determining the research purpose, questions or hypotheses. Students will discover how to determine the relevancy of a topic, how to research previous studies and how to formulate the research questions to ensure the findings are constructed of clean good data.
MRD-303 - Effective Interpersonal Relations (4)
This course examines communication and interpersonal relations within a productive work environment. Effectiveness in personal and social relationships is also covered through readings and exercise reviewing nonverbal communication, constructive feedback, dealing with and anger and resolving conflict. Students will develop a plan for effective relationships.
BST-304 - Biblical Perspectives (4)
This course reflects PLNU’s commitment, as a Christian liberal arts college, to nurturing an appreciation for Scripture as the basis for creative personal faith and human life in the modern world. It is designed to foster knowledge and understanding of the literature and history of the Bible and to integrate faith, learning, and living from a Wesleyan perspective.
MRD-420 - Capstone Research / Interpretation and Evaluation (1)
The Capstone course is a research project designed by the student, approved and completed under the supervision and guidance of the professor. The purpose of the Capstone is to create an opportunity for the bachelor degree candidate to focus on a specific area unique to the student’s industry and career path. The Capstone is broken into three sections: planning, interpretation, and presentation. Each section is designed to help the student with the next phase of the project. This course will focus both on cognitive skills (knowledge of the theories and strategies) and behavioral skills (enacting various strategies). The course also includes assessment tools whereby students can gain a greater understanding of their usual strategy along with its strengths and weaknesses. Critical thinking skills must be applied in the course. A mark of a leader is the ability to know when to go against prevailing thinking. So, while various 'lists' may be introduced during the course, students are expected to challenge those lists and ascertain what is valuable in them and what is not. The course is not designed to resolve all conflicts. Using real life case studies, this course explores the theories, practices and issues involved in managing conflict in interpersonal and intergroup settings. Also discussed are methods available to leaders to use conflict to advance their organization. Psychometric instrument used in this course: Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument.
SCL-401 - Cultural Influences in the Work Place (4)
This course examines the increasingly diverse workplace and the need to expand our understanding of cultural influences on values, behaviors and forms of communication. It is an opportunity to recognize our own cultural influences in the workplace, situations that result from cross-cultural miscommunication or misunderstanding, and developing strategies to ensure cross cultural competency. Rather than a course on political correctness, students will build their cultural competence through the application of Christian virtues that inform acceptance and love in a world of segregation and intolerance.
MRD-402 - Resource Management (4)
This course examines the role of managers in relation to understanding and managing the resources under their control including fiscal resources, human resources, production resources, and marketing resources. This course focuses on a practical approach to understanding fiscal statements, forecasting, planning, budgets, inventory, employee retention, hiring, and understanding marketing efforts and the true cost of customers and lead generation. This course has a special ethical and biblical emphasis regarding stewardship and handling all resources with care and respect.
MRD-403 - Managing with Personal and Professional Ethics (4)
In this culminating course students will formulate a philosophy of life, providing a foundation for such concerns as ethics in business, respect for human rights, and a responsible lifestyle in the contemporary world. Ethical theories and personal values are examined through readings, analysis of the workplace, and classroom discussion.
MRD-404 - Principles of Management (4)
In this culminating course students examine motivational theory and its application to individual and group functioning in work and home situations. Leadership styles related to profit and non-profit organizations are analyzed. The concept of negotiation is reviewed through readings and class activities with an analysis of the effect on productivity.
MRD-424 - Capstone Research / Presentation and Reporting (1)
This culminating course provides learners with an opportunity to explore a leadership topic of particular interest to the student and develop a researched paper on the topic. The paper must include the gathering of information on the topic and an analysis of how that information adds to the field of leadership studies. The instructor must approve topics and the instructor will monitor progress toward the completion of the topic. This course will focus on the presentation of the work done by the students to the rest of the class and interested observers.
Why PLNU? No matter which PLNU program you decide is right for you, you'll discover the hallmark PLNU experience is designed to give every student the clear framework and professional tools to stand out in his or her field.
Established in 1902, PLNU is located in beautiful San Diego. Our small class sizes, focused faculty attention, and convenient online offerings are just a few of the powerful ways PLNU delivers real value to every student, no matter which physical or virtual campus he or she chooses.