Leadership & Organizational Studies (BALOS), BA



Applications for the BALOS program are accepted on a rolling basis. The final deadline for the Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies program is July 1st, 2024. Applications received after July 1st will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Bachelor's Completion Program

Leadership is a capacity — rather than a skill — one which we need now more than ever and one that develops through a longer learning process. As we find we need new ideas and approaches in the workplace, we realize that understanding leadership is necessary to move forward in the 21st century. Leadership means working with true collaboration to address problems and issues. It’s about adapting to change and working with and through relationships.

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21-Month Program Duration
  • Sequence of 14 courses over 21 months designed to build skills that are applicable beyond the workplace. 
  • This accelerated program is designed to help you grow and succeed, not just receive a diploma.
Hybrid Virtual and On-Campus Environment
  • One to two in-person sessions on campus per month, with readings and online discussions in between
  • Flexible online learning that accommodates your schedule
Small Class Sizes
  • 15-18 learners per cohort
  • Cohort members in the program form a learning community
Easy Enrollment
  • Priority: June 1st, 2024
  • Final: July 1st, 2024

Alumni Felicia S.
“I (had) heard from other adult learners that this program enriched their lives in a way that was totally different than any other place. I felt like I was a number at the other places... and here I felt, Oh gosh, I love this place.”
— Felicia S.

Alumni Diane H
“I’ve felt, as we complete each course, that there is a method to the madness, people have sat down and thought about the program. They’ve thought about what we need to do to be successful and made it truly meaningful.”
— Diane H.

Program Details

Learn about admissions, costs, the Leadership & Organizational Studies (BALOS), BA curriculum, and more.


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School and Department Information

We believe that education can transform lives and make a positive impact on our future and in our communities — particularly those that are underserved. Our curriculum prepares leaders who understand the causes of inequities within society and how these affect our communities, including students, parents and teachers.