Program Details

About the Degree

Students from a BALOS cohort gather on classroom steps.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.

Wherever your path may be, leadership will assist you in your journey.

About Your Cohort

Your BALOS education starts with connections — from the beginning, you will belong. As a student, you instantly become a member of a cohort — your cohort.

This group of people includes other individuals on the same path, with similar goals and ambitions, all of whom share in your learning process and become friends and allies along the way.

Your cohort is an invaluable network and source of support. Each group is diverse, and offers exposure to different career fields, opportunities, and perspectives.

Program Facts

Program Duration

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24 months

Learning Environment

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One in-person session on campus per month, with readings and online discussions in between.

Average Class Size

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15-18 learners per cohort. Cohort members in the program form a learning community.

Program Courses

The BALOS program involves a sequence of 12 courses designed to build learners’ knowledge and strengths as leaders in a variety of organizational settings, as well as gain skills that are applicable beyond the workplace. This is a program designed to help you grow and succeed, not just receive a diploma.

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Program Calendar

Find our 2020 program calendar [ PDF ]


Application Requirements

64 transferable units and 3-5 years work experience.

Benefits, Tuition, and Fees

Please refer to our section on financial aid.


Periodic in-person meetings on campus, averaging one Saturday per month • Guaranteed availability for every course, every term • Flexible online learning that accommodates your schedule • Attentive and encouraging professors

Application fee $50 (non-refundable)
Tuition $39,160* (BALOS Program / 44 units)
Tuition deposit $200 (non-refundable)
Technology fee $500 (one-time)
Books $100 per course (average)
Course materials fee $50 for the program (approximately)
Prior learning assessment fee $300 per experiential learning essay submitted for evaluation (optional)

* Learners who begin the BALOS program in September 2019 will be locked in at that rate for the entire 24 months of the program regardless of tuition increases for 2020 (Tuition is anticipated to increase 3-5% in 2020).