Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations

Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

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Why Choose Organizational Leadership?

Gain the skills you need to make a difference in your community with an organizational leadership major or minor from Wright State. These programs are multidisciplinary, focused on the people side of organizations and managing others. An education in organizational leadership can provide you with a broad perspective to prepare for complex social, cultural, and professional issues sure to be encountered. There are many great reasons to choose this degree program.

  • Finish what you started with the organizational leadership degree completion option.
  • Apply your associate or technical degree toward a four-year degree, saving time and money.
  • Stop changing majors and land in a program where you belong!
  • Take your organizational leadership degree and earn that promotion, start your own business, work in the non-profit arena, attend graduate school, or increase your marketability.
  • Strengthen your leadership skills—wherever you are in life.

Organizations have an increasing demand for those who have mastery in:

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Building effective teams
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision-making
  • Coaching and training
  • Conflict management

What differentiates Wright State’s organizational leadership program from other universities?

  • Enroll in a flexible program designed for busy adults.
  • Attend live sessions online or learn at your convenience. 
  • Your military education and experience will be considered.
  • Already earned a technical degree? You can become a leader in your field—quickly!
  • Complete your four-year degree in as few as 18 months. Many credits from other colleges and universities transfer into the program. 
  • Speed up your graduation process—all classes are available year-round. 
  • Your experience and education can be turned into a four-year degree that will get you noticed.
  • A Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio option is available to you if you have 10 or more years of work experience.
  • Apply your classroom learning to your workplace throughout the semester.
  • A small student-to-faculty ratio gives you the chance to build beneficial relationships with faculty members.

Learn more about the organizational leadership program and field through The Wright Leader Podcast.


Contact Information

Dan Noel, Ph.D., Program Director

The OL Perspective
OL Virtual Spotlight


Graduates from the organizational leadership program have secured careers that include some of the following:

  • Marketing account manager
  • Business owner
  • Government/military positions
  • Public relations manager
  • Corporate recruiter
  • Sales account executive
  • Human resource specialist
  • Event planner
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Bank executive
  • Customer service manager

65 percent of our 2018-2019 organizational leadership graduates were employed in Ohio within a year of graduation. Eleven percent were pursuing advanced degrees a year after graduating. Top employers include Kettering Health Network, Miami Valley Hospital, Caresource Management Group, Speedway LLC, PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Reynolds and Reynolds, Nationwide Mutual Insurance, Wright State University, and Sinclair Community College. (ODJFS Data Match, 2019). 

Real-World Experience

Which organizational leadership experiential learning opportunity is best for me?

OL 4020

Community-Based Learning

  • Interested in non-profits
  • Significant work experience/full-time job
  • Developing your career direction
  • Minimum 24 hours/semester and additional course work

OL 4025

Community-Based Internships

  • Limited work experience
  • Exploring career direction
  • Can be paid or unpaid
  • Minimum 85 hours/semester and additional course work

OL 4030

Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship

  • Interested in training and development or education
  • Must go through an application process
  • Additional course work required

Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship Application

Prior Learning Assessment

  • 10+ years of full-time relevant experience
  • Must go through an application process
  • A completed portfolio is required

Prior Learning Assessment Handbook (PDF)

Success Stories


Academics and Curriculum

View Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategies in the Academic Catalog.

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Honors Scholar Designation 

The Organizational Leadership Departmental Honors Scholar designation is awarded through the University Honors program. If you have achieved excellence in their academic program, you will have the opportunity to expand and enhance your knowledge and/or skills in leadership. Engage in a guided research project or paper under the guidance of a faculty honors advisor. 


  • Must be admitted to the organizational leadership major
  • Must have completed OL 2010, 3020, 3030, 3040 courses prior to beginning the project
  • Must have a university cumulative GPA of 3.25
  • Must have an OL cumulative GPA of 3.85

Two semesters are needed to complete the Honors Project and you must apply the semester prior to starting the project. For example, to complete an Honors Project in the Fall and Spring semesters of your senior year, you would need to apply by March 1 of your junior year—six months prior to the start of the project.

You must contact the honors coordinator during the semester prior to the anticipated project, typically prior to the last semester of your junior year. The honors project must be completed in the course of two consecutive semesters any time prior to graduation.

Selection Criteria

  • By March 1 for a Summer or Fall semester start and October 1 for a Spring start: 
  • Fill out the application and submit by email to Corey Seemiller, Ph.D., the Honors coordinator.
  • If you meet the eligibility for participation, you will be contacted to set up a 30-minute timed in-person writing evaluation.

Honors Handbook (PDF)

Minor and Certificate

Combined OL and Graduate Degree Programs

If you are a Wright State undergraduate student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership degree program, and in your final year of undergraduate studies, you can enroll in up to 9 hours of “overlap” courses that count toward both your bachelor’s and master’s degree.You must be exceptionally well-prepared to be admitted to the combined program.

Combined Master’s Degrees Available 

These are the combined master’s degrees available for organizational leadership students:  

Program Requirements 

When admitted to combined programs, you must complete all requirements for both programs. You can apply three graduate-level M.Ed. Instructional Design and Learning Technologies courses toward both degree requirements. 

Grades and Transcripts 

You will have both a graduate and an undergraduate transcript. Any courses taken for both degrees will appear on both transcripts. This allows for the calculation of separate GPAs. All relevant rules about GPAs and continued eligibility, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, use these calculations. 


At the end of your junior year, you should apply to the Wright State Graduate School. The admission requirements for the combined program are more rigorous than the master’s degree.

Admission requirements for the combined degree include: 

  • Must be a major in the undergraduate degree
  • Senior-level status
  • 3.2 cumulative GPA in all undergraduate work, including undergraduate credits earned at other institutions and transferred to Wright State
  • Undergraduate advisor's approval for admission to the combined-degree program, and mandatory advising during each semester you are taking graduate credit toward the bachelor's degree
  • Complete the admission application
  • Formal admission to combined-degree status

Tuition and Financial Aid 

Contact the Wright State Office of Financial Aid for questions. Here is tuition and financial aid information about the combined degree program.  

  • While in the combined degree program, you will pay tuition at the undergraduate rate until you complete your bachelor’s degree. After you earn your bachelor’s degree, you will pay graduate-level tuition. 
  • Financial aid is based on enrollment status. You will be eligible for undergraduate financial aid while completing your bachelor's degree. When you become an admitted graduate student, you can then apply for graduate forms of financial aid. These include Graduate Tuition Scholarships and GRAs/GTAs/GAs. 

Program Withdrawal 

You may withdraw from the combined program and continue as a traditional undergraduate student at any time. If you withdraw, you are not able to transfer completed graduate credits to a future graduate degree. 

Program Dismissal 

You will be dismissed from the combined program and continue as a traditional undergraduate student if: 

  • You do not complete all the bachelor’s program requirements within three years of admission 
  • Your cumulative GPA in the courses falls below 3.0 


If you have questions about the combined degree, contact  


Admission Requirements


  • Completion of an associate degree from an accredited college or university


  • Completion of:
    • 60+ semester credit hours
    • Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0
    • Completion of OL 2010 and OL 3020

Admission Process

New Students


Apply to the university. You will be admitted as a pre-major until you meet the criteria for acceptance into the major.

Current Wright State Students in Other Colleges


Submit Major/Minor Change Request form online in WINGS Express. (Select the "Registration and Records" menu and then the "Major/Minor Change Request" option.)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the requirements to get into the Organizational Leadership undergraduate program?


    • Completion of Associate’s Degree from an accredited college/university


    • Completion of:
      • 60+ semester credit hours
      • Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0
      • Completion of OL 2010 and OL 3020
  • How long will it take me to complete the Organizational Leadership program?

    This certainly depends on how many credits you have when you enter the program and how many credits per semester you can take. Students should seek the advice of a CEHS Student Services advisor to learn more about their own timeline.

  • What courses count as open electives?

    Anything that does not fit into General Education, the Integrated Leadership Focus or Organizational Leadership Focus will go into Open Electives.  If a student needs a lot of Open Electives, the overriding advice is to seek out courses that:

    • fit a student’s schedule
    • are nice complements to the O.L. major
    • they want to take
    • add a minor 
    • see an academic advisor for further assistance
  • After I’m officially admitted into the O.L. program, how do I know what to take and when?

    Students receive notice that informs the student how to access their program of study via the Internet. This is what the O.L. student should use when determining what to schedule. When to schedule is up to the student. The O.L. student can talk with the CEHS Student Services advisor to determine sequencing or to find out when to take certain courses.

  • What is the best way to contact my Student Services Advisor?

    Student Services Advisors are available by appointment Monday through Friday. 

    Student Services Advisors maintain their own appointment calendars. To schedule an appointment, please email your assigned advisor and provide the following information:

    • Calendar availability
    • Current phone number
    • Email Address (Wright State email address required for Wright State students)

    During peak advising times (i.e. registration for classes, graduation, etc.) appointments times will fill quickly. Please plan ahead and schedule your appointment well in advance.

  • Where do I get permission for an Organizational Leadership permission course?

    Contact the Leadership Studies department at 937-775-2516 to request register permission. 


OL 4020: Community-Based Learning

  • Contact, partner, and serve within a local non-profit organization
  • Work with a partnering organization to clarify service role and/or specific project
  • Explore, identify, and research leadership and organizational issues with student peers and a course instructor
  • Complete service hours, journal writing, and a final report and presentation

This course provides you with the opportunity to directly engage a non-profit community group and assist with addressing organizational or leadership issues. Challenges for this partner will be identified and researched through course reading, reflective writing, and the development of a final project. A minimum of 24 service hours is required.

Finding a Service Opportunity

The first few weeks of OL4020 are designed to help you understand the fundamentals of service-learning as well as create a profile to match with specific partnering organizations. Once you have a profile, you are responsible for identifying and securing a service opportunity with a local non-profit. The director of community-based learning must approve service plans prior to you beginning service hours.

OL 4025: Community-Based Internships

The internship course is designed to give you the opportunity to gain experiential learning through the professional undertakings and/or observations of leadership in organizations. You and other student interns will interact with employees and clients of the host organization in a manner that will permit you to witness and experience theory in practice. Internships offer a valuable learning experience for both personal and professional growth that will ultimately enhance your marketability as you graduate from the program.

Benefits to the Internship Experience

  1. Gain valuable work experience.
    An internship provides you with opportunity to gain hands-on work experience that is not reproducible in a classroom setting.
  2. Have an edge in the job market.
    Many employers prefer applicants who have relevant work experience or at a minimum, have done an internship.  In competitive job markets, an internship can be the essential element that sets you apart from your competition.
  3. Transition into a job.
    Some employers see interns as prospective employees. Internships are like a long job interview where you can demonstrate your capability, dependability, work ethic, and how you get a job done. 
  4. Decide if this is the right career for you.
    Internships provide the opportunity to explore career interests on a trial basis. You can test future career interests without a long-term commitment.
  5. Take advantage of networking opportunities.
    Internships provide an excellent opportunity to meet others who work in your field of interest. The people you meet may have connections internally or with others outside of your internship site who may be able to offer support as you pursue job opportunities. The connections you make during your internship can serve as recent and relevant references for applications to graduate school or full-time employment.
  6. Apply your classroom knowledge.
    Internships provide you the opportunity to apply to the real world the knowledge and skills you have gained through your coursework. The online classroom component of your internship course encourages you to reflect on how you have applied what you have learned during your internship experience and how it will benefit you in the future.
  7. Gain confidence through experience.
    Getting experience builds your confidence. It provides you with examples to share with interviewers and allows you to share how what you learned in the classroom has contributed to the workplace.

OL Internship Testimonials

Recent interns were asked, “What skills, abilities or special knowledge do you believe you developed over the course of your internship?” A sample of responses include the following:

“I stepped out of my comfort zone and learned sales techniques. I am also able to say that I have done something that contributed to my learning on how to be an effective leader of a team in the future.”  – Brittany Redd (sales organization)

“I feel as though I have become a more professional person and enhanced my communication and overall people skills from this internship.” – Chester Raleigh

“Even as a senior in college, this internship has shown me how to better manage my time and priorities. I've gained a lot of knowledge about Wright State University and how to be an educator in higher education. Because of my internship as a Peer Mentor, I feel like I can adapt quicker and think faster on my feet when things in the classroom change. At the beginning of my internship, I had so much passion for working in higher education and now that it's almost over, that passion has tripled itself. Working with students as an academic adviser or working in student affairs at a university is where I'm meant to be.” — Shannon Miller

“I had expected that interning at my current employer would have challenges, but I was able to learn from being able to observe a different department and my site supervisor.”  — Amy Dempe (interning with a current employer, in a different role)

“I have developed a strong working knowledge of the MRX record-keeping software, as well as a familiarity with the Montessori materials we used in class on a daily basis. I have also gained experience working with QuickBooks and have a greater understanding of the licensing process for a small private school. This was thoroughly enjoyable and engaging, and I met all of my learning objectives!” — Edward Ricart

“(I developed) the ability to stay calm under pressure. I figured out what aspect of leadership I want to pursue. I hope to work one-on-one with children in a behavioral development role. The organization where I interned is a positive, fun, passionate, and innovative organization! Everyone was willing to teach me and work with me.  I felt very supported and I learned so much.” — Jordan Beall

“My internship far exceeded my expectations. I would even be willing to go out on a limb and say that mine was like none other. I was just one of the team with my own goals, conducting my own meetings with high-level managers and directors. My site supervisor has always allowed me to speak up in meetings and share my thoughts. I was treated as an equal and given the freedom to express my thoughts and views. I have now developed a story I can tell through my internship from start to finish as to what I did and what I can offer another company.”  — Justin Mals (Healthcare organization)

OL 4030: Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship (TA)

The Organizational Leadership Teaching Assistant Program provides an experiential learning opportunity if you are interested in teaching and/or training. Completion of this course fulfills the experiential requirement for the organizational leadership program in lieu of Community-Based Learning or the Internship. Teaching assistants in the organizational leadership program are unpaid, but may earn 3 credit hours for enrollment in OL 4030: Undergraduate Teaching Assistant. TAs will be matched with courses only at the Dayton campus.


  • Must have completed OL 2010, 3020, 3030, and 3040 by the semester or term the TA position begins
  • Must have completed and earned an A or B in the OL class you are applying to TA for (if you are currently enrolled in the class of interest, acceptance will be contingent upon the final course grade)
  • Must have taken the OL course you are applying to TA for at the Dayton campus
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and OL GPA of 3.5 at the time of application

Selection Process

  • Applications are due March 1 to TA for a Fall Semester course, October 1 for Spring, and March 1 for Summer. Applications will be accepted after the due dates on a rolling basis until all slots are filled.
    • Complete and email the teaching assistant application to Corey Seemiller, Ph.D.
    • Have your faculty recommender complete and email the faculty recommendation form directly to Corey Seemiller, Ph.D. The recommendation must be from the faculty member from whom you took the class (or are taking the class) you would like to be a TA. 
  • Applicants meeting minimum eligibility who have been selected to move to the second round of selection will be contacted for an interview.

View the TA Application (PDF) for more information.

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