Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership Degree at Azusa Pacific University is aimed towards working adult learners that are seeking to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become an effective leader or manager. This program is delivered entirely online, making it ideal for working professionals in need of flexibility of study.

To complete this program and earn the BSOL Degree, students must earn a total of 39 hours of credit from a core curriculum. The program total is 126 credits, but the 39 must be earned at APU. In this program, students will study adult development and attempt to understand the learning processes of these individuals. As APU is a faith-based institution, there is a study of the relationship between the Bible and business ethics as well as the relationship between a Christian worldview and various professions. Degree candidates will study data analysis and corresponding presentation, the principles of management and supervision, and dealing with leadership and change.

Part of this program, as with all in the Adult and Professional Studies umbrella, is that students are required to create a cumulative academic portfolio. The portfolio is made up of five sections: an autobiography, transcripts and military documents if applicable, a resume, professional and technical experiences, and experiential learning essays. The point of the portfolio is to assess learning, determine and examine a student’s personal and professional progress, and provide something with which to explore growth patterns and create future academic and career plans.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

    The School of Education receives accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Azusa Pacific University (APU) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


    Applicants must have 60 units or more of transferable credit, two or more years of overall work experience, and a minimum 2.0 GPA in all transferred courses.

    School Overview

    University College of Azusa Pacific University supports a wide range of distance education programs, including master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, and post-graduate certificates. University College (also known as Azusa Pacific University College) is a result to the merger of Azusa Pacific Online University and the School of Adult and Professional Studies. University College is a four-year, primarily associate’s, private not-for-profit school, with its main location in Glendora, California. Azusa Pacific University approved the formation of this independent institution with an intended goal of providing more flexible learning options for nontraditional students, including online and evening class sessions. Following the Christian-centered principles of Azusa Pacific University, University College’s purpose statement is: “We create for people a new hope for the future by investing in lives through learning pathways that are Christ-centered, flexible, and accessible.”

    Azusa Pacific University, the parent school of University College, is a four-year, private Christian-based higher educational institution, located in the San Gabriel Valley community of Azusa, California. The institution first opened in 1899, as the Training School for Christian Workers. The school has continued to grow and now operates as one of the largest Christian universities within the United States. Azusa Pacific University supports over 100 associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.

    University College follows a trimester calendar with year-round classes that offer accelerated programming. Each traditional 16-week semester is divided into two 8-week sessions allowing for greater flexibility. Online coursework is asynchronous and hosted on the Moodle learning management platform.


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