Accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership to Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Program Entry Options

The BAOL program has three program options:

1. Accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership to Master of Business Administration

2. Accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership to Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

3. Credit-hour Bachelor of Organizational Leadership

The accelerated BAOL to MAOL degree program offers students a degree path with up to twelve fewer credits than the combined traditional BAOL and MAOL degree programs.


The Accelerated Bachelor of Organizational Leadership to Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (BAOL to MAOL) provides students with an innovative theory to practice-oriented leadership program of study based on excellence and flexibility that creates lasting value and relevance for evolving leaders and their organizations. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Leadership: Assess an organizational issue from multiple leadership perspectives to recommend solutions.

Critical Analysis: Analyze organizational challenges applying individual, group and organizational theories. 

Globalization and Diversity: Evaluate leadership strategies that promote organizational diversity and multi-cultural inclusion on a global scale.

Ethics:  Create a personal ethical decision making model.

Collaboration: Evaluate personal competencies in collaboration and teaming. 

Change: Apply change management strategies to practical situations in organizations. 

Requirements for Admission

Admission requirements include two phases, BAOL admission and MAOL admission during the student’s senior year:

Phase 1, BAOL Admission: Regular undergraduate admission standards apply. See Undergraduate Admission for Degree Seeking Student Applicants in this catalog. Students interested in participating in the Accelerated BAOL to MAOL degree program must select this track during their undergraduate admission process so they will be identified as candidates for this degree program and advised accordingly. Formal admission to MAOL phase of the Accelerated BAOL to MAOL does not occur until the student attains senior status.

Phase 2, MAOL Admission:  Accelerated BAOL to MAOL candidates apply for formal admission to the MAOL at the beginning of their senior year. At this time, candidates for this program must demonstrate readiness to do graduate level work by satisfactorily fulfilling one of the following admission options.

Option One

A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two

A GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits competed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution. A satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admission exam is required.

• Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)

• Millar Analogies Test (MAT): Achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.

• Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): Fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three

An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Four

Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: Writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate for graduate study in the field of Business Administration.

Transfer Credit Policy

Undergraduate Credit Transfer:  See Undergraduate Credit-Hour Based Academic Policies and Procedures Transfer Credit Policies section of this catalog.  Standard university undergraduate transfer credit policies apply.

Graduate Credit Transfer:  See the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog. A maximum of nine credits may be accepted in transfer toward electives in the MAOL degree Program. 

In addition to university policies concerning transfer of graduate coursework, the MAOL program will accept transfer of military coursework which meets the following requirements:

1. Course requested for transfer must include an official transcript or copy of an ACE evaluation which verifies graduate-level work;

2. Coursework must be letter graded or provide verification of completion at a grade of “B” or higher;

3. Coursework must be comparable to program requirements (if marginal comparability, a written statement of rationale must be provided); and

4. Military coursework will be accepted in transfer as fulfilling elective requirements only. 

Students with professional certification(s) may substitute courses as outlined below provided that their certification(s) are unexpired and currently recognized in the field. Refer to MyBrandman for additional information on certification substitutions listed by catalog year.

Industry Standard Certification Substitution Course
MCSE, CCNP, MCSA: Windows Server CSCU 353; CSCU 453
Oracle DBA, MCDBA, MCSA: SQL Server 2008, MCSA: SQL Server 2012 CSCU 408; CSCU 453
CompTIA A+ CSCU 251
CompTIA Network+ CSCU 353
CompTIA Security+ CSCU 270
CompTIA Cloud Essentials CSCC 475 (approved substitution for CSCU 251)
VCP (VMWare Certified Professional) CSCU 251; CSCU 353
RHCSA (Red Hat Systems Administrator) CSCU 251; CSCU 353
CASP (CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
PMP (project management professional) CSCU 383; CSCU 385
Six Sigma Green Belt CSCU 383; CSCU 415
CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) CSCU 353
CompTIA IT Fundamentals CSCU 200
Certification Substituted Course Comments
CMA ACCU 640 Current certification at the time of application
CPA ACCU 640 Current certification at the time of application
PHR HRCU 445 or HRCU 600 Certification or recertification within 3 years
SPHR HRCU 445 or HRCU 600 Certification or recertification within 3 years
GPHR HRCU 603 Certification or recertification within 3 years
SHRM-CP HRCU 445 or HRCU 600 Certification or recertification within 3 years
SHRM-SCP HRCU 445 or HRCU 600 Certification or recertification within 3 years

HR Certification Credit Limitations 

Students who receive substitution credit as an undergraduate, for HRCU 445 for the PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, may only receive waiver credit for HRCU 600 as graduate students. 

BAOL Requirements for the Accelerated BAOL to MAOL Degree

In addition to the University General Education requirements, the BAOL portion of the Accelerated BAOL to MAOL requires 48 credits of coursework, of which 18 prescribed elective credits will support waivers in the MAOL degree.

Foundation Courses (12 credits)
OLCU 350Leadership and Professional Ethics3
OLCU 400Theory and Practice of Leadership3
OLCU 425Leadership in Diverse and Multicultural Organizations3
OLCU 380Research and Analytical Thinking3
Total Credits12
Competencies (9 credits)
COMU 410Organizational Communication3
OLCU 325Leadership Skills Development Lab3
OLCU 414Team Building3
Total Credits9

Electives/Emphasis Areas (18 credits) 

Complete the electives or choose an Emphasis Area

Electives (18 credits):

Upon admission, students work with their program advisors to develop a plan for BAOL electives in the Accelerated BAOL to MAOL degree program. Electives may lead toward a formal emphasis area in Organizational Administration or Supply Chain Systems (see below). Students who do not wish to develop a formal emphasis area may select 18 elective credits to meet individual educational and professional goals. Approved electives include courses from the following programs: Organizational Leadership, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Organizational Administration, Business Administration (to include courses from Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems Management, Marketing, and Management). Electives may also be selected from other programs with advisor guidance and Dean/ Associate Dean approval. At least 9 credits must be upper division (300+). Internship and independent study credits do not count toward an emphasis area but do count as electives in the major.

Emphasis is Organizational Administration (18 credits)
The emphasis in organizational administration addresses the fundamental principles of management and administration. This emphasis will be designated on the student's transcript. Students select six courses (18 credits) from the following:
Required (15 credits)
ACCU 201Principles of Accounting I3
ECNU 201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ENTU 401Introduction to Entrepreneurship3
MKTU 301Principles of Marketing3
MGTU 301Principles of Management3
Select one of the following (3 credits)
HRCU 430Conflict Resolution3
SOCU 401Sociology of Social Conflict, Analysis, and Resolution3
HRCU 445Human Resource Studies3
CSCU 315Organizational Information Systems3
Emphasis in Supply Chain Systems (18 credits)
This emphasis area in supply chain systems combines an overview and systems approach to understanding supply chain requirements as well as a drill down into specific competencies such as leadership, communication, labor relations and organizational information systems which are crucial to supply chain management and understanding. Students complete six courses (18 credits) as follows:
Required (12 credits)12
MGTU 320Strategies Across the Supply Chain3
MGTU 321Project Management and Supply Chain Leadership3
HRCU 352Labor Relations3
CSCU 315Organizational Information Systems3
Two Course Selections (6 credits)6
Select two courses from Communication, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, and/or Organizational Leadership.
Additional Core (6 credits)6
Taken at graduate level upon admission to MAOL during senior year.
OLCU 613Seminar in Organizational Dynamics3
OLCU 615Leading Organizational Change3
Capstone (3 credits)3
OLCU 487Senior Research Project3
Total Credits48

MAOL Requirements for the Accelerated BAOL to MAOL Degree

Graduate Core (15 credits)
OLCU 501Organizational Research3
OLCU 600Foundations of Organizational Leadership3
OLCU 601Democracy, Ethics and Leadership3
OLCU 602Self, Systems, and Leadership3
OLCU 614Leadership & Team Development3
Elective Courses (12 credits)12
Twelve graduate-level credits selected by the student, in consultation with an academic advisor. These electives may be used to acquire either specific leadership related competencies or greater knowledge about the student's intended professional arena. Electives may be selected from programs in Human Resources, Business Administration, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, Computer Science, Health Administration, Public Administration, Organizational Leadership, and Psychology. Not all courses may be offered at all sites or in all sessions.
MAOL Capstone (3 credits)
OLCU 681Leadership Capstone Seminar3
Total Credits30