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Prepare for Leadership Positions with a Flexible Degree

The Organizational Leadership and Learning degree prepares students to work in a range of relationship-focused careers in which their leadership skills can positively contribute to both professional and personal development.

Students learn how to manage professional relationships through motivational strategies, conflict management, time management, emotional intelligence,  and in collaborative working environments, including: not-for-profits, manufacturing, governmental agencies, human services or training organizations, and emergency services.


Bachelor of Applied Sciences (BAS) in Organizational Leadership and Learning

All organizations, whether they are governmental agencies, businness and corporations, or not-for-profits, need employees that are creative, persuasive, have an ability to collaborate,  are adaptable, and demonstrate effecitive time management. The Organizational Leadership and Learning degree provides students the chance to learn, grow, develop, and apply these professional skills through on-the-job training. Degree highlights include:

About the Program

Program Description

The Organizational Leadership and Learning (OLL) degree program is a flexible degree focused on applied learning and workforce education integration.  OLL is 120-credit hour undergraduate degree. Students will have the opportunity to customize their individualized track in consultation with their program advisor. A cornerstone of this degree will be the requirement for students to complete 21-credit hours of experiential learning experiences, which may include paid apprenticeships, internships, clinical rotations, and/or practica and focus on occupational outcomes, such as job and degree integration responding to industry, workforce, or organizational demands.

The OLL degree is an applied degree with the goal of preparing students for a range of career options using the more traditional four-year degree path or through collaborative paths with community colleges and technical schools.

Admission Requirements

Prospective WSU students:

  1. Please click here to complete the online admission application.

Current WSU students:

  1. WSU students with a 2.00 GPA can change their major to Organizational Leadership and Learning through the myWSU portal (Home tab > Student Tools > Change My Major /Minor).
  2. Student are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor in the program. To schedule an advising appointment, please contact the College of Applied Studies Advising Center at (316) 978-3300, option 2.
Degree Plans

Graduation requirements include:

  • General Education Requirements: 36 hours
  • Electives: 6 hours
  • Applied Learning: 21 hours
  • Core Competencies: 21 hours
    • Foundations of Leadership (3)
    • Inclusive Excellence (6)
    • Creativity and Development (6)
    • Leadership Communication (6)
  • Technical Specialization: 36 hours
    • Education and Innovation
    • Emergency and Public Services
    • Hospitality Management

Students will have the opportunity to customize their degree plan in consultation with their program advisor.

To discuss your individual degree plan, please contact Tierney Mount at tierney.mount@wichita.edu or (316) 978-3300, option 2.


Tuition and Fees
Learn more about tuition and fees at Wichita State.

Tuition Discount Programs
WSU offers tuition discounts for out-of-state students paying nonresident tuition. Find out more about tuition discounts at WSU.

WSU Merit Scholarships
Students admitted to WSU are automatically considered for merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are awarded to both incoming freshman and transfer students. Learn more about merit scholarships at WSU.

College of Applied Studies Scholarships
Both prospective and current majors are eligible for scholarships through the College of Applied Studies. Only one application is necessary to apply for all scholarships available to students in the College of Applied Studies. New Link Coming Soon!

Career Opportunities

Students graduating with a Organizational Leadership and Learning degree will be prepared to work a variety of industries and occupations, such as:

  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Organizational Effectiveness Professional
  • Educational Services
  • Supervisor/Manager
  • Organizational Development Professional
  • Retail Manager
  • Organizational Leader/Executive
  • Consultant
  • Trainer/Learning Specialist
  • Manufacturer Leader
  • Public/Civic Leader

Wichita State’s minor in Workforce Leadership equips students with foundational knowledge for diverse leadership roles in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The minor is a valuable addition for a wide range of majors and careers. The 12-credit hour minor offers students a variety of course options.

For more information on minoring in Organizational Leadership and Learning, please contact Tierney Mount at tierney.mount@wichita.edu or (316) 978-3300, option 2. Or, contact your academic advisor.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

Students who have had college-level education through traditional or nontraditional means, and can demonstrate achievement, may be eligible to earn credit by following our Credit for Prior Learning pathway.

Such as:

  • Credits from other universities
  • Credits from community colleges
  • Credits from badge courses
  • Licenses and other organizational trainings


Corporate Trainer speaking

This concentration is designed for those seeking to develop skills in leadership, knowledge development, or professional training. The Education and Innovation concentration focuses on improving organizational and employee effectiveness related to productivity, work satisfaction, morale and/or quality of work life. Possible careers include career and technical educators, community education specialists, entry-level public administrators, and workforce trainers. Credit for Prior Learning is available. 


Fireman putting out fire

This concentration focuses on applied leadership and is connected to various emergency, first responders, and public service industries. It provides a valuable degree pathway for students with AAS degrees in fields such as fire science and paramedic/EMT or those with military training credentials (e.g., military occupational categories). Credit for Prior Learning is required for this concentration. 


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This concentration is designed for students that have (or are pursuing) AAS degrees, certificates, or trainings in hotel and restaurant management, the culinary arts, or other hospitality-related degrees and industries. Credit for Prior Learning is required for this concentration.


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