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Online Bachelor of Arts

Organizational Leadership

Leadership and Learning Have Always Been Connected

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership at Claremont Lincoln University is a student centered fully online by design program with a strong focus on providing the necessary competences needed by future leaders to be self-sufficient thinkers and life-long learners. It’s a comprehensive curriculum designed to allow students to lead organizations in a globally competitive environment. Students will learn to develop their leadership style by effectively practicing a variety of skills essential in organizational settings that will equip them to be open-minded, solve problems creatively, and lead with integrity.

Stronger, Diverse Leadership for Stronger, Diverse Organizations

Students will have the option of selecting five electives in organizational leadership by choosing between three other concentrations: management, human resources management, and professional studies.

Master’s Track

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership at Claremont Lincoln University is a student-centered, “100% online-by-design” program focused on providing the necessary competencies needed by future leaders to be self-sufficient thinkers and life-long learners. It’s a comprehensive curriculum that allows students to lead organizations in a globally competitive environment. Students develop their leadership style by effectively practicing various skills essential in organizational settings that will equip them to be open-minded, solve problems creatively, and lead with integrity.


Download the Bachelor of Arts Program Details.


This degree is flexible to different professions and will prepare adult learner students who are interested in completing their degrees to become leaders in different fields that include public, non-profit, and private organizations. The academic plan for this BA in Organizational Leadership was designed to include several competencies that will support the student across four areas: leadership development, analytical thinking, collaborative relationships, and strategic leadership. The Claremont Core® concepts of mindfulness, dialogue, collaboration, and change are also integrated throughout the courses in various activities to support our mission.

Program Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership, students will be able to:

  • Leadership Development: Implement key ethical leadership skills in personal and professional contexts.
  • Analytical Thinking: Evaluate information about organizational challenges to achieve manageable solutions or opportunities.
  • Collaborative Relationships: Facilitate collaboration by utilizing effective communication skills to foster a culture of support and community.
  • Strategic Leadership: Design strategies that include consideration of problems, opportunities, continuous learning, and research-based decision making to achieve innovative solutions.
  • Integrate the Claremont Core®: Develop a compassionate leadership style that utilizes mindfulness and dialogue for collaboration and positive change.


Essential Leadership Skills 

The Claremont Core® is our foundation for leadership empowerment and it’s embedded in every program and everything we do. 

MINDFULNESS: Understanding the interconnected elements of the self to elevate leadership.

DIALOGUE: Active listening to empower genuine dialogue with others who are different from us.

COLLABORATION: Leveraging the intelligence of diverse stakeholders to find common purpose.

CHANGE: Adapt from The Claremont Core® process learnings to form a plan, enact and catalyze sustainable, meaningful change.

The CLU Capstone Senior Seminar

Based on the Claremont Core® and building on self-understanding, dialogue, facilitation, and collaboration skills, learners apply research and leadership knowledge to create a tangible, visible outcome of learning applied to the workplace.


Stronger, Diverse Leadership for Stronger, Diverse Organizations

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership at Claremont Lincoln University offers five concentrations:

  • Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Professional Studies
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (coming soon)
  • Healthcare Administration (coming soon)

We Help You Along the Way

The Claremont University Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership gives students the opportunity to explore many different career paths with this particular degree. That’s why CLU offers professional coaching. Students will always have someone to turn to for advice.


It’s More Than Affordable, but There are Some Requirements

This program is designed for adult learners, working adults or students who have not yet finished their bachelor’s degree. Students must have a degree or at least 60 semester credits that meet the General Education requirements to qualify for admission. The average tuition cost for a CLU Bachelor’s degree is between $7500-$15,000 for the entire program depending on the number of accepted transfer credits.

Your Experience Counts with Us

You could be closer to your degree than you realize. CLU works with you in a seamless process to assess past certificates, transfer credits, and even work experience that may apply to your program. Every situation is totally unique, we take each on a case-by-case basis.

The Best Leaders Never Stop Learning

If you’re a member of the military or if you currently have a position of leadership, this is truly the place and the program for you. You’re experience is respected and valued and your current leadership skills will be augmented to provide value to forward-thinking organizations.


Today’s leaders must be equipped with real-world based skills that can be put to use to create positive outcomes. The CLU Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership curriculum addresses these skills along with specific knowledge, perspectives, values, and concepts to develop a strong foundation for graduates.

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Ethical leadership
  • Strategic thinking process
  • Leadership styles
  • Leadership theories
  • Organizational behavior
  • Effective teamwork tools
  • Management principles
  • Analytical thinking concepts
  • Human resources
  • Conflict resolution
  • Organizational development
  • Personal development
  • Motivation
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Social skills
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Organizational research and evaluation
  • Information literacy
  • Strategy
  • Communication skills


Foundational Courses (6 credits)

  • BFC 3301 Academic Success and The Claremont Core®* (3 credits)
  • BFC 3302 Academic Writing and Research* (3 credits)

Core Competency Courses (39 credits)

  • BOL 3301 The Mindful Leader* (3 credits)
  • BOL 3302 Introduction to Leadership Theories (3 credits)
  • BOL 3303 Authentic Leadership Development Lab (3 credits)
  • BOL 3304 Time Management for Leaders (3 credits)
  • BOL 4301 Vision, Creativity, and Innovation* (3 credits)
  • BOL 4302 Leader as a Mentor (3 credits)
  • BOL 4303 Entrepreneurial Leadership (3 credits)
  • BOL 4304 Collaborative Leadership* (3 credits)
  • BOL 4305 Organizational Research, Analysis, & Decision Making* (3 credits)
  • BOL 4306 Organizational Dialogue* (3 credits)
  • BOL 4307 Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizations* (3 credits)
  • BOL 4308 Change Leadership* (3 credits)
  • BOL 4310 CLU Senior Seminar* (3 credits)

*Non-Waivable Courses = In Residency Requirements = 30 Credits


Core Competency Courses (39 credits)
Electives or Concentration Areas (15 credits)

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership at Claremont Lincoln University offers three concentrations:

The Management concentration is designed to prepare students to be effective when planning, organizing, leading, and controlling different types of projects and in reaching organizational goals. This concentration also intentionally provides the essential skills and knowledge around the important financial and operational considerations that go into making strategic decisions that can lead to optimal results.

The Human Resources concentration is designed to develop leadership skills useful for overseeing important matters related to managing personnel. This concentration provides the knowledge and tools around five key human resource management functions that support the development of staff, the design of employee compensation and benefits, managing conflict, maximizing performance, and planning for a variety of organizational workforce needs.

The Professional Studies concentration provides the most flexibility for students. This program allows students to focus on a variety of practical courses in the areas of management and human resources. Students selecting this concentration can tailor their education to foster additional leadership and professional advancement.

Coming Soon

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Healthcare Administration

Begin Classes in
January 2023 to earn
a scholarship of
up to $1,650!









Manny De La Torre, Ed.D., Program Chair

Manny De La Torre, MBA, EdD, has over 17 years of multidisciplinary experience in architecture, real estate, urban planning, project management, military human resources, university administration, and organizational development. After receiving his doctorate in Organizational Leadership with a focus on entrepreneurship and transformational change, he became a business consultant supporting change management, value creation and sustainable growth practices in small to global organizations.

Oluwunmi (Olu) Ariyo, Ed.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Oluwunmi Ariyo received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a Master of Arts in Communication from Wake Forest University and a Higher Education Administration doctorate from the University of Florida. This change agent brings with her fifteen years of post-secondary teaching, community engagement, and research experience. In her many roles, she has been the Program Head of College Success, Public Relations Coordinator for non-profits and currently an Assistant Director, working with College Career and Promise high school students. Ariyo is currently focusing on mental health concerns for minorities in Higher Education.

Suzanne Atkins, M.S., Teaching Faculty

Professor Atkin’s education started on the job including at organizations as diverse as the World Bank, the Department of Defense, and high-tech companies. She is also owner of Workplace Harmony, a training and consulting firm. As an executive secretary, she became aware of communication and how it can be less or more effective. After returning to higher education as an adult learner, she earned two Bachelor of Science degrees: in Social Science and Communication Studies. After earning her MA in Communication Studies, she now teaches in the social sciences for several universities. Her interests include the change process, identity, relationships, and communicating in the digital age.

Erin Berman, M.S., Teaching Faculty

Professor Berman has been teaching in higher education for more than 14 years and most recently completed a second master’s degree in the area of adult education and design. As a full-time instructional designer, she is focused on finding evidence-based strategies to increase learner satisfaction and promote long-term retention of information. Erin has a passion for understanding how people learn and for finding ways to incorporate that in her own courses as an instructor.

Cecelia Doyle, Ed.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Cecelia Doyle is currently the Early Learning Coordinator at South Washington County Schools where she coaches more than 50 Teachers in best practices to close the achievement gap. She was Dean of the School of Education at Rasmussen College where she grew the program from 4 to 24 campuses and national online while innovating a workforce program that celebrated 3,000 graduates. While there she was selected Master Leader in Education in recognition of leadership in making a difference for children, families, and communities (Exchange Magazine). Dr. Doyle has served as a Professor at the University of Minnesota, Concordia University and Metropolitan State University. She earned her Doctorate in Education – Adult Learning from the University of Minnesota where she studied young immigrants’ experiences and the impact on mainstream educators. She leads a hiking group year-round in Minnesota as a way to savor the beauty of the great outdoors.

Chris Trevett, M.S., Teaching Faculty

Professor Trevett comes to Claremont Lincoln after four years teaching public speaking and rhetoric, and assisting in communication courses at Portland State University, four and a half years teaching philosophy at Global Ministries University, and a one-year stint with Warner Pacific University teaching human development. He developed and continues to teach the graduate, online course “the Philosophical Christian Mind” for GMU, which he describes as a “critical examination of the confluence of philosophy, psychology, and theology.” He has also participated as a guest lecturer in a series at Rose Schnitzer Manor in Portland, OR, called “Let’s Talk,” on the topic of intercultural communication. In 2018, he volunteered in tutoring at Portland State’s Intensive English Language Program; also in that year he acquired a TEFL/TESOL certificate from the International TEFL Academy in Chicago. He feels that the tremendous diversity of his face-to-face classes at PSU has been a “life-altering” event that has enlivened all his subsequent teaching experiences and solidified his multi-disciplinary approach to teaching—and his own continuing education. His professional career outside of academia includes ten years as both a curriculum development associate and international sales manager for Canter & Associates, an educational publisher in Los Angeles, now known as Laureate Education. He also served in the US Navy from 1985 to 1988, aboard the USS Ranger (CV-61), as a Religious Program Specialist, a position that was described at the time as a “glorified librarian.” He now teaches in the social sciences for several universities. Her interests include the change process, identity, relationships, and communicating in the digital age.

Jason Waldow, M.S., Teaching Faculty

Professor Waldow has a master’s degree in Business Leadership Communications and a Master’s of Science in Communications education. He has been teaching Communications for over fifteen years in both on-ground and online settings. His current research centers on executive function in regard to the communication process. This involves TBIs and learning obstacles. Recently, he has started to explore research involving communication and environment, specifically focusing on young learners. The majority of his studies focus on cultural and educational communications. Professor Waldow has served as a team leadership consultant for Boeing executives which allows his research and studies to interconnect in the private sector. He has also utilized his Communications background to help create crisis management strategies for organizations. He enjoys working with local non-profits that help “at-risk” youth and has been involved with the Big Brother Big Sister organization for many years.

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Ph.D. Teaching Faculty

Dr. Varnon-Hughes is the Dean of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Director of the Claremont Core at Claremont Lincoln University, and an award winning teacher and interfaith leader. She is the host of the religion & culture podcast In Times Like These and author of Interfaith Grit: How Uncertainty Will Save Us. Dr. Varnon-Hughes was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, a peer reviewed journal, and its sister publication, State of Formation, an online forum for emerging religious and ethical leaders. She holds a PhD from Claremont Lincoln University, an MA and STM from Union Theological Seminary and her undergraduate degrees are in English and Education, from Webster University.

Audrey Jordan, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Jordan’s consulting areas of expertise are in capacity building for resident-centered, place-based community change; cultivating community, organizational and collaborative partnership capacities for results accountability; and teaching about and facilitating conversations to promote racial equity and social justice. Dr. Jordan is also a certified executive life coach, focused on “accompanying social justice leaders and teams to unchain power for transformation.”

Christine Lustik, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Lustik is the owner of Mindfulness in Organizations, LLC. Christine trains individuals and groups within education, non-profit, healthcare, government, and corporate organizations how to practice Mindfulness with the goal of increasing focus and resilience and decreasing stress and chaos. Christine thrives on creating training for each individual organization to introduce Mindfulness in a way that works with their culture and goals. Previously, Christine spent 14 years in the online education arena of higher education, as Director of Distance Education, instructional designer, and faculty member. Much of that time was spent at Western Wyoming Community College supporting the education and community needs of a very large rural area in Southwest Wyoming. Christine earned her Masters and Doctorate in Education from Capella University, with a focus on leadership and online education. She has also completed two Mindfulness Teacher Training programs, with a focus on bringing the practice of Mindfulness into organizations in a sustainable way and connecting Mindfulness with nature whenever possible.

About Claremont Lincoln University

Claremont Lincoln University (CLU) is a non-profit, accredited university focused on positive social change in the public, private, and non-profit sectors and offering affordable online bachelor’s and master’s degrees, “stackable” graduate certificates, and innovative team-based learning programs. Through a socially conscious education framework, CLU’s mission is to create a new leadership ecosystem through its proprietary Claremont Core®, a distinctive framework to become an effective leader of positive change with four key domains: 1) understanding the self through the brain science of leading with mindfulness; 2) engaging in genuine dialogue to learn from all viewpoints and find common paths forward; 3) facilitating collaboration and tapping into the intelligence of diverse stakeholders; and 4) enacting sustainable change. CLU is regionally accredited by the highly regarded WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which ensures institutions meet strict standards and fulfill their missions in service to their students and the public good. Programs at CLU focus on civic engagement, ethics, healthcare administration, higher education, human resources, organizational leadership, management, professional studies, public administration, social impact, and sustainability leadership.