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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 or choosing between five other concentrations: management, human resources management, corporate social responsibility, healthcare administration, professional studies.  

A Flexible, Faster Timeline

Students interested in accelerating the completion of a master’s degree have the option of earning nine credits for their master’s program while completing their bachelor’s at CLU. Choosing this option will substitute three graduate organizational leadership courses that also apply to their undergraduate curriculum. This accelerates students’ ability to complete their master’s in a shorter period of time while reducing their tuition costs.


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:

1. Leadership Development: Implement key ethical leadership skills in personal and professional contexts.

2. Analytical Thinking: Evaluate information about organizational challenges to achieve manageable solutions or opportunities.

3. Collaborative Relationships: Facilitate collaboration by utilizing effective communication skills to foster a culture of support and community.

4. Strategic Leadership: Design strategies that include consideration of problems, opportunities, continuous learning, and research-based decision making to achieve innovative solutions.

5. 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 Core process learnings to form a plan, enact and catalyze sustainable, meaningful change.

The CLU Capstone

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:

Human Resource Management
Corporate Social Responsibility
Healthcare Administration
Professional Studies

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 an AA degree or at least 60 credits that meet the General Education requirements to qualify for admission. The average cost for a CLU student is between $7500-$15,000 for the entire program depending on how many existing classes a student has.

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


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Social skills

Creativity and innovation

Organizational research and evaluation

Information literacy


Communication skills


Foundational Courses (6 credits)

BFC 3301 Academic Success and The Claremont Core®* (3 credits)

BFC 3302 Activating the Core: Writing and Research Methods* (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 4305 Organizational Research, Analysis & Decision Making* (3 credits)

BOL 4306 Collaborative Leadership* (3 credits)

BOL 4307 Leader as a Mentor (3 credits)

BOL 4308 Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizations* (3 credits)

BOL 4301 Vision, Creativity, and Innovation* (3 credits)

BOL 4302 Organizational Dialogue* (3 credits)

BOL 4303 Entrepreneurial Leadership (3 credits)

BOL 4304 Change Leadership* (3 credits)

BOL 4310 Applying the Core: CLU Senior Project* (3 credits)

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


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

Students will need to complete five electives. Electives may lead to a formal concentration area. The Professional Studies concentration includes any five electives.

BCR 3301 Globalization (3 credits)
BCR 3302 Risk Analysis for Leaders (3 credits)
BCR 3303 Ethics and Social Responsibility (3 credits)
BCR 3304 Sustainability (3 credits)
BCR 3305 Corporate Social Impact (3 credits)

BMG 3301 Principle of Management (3 credits)
BMG 3302 Project Management (3 credits)
BMG 3303 Financial Management (3 credits)
BMG 3304 Operations Management (3 credits)
BMG 3305 Strategic Management (3 credits

    BHR 3301 Compensation and Benefits (3 credits)
    BHR 3302 Conflict Resolution (3 credits)
    BHR 3303 Performance Improvement (3 credits)
    BHR 3304 Training and Development (3 credits)
    BHR 3305 Workforce Planning (3 credits)

    BHA 3301 US Healthcare System (3 credits)
    BHA 3302 Health Information Management Systems (3 credits)
    BHA 3303 Financial Management in Healthcare (3 credits)
    BHA 3304 Quality Management in Healthcare (3 credits)
    BHA 3305 Healthcare Service Delivery (3 credits)

    The Professional Studies concentration will allow students to take electives within any of the other four concentrations.

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    $15,000 PROGRAM COST


    PENDING approval



    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.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.

    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 Metro-politan 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 asso-ciate 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.” 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. now teaches in the social sciences for several universities. Her interests include the change process, identity, relationships, and communicating in the digital age.

    Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Ph.D. Teaching Faculty

    Dr. Varnon-Hughes is the 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. 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. Audrey 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.for transformation.”

    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 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.


    Contact us at or (909) 667-4422.