An Organizational Management degree provides opportunities in many fields, including business, education, government and the non-for-profit sectors, as well as many more.

Study Format

  • Online

Program Length

  • 64 Credit Hours

Transfer Credits

  • Up to 32 credit hours

Application Deadlines

Jan, 06

Spring I 2021 application due

Classes start Jan. 11, 2021

Feb, 10

Spring II 2021 application due

Classes start Feb. 15, 2021

Begin your education today

Our courses prepare students to:

  • complete general education requirements to further their study at the baccalaureate level
  • coordinate and facilitate the work of others to accomplish goals that may not be achieved by a single individual
  • understand organizations and their culture
  • recognize the many roles performed by managers
  • understand the techniques that effectively guide individuals and teams
  • explore organizational areas such as human resources, operations, marketing, education and technology
  • develop credibility with colleagues, have excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrate exemplary public presentation skills

A pathway to achievement

The AA, Organizational Management, is a pathway to several accelerated Bachelor's degree programs, including:  

 Flexible scheduling

  • 100% online (no set time to be online)
  • Blended (combination of online and on campus)
  • 16-month completion

Our advisors can create a specialized program plan to accommodate the needs of each individual student:

  • Major courses are 5 weeks long
  • General education and elective courses are 5-8 weeks long

Can I afford it?

Concordia University Chicago is one of the most affordable private universities in the Midwest. Our Office of Financial Aid will work with you to seek financial aid and schedule manageable tuition payments.

Program Information

How Business Works

This introductory course is designed to acquaint the student with a broad variety of topics that are fundamental to the understanding of business. These include the essentials of economics, finance, management, marketing, international business, strategy, and ethics. The study and discussion of current issues in each of these areas will increase the students’ understanding of the business enterprise.

Group and Organizational Dynamics

Small group communication, dealing with positive feedback, principles of small discussions. Project planning, managing people, small group participation, reengineering organizations. Understanding interpersonal communications, brainstorming process, decision-making and conflict resolution, and diagnosing group effectiveness.

Business Technology

The use of computing and Internet technologies as a tool for management and strategic planning. Discussion and application of emerging technologies.

Systems Approach to Organizational Change

Nature and meaning of systems, boundaries and environments, mission statement, organizational structures, relationships, rewards, power and procedures. Diagnosing problems in organizations. Preparing for, implementing and managing change.

Organizational Communication

Importance of communication in organizations, effective communication in organizations, developing and delivering effective interpersonal communication. Team-building, conflict resolution, and problem solving, communication and organizational culture, communication to and within groups.

Principles of Management

Dimensions of management, management process and skills, strategic planning, leadership styles and impact on subordinates, teamwork and work force diversity, communication of values, negotiations with employees and impact on productivity. Total Quality Management (TQM) and Management by Objectives.

Personal Values and Organizational Ethics

Topics discussed from a Christian perspective include: nature of ethics and meaning of being ethical; ethical problems in organizations, environmental change and ethical considerations, moral reasoning, personal values, and decision making; alternate modes of moral reasoning; ethical issues between individuals and organizations, and principled leadership.

General Education Courses

  • Communication
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences, including Macroeconomics
  • Mathematics, must be above Intermediate Algebra
  • Sciences, one biological science and one physical science, including one lab course
  • World Studies, multicultural or non-Western emphasis
  • Health and Wellness
  • Mission-Specific Courses: Theology

For a listing of General Education and elective courses, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application for admission to the Associate of Arts in Organizational Management.s
  • An official high school transcript with a grade-point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale indicating graduation date or an official high school transcript with an ACT composite of at least 20 or a combined SAT score of 930 indicating graduation date.
  • Documentation of full-time work experience outside the home (job history or résumé).

Credit for Prior Learning

Students entering the Associate of Arts program can earn up to a maximum of 16 semester hours of credit from sources as workshops, seminars, corporate training programs, military service, or other experiences. Documentation that the student presents must demonstrate mastery of college-level learning acquired from these sources. It is evaluated and may result in credit hours being awarded.


Career Possibilities

  • Industrial-organizational psychologists
  • Management analysts
  • Chief executives
  • Project director
  • General managers
  • Information technology specialist or consultant
  • Risk management specialists
  • Managers:
    • Human Resources
    • Compensations and Benefits
    • Training and Development
  • Managers:
    • Retail Store
    • Operations
    • Project
    • General
    • Medical and Health Services
    • Social and Community Services
    • Information Technology
    • Advertising and Promotions
    • Administrative Service

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