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

  • 128 Credit Hours

Dual Degree Pathway

  • BA to MBA
  • BA to MA, Leadership

Application Deadlines

Aug, 10


Fall 2020 Application Due. Classes start Aug. 24, 2020.

Open the door to success in management with a flexible degree

Concordia-Chicago’s courses in organizational management prepare students to:

  • 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
  • cultivate interpersonal skills and demonstrate exemplary public presentation skills

Find your place in a high-growth career field

Employment of management occupations is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations, which will result in about 807,300 new jobs. Employment growth is expected to be driven by the formation of new organizations and expansion of existing ones, which should require more workers to manage these operations.

The median annual wage for management occupations was $102,590 in May 2017, which was the highest wage of all the major occupational groups. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics, the pay scale for a Business Manager is approximately $90,500. 

A top-ranked program for adult students with busy lives

Ranked among the top 100 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, Concordia University Chicago’s Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) delivers educational opportunities designed for adult learners who understand the importance of earning a college degree. A leader in developing and delivering online undergraduate education with 20 years’ experience in the field, Concordia-Chicago’s ADP provides goal-oriented students with a specialized, individually tailored program. Our advisors create a specialized program plan to accommodate the needs of each individual student, allowing you to earn your degree in as little as 16 months, depending on the number of transfer credits accepted at the time of your admission:

  • Student may transfer up to 67 hours of 100-200 level credits previously completed at a junior/community college. Additional transfer credits may be applied if a student has completed 300-400 level courses.
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Accelerated courses
  • Major courses are 5 weeks long
  • 100% online (no set time to be online)
  • Access to learning from anywhere in the world
  • Our delivery modes are designed to fit the needs of busy individuals and foster valuable relationships and support networks that can add value throughout your career.

What you'll learn

  • Contrasted to other business degrees, the bachelor’s degree program in management provides an overarching perspective of the functional operations of an organization.  It allows students to focus on coursework designed specifically to cultivate the essential knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage a business.
  • Foundational courses in the management program provide a broad and thorough overview of the component areas of business operations, including organizational planning and design, accounting, human resource management, marketing, and business technology.
  • Students graduate well prepared to enter the workplace as strategic managers in the complex, multifaceted and global organizations of today.

Benefits of the BA in Organizational Management

The fast paced field of management demands well-educated, highly trained professionals with the agility to continuously learn and enhance their knowledge base and skill set. Possessing a bachelor’s degree in Business from an accredited institution builds credibility by demonstrating to an organization the prospective employee’s commitment to the industry and his/her ability to stay abreast of trends. Further, a bachelor’s degree may also be a stepping stone to graduate degrees such as an MBA, unlocking even more promising job prospects.

A faculty with hands-on, field-tested experience

Concordia-Chicago’s core faculty in the business degree program has extensive experience in the fields of management along with the requisite certifications/credentials. Faculty come from all subspecialties of management including but not limited to human resource management, accounting, marketing, technology, and law.

A pathway to achievement

Organizational Management (BA), is a pathway to accelerated Master's degree programs, including: 

Education made affordable

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.

Our tuition guarantee

Concordia-Chicago’s tuition guarantee program helps keep tuition affordable by allowing you to predict what the total cost of your education will be. As long as there are no interruptions in your course of study, we guarantee your tuition will remain the same and never increase while earning this degree.

Program Information

Adult Learning Today and Tomorrow

An introduction to Adult Learning theory, concepts and self-management.  Resources and tools to successfully complete degree will be examined.  Writing, research and communication strategies will be discussed. Personal adult learning mission and plan will be developed.

Business Technology

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

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.

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.

Human Resource Management

Personnel function, development, and organizational structure. Developing job descriptions, personnel planning and forecasting, internal and external recruitment, personnel selection orientation, legal aspects of personnel. Employee benefits and costs, performance appraisal and discipline, labor relations, unions and negotiations.

Managerial Marketing

Products, markets, pricing, distribution, and promotion. The marketing environment. Identify and evaluate key marketing information.

Research Design and Methodology

This course provides an overview of research methodology. Students will identify a well-researched problem or solution. Students will develop a research proposal. 

Managerial Accounting

Financial tools for managers in decision-making: financial statements, bookkeeping process, financial statement analysis, statement of cash flow, internal cost concepts, present value concepts, and budgeting.

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.

Senior Project

The Senior Project is the Accelerated Degree Program capstone. This course is an intensive, process-oriented, active learning project through which students apply learning acquired through all major coursework. Designing and developing the Senior Project requires students to follow a problem from recognition to providing a well-researched solution or from the development of an opportunity to a well-researched action plan. Students are required to complete a comprehensive document and present their findings. Prerequisite: OMP 4236.

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 Accelerated Degree Programs.
  • Submission of official transcripts from ALL colleges or universities attended. The most recent college transcript must indicate that the student was in good standing and earned at least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale (the Admission Committee reserves the right to evaluate applicants on an individual basis or request additional information when prior college transcripts do not reflect a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average).
  • If an applicant has completed fewer than 15 semester hours of credit, or has not completed one semester at full-time status, a final high school transcript with graduation date must be provided. An official high school transcript is also required if the college from which the credit was earned does not have regional accreditation. Applicants who have not completed high school must provide documentation of successful completion of the G.E.D.
  • 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

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Stastics, the pay scale for a Business Manager is approximately $90,500.

  • 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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