BA in Organizational Management


Organizational management concentrates on developing the art and science of getting things accomplished through people. Students who study organizational management are capable of coordinating and facilitating the work of others to accomplish goals that may not be achieved by a single individual. To be effective managers, students must understand organizations and the organizations’ culture, recognize the many roles managers can take and understand the techniques that effectively guide individuals and teams. We bring together faculty and students as co-learners committed to understanding different types of organizations.

Major Coursework, General Education and Electives

The major curriculum consists of 11 courses and a senior project. Only one course is taken at a time, while each student progresses with the same group of students, or cohort, throughout the program.

Transfer Credit

You may receive transfer credit for up to 67 lower division credits from a regionally accredited institution.

Credit for Prior Learning

A student entering this degree program can earn up to 32 semester hours from sources such as workshops, seminars, self-study, training programs or work experience. Prior college-level learning acquired from these sources is evaluated and may result in credit hours being awarded.

Organizational Management Major Courses (38 hrs)

OMP 4050: Concepts of Adult Learning (3 hours)

Adult development and adult learning, assessing abilities, improving writing skills, setting goals, planning, implementing and evaluating life activities, begin construction of the Learning Portfolio. Orientation to University services.

OMP 4060: Business Technology (3 hours)

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

OMP 4000: Group and Organizational Dynamics (3 hours)

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, diagnosing group effectiveness.

OMP 4020: Systems Approach to Organizational Change (3 hours)

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.

OMP 4240: Organizational Communication (3 hours)

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.

OMP 4431: Principles of Management (3 hours)

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.

OMP 4440: Human Resource Management (3 hours)

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.

OMP 4605: Managerial Marketing (3 hours)

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

OMP 4260: Senior Project, Part I (1 hour)

Problem specification, literature review and problem-solving processes.

OMP 4235: Research Design and Methodology (4 hours)

Overview of statistics. Measurement objectives for research projects, normal curve, confidence intervals. Data definition, testing hypothesis. Data collection, Chi- Square test. Research project evaluation plan. Survey construction for the research project. Data finalization and project evaluation process.

OMP 4260: Senior Project, Part II (1 hour)

Solution to the problem, selection of evaluation method, and presentation of evaluation results.

OMP 4600: Managerial Accounting (3 hours)

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

OMP 4610: Personal Values and Organizational Ethics (3 hours)

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.

OMP 4660: Senior Project, Part III (2 hours)

Recommendations based on problem identification and evaluation of solution; formal presentation of project, reflection on research process and explanation of learning from research.

General Education

  • Communication (9 hours)
  • Humanities (9 hours)
  • Social Sciences (9 hours), including macroeconomics
  • Mathematics (3 hours), must be above intermediate algebra
  • Sciences (7–8 hours), one biological science and one physical science, including one lab course
  • World Studies (3 hours), multicultural or non-Western emphasis
  • Health and Wellness (2 hours)
  • Mission-Specific Courses: Theology (6 hours)

General Education and Elective Courses

For a listing of General Education and elective courses, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog at www.CUChicago.edu/catalogs.

Admission to the Program

Applicants who meet the admission requirements and who have earned at least 30 semester hours of college credit (including at least one English composition course with a grade of C or better) are eligible to be admitted to the accelerated bachelor's degree completion program and the organizational management major.

Transfer Credit

You may receive transfer credit for up to 67 lower division credits from a regionally accredited institution.

Pre-Major Status

Applicants who meet the admission criteria but have earned 0-29 semester hours of credit, or who have not completed at least one college-level English, may be admitted to the university in pre-major status.

Prospective students who complete a composition course or the equivalent may be admitted to the University with pre-major status. Applicants admitted with pre-major status may enroll in accelerated courses at Concordia to meet deficiencies until they have earned the minimum requirements for admission to the program and the organizational management major. Applicants admitted with pre-major status are eligible to apply for financial assistance.

Credit for Prior Learning

Students entering the Accelerated Degree Program for Adults can earn up to a maximum of 32 semester hours of credit from such sources as workshops, seminars, corporate training programs, military service or other experiences.

Documentation that the student presents, demonstrating college-level learning acquired from these sources, is evaluated and may result in credit hours being awarded.

Length and Format

Students can choose from the following class formats:

  • On Campus: Students attend class at the River Forest, Ilinois, campus and have 18 months to complete the major.
  • Online: Students have 18 months to complete the major.
  • Transfer Credit: Credit from a regionally accredited institution will be evaluated and applied toward degree completion.

Course Schedule

  • Face-to-Face: Classes meet one evening per week from 6–10 p.m. Students take one class at a time. Each class is usually about five weeks long.
  • Online: Students complete all coursework and discussions online. Students take one class at a time for five weeks.

Tuition

Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Completion courses are $475 per semester hour. Most courses are worth three credits. Thirty-eight credits are required to complete the major coursework. Payment is due at the start of each term. Financial aid is available.

Career Opportunities

An organizational management degree provides opportunities in many fields, including business, education, government and the non-for-profit sectors, among many more. Our courses explore organizational areas such as human resources, operations, marketing, academia and technology. Many jobs in organizational management require that candidates quickly develop credibility with colleagues, have excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrate exemplary public presentation skills.

Career Possibilities

  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
  • Management Analysts
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Compensations and Benefits Managers
  • Training and Development Managers
  • Chief Executives
  • Retail Store Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Project Manager, Project Director
  • General Managers
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Social and Community Services Managers
  • Information Technology Specialist, Consultant or Manager
  • Advertising and Promotions Managers
  • Administrative Service Managers
  • Risk Management Specialists