Take your career to new heights

Designed for busy adults, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire online
Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Organizational Leadership and Communication
provides the professional skills and practical knowledge you need to succeed in your current position and advance in a wide variety of management and leadership roles.

Get a competitive edge with employers

Today’s employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find qualified applicants who possess the broad range of professional skills necessary to succeed in management positions.

This online bachelor’s degree completion program is designed to teach you these skills, including communication, business, information literacy, leadership, and more. Expert faculty, flexible online classes, and an accelerated curriculum are just some of the program’s advantages.

A degree completion program is an undergraduate program designed for adult learners and other nontraditional students who have completed at least two years of college. Already have your bachelor’s? The Organizational Leadership and Communication program is a great choice to learn new skills and earn a new credential that will help you advance your career, or change careers.
Most Demanded Skills for Job Applicants with Bachelor’s Degrees
Communication, 2460 Job Postings
Organization, 1869 Job Postings
Leadership, 1548 Job Postings
Training, 1537 Job Postings
Writing, 1510 Job Postings
Problem Solving, 1292 Job Postings
Source: Burning Glass Labor/Insight™ Job Market Analysis in Selected Wisconsin Counties (May 2012-Aug 2012)

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Why choose this program?

  • Learn the top skills employers seek in manager-level candidates
  • Enjoy the flexibility of online courses
  • Learn from top faculty at UW-Eau Claire
  • Earn your degree faster with accelerated eight-week sessions
  • 12-credit certificate available
  • Graduate with a credential employers respect

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Complete your bachelor’s degree in as little as two years

This degree completion program is 60 credits—twenty rigorous courses, no electives. Just the skills and knowledge you need to jump-start your career. Courses are set up for eight-week sessions (two sessions per semester) to accomodate your busy schedule.


Open the door to advanced positions

The challenging Organizational Leadership and Communication curriculum will prepare you for leadership roles in virtually any organization:

  • Private business
  • Social service agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Financial institutions
  • Healthcare systems
  • Municipal/government agencies

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Study at your convenience

We understand it’s not easy to juggle the responsibilities of work and family while trying to complete a degree. That’s why this program is 100% online to give you freedom and flexibility:

  • No on-campus meetings or requirements
  • No need to be online at a specific time for classes
  • You can study and do homework when and where you like

At the same time, you will enjoy full access to on-campus resources such as advising, career assistance, and the McIntyre Library. Our faculty and staff truly “get” adult learners and we are dedicated to helping you meet your unique challenges, needs, and goals.

Pay the same affordable tuition, in or out of state

Whether you live in Wisconsin or not, tuition is a flat fee of $390 per credit. Compare this to other adult online degree options and see why the Organizational Leadership and Communication program offers you more than a degree—it’s a University of Wisconsin education you can afford.

All courses are three credits. Financial aid is available for students who qualify.


Learn from exceptional faculty

The Organizational Leadership and Communication program is led by distinguished faculty from a top-ranked public institution. All courses are designed and taught by University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty.
View our faculty biographies.

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12-credit certificate available

Want to sample the curriculum before committing to a two-year bachelor’s degree completion program? The four-course, 12-credit certificate brings you key qualities from our bachelor’s program coursework. The certificate can act as a standalone credential—or it can put you 12 credits closer to the BPS degree should you decide to go on. Take as many or as few credits as you want. Enroll now and you could complete your certificate in as little as two eight-week terms!

Achieve your goals with a
University of Wisconsin education

Where you get your degree is important. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is one of the Midwest’s top public universities and it enjoys a national reputation for excellence. Our online courses are created by the same expert faculty using the same rigorous standards as on-campus courses. That means you’ll graduate with the same recognized and respected UW degree as students who attend school on campus.

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See what students and graduates say

  • Earning my degree through this online program has not only fulfilled a lifelong goal, but it has also opened doors for my career. I moved into a management role within months of graduation, and I’ve obtained the rewarding and challenging career that I desired.

    - Wendy C., 2013 Graduate, Eau Claire, Wis.

  • The program is very well organized compared to some other online programs I’ve tried in the past. This is extremely important to me.

    - Aaron T., Chippewa Falls, Wis.

  • I’ve always wanted to complete my bachelor’s degree, but my busy schedule simply never allowed this to happen. I’ve been pleasantly surprised ... I’m finding that I’m saying and sharing much more about my opinions in these online classes than I ever would have done in a regular face-to-face classroom.

    - Susan S., Eau Claire, Wis.

  • I’ve done other distance-learning programs, but this program provides the best option for me. The faculty and the staff for the program have been really helpful. I have as much access, if not more, to my professors than I did when I was a traditional student.

    - Dee M., Middleton, Wis.

  • One of the nice things about online courses is that you never miss a lesson. You can access course materials anytime of the day or night, and if you need to, you can always view them again. Students in traditional programs don’t have that luxury.

    - Jim B., 2013 Graduate, Beaver Dam, Wis.

  • I attended class on campus for a couple years, but it was very difficult to manage … This online program allowed me to focus more on my studies than I was able to do previously, and I’m even looking forward to graduating a little earlier (because of the eight-week format) than with the traditional programs.

    - Kristy R., Jim Falls, Wis.

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