Why choose the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership and Communication?

Designed for busy adults like you, the online Bachelor of Professional Studies and Comprehensive Major in Organizational Leadership and Communication (OLC) degree provides the practical knowledge and professional skills you need to advance your career in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • Private business
  • Social service agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Municipal and other government settings

The program’s curriculum focuses on communication, business, management, leadership, and information literacy, with an emphasis on using these skills in real-world settings. As a graduate equipped with the broad-based professional skills today’s employers seek, you will be well positioned to compete for, and succeed in, leadership and management roles within virtually any organization.

For whom is the program intended?

The program is aimed primarily at working adults and nontraditional learners who are seeking to complete their degrees or earn a new degree to advance their careers. Working parents, professionals, and veterans will find the flexibility of online courses to be especially convenient.

What are the admission requirements?

The online Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership and Communication is a degree completion program designed for adult learners who already have an associate degree. You may be eligible for admission to this program if you have completed an associate of arts or associate of science degree from UW Colleges or approximately 60 credits of transferable general education coursework with a 2.0 or better grade point average (GPA).

(Prospective adult learners who do not have an associate degree can contact UW Colleges to learn more about earning an associate degree online.)

If you completed an associate of arts or associate of science degree at UW Colleges, you may apply directly to the program. If you completed an associate of arts or associate of science degree at another academic institution, please contact us to find out how that program may transfer.

Phone: 1-877-UW-LEARN (895-3276)

Email: learn@uwex.edu

Are there any course prerequisites?

As with other University of Wisconsin degree programs, students must meet certain criteria to be accepted into the Organizational Leadership and Communication program. If you have not completed some or all of the general education requirements as part of an associate degree or prior coursework, you will need to complete them before enrolling.

Please contact us to find out more.

How do I apply?

Apply using the Online Admission Application. In the application, choose the “Business” heading, then select “Organizational Leadership & Communication A&S Major.” Submit your $44 application fee* and request that official college and high school transcripts from all institutions you have attended be sent directly to UW-Eau Claire.

*The fee is not required if the last institution you attended was a two-year UW Colleges campus. The fee is required if you are transferring between UW System four-year campuses or if you have never attended a UW System campus.

For more information, see our Application and Admission page.

Do I need to take the ACT or SAT?

If you have an associate degree or equivalent coursework, or are over the age of 22, the ACT or SAT is not required.

How do I know whether my credits will transfer?

Courses completed at other colleges or universities that have descriptions closely matching the descriptions of courses taught at the home campus will generally transfer as direct course equivalents, but may not be used for the balance of the degree requirements.

If you have completed coursework at a University of Wisconsin or Wisconsin Technical College System campus, you can use the UW-Eau Claire Transfer Wizard to evaluate how your credits might transfer to your Organizational Leadership and Communication program.

Once you have been admitted as a transfer student and confirm your intention to enroll, UW-Eau Claire will conduct a complete credit evaluation.

What campuses are offering this degree and certificate?

UW-Eau Claire has developed these programs in collaboration with UW-Extension.

Is this an online program?

Yes, the program is offered completely online; there are no on-campus meetings or requirements. Books and materials are handled through an online bookstore. For a list of frequently asked questions about online learning, please see the page, “Are Online Courses Right for You?

Are there specific enrollment/start times?

You may enter the program at the beginning of any term (fall, spring, or summer). Courses are offered in fall (starting early September), spring (starting late January), and summer (starting early June) semesters. Classes are eight weeks long so you can fit fourclasses into the time frame of a regular semester.

How can I tell whether online learning is right for me?

Find out with SmarterMeasure, a free online personal assessment tool. It can help you decide whether an online learning program such as the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership and Communication is the right fit for you.

Who are the instructors for the program?

Courses in the Organizational Leadership and Communication program are taught by faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Because these faculty members teach the same content in their respective classroom-based courses, you will experience exactly the same rigor and requirements as students who attend class on campus.

What subjects will the program cover?

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership and Communication program covers leadership; communication (written, oral, and business); data management and data-driven decision making; ethics; local and global history; the workforce in art, literature, and music; sociology of work; project management; science and society; marketing; human resource and legal issues; workplace accounting; economic analysis of urban areas; and psychology.

The 12-credit certificate is made up of six classes selected from the bachelor’s program coursework. These courses reflect some of the key qualities of the degree program that employers value most.

What courses are required?

You are required to take each of the 20 courses in the Bachelor of Professional Studies curriculum. There are no electives. View our complete course listing.

How long does it take to complete a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership and Communication degree? How long for the certificate?

It depends on how many courses you take in a semester. Students are required to take each of the 20 courses in the curriculum (60 credits). Courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer sessions, so it would be possible to complete the degree in two years if you take full credit loads each semester. Students are encouraged to consider their own time constraints when estimating time to completion. Students with work, family, and volunteer obligations may require a slower pace.

If you already have a degree and would like to complement it with a certificate, the 12-credit Organizational Leadership and Communication certificate may be for you. Depending on course sequencing, it may be possible to complete the entire certificate in as little as two eight-week sessions over the fall and spring semesters.

If you need to complete some or all of the program prerequisites as part of an associate degree or prior coursework, you may do so through UW Colleges Online, at any of the 26 UW campuses, or approved colleges or universities in Wisconsin or the United States.

Before applying to the Organizational Leadership and Communication program, please contact your adviser.

How long do I have to earn my degree or certificate?

There is no completion deadline. You may take as many semesters as you need to earn your degree.

Are internships a required part of the program?

Students are encouraged to participate in internships that provide opportunities for them to apply what they learn in work or field settings, but no internships are required. If you are interested in finding an internship, contact the UW-Eau Claire Career Services Office.

What are the tuition and fees?

Tuition for the Organizational Leadership and Communication degree and certificate programs is a flat fee of $390 per credit. All courses are three credits. Textbooks (and software, if needed) are purchased separately and are not included in tuition. There are no additional course or program fees.

Can I get financial aid?

A variety of financial aid opportunities are available for returning adult learners. For more information, see the Tuition & Financial Aid page or contact the UW-Eau Claire Office of Financial Aid office for detailed information.

What kinds of scholarships are available for me?

As a returning adult learner, you have a number of resources available. Check with the UW-Eau Claire Financial Aid office or see the Nontraditional Student Services page for information on scholarships and funding your education.

What if I don’t need/want a complete bachelor’s degree?

In addition to the Bachelor of Professional Studies, we offer an online Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Communication. This is another option for adults looking to increase their knowledge and skills, and gain a credential employers respect.

Are there benefits for veterans?

Yes, benefits are available for veterans. Contact Veterans Services at UW-Eau Claire for detailed information.

How can I contact an adviser?

To connect with an adviser to discuss program details, please contact:

Phone: 1-877-UW-LEARN (895-3276)

Email: learn@uwex.edu

Current students can email leadershipdegree@uwex.edu

If you’ve applied and want to know how past credits may transfer or if you’ve been admitted to the program at UW-Eau Claire and want to speak with your academic adviser there, contact:

Kate Lang, Ph.D.
Academic Director, UW-Eau Claire Bachelor of Professional Studies Program
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Email: langkh@uwec.edu


Call an enrollment adviser at 1-877-UW-LEARN (895-3276) between 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of the month, or email us anytime at learn@uwex.edu. Current students can email leadershipdegree@uwex.edu. Or click here to get started.