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Build on your previous experience and responsibilities in the workplace with this Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership. Leadership is key to this program, which focuses on participation, presentation, practice, and performance. With our bachelor's degree in organizational leadership, you will survey human resource functions, gaining a deeper understanding of legal and ethical considerations involved in employment, and develop sensitivity and appreciation for diversity within the workplace. FPU’s experienced faculty provide the tools for you to help organizations navigate strategic decision-making, and the shifting environments, resources, and paradigms of the business world. These changes, and their effects on organizations and people, are at the heart of this program.


  • The program is offered face-to-face or fully online
  • Cohorts groups meet face-to-face for class one night per week
  • Cohort of 12-22 adults progress through the program together
  • Experienced university faculty and assignments that apply to everyday life
  • Students come from a variety of life stages and cultural backgrounds
  • Innovative course material with practical application for your workplace, e.g. "Introduction to Emergency Management"

Career opportunities

Positions or advancement in executive management, nonprofit and community leadership, public administration, human resources, consulting and other leadership positions that involve working directly with employees, including those in the healthcare industry.

Program director

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Sharon Starcher, D.B.A.

Assistant Professor, Business and DC Business Administration Program Director


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Michelle Bradford, Psy.D.

Assistant Professor, Business and MBA Program Director

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Paul Saldana, M.B.A.

Instructor, Business- Finance & Economics

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Suzana Dobrić Veiss, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Business and LEAD Program Director

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Breck Harris, Ed.D.

Professor, Business

Admission requirements

  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units
  • Minimum 2.4 GPA
  • Two years post-secondary experience
  • Application form
  • $40 fee (fee is waived for those attending an information meeting)
  • Official high school transcripts, GED or AA/AS degree
  • Official college transcripts

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information

Business Administration (AS-T) to Business Administration: Organizational Leadership, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA major has no lower-division major or co-requisite courses that could be fulfilled by the ADT.
  • All BA major courses are upper-division and are completed at FPU.
  • This program is offered as evening accelerated and online accelerated

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

Course listing

Prerequisites (3 Units)

BUS 440 Leadership and Change is a prerequisite for BUS 471 Policy and Strategy

Required Courses (39 Units)

The following units must be earned at Fresno Pacific University

BUS 434Individual in the Organization Credits3
BUS 431Organization Behavior Credits3
MGT 315Principles of Management Credits3
BUS 438Human Resources Credits3
BIB 314Jesus and the Christian Community Credits3

*BIB 314 should be taken prior to the Biblical Perspectives course, either concurrently with cohort courses or prior to cohort start.

MKT 320World of Marketing Credits3
BIB 451Biblical Perspectives for Leadership Credits3
BUS 442Ethics and Values in Organizations Credits3
ACCT 301Accounting for Management Credits3
BUS 440Leadership and Change Credits3
BUS 444Diversity in the Workplace Credits3
BUS 432Dynamics of Group Behavior Credits3
BUS 471Business Policy and Strategy Credits3


Elective units as needed to meet the Bachelor of Arts minimum. This requirement may be met through allowable college coursework, Advanced Placement exams, College Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate exams, and Military or ACE credit.

State Authorization

State authorization is a federal requirement in the HigherEducation Act that requires institutions to be authorized in the state in which online programs are offered. Fresno Pacific University works regularly with individual state authorization agencies to meet each state's requirements. Currently, Fresno Pacific University has received authorization to offer online degree programs in all but six states: Georgia, Michigan, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

For the latest updates on the status of FPU's authorization in your state, contact your FPU Admissions representative.