Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Organizational Leadership & Management

“I was blown away by how perfect it was for an adult learner with a career and a family.”
~ Cathy Vickers, December 2006 graduate, Greensboro News & Record, 6/20/10.

“The OLM (formerly BBA) program has allowed me to obtain a bachelors degree under circumstances that would have prohibited me from doing so. I feel privileged that I can work 60 hours per week and still maintain my status as a full time student. I doubted that I would ever get an associates degree, much less anything higher, but now my dream of finishing college is coming true and I’m succeeding with flying colors!”
~ Andrew W., Class of 2014

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“I have most enjoyed the convenient schedule that the OLM (formerly BBA) program offers. The program and the professors really cater to adults and anyone like myself who has a job, family, or other obligations outside of school. I feel the way in which the program is set up and organized just about guarantees that I will be successful.”
~ Erika D., Class of 2014

“The program was geared toward a working adult, with evening and weekend classes. A lot of times the questions I was asking weren’t book-related. The professors were not just academics but also experienced in business fields.”
~ Ryan C., Class of 2013

“This program has also allowed me to hone my current skill set while learning new methodologies and business practices applicable to the career path I intend to take. I have been able to ensure a prosperous future for myself because Greensboro College has provided me with the tools necessary to compete in today’s job market.”
~ Keya S.

What is the Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Organizational Leadership and Management Program?

The Greensboro College Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Organizational Leadership and Management (OLM) Program is a degree-completion program designed to fit the busy lives of working adults. The 72-hour program, which leads to a bachelor’s of business administration, will take participants two years, including summers, to complete. Students enjoy a cohort-based classroom, which means they work through the two-year program with the same group of learners. With each class, this group becomes a supportive family, encouraging one another toward a common goal of earning a degree. Our OLM students also benefit from a low-maintenance schedule of classes on every Monday night.

We’ve eliminated the traditional obstacles adult students face when returning to college, so you can truly focus on your education and earning your degree.

What are the admission requirements?

  • 12 hours of transferable college course work (if a student has less than 12 hours of college coursework completed, a high school transcript or GED transcript is required)
  • a minimum of a 2.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) in all college work completed.
  • 3-5 years professional employment is preferred.

What are the graduation requirements?

The program consists of 40 hours of business, economics and accounting courses and 32 hours of related courses. Although the program is a 72-hour program, participants will need to complete successfully a minimum of 124 hours of coursework, including acceptable transfer and experiential credit, to receive a degree. Degree requirements for the Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Organizational Leadership and Management are as follows:

  • completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • completion of the 72-semester-hour OLM Program with a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all coursework required for the OLM Program.
  • completion of the general education requirements for the OLM

What are the general education requirements for the Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Organizational Leadership and Management Program?

English and Communications Studies (6 credit hours)

  • ECM 1100 Texts and Contexts
  • ECM 1120 Scholarly Texts and Contexts

Religion (4 credit hours)

  • XBP 4165 Ethics and Work (H)

Social Sciences (8 credit hours)

  • XBP 3145 Foundations of Economics
  • XBP 3195 Economic Issues

Natural Sciences/Mathematics (15 credit hours)

  • College-level mathematics course
  • XBP 4110 Statistics for Management Analysis
  • XBP 3160 Human Capital Science

Global Perspective (4 credit hours)

  • Humanities Course: All students must complete a Humanities course. For students in the Professional Bachelor’s Program in Business Administration, the Humanities course is XBP 4165, Ethics and Work (H).
  • XBP 4150 Emerging Markets in the Global EconomyOral proficiency is satisfied for OLM students through the completion of XBP 3120, Business and Administrative Communication; and XBP 4120, Principles of Strategic Marketing.

What are the program’s courses?

(Numbers in parentheses are the credit hours earned in each course.)

XBP 3105 Systems Thinking Management (4)
This course fosters an understanding of the management principles that must be used to effectively guide behavior in organizations. The course introduces the concepts of planning, directing, organizing and controlling, providing an overview of the field and practice of management.

XBP 3120 Professional Communication (4)
This course provides extensive practice in business communication for professionals using computer technology to produce different types of correspondence, formal written reports and oral presentations supported by software such as Power Point.

XBP 3145 Foundations of Economics (4)
This course introduces the fundamentals of both microeconomics and macroeconomics, including supply and demand, the theory of the firm, consumer behavior, macroeconomic equilibrium, unemployment and inflation. Students will also be introduced to economic methodology, including creating arguments, empirical verification and policy decision-making. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in written communication.

XBP 3150 Financial Accounting (4)
This course introduces the basic principles of accounting. The course will focus on the art of recording, classifying, and summarizing financial transactions needed to make business decisions. The construction of key financial statements such as the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statements are studied. Computerized accounting packages will be used as the vehicle of instruction.

XBP 3160 Human Capital Science (4)
This course is an interdisciplinary study of the interaction of humans with the environment. It will evaluate the ecological, political, social, ethical, and economic aspects of humans’ impact on the environment. Topics include resource management, population growth, waste management, pollution, conservation, and alternative energy sources.

XBP 3171 Human Capital Development (4)
This course offers an introduction into the conceptual and empirical aspects of managing human resources within and organization. Topics to be covered include: staffing, training and development, compensation, and an overview of employment law.

XBP 3180 Managerial Accounting (4)
This course is the study of accounting functions for the benefit of managerial decision making. The preparation and use of job order and process costing systems, cost-volume profit relationships, budgeting, and production standards are studied.

XBP 3195 Economic Issues (4)
This course applies the economic principles introduced in XBP 3145 and concepts within economic history to issues of public policy. The course explores current economic issues including: government expenditures and revenue collection, government budgeting, fiscal policy-making, and public sector debt. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in written communication.

XBP 3530 Fine Arts: Traditional and Contemporary Perspectives (4)
This course covers special topics in art, music, or theatre, with an emphasis on developing the student’s knowledge of and appreciation for selected art forms.

XBP 4110 Statistics for Management Analysis (4)
This course is an introduction to elementary statistics. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability and distributions, binomial and normal distributions, hypothesis testing, and t and Chi-square distributions.

XBP 4120 Principles of Strategic Marketing (4)
This course offers an introduction to marketing principles and practices. Topics to be covered include consumer decision-making, segmentation and target marketing, products, promotions, and distribution.

XBP 4130 The Dynamics of Leading Organizations (4)
This course is an in-depth study of leadership theory and current practice. A brief overview of several of the most widely used leadership theories will be presented from a historical perspective. The differences between western leadership thought and leadership practices in other parts of the world will be discussed. Current leadership thought with its emphasis on ethical considerations including cross-cultural considerations will be developed. The student will be encouraged to begin the development of a personal leadership model that will be equally applicable with self, the family, the team, and the organization.

XBP 4135 Operations and Technology Management (4)
This course examines the management of operating systems in both goods manufacturing and service producing industries. Topics included are: trade-off analysis, process analysis, workplace methods, production and inventory control systems, capacity planning and operations strategies. This course makes extensive use of case studies in operations management while developing a framework for the analysis of operating systems. The course is designed to be an introduction to operations management and should accommodate the needs of those desiring an overview of operations management as well as those who are planning careers in the operations management area.

XBP 4150 Emerging Markets in the Global Economy (4)
This course exposes students to international business from all aspects of business management. This course presents the international economic system, the foreign exchange market, forecasting exchange rates, elements of international trade theory, international management theory, aspects of international marketing practices, and management of international economic risk, transaction risk, and translation risk.

XBP 4165 Ethics and Work (H) (4)
This course explores the unique moral challenges that we might confront at work or as a business in an increasingly globalized economic context. We will confront the assumptions and demands of living in a market economy, both as individual and corporate actors, and we will address some of the long-standing criticisms of the same. We will develop a deeper understanding of morally-charged economic issues, and we will examine prospective guides to help us find our way.

XBP 4170 Financial Management (4)
This course will provide the student with a background in financial tools and basic financial analysis. Topics to be covered include analysis of financial statements, ratio analysis, time value of money, stock, and bond valuation, capital budgeting, project analysis and evaluation, and cost of capital determination.

XBP 4180 Legal Environment of Business (4)
This course investigates the conduct of business practices and how these practices are determined by a philosophy of living. Models of excellence will be examined as well as ethical failures in the conduct of business. Issues of personal character and corporate integrity will be interwoven with argument analysis, business theory, and case study.

XBP 4190 Strategic Decisions and Market Outcomes (4)
This capstone course helps the student develop sound judgment based on the ability to integrate current knowledge and to understand the environment, external circumstances, internal strengths and weaknesses, and self. Many of the functional tools of business will be integrated in this course where there will be significant emphasis on case study.

XBP 4500 Special Topics (4)
This course presents special topics related to the OLM program. May be repeated a maximum of two times. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Offered periodically based upon student need.

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