Organizational Administration

Develop your leadership skills and optimize your understanding of organizational structure with a 100% online degree in Organizational Administration from UW Oshkosh.

Applicable to almost any work environment, Organizational Administration courses will:

  • expand your confidence in budget development, research and analysis and operational planning.
  • strengthen your personal leadership, communication and critical thinking skills.

Earn Your Degree in About Two Years

If you have some college credits, an Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree or no previous credits at all, a path to a 100% online Organizational Administration degree can be designed for you.

For full-time students who already have earned an AAS degree, the Organizational Administration program can be completed in as little as two years. Depending on your educational background and preferred schedule, it may take more time.

For full-time students who do not have an AAS degree, the program can be completed in about four years.  

A Wide Variety of Career Options

Organizational Administration is a degree that prepares students to be leaders in a wide variety of workplaces, from non-profit organizations to businesses to educational and hospital administration.

Some other positions held by our recent graduates include human resources specialist, project manager, customer service manager, team leader and small business owner.

Transfer Credits

Most Organizational Administration students with AAS degrees transfer in about 60 credits, but we can accept up to 90 credits of previous college-level coursework.

One of our advisors will be happy to review your previous coursework and prepare a personalized planner that will help you understand how your associate degree or other credits will transfer and what coursework you will need to do to earn your Organizational Administration degree. Contact an advisor today for an individualized evaluation.

100 Percent Online and Accelerated

Organizational Administration courses are delivered in accelerated, seven-week sessions, which offer additional flexibility for students with full-time careers.

Courses are delivered through the digital learning environment, Canvas. You will interact with your professors and classmates through online discussion and class lectures. There are no required scheduled meeting times, but there are deadlines and due dates for projects, assignments and discussions.

Affordable and Flexible

Our tuition—$360 per credit for *Organizational Administration courses—makes budgeting for your degree easy. Financial aid is available for students who qualify, and we also welcome Veteran’s benefits and employer reimbursement. For more information on financial aid options, please contact the Office of Financial Aid 

*Please note that courses taken outside of your degree requirements may have additional fees*

Admissions Requirements

The online Organizational Administration program is a major within the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS). Students in the BLS program are not required to have any previous college credits. However, many students transfer credits from other institutions.

Students who apply to the online degree programs do not need to take the ACT, SAT or placement exams. Visit our “how to apply” page for step-by-step instructions on applying to the University.

 Visit our Admissions page for more information on how to apply to the University.

Get a free transfer credit evaluation!

If you have an associate degree or previous college credits, you can find out how your credits transfer before you apply!

Contact an academic advisor to see how your credits transfer or fill out our prospective student form.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the online Organizational Administration program meet five key learning outcomes. These outcomes were developed by assessing workforce needs for administrators in complex organizations.

Learning outcomes are supported by the curriculum and course instruction.

The five learning outcomes for the online Organizational Administration degree are:

  • Be able to express one’s ideas clearly and effectively, to a variety of audiences, both orally and in writing.
  • Understand how current technologies can be used to communicate effectively in professional environments.
  • Be able to gather, assess, and use information to make informed and well-reasoned decisions.
  • Be able to interact effectively with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
  • Be able to apply theories of leadership and management to create an effective team environment in the workplace.

Browse the Courses

Students in the online Organizational Administration program must complete University Studies Program (general education) and core course requirements. Most students have many of the University Studies Program courses covered from their transfer credits.

Previous credits and prior work experience may count for some requirements. Contact the program advisor for a credit transfer estimate!

Pre-Core and Core Course Requirements

Communication 216: Online Interpersonal Communication (three credits) (XC) (HU)

Examination and explanation of the components of interpersonal speech communication. Lectures, discussions, observations, and controlled experiences will enable the student to learn and apply relevant concepts and variables of human interaction in dyadic, face-to-face communication situations. Intercultural Communication focused.

Communication 384: Online Business and Professional Speaking (three credits)

An examination of the unique communication problems and practices in business and industry. Through investigation, case study and practical exercises students should understand and be able to participate effectively in a variety of communication experiences faced by managers in business and the professions.

Communication 322: Online Studies of Intercultural Communication (three credits) (ES)

An examination of cultural influences on human interaction in a variety of contexts. Theoretical and practical aspects of intercultural communication are explored.

Communication 380: Introduction to Organizational Communication Studies (three credits)

The course explores the origins and usefulness of organizational communication theory through the examination and pragmatic application of those theories, concepts, and issues to adult learners’ organizational experiences. A significant focus of the course will be having students gain knowledge for understanding and improving communication skills in a variety of settings by analyzing challenges commonly faced in today’s organizations. Topics may include: decision making, organizational change, technology, globalization, emotion, assimilation, and other issues central to organizational communication.

Liberal Studies 209: Critical Thinking & Writing (three credits)

Introduces the concepts related to self-directed, life-long learning with a focus on various types of thinking and writing skills through exposure to a broad range of academic subjects. Students will be introduced to the principles and processes involved in developing a learning portfolio, which will be required in their Capstone course.

Liberal Studies 270
: Writing with Purpose (three credits)

This course offers intensive instruction in (1) writing clear, coherent, correct, persuasive prose, (2) reading and thinking critically, and (3) conducting library research and/or interviews and integrating primary and secondary sources into your own texts. The focus will be on writing clearly and purposefully, developing individuals’ writing skills necessary for academic and professional success. Taught exclusively on-line, learners will be engaged in reading, analyzing, researching, thinking, writing, and re-writing to learn that everything written holds power to persuade, inform, or confuse by writing memos, reports, and essays.

Liberal Studies 302
: Contemporary Technology and Trends (three credits)

Examines the history, operation, economics, and applications of computer technology and its significance in contemporary life. Consideration is given to a careful description of present technology and what some of the main decisions are that must be made if humanity is to utilize and control this technology.

Liberal Studies 303: 
Ethnicity and Demography in Wisconsin (three credits) (ES) (SS)

Examines the historical influence of varied ethnic settlements, cultural diversity, changing economic foundations, and population shifts upon the government and politics of Wisconsin with particular reference to the Fox Valley.

Liberal Studies 315: Managing People at Work (three credits)

Examines the human resource management component of the management process. The course includes both theory and application related to effectively managing individuals in their work roles. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent. Elective.

Liberal Studies 318: Ethics and Decision Making in Organizations (three credits)

Analysis of the influences on decision making in a variety of organizational contexts and the impact on individuals and society. Students will investigate how culture, science and technology, religion, politics and the economy affect the decisions made at a variety of levels in organizations, and the effects of those decisions. Particular focus will be on the resolving ethical dilemmas which might result from value conflicts, such as between social and responsibility and financial interests.

Liberal Studies 319: Creating Presentations in the Virtual Workplace (three credits)

This course offers guidance and examples on how to create effective online mediated presentations in a workplace which is increasingly dependent upon computer technology as a means to communicate globally. The course provides students with an understanding of effective presentation creation strategies utilizing story-telling techniques. In addition students will learn the use of new media techniques to optimize organizational, networked and web presentations. Students will create web-based new media web presentations utilizing graphics, animation, and integrated recorded speech.

Liberal Studies 325: 
Introduction to Organizational Administration (three credits)

The course provides the student an introduction to some recent and successful theories and practices of organizational administration, including communication basics, persuasion, critical and empathetic listening, leadership development, systems and strategic thinking, planning, programming and budgeting, cognitive complexity, leadership styles and development, total quality management, the improvement of human performance, and learning organizations. The student will also have an introduction to ethics, external affairs, and crisis planning and management.

Liberal Studies 405
: Project Planning and Implementation (three credits)

This course includes the “science” of initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing projects, following the proven structure developed by the internationally-recognized Project Management Institute. Topics also cover the “art” of time management, conflict resolution and effective communication and partnerships – methods and behaviors associated with successful projects. This course uses a series of case studies, problems and papers designed to help students demonstrate their ability to apply course topics to business settings.

Liberal Studies 425: 
Senior Seminar in Organizational Administration (three credits)

Focuses the student’s prior work, both on and off campus, on the applied and the theoretical basis of the organization, of leadership, and on the efforts of people within an organization. This seminar will, through reading, class lectures and discussions, applied research and presentations, in written and oral reports, seek understanding of the theories and operational definitions of organizations and leadership. The student will be able to analyze existing organizations for problems or opportunities in organizational operation, leadership, and team efforts. The student will be able to design plans, programs, strategies, tactics, and resource requirements to accomplish predetermined goals and objectives. The student will be required to convince his/her classmates of the validity of the findings and proposals. They will be evaluating each other’s work and that evaluation will likewise be evaluated.

Liberal Studies 463: Budgeting for Program Managers (three credits)

This course provides the students with an opportunity to learn the basics of budgeting and bookkeeping. The course of study will help prepare program and profit center managers to develop and manage their budgets and expenditures. They will also have the opportunity to learn to use accounting information and make monetary and financial decisions. The relationship between organizations, the national economy and monetary decisions will also be discussed.

Liberal Studies 466: Applied Data Analysis (three credits)

Using data effectively in the workplace: the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data for decision-making and problem solving within organizations. Topics include question posing, qualitative data gathering and analysis, qualitative data gathering and analysis, descriptive statistics, beginning inferential statistics, feasibility techniques, and process analysis. This course will use an extensive series of cases and problems and conclude with student projects that demonstrate an ability to take a problem from inquiry and data gathering, through analysis and solution identification, to formal presentation.

Philosophy 330: Business and Ethics (three credits)

An examination of the ethical problems facing different aspects of American business such as the morality of a market economy, the social responsibility of corporations and the honesty of advertising.

Psychology 363: 
Industrial and Organizational Psychology (three credits)

A survey of the facts, principles, and theories of industrial and organization psychology. Topics include employee selection and evaluation, training, leadership and work related attitudes.

A Supportive Community

You will have a strong support network from day one with small classes, dedicated advisors and excellent campus resources that are available to all online students: academic advising, Polk Library and writing center


Online Degree Programs

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