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Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management

Prepare for success in the business world as you learn to integrate professional skills with your own faith-based values and ethics. Whitworth's organizational management program offers the perfect blend of theory and practice, taught by faculty who have years of professional experience.

"What I’ve enjoyed most is that all my professors have real world experience in the field they’re teaching. Many of them are still involved in the industry and very current with the knowledge they are instilling in the students."

Carrington Pulaski
Course Format Evening, six-week courses (occasional Saturdays) 
Locations North Spokane, U-District 
Average Completion Time 2-2.5 years with A.A. or select A.A.S. degree transfer
4-5 years with no transfer credits 
Application Deadline Four weeks prior to start date 

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Program Overview

  • Six-week classes meet one night each week and usually two full Saturdays during the course.
  • Your books are provided and delivered to you the first night of class.
  • Prior-learning assessment portfolio is available.

Program Details

Cohort Format

You'll take the courses in the major in sequence, one course at a time, with a group of approximately 20 other students so that you can complete the major together. Because your group will stay together throughout the program, you'll have the opportunity to develop a strong sense of community and participate in collaborative learning, while instructors build upon a knowledge base that increases with each successive course.

Prior Learning Portfolio

If you've obtained knowledge through experience outside of the traditional classroom, you may earn up to 31 semester credits toward your degree through portfolio assessment. Examples of appropriate college-level learning might be work-related training seminars or self-directed study. For more details about portfolio credit, please speak with an advisor in the School of Continuing Studies.

Already have an A.A. or A.A.S. degree?

Transfer to Whitworth's organizational management program as a junior, receiving 60-64 semester credits toward your bachelor's degree with either an A.A. or select A.A.S. degree from a community college. 

List of A.A.S. degrees eligible for transfer.

More information regarding Whitworth's "upside-down" degree program.

Degree Requirements

The organizational management curriculum prepares you to be an effective leader in any organization. Throughout the program, you'll gain competitive skills, qualifications and professional experience that can enhance your employability.

Organizational Management Program Admission Requirements

In addition to being admitted to the School of Continuing Studies, students must do the following prior to starting the organizational management major:

  • complete a minimum of 60 semester credits, either by transfer or at Whitworth, with a grade-point average of 2.0 or above.
  • provide a current résumé.
  • complete an interview with the director of the organizational management program.

Organizational Management Major - 36 credits

Courses for the major may be completed in just 18 months. Time to degree completion varies, depending on courseload and transfer credits.

For course descriptions and learning outcomes of this major, please view the course catalog.

COM 351 Group Dynamics 3 credits
BU 352 Human Behavior In Organizations 3 credits
BU 354 Management of Human Resources 3 credits
BU 457 Employment Laws and Regulations 3 credits
BU 356 Managerial Marketing 3 credits
EC 356 Applied Economic Principles 3 credits
BU 355 Managerial Accounting & Finance 3 credits
CS 459 Managing Technology 3 credits
COM 461 Applied Cross-Cultural Communication 3 credits
BU 461 Ethics in Management 3 credits
BU 458 Strategic Management 3 credits
BU 353W Organizational Development and Change 3 credits

Graduation Requirements & Electives

All adult education programs from Whitworth must include Whitworth Inq (shared curriculum) and elective coursework to complete degree requirements. Some of the requirements may be met by courses offered in the major. Check with an advisor for details.

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate - 126

Total credits needed at Whitworth will vary depending on credits transferred from other institutions and/or earned on college-level examinations. Organizational management students may also prepare a learning portfolio to qualify for additional credits.

What type of job can I get?

Strong management skills are necessary in all work environments. Whether you're pursuing your bachelor's degree in order to advance your career or to finish what you started long ago – or if you're ready for a career change, earning your degree from Whitworth can move you forward.

Many graduates from our organizational management program are promoted due to their pursuit and completion of their bachelor's degree; others obtain high-level positions in new organizations upon graduation from our program.

  • operations director
  • claims adjuster
  • site supervisor
  • marketing director
  • credit underwriting specialist
  • technical support lead
  • business manager
  • healthcare manager
  • quality analyst
  • human resource manager
  • veterans program administrator
  • risk management

Our grads get great jobs.

Whitworth's organizational management program is highly regarded throughout the Northwest for preparing individuals with professional, real-world experience. Our graduates work in a variety of industries and for highly respected companies, including...

  • Avista
  • Red Lion Hotels Corp.
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Guardian Life Insurance
  • Providence Healthcare
  • Safeway, Inc.
  • Empire Airlines, Inc.
  • K&N Electric
  • Spokane Teachers Credit Union (STCU)
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Jubilant Hollister-Stier Laboratories
  • Umpqua Bank
  • Garco Construction
  • Northwest Farm Credit Services
  • Pitney Bowes, Inc.