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Organizational supervision is a unique program designed to provide students with the leadership skills needed to influence and motivate employees in different types of organizations (e.g., business, non-profit, government, healthcare, education). The Bachelor of Organizational Supervision degree is designed for students who already hold an associate degree or who have completed 60+ credit hours (i.e., are at least junior standing).


Organizational supervision is a communication-based program that focuses on how leaders can employ persuasive techniques to influence, motivate, and guide individuals and teams to promote organizational success. Students in the organizational supervision program develop supervisory and leadership skills needed to help their organizations face modern challenges, such as globalization, implementation of new technologies, and changing market conditions.


This bachelor's degree is the next step for people who:

  • Want a degree that teaches leadership and supervisory skills.
  • Want a degree that applies to a variety of industries.
  • Need a bachelor’s degree to advance their career.
  • Need flexible course offerings.


Choose a Program Tailored to Your Interests and Career Goals

The Organizational Supervision Program includes 18 credit hours of core courses and 15 credit hours of elective courses. The curriculum provides students with fundamental supervisory knowledge and skills in the core courses and then allows students to select from a variety of elective courses to focus on a specialty area that aligns with their unique career goals.

Earn Credit for Prior Learning and Finish your Degree Sooner

Organizational Supervision students can earn academic credit hours for relevant knowledge and skills obtained through alternative learning experiences. For example, students can earn credit hours applied toward their Organizational Supervision degree from professional certifications, work history, military service, self-directed study, and more!

Learn more about the credit for prior learning initiative at UA here and read about how credit for prior learning has already helped our Organizational Supervision students finish their degrees sooner here.

Experiential Opportunities

The School of Communication provides a variety of options for students to get hands-on experience both in and outside the classroom. Our courses often partner with community clients so our students can complete real-world projects for local organizations. Organizational Supervision students can also work with the award-winning student television and radio stations and student newspaper housed in the School of Communication to get experience in communication fields. The School of Communication also has a campus chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) for students to learn more about the field and network.

Internship Program

Students can earn 3 credit hours while gaining hands-on leadership experience in a real workplace. Internships are available for nearly any type of organization where the student can apply concepts and skills from their coursework.

Example Elective Courses for Organizational Supervision Majors:

  • Students interested in management and customer relations can take elective courses in strategic social media, corporate social responsibility, and leading project teams to increase the knowledge needed to reach their customer base and collaborate effectively.
  • Students interested in working in supervisory positions in healthcare can take elective courses in health communication, training, and operations and assessment to hone the skills needed for their field.
  • Students interested in human resources can take elective courses in human resources development, training, and conflict and communication to advance skills needed in the HR field.

Convenience and Flexibility

The Organizational Supervision program can be completed in as little as two years (for students who hold an associate degree or are in junior standing) and is offered 100% online.


The Organizational Supervision program requires students to complete six core courses (18 credit hours) focusing on leadership and supervisory communication. The Organizational Supervision core courses focus on teaching students how to lead project teams, communicate effectively in organizations, resolve conflict, implement ethical decision-making practices, effectively address human resources issues, and analyze data to apply problem-solving to today’s industry challenges.

Organizational Supervision Core:

  • COMM:330 Principles of Organizational Supervision
  • COMM:331 Information Design
  • COMM:334 Leadership Principles & Practices or COMM:459: Leadership and Communication
  • COMM:325 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM:324 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM:435 Organizational Supervision

Alongside the Organizational Supervision Core Courses, students are required to take five elective courses (15 credit hours) that align with their individual career interests and goals. Students have a wide variety of electives available to them so that they are able use these courses as an opportunity to specialize in a particular area or field that is relevant to their unique needs.


The Bachelor of Organizational Supervision degree provides graduates with the skills needed to explore a range of career paths and industries that have projected growth. Some common career paths Organizational Supervision graduates enter include:

  • Business Analyst
  • Project Manager/Coordinator
  • Customer Relations Manager
  • Business Management Consultant
  • Business Executive
  • Non-profit Administrator
  • Sales or Marketing Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Human Resources Representative
  • Employee and Labor Relations Administrator
  • Retail Manager
  • Entrepreneur/Small Business Owner
  • Healthcare Service Coordinator
  • Insurance Agent

While some enter the nonprofit sector, we have many graduates who are working in the private sector for sports organizations, health organizations, government agencies, the military, entertainment organizations, educational institutions and private corporations.

Similar to the range of careers available to Organizational Supervision majors, the salaries of graduates vary by field and industry. According to ZipRecruiter, the average entry-level salary for graduates of organizational supervision and leadership programs is $52,265. However, students are encouraged to research entry and median salary levels for specific positions they are interested in pursuing upon graduation.


  • PNC Bank
  • The Cleveland Clinic
  • The University of Akron
  • Sherwin Williams


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