Online Bachelor's Degrees

Online Bachelor's Degrees

The university’s Online Bachelor's Degree (OBD) seek to carry out the mission of the university to the 21st century student. Like the traditional undergraduate degree programs, courses are founded in the Christian liberal arts tradition of the university.

The programs are tailored to the needs and unique capabilities of the adult learner who can earn credit in a variety of modalities from the traditional classroom setting, blended, and/or online formats as well as college-level learning experiences obtained through their careers using CLEP (College Level Examination Program), DSST (Dantes Standardized Subject Test), as well as the prior learning assessment test from LearningCounts.org program (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning [CAEL]). 

The adult and traditional post-high school-age student differ in that the former has benefited from years of life experience and then sought the academic education, while the traditional student first receives the education and then the life experience. Thus, the needs of the adult learner are different; socialization, for instance, plays a much greater role in the academic life of the traditional student and, indeed, accounts for much of the necessity for extended contact hours. Adults, on the other hand, are interested in cutting right to the essence of a topic and are capable of processing greater amounts of material over much shorter periods of time.

A hallmark of all adult degree programs is a strong emphasis on the direct applicability of the course material to the student’s career. In addition, our entire program is infused with the liberal arts conveyed in a Lutheran Christian context.

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

Business Administration and Leadership

Healthcare Management

Liberal Arts

Nonprofit Leadership

Bachelor of Science Degree

Organizational Psychology

Graduation

Graduation is both the end of your immediate academic journey in the Online Bachelor's Degree (OBD), and the beginning of your journey of continued learning and professional career. Many graduates of the OBD have continued on into postgraduate professional and degree programs such as the California Teacher Credential program, the MA in Education program, the MBA program, and others.

As you begin your last semester in the OBD major you will need to make sure you apply for graduation with the Registrar’s Office. This process is required and the application for graduation can be obtained from your academic adviser. Typically the deadline for submitting graduation applications to have the degree posted is as follows:  fall semester due in September; spring semester due in December. 

Concordia University conducts two commencement ceremonies, one in December and one in May, providing you, your family and friends a chance to celebrate your accomplishments and achievements.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Successful completion of 120 semester units of instruction or the equivalent.
  • Completion of all General Education courses, or the equivalent, as well as successful completion of OBD course of study.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) not less than 2.0 in all academic work (both transferred and in residence at Concordia).
  • Complete payments of all tuition and fees due Concordia University.

Online Bachelor's Degree Learning Outcomes

Business Administration and Leadership Program Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Business Administration and Leadership major will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively and professionally in business environments.
  2. Analyze and synthesize data as it applies to business situations.
  3. Demonstrate basic skills in the areas of finance, accounting, marketing, management, human resources, information technology, operations, law, and ethics.
  4. Demonstrate the application of leadership skills in a diverse business environment.
  5. Analyze new business and entrepreneurial opportunities in the global business environment.
  6. Recognize the implications of a Christian perspective in the business environment.

Healthcare Management Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Communication and Relationship Management: Demonstrate the ability to communication clearly and concisely, establish and maintain relationships, and facilitate constructive interactions with individuals and groups in the healthcare setting.
  2. Leadership: Demonstrate the ability to inspire individual and organizational excellence, create a shared vision, and successfully manage change to attain an organization’s strategic ends and successful performance
  3. Professionalism: Demonstrate an alignment of personal and organizational conduct with ethical and professional standards that include a responsibility to the patient and community, a service orientation, and a commitment to lifelong learning and improvement.
  4. Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment: Demonstrate understanding of the healthcare system and the environment in which healthcare managers and providers function.
  • Business Skills and Knowledge: Integrate business principles, including systems thinking to the healthcare environment.

Liberal Arts Learning Program Outcomes

A graduate of the Liberal Arts major will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an increased ability to think, read, and communicate with confidence and knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to consider ideas and opinions from various points of view.
  3. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the importance of the arts as they apply to our cultural history.
  4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of scientific principles.
  5. Articulate their world views as it relates to a distinctively Christian worldview.

Nonprofit Leadership Learning Program Outcomes

  1. Research Design: Understand and use appropriate statistics, research methodology, and program evaluation to conduct research related to public, private, and nonprofit organizations.
  2. Critical Communication: Articulate research conclusions by producing well-organized written and oral presentations that demonstrate critical and integrative thinking.
  3. Christian World-view: Debate how a Christian world-view integrates with the scientific study of nonprofit leadership in an ethical and socio-culturally responsible manner.
  4. Theoretical Analysis: Become proficient at identifying gaps and needs of nonprofit organization’s capacity-building deficiencies by applying learning to program and services.  Special attention is given to  fundraising, development, community outreach, education, employment practices, and board building.
  5. Core Competencies: Develop an understanding of the following: personal leadership perspective, organizational development, volunteerism, fundraising, and fiduciary responsibilities of a nonprofit leader.

Organizational Psychology Learning Program Outcomes

  1. Research Design: Design organizational assessment instruments for groups and/or individuals, gathering and analyzing data, reporting results, and proposing interventions.
  2. Critical Communication: Defend research conclusions by producing well-organized, written, and oral presentations that demonstrate critical reflection.
  3. Christian World-view: Debate how a Christian world-view integrates with the scientific study of Organizational Psychology in an ethical and socio-culturally responsible manner.
  4. Theoretical Analysis: Examine major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and current trends in Organizational Psychology.
  5. Core Competencies: Explain the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology’s core competencies for graduate programs.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

Business Administration and Leadership

Healthcare Management

Liberal Arts

Nonprofit Leadership

Bachelor of Science Degree

Organizational Psychology

General Education Requirements

Students entering with 23 or fewer semester units take the following general education requirements:

Core Curriculum
AART 201Core Integrated Arts3
AECO 201Core Economics3
AENG 201Core Literature3
AHST 201Core History3
APHI 201Core Philosophy3
ATHL 202History and Literature of the New Testament3
Writing & Communication
ACOM 103Communications3
AWRT 104College Composition3
Science & Mathematics
AMTH 101Principles of Mathematics3
or AMTH 265 Statistics
ASCI 201Integrated Science and Lab4
or ASCI 203 Astronomy with Lab
ASCI 202Principles of Scientific Thought4
Humanities & Theology
AENG 202Contemporary Literature3
AENG 203Modern Film3
ATHL 201History and Literature of the Old Testament3
History & Social Science
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Psychology3
Sociology3
Contemporary United States History3
Modern World: 1840 to Present3
Personal Wellness & Life Skills
ADGL 102Digital Literacy3
AESS 103Healthy Living3
Total Units56

Students entering with 24 or more semester units and do not have an AA degree or CSU/IGETC certification take the following general education requirements:

Core Curriculum
AENG 201Core Literature3
ATHL 202History and Literature of the New Testament3
Writing & Communication
ACOM 103Communications3
AWRT 104College Composition3
Science & Mathematics
AMTH 101Principles of Mathematics3
or AMTH 265 Statistics
ASCI 201Integrated Science and Lab4
or ASCI 203 Astronomy with Lab
ASCI 202Principles of Scientific Thought4
Fine Arts, Humanities & Theology
AART 201Core Integrated Arts3
AENG 202Contemporary Literature3
AENG 203Modern Film3
APHI 201Core Philosophy3
ATHL 201History and Literature of the Old Testament3
History & Social Science
AECO 201Core Economics3
AHST 201Core History3
or AHST 203 Modern World: 1840 to Present
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Psychology3
Sociology3
Contemporary United States History3
Personal Wellness & Life Skills
ADGL 102Digital Literacy3
AESS 103Healthy Living3
Total Units56

Students entering with 24 or more semester units and have an AA degree or CSU/IGETC certification take the following general education requirements:

Theology
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
History and Literature of the New Testament3
History and Literature of the Old Testament3
Total Units3

Business Administration and Leadership

The Business Administration and Leadership (BAL) major offers a broad foundation in general business management and leadership skills for those with business career aspirations. The program is taught by a combination of full-time university faculty and industry-leading professionals serving as adjunct professors, resulting in an academically rigorous yet practical bachelor of arts degree that is relevant to today’s dynamic business world.

Prerequisite requirements:  Statistics (AMTH 265 or equivalent) and Economics (AECO 201 or macroeconomics or microeconomics)

Degree Requirements

BAL 303Ethical Principles of Effective Businesses3
BAL 305Christianity and Contemporary Culture3
BAL 306Business Law3
BAL 308Human Resource Strategies and Applications3
BAL 309Financial Management of Businesses3
BAL 313Leadership and Professional Development Seminar I1
BAL 314Leadership and Professional Development Seminar II1
BAL 315Leadership and Professional Development Seminar III1
BAL 321Writing and Communication in the Workplace3
BAL 331Financial Accounting3
BAL 332Managerial Accounting3
BAL 415International Business3
BAL 420Managing Today's Worker3
BAL 425Operations Management3
BAL 430Marketing for Results3
BAL 440Business Strategies For Success3
BAL 450Business Leadership Strategies3
BAL 460Social Media and the New Economy3
Total Units48

Healthcare Management

Degree Requirements

HLMG 305Christianity and Contemporary Culture3
HLMG 311Writing in the Workplace3
HLMG 312Introduction to Health Administration3
HLMG 314Healthcare Quality Management3
HLMG 315Organizational Behavior, Theory and Design in Healthcare3
HLMG 413Leadership in Healthcare Management3
HLMG 414Legal Aspects of Healthcare3
HLMG 415Healthcare Information Systems3
HLMG 416Human Resource Management in Healthcare3
HLMG 419Topics in Public Health Administration3
HLMG 422Introduction to Gerontology and Mental Health Management3
HLMG 424Marketing and Strategic Planning for Healthcare Organizations3
HLMG 425Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations3
HLMG 467Ethics for Healthcare Managers3
HLMG 495Senior Seminar: Healthcare Management3
Total Units45

Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts (LA) major builds upon the general education requirements and approaches the Liberal Arts from an integrated perspective.  Rather than individual courses in the humanities or sciences, students look at a broader view of how a content area relates to other areas.  The perspective provides students the opportunity to experience the arts and sciences and explore how an educated individual applies this knowledge to their lives and workplace.  

Degree Requirements

Liberal Arts Major
ALA 302The Human Dimension3
ALA 303Problem Solving in Today's World3
ALA 304Your World in Context3
ALA 305Christianity and Contemporary Culture3
ALA 306Issues in Literary Criticism3
ALA 307Cultural Influences3
ALA 309The Physical World3
ALA 310The Making of Our Reality3
ALA 311Writing in the Workplace3
ALA 312Communication in the Workplace3
ALA 411Digital Literacy and Research3
ALA 412Quantitative Skills in the Workplace3
ALA 413Psychology in the Workplace3
ALA 414Self Exploration and Career Development3
Total Units42

Nonprofit Leadership 

Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) pulls from the disciplines of management, marketing, planning, evaluation, and more, in order to develop the understanding needed to be a successful nonprofit leader. Graduates of this program will not only have gained the interdisciplinary framework and knowledge needed to lead, but also have had an opportunity to apply that knowledge and learn the challenges of how theory informs good practice and practice informs good theory.

Degree Requirements

Nonprofit Leadership Major
NPL 305Christianity and Contemporary Culture3
NPL 311Writing in the Workplace3
NPL 327Organizational Behavior3
NPL 345Social Psychology3
NPL 355Organizational Leadership3
NPL 370Leading and Motivating Volunteers3
NPL 375Conflict Resolution3
NPL 450Legal Aspects of Managing a Non-profit3
NPL 460Fundraising and Resource Development3
NPL 465Financial Management of a Nonprofit3
NPL 483Business Ethics3
NPL 490Organization Development and Change3
NPL 491Professional Development Seminar I3
NPL 492Professional Development Seminar II3
Total Units42

Organizational Psychology 

The Organizational Psychology (OP) degree will equip students to apply psychology in the workplace to enhance employee performance. As an applied psychology degree integrating scientific study from both the behavioral sciences and business, this major provides students the exposure, experience, and expertise that will give them a distinct advantage in the marketplace. Individuals desiring a career in management, human resources, consulting, or training and development would be particularly interested in this major.

This program is appropriate for anyone wanting to:

  1. Help employers better engage their workforce and create an environment where people thrive professionally.
  2. Help make jobs more interesting and satisfying.
  3. Help workers and organizations be more productive.

Lower-Division Course Requirements

General Psychology (or similar introductory psychology course)

Note: Prerequisites may be taken concurrently with program director’s approval.

Degree Requirements

Organization Psychology Major
IOP 305Christianity and Contemporary Culture3
IOP 308Human Resource Strategies and Applications3
IOP 311Writing in the Workplace3
IOP 327Organizational Behavior3
IOP 345Social Psychology3
IOP 381Methods of Research and Statistical Analysis3
IOP 411Employee Motivation and Attitude Theory3
IOP 415Organizational Culture3
IOP 421Measurement Of Human Performance3
IOP 431Training and Talent Development3
IOP 483Business Ethics3
IOP 490Organization Development and Change Theory3
IOP 491Industrial-Organizational Professional Development Seminar I3
IOP 492Industrial-Organizational Professional Development Seminar II3
Total Units42

Application and Admission Information

Completion of the Online Bachelor's Degree (OBD) application process and submission of all necessary and required documents will complete the file. Following file completion, the application information will be reviewed and a decision issued regarding acceptance.

A completed file will consist of:

Online application including application fee (see Tuition and Fees).

Official transcripts sent from all high schools (including proof of graduation) and colleges/universities attended.

Statement of Intent.

Proof of a grade point average (GPA) of 2.4 (on a 4.0 scale) is required.

​Admission Eligibility

Documented proof of earning an Associate of Arts degree, IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum), or California State University (CSU) certification prior to entering the Online Bachelor's Degree (OBD).

Students with 45 transferable units or more are able to take general education courses concurrently with their major.

Students with less than 45 accredited transferable units are eligible for candidate status (provisional acceptance) within a chosen OBD major and can begin taking online general education (GE) courses. Once 45 units are obtained, students can begin taking courses GE and major courses concurrently.

Admissions Appeal Process

A student who has applied and been denied admission has a right to appeal the decision within seven days of receiving notification of admission denial. The appeal must be made in writing to the dean of the School of Professional Studies and include a rationale for reconsideration. Within seven days of receipt of the letter, the dean will convene an appeals committee consisting of one member appointed by the dean and one member appointed by the Office of the Provost.

The student will be informed of the date and time of the meeting and be instructed to bring any documentation pertinent to the appeal. At the meeting the chair will cite the reason(s) for the denial of admission and the student will be given the opportunity to explain the basis of their appeal. After discussion, the student will be excused and the committee will render a decision. The student will be informed of the decision in writing within three days. This decision will be considered final.

Transfer Credit

Transfer units can help OBD students fulfill their General Education (GE) and elective units. Please first refer to our Transfer Alignments and Guidelines to ensure that these course units will transfer to Concordia University. 

A student can fulfill the general education requirements in one of the following ways:

  1. IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) certification.
  2. CSU (California State University) certification.
  3. Academic associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited U.S. university.
  4. Completion of Concordia University Irvine’s general education requirements for OBD students as listed below.

Prior Learning Assessment

Prior learning credit can also help OBD students fulfill their GE and elective units. Prior learning assessment and college credit received for knowledge and learning already obtained will help the student accelerate the path to degree completion while also lowering the costs of obtaining a degree. Concordia's OBD program awards college credit for significant life learning through three different programs:

  1. CLEP (College Level Examination Program): gives a student the opportunity to receive college credit for the knowledge already acquired through independent study, prior course work, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships by earning qualifying scores on any of thirty-three (33) examinations.
  2. DSST (DANTES [Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support] Subject Standardized Tests): an effective method to provide evidence of prior learning. In fact, the 38 exams, available at a competitive fee, compliment other credit by examination programs such as CLEP.
  3. LearningCounts.org: the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning’s (CAEL) online service offering credible, third-party assessment of college-level learning acquired outside the college classroom.
  4. A maximum of 32 units from CLEP, DSST, non-accredited, pass/fail, LearningCounts, or AP courses will be accepted for transfer.
  5. If you have any questions or for additional detailed information, please contact the OBD admission representative or academic/career adviser for details.