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Purdue University College of Technology | Organizational Leadership and Supervision

Organizational Leadership and Supervision

The primary objective of the Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS) degree program is the education and development of graduates who are career-ready for leadership roles in business, industry, and service agencies. It is a highly individualized, practical, people-oriented approach to the practice of supervision. The curriculum is designed to provide the necessary supervisory skills with a broad range of technical knowledge. This enables students to acquire the expertise they need to function effectively in a high-technology society.

Graduates are employed in various leadership positions in areas such as supervision, production control, quality control, process engineering, customer service, training and development, human resources management, technical sales, general management, and the military services.

Certificate (27 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

The OLS certificate consists of nine courses, 27 credit hours. The certificate program is only available through registration at one of the statewide College of Technology sites. Courses completed for the certificate can be counted toward the bachelor’s degree.

  • CAND 99100 Candidate (0 cr.)
  • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I
  • OLS 25200 Human Relations in Organizations
  • OLS 27400 Applied Leadership
  • OLS 38600 Leadership for Organizational Change
  • OLS 47700 Conflict Management
  • OLS 34600 Critical Thinking and Ethics
  • OLS 45000 Project Management
  • SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree program is designed to fill the needs for further education for the following: those who have the associate degree; those who want to advance their knowledge and skills in the field of supervision; and those who desire academic work in supervision to make them more employable. This program is designed to prepare students for careers in supervisory management, personnel work, and employee training and development.

Program Requirements

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

First Year (32 cr.)
First Semester
  • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I
  • MATH-M 115 Precalculus and Trigonometry (5 cr.)
  • OLS 27400 Applied Leadership
  • SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking
  • TECH 12000 Design Thinking in Technology
Second Semester

Second Year (29 cr.)
Third Semester
  • OLS 38600 Leadership for Organizational Change
  • OLS 38800 Leadership Through Teams
  • Technical Elective

Select one of the following:

  • PSY-P 103 General Psychology
  • SOC-S 161 Principles of Sociology

Select one of the following:

  • ECON 103 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
Fourth Semester

Third Year (30 cr.)
Fifth Semester
  • BUS-A 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • OLS 47700 Conflict Management
  • TECH 32000 Technology & the Organization
  • Specialization Selective (see academic advisor)

Statistics—Select one of the following:

  • IT 34200 Intro. to Statistical Quality
  • MATH-K 310 Statistical Techniques
  • PSY-P 354 Statistical Analysis in Psychology
  • SOC-S 351 Social Statistics 
Sixth Semester

Fourth Year (30 cr.)
Seventh Semester
  • Specialization Selective (see academic advisor)
  • Technical Elective
  • BUS-A 202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting; or IT 45000 Production Cost Analysis
  • OLS 45000 Project Management

OLS Experiential Requirement—Select one of the following:

  • OLS 49900 Independent Study
  • OLS 49100 Internship Program
Eighth Semester

CAND 99100

Course that students must enroll when registering for the last course for the certificate. There are no fees assessed for this course. No class attendance is required and no grade will be issued.

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