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Organizational Leadership and Supervision (B.S.)

A degree in organizational leadership and supervision (OLS) offers a highly individualized, practical real-world approach to leadership, emphasizing quality, interpersonal skills and change implementation with a flexible curriculum that allows students to specialize in their areas of interest and talent.

The OLS program also offers a pragmatic, innovative and flexible approach to the student’s education, with opportunities for interaction between students, faculty and the outside world of work.

Students majoring in OLS are required to complete one of five areas of specialization, an approved University minor or the Entrepreneurship Certificate program. Areas of specialization are Advanced Manufacturing, Human Capital, International Leadership, Sales and Marketing, and Logistics/Supply Chain Management.

Purdue University’s OLS program is a source of professional talent for leadership positions in business, industry, government and many other organizations. Graduates with a B.S. degree find employment in general management, customer service, human resources management, sales and financial services. The manufacturing sector hires OLS graduates in the areas of production control, production supervision and quality control. Some graduates choose careers in military service, sports management or hospital administration, while others choose to continue their education in advanced degree programs.

Organizational Leadership and Supervision Plan of Study

Credits Required for Bachelor's Degree: 122

First Semester Second Semester
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication) (3) CNIT 13600 (Personal Computing Technology and Applications)
(5) MA 15900 (Precalculus)* (3) OLS 25200 (Human Relations in Organizations)
(3) OLS 27400 (Applied Leadership) (3) OLS 28400 (Leadership Principles)
(3) TECH 12000 (Technology and the Individual) (3) Science selective
(3) English composition selective† (3) Free elective
(17) (15)


Sophomore Year

Third Semester Fourth Semester
(3) ACEG 21700 (Economics) or
ECON 21000 (Principles of Economics)
(3) IT 23000 (Industrial Supply Chain Management)
(3) OLS 38600 (Leadership for Organizational Change) (3) OLS 34600 (Critical Thinking and Ethics)
(3) OLS 38800 (Leadership through Teams) (3) OLS 37600 (Human Resource Issues)
(3) SOC 10000 (Introductory Sociology) or PSY 12000 (Elementary Psychology) (3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods) or IT 34200 (Introduction to Statistical Quality)
(3) Laboratory science elective (3) Technical elective
(15)   (15)  


Junior Year

Fifth Semester Sixth Semester
(3) MGMT 20010 (Introductory Accounting for Non-management majors) (3) IT 45000 (Production Cost Analysis) or MGMT 20100 (Management Accounting I)
(3) OLS 47700 (Conflict Management) (3) OLS 48400 (Leadership Strategies for Quality and Productivity)
(3) TECH 32000 (Technology and the Organization) (3) TECH 33000 (Technology and the Global Society)
(3) OLS experiential requirement‡
(3) COM selective
(3) Specialization selective (3) Free elective
(15)   (15)  


Senior Year

Seventh Semester Eighth Semester
(3) ENGL 42000 (Business Writing) or
ENGL 42100
(Technical Writing)
(3) PHIL 12000 (Critical Thinking) or HIST or POL selective
(3) OLS 45000 (Project Management for Organizational and Human Resource Development) (3) English selective
(3) Specialization selective (3) Specialization selective
(6) Technical elective (6) Technical electives
(15)   (15)  

* Students may substitute MA 15300 and 15400.

† Credit hours shown are a minimum. Actual credit hours may be higher for some courses.

‡ Experiential courses are OLS 36200 (Cooperative Education), OLS 46700 (Supervised Practicum), OLS 49100 (Internship Program) or OLS 49000 (Individual Research Problems).

Notes: All students must complete a minimum of 32 hours of 30000-level or higher courses on the West Lafayette campus in order to graduate. Responsibility for completing graduation requirements is solely that of the student. Students must be registered for CAND 99100 the semester of graduation.


Areas of Specialization

(Courses marked with an asterisk are already part of the OLS plan of study.)

Advanced Manufacturing (12-credit minimum)
IT 21400 (Introduction to Lean Manufacturing)
IT 34200 (Introduction to Statistical Quality) *
IT 44600 (Six Sigma)
IT 48300 (Facility Design for Lean Manufacturing)
MFET 24600 (High-Performance Manufacturing)
MFET 40000 (Computer-Integrated Manufacturing)
OLS 37500 (Training Methods)

Human Capital (12-credit minimum)
OBHR 30000 (Management of Human Resources)
OLS 37500 (Training Methods)
OLS 37600 (Human Resource Issues)*
PSY 27200 (Industrial/Organizational Psychology)
PSY 47500 (Work Motivation and Job Satisfaction)
SOC 31600 (Industry and Society)
SOC 52000 (Work in Contemporary America)

International Leadership (12-credit minimum)
AGEC 34000 (International Economic Development)
AGEC 43500 (Leadership in a Changing World)
COM 30300 (Intercultural Communication)
FLL 20100 or higher, maximum 6 credits
MFET 49900/OLS49900 (International Collaboration and Problem Solving)
POL 23500 (International Relations among Rich and Poor Nations)
TECH 33000 (Technology and the Global Society)*
Any existing Purdue-approved study abroad program of one week or longer offering 1-6 credits

Sales and Marketing (12-credit minimum)
AGEC 33100 (Principles of Selling in Agricultural Business)
COM 25300 (Introduction to Public Relations)
COM 25600 (Introduction to Advertising)
COM 31800 (Principles of Persuasion)*
CSR 28200 (Customer Relations Management)
MGMT 32300 (Introduction to Marketing Analysis)

Logistics/Supply Chain Management (12-credit minimum)
IT 23000 (Industrial Supply Chain Management)*
IT 33000 (Industrial Sales and Sales Management)
IT 33200 (Purchasing Inventory and Warehouse Management)
IT 43200 (Financial Transaction in Distribution)
IT 43400 (Global Transportation and Logistics Management)
IT 43500 (Distribution Management Policy)