Human resources and people management involves the attraction, retention, development and distribution of an organization’s most important asset: its human capital. There has never been a more exciting time to join the growing field of human capital management as organizations increasingly differentiate themselves through their people.
Leadership, Ethics and Organizational Sustainability
Saint Joseph's University's major in leadership, ethics and organizational sustainability (LEO) encourages undergraduate students to re-examine business practices in light of social, environmental, political and economic shifts. In this program, you'll learn to be a strong, effective and ethical leader.
What Sets Our Program Apart
You will have the opportunity to join Saint Joseph's University's Green Fund, which brings together faculty, students and facilities in creating new sustainability changes on campus. By joining the Green Fund, you will have the opportunity to partake in various environmental programs including the university-wide Recycling Program, Energy Conservation Program, Water Conservation Program and various others that promote corporate social responsibility.
Saint Joseph's University is also home to a chapter of Net Impact, which is dedicated to helping you build a more just and sustainable world. From finding ways to implement healthy school lunches nationwide to promote global water conservation, you will become an active advocate for sustainable change that makes a powerful impact.
In this program, you'll be encouraged to lead and work for the greater good in every aspect of life. This includes professional leadership, social responsibility, ethics and justice.
The leadership, ethics and organizational sustainability program defines leading for the greater good through the widely accepted sustainability principle of the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit. This encompasses the need for developing shared value that generates fair profit, provides for human well-being and consciously stewards natural resources.
You will have the option to pursue a major or minor in leadership, ethics and organizational sustainability. Both the major and minor complement any business degree such as business intelligence and analytics, marketing, food marketing, human resources and people management and a wide range of arts and science majors because of its importance and relevancy to any industry.
Saint Joseph’s University offers an accelerated bachelor’s/master’s program that allows current undergraduate leadership, ethics and organizational sustainability students to start earning their MBA or Organization Development and Leadership MS during their senior year. This model enables you to complete your undergraduate and graduate work in just five years, instead of the traditional six or seven. Combining your bachelor’s with a master’s degree can help you save time and money.
Leadership, ethics and organizational sustainability majors interested in this unique option must apply to the graduate program in their junior year and be provisionally accepted before they complete their bachelor’s degree.
What Can I Do With a Degree in Leadership, Ethics and Organizational Sustainability?
As a student in the leadership, ethics and organizational sustainability program, you’ll focus on understanding lifestyles that minimize pollution, organizations that are socially responsible, societies that recognize the importance of fairness and principled individuals who behave in an ethical manner. Graduates in this major pursue careers in a broad range of industries, including:
- Sales and marketing
- Human resources
- Food and beverage
- Leadership development
- Sustainability and conservation
Our leadership, ethics and organizational sustainability graduates have gone on to work for prestigious companies such as:
- Jefferson Health
View required courses for this program in the academic catalog. Please contact us if you have any questions about the program curriculum.
Affordable tuition rates can be found on our Tuition and Fees page.*
*Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our Tuition and Fees page for a detailed breakdown.
There is no application deadline for this program. Here are recommended application submission dates:
February 1 – recommended application submission for Fall semester
August 1 – recommended application submission for Spring semester
Saint Joseph’s accepts students on a year-round basis, so any applications received after these dates will be considered for the next applicable semester. Contact the Office of Admission for information regarding space availability at email@example.com or 610-660-1300.
1. To be considered for admission, you must have graduated from an approved secondary school (or be on track to graduate), received a diploma from an accredited home school association or earned a GED.
2. A high school transcript with an official school stamp or an official GED transcript is required. High school transcripts must include courses completed through your junior year as well as courses in progress during your senior year. If you’ve attended any post-secondary institutions, official transcripts for those institutions are required as well.
Transfer credit may be awarded for previous coursework. A course must meet the following requirements to be considered for transfer to Saint Joseph’s University:
- Undergraduate courses with a grade of “C” or above
- Graduate courses with a grade of “B” or above
- Pass/Fail grades are not eligible for transfer credit
- Must be from a regionally or programmatically accredited institution
- The coursework must match the course offered at Saint Joseph's
- Some programs have a time limit for specific courses
- Earned credit may be submitted for review based on a timeline of less than or equal to 5 to 10 years between completion of course and enrollment at SJU
Visit the Transfer Admission page for a detailed breakdown of courses and institutions eligible for transfer.
If you are not a United States citizen, you must show proof of permanent resident visa status. Students educated in another country may be admitted if they:
- Satisfy general admission requirements
- Earn a minimum of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey
Students from English-speaking countries may choose to take the SAT or ACT as an option to the TOEFL exam. An evaluation of foreign transcripts by the World Education Service or other approved agency is required.
Saint Joseph’s is a military-friendly institution and offers assistance and services to veterans and their dependents who are utilizing educational benefits. Benefits include:
- Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill®
- Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation
- Chapter 33 Post 911 GI Bill®
- Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Assistance
- Chapter 1606 National Guard or Reserves
- Chapter 1607 National Guard or Reserves (REAP) (*if eligible, must be utilized by November 25, 2019)
- Pennsylvania National Guard Educational Assistance Program (EAP)
- Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)