Organizational Leadership Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership

This certificate program is designed to develop the conceptual and interpersonal skills needed for leaders to include value-centered, service-driven principles into their everyday operating philosophies and styles.

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership merges theory and practice to help mid-level career professionals to have a heightened awareness of their capabilities and limitations as change agents. You will explore areas such as democracy, ethics, systems, teams and organizational development. Certificate-only students are not eligible for financial aid nor are students taking the course after completion of a degree program.

As a student, you will:

  • Complete three foundation courses and two electives.
  • Enhance your leadership skills by learning how to create a workplace culture based on a common vision.
  • Complete an advanced level certificate to add to your resume.

Students also might consider these degree programs: MA, Organizational Leadership and MBA, Organizational Leadership.

Admission Requirements

All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

Required Courses (9 credits)

OLCU 600 Foundations of Organizational Leadership 3
OLCU 601 Democracy, Ethics & Leadership 3
OLCU 602 Self, Systems, and Leadership 3


Elective Courses (6 credits)
Select two of the following:

OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics 3
OLCU 614 Leadership and Team Development 3
OLCU 618 Cultural Dimensions of Global Leadership 3
OLCU 625 Selected topics in Leadership 3
OLCU 630 Leadership Lives in Film 3
HRCU 600 Human Resource Foundations 3
HRCU 605 Talent Management  3


Total Credits 15
Some programs available to California residents only
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