Organizational Leadership Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership

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

Students will explore areas such as democracy, ethics, systems, teams and organizational development. The goal of the program is to teach graduates the skills needed center a culture on the creation and attainment of a common vision.

Students seeking a certificate program only are not eligible for financial aid. Courses taken after completion of a degree program in order to complete the certificate are not eligible for financial aid. 

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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