Organizational Leadership Certificate

Certificate - BA Level

This certificate prepares individuals to lead in various businesses and organizations.

Certificate Objective

Upon completion of the Organizational Leadership Certificate, students should be able to apply leadership theory and techniques within an organization.


An Organizational Leadership Certificate will be printed on the transcript of those students who have successfully completed 12 credits of Organizational Leadership option courses with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 in the designated courses.



Required Courses

Four of the following must be completed:

PL3100 Organizational Leadership 3 credits 5 weeks

This course addresses effective models of organizational leadership by examining the impact of administrative structure, power and politics, conflict resolution, and motivation within the context of the organizational culture.



PL4300 Leadership Communication 3 credits 5 weeks

This course demonstrates communication techniques used by effective leaders by analyzing classic speeches, correspondence, and other modes of communication. Communication development opportunities will be available for students to practice personal skills. Students will also explore personality and emotions throughout communication.

PL4000 Leading Change 3 credits 5 weeks

Change is an ever present reality in the 21st century and a certain requirement for organizational growth. Corporations and non-profits alike are challenged to successfully respond to their external environments and internal realities with new and effective ways of doing business. This course examines classic theoretical constructs of leadership, systems of organizational culture, and models and processes involved in successful organizational change. The learner will make application of this theory in his or her own organizational setting.

PL4100 Global Leadership 3 credits 5 weeks

This course will consider current issues and trends in global leadership as well as the challenges that arise while leading in a global setting. The course will assist students in developing their knowledge, attitudes, skills, and aspirations regarding the theory and practice of leadership in the context of the challenges created by global organizations and societies.

PL3001 Personal Leadership 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on developing personal leadership skills by exploring self-concept, self-esteem, personal values, time and stress management, as well as self-management in conflict situations. Habits for effectiveness in personal leadership will also be covered.

PL4201 Psychology of Leadership 3 credits 5 weeks

This course presents the psychological underpinning of leadership. Classic experiments on obedience, conformity, social influence, impression management, and will be presented to demonstrate how the power of situation influences leader and follower behavior.