Organizational Leadership
Graduate Certificates

Continue Your Professional Development in One of Our Areas of Specialization.

Lewis University’s Organizational Leadership Certificates provide education for your career growth and advancement, enhancing professional and personal impact through leadership development. Certificate programs contain in-depth instruction for the best possible education, with classes conducted in accelerated eight-week sessions, offered both online and in-person. The certificate programs can potentially be earned within one year.

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Professional and Executive Coaching

This fully online certificate is designed for those looking to hold positions in organizational development, human resources and coaching. The curriculum is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and taught by ICF-certified faculty. Students develop the following skills:
  • Build a comprehensive understanding of business coaching theory, methodology and techniques
  • Learn the most up-to-date research-based coaching strategies and best practices, as well as the theories behind them
  • Develop the ability to coach both on the phone and face-to-face
  • Establish a practice inside an organization or as an independent consultant
  • Create coaching programs for your work teams
  • Prepare for the ICF credential exam; Lewis University students hold a 100% pass rate


Training and Development

Lewis University’s Training and Development Concentration and Certificate has been recognized for the online master’s in Training and Development by Best, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10% expansion in this field over the next 8 years. Enhance organizational effectiveness through training design and implementation, maximizing employee potential and aligning organizational outcomes with culture. The concentration coursework is aligned with the Association for Talent Development (ATD) capability model. This alignment prepares students for the industry sought-after ATD certification.

Enrolled students will achieve the following:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of talent development theory, methodology, terminology and instructional design basics
  • Create processes designed to attract, develop, motivate and retain productive, engaged employees
  • Develop a high-performance, sustainable organization that meets its strategic and operational goals and objectives
  • Evaluate real-world learning projects against evidence-based best practices
  • Explore roles, responsibilities and careers in training and development

Organizational Leadership

This track is designed for professionals currently working in or aspiring to work in managerial positions in corporate, nonprofit or governmental organizations. Students pursuing the Organizational Leadership Certificate will achieve the following:
  • Develop strategies to influence others in an organization to exceed expectations
  • Embrace efforts to improve policies and procedures
  • Learn actions that are grounded in ethical principles and mindful of potential impact
  • Recognize and appreciate the role of leadership in shaping organizational culture, with emphasis on diversity, participative management and self-reflection
  • Develop critical thinking and decision-making skills to enhance leadership and organizational effectiveness

Higher Education Leadership

This program is designed to enhance the work of current professionals in student services, including management, advising and assisting with the needs of traditional and non-traditional students. Faculty include current leaders in higher education, including university vice presidents, deans and directors. Students in this program will learn the following:
  • Recognize current and future challenges facing higher education institutions
  • Formulate leadership strategies and plans for meeting challenges and facilitating change
  • Create a strategic plan for a new organizational initiative
  • Identify the latest trends and theories in adult or continuing education
  • How to make decisions and take actions that are mindful of the unique needs of an institution and its students
  • Develop critical-thinking and decision-making skills to enhance higher education leadership and organizational effectiveness

Turn your certificate into a master’s degree

Lewis’ Organizational Leadership Certificate programs are transferable toward the Master of Arts degree program in Organizational Leadership. The credits you earn can be applied directly at a later date. All you have to do is take the remaining required courses in the degree program.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from each institution previously attended
  • Completed graduate application form
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement outlining one’s personal and professional goals
Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admission for application requirements and specific next steps.

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