Organizational Development & Leadership Certificate

This Organizational Development and Leadership Certificate is designed for students who desire to learn more about the theories, research and practical applications of organizational development in the workplace. Students explore how organizations work and acquire skills to assess, diagnose and address structural and cultural problems. Topics include strategies, models and intervention techniques for organizational development.

The theory, research and processes of organizational communication are examined, with emphasis on applications that are effective inside and outside the organization. The study of human behavior in the workplace provides valuable knowledge and skills for conflict management, motivation and morale, and employee development.

Please Note: This certificate can only be completed by students working toward an undergraduate degree within the School of Continuing & Professional Studies.

Total Number of Courses 6
Total Number of Credit Hours 18 credit hours
Recommended Start Term
and Time to Completion
Need fully online? You must begin in the Summer session for the quickest route to completion.
Please refer to the addendum at the end of this guide to determine your time to completion based on start term and format preference.
Schedule Format Courses offered in the evenings within 8 week sessions.
Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Certificate 2 courses / 6 credit hours
Course Locations Blended courses offered both on the Water Tower Campus (820 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago). This certificate can also be completed fully online.
Application and Admission Requirements Application
Official transcripts from all prior institutions
2.0 GPA or higher and in good standing at all prior institutions
Tuition and Fees


Certificate Requirements

  • COMM 231 Conflict Management and Communication
  • COMM 277 Organizational Communication
  • CPST 360 Development and Change in Organizations
  • CPST 370 Leadership Theories and Organizations
  • CPST 380 Leadership Culture and Ethics
  • CPST 390 Organizational Theory and Practice

Pre-requisites to the certificate:

  • COMM 175 Introduction to Communication
  • CPST 250 Foundations of Organizations

Course Descriptions

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