Graduate Certificate: Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Leadership in Organizations
About the Certificate
We recognize this truth: Our organizations are increasingly diverse with employees of various ethnicities, generations, genders and sexual orientations, religious beliefs, backgrounds and histories, partnerships, and values cooperating in support of personal and organizational goals. Our organizational leaders must embrace this world and facilitate a future that respectfully acknowledges those differences and builds a culture of equity. One of the keys to this future is inclusive leadership beliefs and practices. Our graduate certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Leadership in Organizations is designed to increase the skills of managers and team members in utilizing these key practices.
Coursework allows students to develop their own perspectives on diversity and equity and begin to model inclusive leadership practices. Students explore the larger context of leadership, the variety of individual differences that contribute to a diverse environment, the importance of understanding one’s colleagues and tailoring one’s communication to their needs, and the laws and public policy issues related to diversity and equality.
All courses are delivered online and include virtual classroom meetings with a Fox School faculty member and student-classmates. Rigorous hands-on courses are taught by faculty who are leaders in their fields and businesspeople who have managerial and leadership experience. Participants also have the option to transfer credits earned into a Fox graduate degree program, such as the Human Resource Management MS.
Questions answered in this certificate program include:
- What is my perspective on diversity, equity and inclusion, and how does it influence my leadership practices?
- How does one adapt one’s leadership philosophy and style to a diverse and inclusive workplace?
- What are the legal requirements in this area, and how do best practices exceed these base requirements?
- How can my communication practices be more effective?
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Leadership in Organizations certificate program is appropriate for:
- Individual contributors who seek a leadership role, and
- General managers who would like to develop inclusive leadership practices.
Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate can be completed on a part-time basis. NOTE: International students may not be eligible to apply for a student visa based on admission to the certificate program. Please contact the Fox School's admissions advisor for more information.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Students are accepted into the certificate program in both the Fall and Spring terms.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college is required. Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree in a country where the language of instruction is English, must report scores for a standardized test of English.
Statement of Goals: In 250 words or less, describe your goals and motivations for pursuing this certificate program.
Resume: Current resume or CV is required.
Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 12
|HRM 5001||Leading Organizations||3|
|HRM 5111||Influential Organizational Communication||3|
|HRM 5117||Leading within the Regulated Environment of HRM||3|
|HRM 5122||Leading with a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Perspective||3|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum
Certificate Program Web Address:
Fox School of Business and Management
1801 Liacouras Walk
701 Alter Hall (006-22)
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Submission Address for Application Materials:
Kelly Grace, JD, PhD
Senior Associate Director for Specialized Master's Programs