Graduate Certificate: Organizational Leadership


Learn more about the graduate certificate in Organizational Leadership.

About the Certificate

Organizations need strong leaders:

  • Leaders who internalize how individuals, groups and organizations function;
  • Leaders who embrace diversity, equity, inclusion and justice as part of their practices;
  • Leaders who enable teamwork, both as a colleague and team member and as a leader.

Our graduate certificate in Organizational Leadership is designed to equip rising professionals with the ability to influence success both for individuals and for the organization through practical leadership skills.

Courses include overviews of various leadership content areas, as well as a choice of elective in the additional areas of negotiation, communication and strategic leadership. 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, but are not limited to:

  • What behaviors contribute to effective leadership?
  • How does one adapt their leadership philosophy and style to a diverse and inclusive workplace?
  • How do teams differ from groups, and why does it matter?
  • What types of leadership contribute to individual and organizational outcomes?

The Organizational Leadership certificate program is appropriate for:

  • Individual contributors who seek a leadership role, and
  • General managers who would like to develop their leadership skills.

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.

APPLY ONLINE to this certificate program.

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.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 12

Required Courses:

Core Courses
HRM 5001Leading Organizations3
HRM 5112Leading High Performing Teams3
HRM 5122Leading with a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Perspective3
Select one of the following:3
Influential Organizational Communication
Power, Influence, and Negotiation
Leading Strategically: Trends, Analytics, and Impact
Business Model Innovation
Total Credit Hours12

GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum


Certificate Program Web Address:

Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management

1801 Liacouras Walk

701 Alter Hall (006-22)

Philadelphia, PA 19122



Fax: 215-204-1632

Submission Address for Application Materials:

Department Contacts:

Academic Director:

Kelly Grace, JD, PhD


Course Registration:

Rachel Carr

Senior Associate Director for Specialized Master’s Programs