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Online Organizational and Change Leadership Certificate

Expand Your Knowledge of Organizational and Change Leadership

Become a driving force for change in your industry with the Organizational and Change Leadership graduate certificate from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. You’ll learn to implement innovative business strategies that positively impact an organization and its employees. This program is ideal for working professionals looking to develop their leadership skills and ascend to advanced management roles within their organizations.

In addition to the highly transferrable skills learned in the online graduate certificate in Organizational and Change Leadership program, you can stack the courses toward five other Saint Mary’s University master’s degree programs, including:

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Why Earn Your Organizational and Change Leadership Certificate Online?

The online Organizational and Change Leadership certificate delivers the skills you need to advance as a leader in your organization. You’ll learn from industry-experienced faculty through an online platform you can access at the times and in the locations you choose. Prioritize your education and advance your career without sacrificing the time you’ve committed to your personal responsibilities.

Program Highlights

  • Flexible, 100% Online Courses
  • Digital Badging for all Graduate Certificate Courses
  • Apply Graduate Certificate Credits to a Qualifying Graduate Degree
  • No Prerequisite Courses or GRE/GMAT Required

Course List & Requirements

The four courses that comprise the online Organizational and Change Leadership certificate program focus on teaching students how to develop ethical and innovative strategies that can solve complex business problems while positively impacting change for an entire organization and its workforce. All courses are imbued with the core Lasallian principles, mission, and values that Saint Mary’s was founded on. The four courses (12 credits) are delivered in a convenient and flexible environment, where you can learn from diverse peers and instructors.

  • This course focuses on theories and styles of leadership and how outcomes are influenced through increased awareness of personal style and skills. Personal and professional ethics are analyzed, and organizational ethical issues are explored.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Evaluate personal leadership strengths and opportunities for leadership success
    • Analyze the role of the leader in the context of organizational issues
    • Analyze one’s learning and communication style as it applies to leadership in a technological world
    • Distinguish emotional intelligence competencies that contribute to leadership success
    • Analyze ethical principles that affect decision-making.
    • Analyze ethical dilemmas within organizations Synthesize the individual, organizational, and systemic issues in ethical situations
    • Construct a process for ethically responsible decision-making and apply this model to ethical decision points

  • This course focuses on an overview of the fundamental components of organization development. It is designed to provide students with different perspectives on organization development at the individual, group, and organizational levels of analysis. Students learn theoretical models to evaluate organizational performance and techniques that develop the organization’s ability to manage change.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Describe the theoretical components of organization development and theory
    • Analyze challenges and opportunities of an internal/external consultant
    • Articulate the dynamics of the change process and resistance to change in organizations
    • Assess opportunities for planned and emergent change within an organization
    • Evaluate various organizational interventions at the individual, group, and organizational levels

  • This course focuses on assessing the overall effectiveness of various organizations and their approaches to change. Students learn how to apply theoretical models to evaluate organizational performance, techniques to manage interventions, and methods of evaluating and institutionalizing change.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Apply an organization development model to a design change strategy that may promote organizational effectiveness
    • Articulate organizational problems at the individual, group (including team or unit), and organization levels of analysis
    • Recommend solutions to address organizational problems
    • Identify institutionalized evaluation techniques for planned change

  • This course focuses on strategic thinking and creativity in organizational leadership. Innovation is examined as a process to develop a system’s or organization’s strengths and deliver positive results. Evaluation, analysis, and integration based on previous course learning are expected.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Evaluate the creative process
    • Apply the principles of strategic thinking, planning, and development
    • Evaluate the processes for developing a strategic initiative
    • Analyze the blocks and enhancements to developing creativity
    • Integrate creative thinking strategies in a system or an organization to build and/or foster its capacity to innovate, change, and develop
    • Analyze trends in technology that influence innovation and leadership
    • Assemble thoughtful, innovative strategies with creative practices for organizational/systems learning

Share Your Success

Saint Mary’s supports your success by providing you with the tools necessary to not only achieve your professional goals but to share them with the world—especially the digital world.

As part of our commitment, Saint Mary’s offers an opportunity for you to be awarded digital badges. Digital badges are a graphic verification representing your achievement after completing a specific online course or program.

Admissions

The online Organizational and Change Leadership graduate certificate is designed to be completed in an average of eight months. No prerequisite coursework is required, and you don't need GRE/GMAT scores to apply. For admission to the program, you'll need:

    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
    • If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive conditional status in the program at the program director’s discretion

  • No prerequisite coursework or experience is required for this program.

  • You don’t need GMAT/GRE scores to apply for this program.

  • Transfer credits are not accepted for this program.

  • Students with transcripts from universities outside the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) must take and pass English proficiency testing

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74%
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo with a minimum score of 100

  • Whether you apply through our online application via hard copy, or in-person with a Saint Mary’s admissions counselor, your application must include the following items:

    Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to oladmissions@smumn.edu or mailed to:

    Transcript Processing Center
    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
    Maitland, FL 32751

    An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience.

    Two references: Provide the names of two people (including title, organization, email, and phone number) who can serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you professionally, such as current or former supervisors.

    A written statement: Your background and future goals impact your success with Saint Mary’s and inform your education. As you prepare your written statement, think about including previous experiences, education, and your strengths and interests. Share your motivations for earning the online Organizational and Change Leadership Certificate and how it will contribute to your career.

  • Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary’s online Organizational and Change Leadership Certificate:

    • Spring: December 18, 2023
    • Summer: April 22, 2024
    • Fall: August 20, 2024

  • Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary’s online Organizational and Change Leadership Certificate:

    • Spring: January 8, 2024
    • Summer: May 6, 2024
    • Fall: September 3, 2024

  • Once you’ve submitted your application, expect to be notified about acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

Tuition & Fees

A college education is invaluable. You can take it wherever you want to go or as far as you want to go. The cost of quality education should not get in the way of reaching your goals. Here at Saint Mary’s, we are committed to providing an accessible, quality education that is focused on enhancing your personal and professional growth. Explore cost breakdowns for tuition and other fees of the online Organizational and Change Leadership certificate.

Online Organizational and Change Leadership Graduate Certificate Careers & Salary

Prepare to advance your career and positively impact your organization with the Organizational and Change Leadership graduate certificate. The program focuses on helping you develop the skills necessary to fill executive leadership roles and succeed in organizations across all industries.

Management, executive, and leadership positions are fast-growing and lucrative. Projections indicate there will be an average of about 318,100 openings for top executives (including chief executives, general, and operations managers) each year from 2021 to 2031.1 The median salary for management occupations was $102,450 per year in May 2021, the highest wage of all the major occupational groups.2 Potential roles include:

Top Executive

$98,9803

Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Manager

$133,3803

Industrial Production Manager

$103,1504

Administrative Services and Facilities Managers

$99,2905

What You'll Learn

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Understand leadership concepts and ethical decision-making
  • Analyze organizational development and its impact on performance
  • Develop models to promote and maximize organizational effectiveness
  • Analyze change leadership’s role in developing strategy and innovation

Frequently Asked Questions

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

You may apply for admission to Saint Mary's online Organizational and Change Leadership graduate certificate program anytime. After you are admitted, you may begin taking online classes at the start of any semester: Spring, Summer, or Fall.

The Organizational and Change Leadership Certificate program does not accept transfer credits.

No. As long as you submit your assignments by the time they are due, you can work and study when it is most convenient for you.

You can find all the information about eligibility and admissions requirements on this page.

All of the support systems available to on-campus students at Saint Mary's are also available for online learners. If you need academic support, a team of advisers is ready to assist. Professors are just a phone call or email away, and every online Saint Mary's student is paired with a dedicated student services coordinator who will make sure your educational and professional goals stay on track. Technical support is also available to online students 24/7 at 877-308-9954 ext. 3.

It's easy! Your journey to a more rewarding career starts by calling 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor. Or, you can request more information, and we'll reach out to you. If you already know Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is the right place to earn your online Organizational and Change Leadership Certificate, go ahead and begin the Online Application Process.

No. The certificate you earn online from Saint Mary's is identical to the certificate offered on campus.

You will complete 12 credit hours of program work to earn your online Organizational and Change Leadership Certificate. You'll be able to complete your coursework in as little as eight months.

The program is fully online.

No, these are instructor-led courses. While there are no set class times, there are assignments with set due dates.

Yes. Certain coursework requires software that is only compatible with a Windows-based PC, and will not properly work on a Mac computer (Apple iOS). Therefore, to be successful in the program, you will either need to use a Windows-based PC or partition your Mac so that the required Windows OS software is available.

Absolutely. Many different types of financial aid are available to those who qualify. To discuss tuition rates and several financial aid options, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

Sources

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Top Executives.” September 8, 2022. Retrieved August 11, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/top-executives.htm.
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Management Occupations.” September 8, 2022. Retrieved August 11, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/home.htm.
  3. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers.” April 18, 2022. Retrieved July 19, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/advertising-promotions-and-marketing-managers.htm.
  4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Industrial Production Managers.” April 19, 2022. Retrieved July 19, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/industrial-production-managers.htm.
  5. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Administrative Services and Facilities Managers.” April 18, 2022. Retrieved July 19, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/administrative-services-managers.htm.