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Loyola University Chicago

School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Organizational Leadership Classes


The curriculum for the Certificate in Organizational Leadership is under review. At this time, we are not accepting applications to the program. Please continue to check our website for more information about updated curriculum and admissions requirements. 

This certificate program is designed for students who want to learn more about the theories and practical applications of interpersonal and team leadership that promote individual effectiveness and organizational development.  Students explore the theories, research and best practices of interpersonal and small group communication needed for effective leadership in task-group discussion, team projects and decision-making.

The study of leadership is presented in the context of organizational theory and practice.  In accord with individual needs, students have elective options to acquire additional knowledge in organizational development and change, psychology of personality and/or applied social psychology. All courses are for credit and are transferable once a student is admitted into an undergraduate degree-seeking program.  Prerequisite course work may be required for some courses.

Effective for the Fall of 2011, all Communication courses have moved from the CMUN prefix to COMM.  Course numbers have also been adjusted but content has not.  Each Professional Certificate offered by the School of Continuing & Professional Studies has had it's course list adjusted according but still offers the same materials and focus.  For more information, visit the School of Communication.

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Required Courses* - 18 credit hours

COMM 237 Small Group Communication
COMM 273 Interpersonal Communication
CPST 370 Leadership Theories and Applications
CPST 380 Leadership, Culture and Ethics
CPST 350 Human Resources Principles and Practices
CPST 390 Organizational Theory and Practice

*Students are required to complete CPST 250 Foundations of Organizations, or the equivalent course in transfer.

Elective Courses* - 3 credit Hours

CPST 360  Development and Change in Organizations
PSYC 338 Psychology of Personality
PSYC 353 Applied Social Psychology

*Prerequisite coursework may be required for some elective courses.

SCPS cannot guarantee full-time status throughout the length of the certificate program.  Most Organizational Leadership certificate courses are offered in an 8 week/evening class schedule, but may be in the 16 week/daytime course format as well. 

International Students

International Students seeking admission to any certificate program in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies are required to demonstrate the ability to study at Loyola University Chicago with the appropriate F-I visa status classification. The Office of International Programs is available to assist you regarding the appropriate documentation to study with SCPS. Please feel free to contact them at 773.508.7706 or intlcntr@luc.edu. Please be advised:


Please visit the SCPS Tuition & Fee page for general information.

We invite you to join us for an Information Session at our downtown Chicago Water Tower campus. Contact us with questions about the Certificate in Organizational Leadership or individual leadership classes.


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