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. In accord with individual needs, students have elective options to acquire additional skills in leadership, interpersonal and small group communication, marketing and/or accounting.

Transfer credit is accepted toward certificate completion, up to six hours. All courses are for credit and are transferable once a student is admitted to the BA Management or Applied Studies degree programs with the Organizational Development and Leadership concentration, also at SCPS or to any other undergraduate degree-seeking program here at Loyola. Prerequisite coursework may be required.

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Certificate Requirements

The certificate is comprised of the following six courses (18 credit hours):

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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 Please be advised:

  • You will be required to provide documentation of your ability to finance your tuition, fees, and living expenses. Please contact The Office of International Programs at 773.508.7706 for details and the appropriate forms needed. SCPS does not provide scholarship assistance for students seeking certificate credentials.
  • An I-20 certificate of eligibility can be issued after admission to an SCPS certificate program, documents regarding post-secondary, English language proficiency, and financial documentation have been submitted. For complete information on the documents needed to receive an I-20 and an F-1 visa as well as helpful advice, visit here.
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