Graduate Certificates in Business

GC in Organizational LeadershipGC in Business AdministrationGC in Nonprofit LeadershipCourse Catalog

Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership

Challenge and strengthen yourself in courses that build your personal and professional capacity to facilitate the transformation of your organization.

  • 15 credit hours
  • Program may be completed fully online
  • Flexible requirements to fit your leadership interests
  • Completed in 1 year (12 consecutive months)
  • Transfer credits to a master's degree, if you choose

Course Information

Required courses (9 SH):

  • OLS 510: Leadership and Management for the Common Good (3 semester hours, fall course)
  • OLS 530: Organizational Behavior OR PAX 515 Leading Organizational Change (3 semester hours, spring course)
  • OLS 515: Introduction to Leadership Studies (fall course) OR MOL 620 Transformative Leadership in Dynamic Contexts (3 semester hours, spring course)

Electives (6 SH):

  • Select two electives (3 SH each) from any of our graduate programs. See course catalog.

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

Strengthen yourself as a leader by increasing your understanding of business practices, building your foundational leadership skills, and gaining tools that will equip you for taking the next steps in your career.

Be challenged as you prepare to organize, create and manage organizations, programs and projects – and then inspire and lead social change for the common good.

The graduate certificate in business administration is a subset of EMU’s MBA program and is designed to provide administrative skills and tools to professionals who are in – or are seeking – organizational leadership roles.

The 15-hour certificate may be completed in as little as one year, and some credits earned may be applied toward the EMU COLLABORATIVE MBA

Course Information

Required courses (12 SH):

  • OLS 510 Leadership and Management for the Common Good (3 SH)
  • OLS 530 Organizational Behavior (3 SH)
  • OLS 540 Financial Literacy for Managers (3 SH)
  • OLS 515 Introduction to Leadership Studies (3 SH) OR select one course from the elective course list

Electives (3 SH): 

  • MBA 560 Stewardship, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (3 SH)  
  • OLS 665 Project Management (3 SH) 
  • Other graduate-level course by approval. See course catalog for more.

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship

Prepare to organize, create, and manage organizations, or programs and projects, working to inspire and lead social change. You can change the world and we can help you learn the skills to lead. 

  • 15 semester hours of course work
  • 1-year program
  • Select electives that meet your goals and interests
  • Add-on to a graduate degree
  • Online, once-a-week courses
  • Affordable tuition
  • Gain skills in managing people and finances and leading healthy organizations

Course Information

The certificate is 15 semester hours, which is typically five 3SH courses. These courses are selected in consultation with the certificate advisor to meet each student’s interests or specific needs and to form a cohesive package that equips leaders to effectively manage and lead nonprofit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Students who want to earn both an MBA degree and the graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership must complete a minimum of 39 semester hours in a curriculum planned with their advisor.

Students should plan their curriculum to include at least three MBA courses and at least one PAX course.

Required courses (12 SH):

  • OLS 510 Leadership and Management for the Common Good (3 SH)
  • PAX 564 Developing Healthy Organizations OR OLS 530 Organizational Behavior (3 SH)
  • MBA 560 Stewardship, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship (3 SH)

Electives (3 SH):

  • OLS 515 Introduction to Leadership Studies (3 SH)
  • OLS 665 Project Management (3 SH)
  • PAX 533 Analysis: Understanding Conflict (3 SH)
  • PAX 600 Three Dimensional Negotiation
  • PAX 601 Mediation and Negotiation (3 SH)
  • PAX 610 Facilitation: Process Design & Skills for Dialogue, Deliberation and Decision Making (3 SH)
  • PAX 624 Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning
  • PAX 654 Conflict Coaching (3 SH)
  • Other graduate courses may be proposed to the certificate advisor for consideration. See course catalog for more.

This graduate certificate is an interdisciplinary, collaborative effort between the Master of Organizational Leadership (MAOL) and Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) programs.

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