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

Professionals with college degrees work in and with organizations, and most are called to lead
and manage businesses, public agencies, or nonprofit entities. The Graduate Certificate in
Business Administration (BUAD) will provide to professionals outside the business field some of
the foundational skills and tools necessary to lead effectively. For professionals already in
business or leadership roles, the graduate certificate may serve as professional development, or
become a step toward a master’s degree.

The certificate is a subset of the MBA program, which prepares graduates to make significant
contributions to their organizations in ways that also benefit their communities and humanity.
The program is distinct in its orientation toward promoting the common good and viewing
organizational leaders as vital influencing agents in the turn toward a more sustainable future:
social, ecological, and economic. This comprehensive lens includes a strong stakeholder
approach and an emphasis on ethics and stewardship.

The 15-hour certificate may be completed in less than nine months, and all credits earned may
be applied toward the Collaborative MBA if students wish to complete the full master’s degree.
Classes meet once per week for six weeks.

No GMAT or prerequisites required

Course Information

Standard* Curriculum (mid-September through late-May)


MBA 663

Managerial Economics (3SH)

Mid Sept - late Oct.


MBA 671

Data Analytics for Decision Making (3SH)

Late Oct. - early Dec.


MBA 564

Organizational Behavior (3SH)

Early Jan. - mid Feb.


MBA 585

Financial and Managerial Accounting (3SH)

Late Feb. - early Apr.


MBA 523

Human Capital Development (3SH)

Mid Apr. - late May

*Course substitutions may be permitted for students who wish to focus more strongly in finance,
leadership, or global citizenship; see program director.

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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