The Certificate in Leadership and Organizational Development focuses on teaching students to develop and apply effective, adaptive, and inclusive leadership skills for successful organizational development. Students in the program learn principles in group behavior, management, and teambuilding as well as how to successfully employ those principles in the workplace. Students are able to complete this certificate online, however, course availability may vary depending on the semester.

Business-related programs at CAPS are not accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) at Washington University. Most courses are three units.

This program is offered either mostly or fully online.  Students entering the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 Visa must enroll in a program full time.  F-1 students are only permitted to enroll in one online course per semester and J-1 students may only enroll in non-credit online courses that do not count toward their degree program.  The School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) cannot guarantee face-to-face enrollment options each semester of full time enrollment, therefore cannot issue an I-20 or DS 2019 to F-1 and J-1 students for this program.  If you are an F-1 or J-1 student and wish to enroll in a CAPS program while here on a Visa, please contact our recruitment team to discuss your options for face-to-face program enrollment.  F-1 and J-1 students should not enroll in online courses or programs without first consulting the university’s Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).


Units of Required Courses


Units of Elective Requirements

Required Courses – 9 units

  • U44 305 – Leadership for Organizational Success
  • U44 339 – Principles of Management
  • U44 364 – Strategic Planning

Elective Requirements – 6 units

Students choose from among the following:

  • U48 262 – Integrated Strategic Communications
  • U44 330 – International Management: Leadership Across Cultures
  • U48 350 – Public Relations Principles and Practices

Application Requirements

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