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Organizational Leadership Certificate

  • Credits:
  • Degree:
    Management Certificate

Program Description

The certificate in organizational leadership provides training in organization design and dynamics. You’ll learn strategies to manage the performance of employees and the organization as a whole. You’ll also develop your leadership skills and learn how to manage change in organizations. Designed for adult learners, the organizational leadership certification program is offered via convenient evening, weekend, and online classes.

What Is Organizational Leadership?

Organizational leadership is a management strategy that focuses on the organization as a whole, and how to unify individual and organizational objectives. It involves setting goals for individuals and groups of people, and may involve working on projects large and small with businesses and corporations. Jobs in organizational leadership require people with vision, who are highly organized, and can effectively work with diverse groups of people.

Cambridge College Organizational Leadership Program Highlights

Take the next step in your education – on a schedule that works for you. The organizational leadership program at Cambridge College is specifically designed to fit the needs of working professionals.

  • Hands-on training. The certificate program integrates case studies and real-world simulations throughout the coursework to help you develop organizational leadership styles and strategies.
  • Flexible course schedules. Take the next step in your education while balancing time at work and home with convenient evening, weekend, and online classes designed for adult learners.
  • Exceptional value. With low tuition and a variety of financial aid opportunities, Cambridge College is among the country’s most affordable four-year private nonprofit colleges.
  • Experienced faculty. Learn directly from practicing scholar-professionals, many of whom are distinguished business leaders. You’ll also benefit from small classes and personal interaction with professors and other adult learners.
  • Diverse students. Collaborate with students from all over the world – Cambridge College was recently ranked as one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in America.
  • Convenient locations. All of our classroom locations are close to public transportation and/or offer free parking for students. Join us for a casual information session or open house.

Finding leaders is a top priority for organizations around the world. Companies spent nearly $31 billion on leadership programs in 2017. However, 84 percent of organizations still anticipate a shortage of leaders in the next five years. (Source: Deloitte)

Organizational Leadership Program Learning Outcomes

Learn organizational leadership styles and strategies that move companies forward. Graduates of the certificate program will be ready to:

  • Set strategic goals for an organization while aligning and motivating individual employees to work toward those goals.
  • Apply a variety of practical tools used in organization development.
  • Help organizations to more successfully adapt to new technologies, markets, and challenges.

Organizational Leadership Careers

Jobs in organizational leadership give you the opportunity to impact organizations at the highest level. The skills you develop in this type of program can also be applied to many different areas of work within an organization.

Graduates of the organizational leadership certificate are trained for advancement into supervisory and management positions in business, nonprofit, and government organizations, with career opportunities in organization development, consulting, training, and more. Organizational management jobs include:

  • Director of human resources
  • Recruiter
  • Compensation analyst
  • Organizational change consultant
  • Human resources representative
  • Training and development manager

Example Organizational Leadership Courses

The certificate program includes leadership training courses such as:

  • Managing a Diverse Workforce
  • The Manager as Negotiator
  • Models of Leadership

View the full Organizational Leadership certificate program curriculum.

Organizational Leadership Scholarships and Financial Aid

Get help with tuition and other expenses. Grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study are available to help with tuition and education expenses. Learn more about applying for financial aid at Cambridge College.

Many companies also offer tuition assistance programs that can help to pay for education. Find information about getting your company to help.


Related Programs at Cambridge College

If you’re still exploring certificate options, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Cambridge College: 


Required Courses
Managing a Diverse Workforce
MMG 560 3 credit(s)
Current business conditions are surveyed, and participants are introduced to the link between the business agenda and human capital. Since the workforce is critical to the success of the American business agenda, much of this course is dedicated to the development of competencies necessary to manage a diverse workforce. This course is for professionals dealing with issues of differences and diversity in contemporary organizations.
Human Resource Management
MMG 740 3 credit(s)
Changes in the social and legal environment, and the workforce, make it increasingly difficult for organizations to manage relations with employees. The Human Resources Manager needs to be able to formulate organization-wide human resource policies which result in competitive strategy, efficiency and effectiveness, and which are consistent with the organization’s culture and environment. The interests of many stakeholders have to be reflected in such policies — employees, unions, communities and government. The course helps students identify and understand Human Resources Management issues, develop skills in diagnosing situations, discuss effective approaches to problems and assess the comparative effects of immediate action and long-term policies.
Models of Leadership
MMG 743 3 credit(s)
An essential component of a successful career is an effective personal leadership style that fits appropriately within one's professional setting. Students explore the elements of individual style with the goal of increasing effectiveness. The course also examines the content of the professional setting and looks at the different strategies for achieving the most congruent fit possible. This course will be experiential, and there will be guest speakers.
Organization Development and Change Management
MMG 755 3 credit(s)
Prerequisitie: MMG512. The theory and practice of organization development are introduced. Skills are developed in identifying how organizational systems operate together, including organization culture, leadership, structure, human resources, rewards, and technology. Students learn how to make effective change through dealing with an organization as a whole. Strategies are developed to help organizations adapt to new technologies, markets, and challenges, including the rate of change itself. Case studies and simulations are used throughout the class work.
Elective Course

Choose one.

Communication Strategies for Organizational Effectiveness
MMG 535 3 credit(s)
Organizational Effectiveness is a process, not an event. This course will look at the assessment, analysis and evaluation of present organizational strategies and provide opportunities to design and implement more effective communication within the organization. By measuring the functions of (1) purpose, (2) strategy, (3) feedback, (4) processes and procedures, and (5) leadership/membership.
The Manager as Negotiator
MMG 746 3 credit(s)
Effective managers must be able to deal successfully with limited resources, divergent interests of people, and organizational conflict. This course improves skills in negotiation and joint decision-making that students can apply immediately. Emphasis is on integrative bargaining and problem-solving. Students learn the theory and tactics for understanding and diagnosing a conflict, planning for negotiations, and implementing an effective conflict resolution strategy.
Consulting Skills for Managers
MMG 757 3 credit(s)
This course explores the essentials of the consulting relationship and the skills critical to the consulting process. Managers develop ability to apply consulting skills and processes in a variety of situations from working with international personnel to getting the most from cross-functional teams to dealing with external clients and vendors. Tools for assessment, analysis and implementation will be reviewed. Topics include negotiating scope, influencing expectations, overcoming resistance and giving clients feedback.
Grant Writing and ResourceDevelopment
MMG 770 3 credit(s)
This course covers the preparation of proposals to state, federal and local agencies, corporations and private foundations. Students will learn how to prepare successful, competitive grant proposals and realistic, effective project-based budgets. The course will take students step-by-step through each stage of the proposal presentation process from research techniques to polishing the finished product. Best practices in funding research, planning and presentation will be covered. By the end of the course, students will have a prorotype suitable for submission to a funder.
1-Credit Course

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Performance Management
DMG 614 1 credit(s)
This course helps managers learn a more holistic approach to performance management and communicate more effectively with their employees regarding performance. It helps them understand that performance management is not just a "once-a-year" phenomenon connected to compensation, but is an ongoing process that includes a clear understanding of work goals and expectations, development of skills, knowledge and abilities, and ongoing communication. The learning methodology includes a transfer of content and knowledge that includes a performance management system as well as the use of simulations, role-plays and case studies.
Introduction to Organizational Coaching
DMG 753 1 credit(s)
This course gives students the opportunity to develop and improve skills in organizational coaching. The course emphasizes performance assessment and performance management. Learners practice conducting coaching sessions and acquire critical coaching skills in active listening; giving and receiving feedback; and developing and managing performance improvement action plans. Special attention is given to cross cultural coaching, motivation, and the assessment of personal coaching styles.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor

Adjunct Instructor


  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required.

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for the School of Management


Health Requirements for Massachusetts Students 

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit 

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.


  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,308 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of July 2019, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

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