Organizational Leadership Graduate Certificates

Continue your professional development in one of three areas of specialization.

Lewis University’s Organizational Leadership Certificates provide the education for you to advance or transition into a leadership role by helping you understand foundational leadership theories, as well as leadership itself, as a psycho-social phenomenon. Certificate programs contain in-depth instruction for the best possible education, with classes conducted in accelerated 8-week formats in both online and face-to-face evening formats. The certificate programs can potentially be earned within one year.

Organizational Leadership

  • Designed for professionals currently working in or aspiring to work in managerial positions in corporate, nonprofit or governmental organizations
  • Develop strategies to influence others in an organization to exceed expectations and embrace efforts to improve policies and procedures
  • Learn how to take actions that are grounded in ethical principles and mindful of the potential impact on followers
  • Recognize and appreciate the role of leadership in shaping organizational culture with particular emphasis on diversity, participative management and self-reflection
  • Develop critical-thinking and decision-making skills to enhance leadership and organizational effectiveness

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Higher Education Leadership

  • Designed to enhance the work of current professionals in student services, including management, advising and assisting with traditional/non-traditional students’ needs
  • Recognize current and future challenges facing higher education institutions, and formulate leadership strategies and plans for meeting those challenges and facilitating change
  • Create a strategic plan for a new organizational initiative
  • Identify the latest trends and theories in adult/continuing education and student services
  • Learn how to make decisions and take actions that are mindful of the latest trends in higher education and student services, as well as the unique needs of an institution and its students
  • Develop critical-thinking and decision-making skills to enhance higher education leadership and organizational effectiveness
  • Faculty include current leaders in higher education, including university vice presidents, deans and directors

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Organizational and Leadership Coaching

  • Designed for those looking to hold positions in organizational development, human resources and coaching
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of business coaching theory, methodology and techniques
  • Learn the most up-to-date research-based coaching strategies and best practices, as well as the theories behind them
  • Develop the ability to coach both on the phone and face to face
  • Learn to establish a practice inside an organization or as an independent consultant
  • Create coaching programs for your work teams
  • Curriculum is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and will help prepare you for the ICF’s credentialing exam. Faculty are certified by the ICF. Lewis students hold a 100% pass rate on the ICF Exam

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Turn your certificate into a master’s degree
Lewis’ Organizational Leadership Certificate programs are transferable toward the Master of Arts degree program in Organizational Leadership. The credits you earn can be applied directly at a later date. All you have to do is take the remaining required courses in the degree program.

Take advantage of this great opportunity! For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at or (815) 836-5610.


Leadership coaching certificate
Dr. Lesley Page
Chair, Organizational Leadership

"At Lewis University, our BA and MA programs in Organizational Leadership are designed to increase learning and experience related to organizational effectiveness by focusing on the people that drive our organizations. By concentrating on important aspects in today’s workplace related to teamwork, conflict resolution, communication, organizational change and employee motivation, we are creating leaders that can help their organizations to achieve greater results. Our curriculum explores the leadership potential that each student brings to the program. Together, students and faculty create a dynamic community of learning by sharing experiences, expertise and best practices."