Jun 19, 2018  
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Organizational Leadership, Graduate Certificate

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Purdue University
Organizational Leadership, Graduate-Level Certificate in

Department of Organizational Leadership
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science
Gordon Schmidt, Chair

Kimberly O’Connor, Graduate Program Director
260-481-6496 ~ ipfw.edu/ols
Neff Hall 288

The Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership is based on the core of the Organizational Leadership master’s degree program. The courses combine theory and practice to yield a combination that is immediately applicable to the workplace and builds a foundation for more specialized study for those interested in advanced work.

The organizational leadership graduate certificate is designed for:

  • those with advanced degrees in other fields or students currently enrolled in other graduate programs seeking to augment their studies in the theory and practice of leadership and/or human resources.
  • working adults with bachelor’s degrees who want advanced knowledge and skills in leadership and human resources, but are not prepared to commit to a master’s degree program.

The certificate allows students to begin graduate level study with a specific goal without requiring the commitment of time and financial resources necessary to pursue master’s level study. It includes much of the foundational coursework required for the master’s degree in OL, and provides the option to continue for a master’s, using up to 12 credit hours earned as a graduate certificate student. 

Through the required courses, students in the OL graduate certificate program will develop their abilities to:

  • identify ways to assess and enhance organizational climate and culture
  • understand the complexity and interrelated nature of organizational phenomena
  • identify practices that promote teamwork as well as personal and organizational effectiveness

Admission Requirements

In addition to admission requirements for OL graduate study, these guidelines apply for the Organizational Leadership certificate:

  • Students who are currently admitted to any Purdue or Indiana University graduate degree program at IPFW are eligible to earn the certificate if they are approved for admission to the program through the Division of Organizational Leadership.
  • Students who are not currently admitted to the Purdue Graduate School must apply for admission in the Division of Organizational Leadership.
  • Students already enrolled in the OL master’s degree program are not eligible for the certificate. Students who initially enroll in the certificate program may apply for the OL master’s near completion of the certificate requirements or after the certificate has been granted. A maximum of 12 credit hours earned in the certificate may be applied to a master’s degree.
  • Students may take a maximum of six OL graduate credit hours prior to admission to the certificate program that may be counted toward completion of the certificate.
  • If approved by the OL Graduate Admissions Committee, a maximum of three graduate-level transfer credits may be applied to the requirements for the certificate.

 For further information, contact Kimberly O’Connor, Organizational Leadership Graduate Program Director, phone: 260-481-6496, e-mail:oconnork@ipfw.edu

Certificate Requirements (15 credit hours)

Total Credits: 15

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