Graduate Certificate in Change Leadership
The Certificate in Change Leadership from City University of Seattle can stand alone as a post-graduate certificate or you can add a shorter version as an emphasis to any of our School of Management master’s degree programs. The 18 credit certificate program provides business leaders with the skills they need to lead with integrity and authenticity in quickly-changing business environments. CityU’s Certificate in Change Leadership program will help you apply the following skills to your career:
- strategic processes to attain goals within your organization
- communication that supports internal and external stakeholders
- leadership models that help you navigate corporate politics and build trust
- coaching theories and models that positively impact your leadership effectiveness
- leadership strategies to navigate organizational change in diversity and culture
CityU’s Certificate in Change Leadership program is available fully online and can be completed in as little as 3 quarters. When added as an emphasis to our MBA program, it adds only four courses to your program. Learn more about our Certificate in Change Leadership by contacting a CityU advisor today.
Whether you enroll in the program to become equipped for changes your organization is already facing or plan to use your certificate to step into a more formal leadership position, you will graduate prepared to succeed in a variety of roles. Earning your Certificate in Change Leadership will give you an advantage when seeking the following roles in particular:
- change management officer
- head of risk and audit
- service development manager
- performance and delivery manager
- leadership and organizational behavior specialist
As of July 1, 2011, the US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose specific information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” City University offers a number of undergraduate and graduate certificates that lead to gainful employment. Information for each certificate program for the latest reporting year is available here.
MAL 505 Exploring Leadership (3)
Successful leadership is built on self-awareness, understanding individual and group differences, image management, professional development, and effective communication. This course applies an array of theoretical foundations to explore leadership in the context of individual values, ethics, leadership, and followership. You will be exposed to effective written and oral communication skills necessary for successful completion of the Master of Arts in Leadership degree program. You will be exposed to effective teambuilding skills in preparation for team-based learning within each course of the degree program.
MAL 515 Organizational Systems Coaching (3)
This course focuses on organizational coaching from a whole-systems perspective and explores coaching theories and models useful for individual and task force professional development, development of individual and organizational goals, evaluation and monitoring of goal attainment, strategic process, and leadership effectiveness. Empowerment and motivation processes will be explored to prepare you to become an effective change agent. You will learn how to confront difficult situations and reinforce motivational behaviors. Critical thinking will be introduced to expose you to the art of systems thinking as a method of creative problem solving.
MAL 525 Synthesizing Leadership (3)
This course will synthesize the challenge of leadership. Leaders are faced with a multitude of challenges from relationship building, participatory leadership, building trust, collaboration, delegation, training, and professional development. You will explore role-modeling, shared vision, process evaluation, empowerment, and methods to create a foundation of mutual respect and trust that empowers internal and external stakeholders to positively embrace your organizational mission and vision.
MAL 535 Leading Change in Diverse Organizational Cultures (3)
This course will explore diversity of individual and organizational perspectives as a catalyst to understanding and applying differences as a method of continuous process improvement. You will be challenged to strengthen and widen your definition of leadership from insightful examples and sharing of best practices. Decision making will be analyzed in the context of applying executive and emotional intelligence with diverse perspectives that challenge you to develop sustainable growth as a leader in a learning organization. Change management will be explored in context of a leadership challenge of balancing risks and opportunities through collaboration with stakeholders. Students explore emerging change management issues through systematic perspectives and discussions. You will develop a plan to transform a culture and sustain excellence.
MAL 545 Ethical Leadership (3)
This course focuses on values-based thinking with an overview of legal and ethical considerations encountered by leaders. Professional understanding, internal and external politics, and personal integration are explored in the context of effective decision making and moral leadership. Personal, organizational, and societal influences will be examined.
MAL 550 Critical Thinking and Innovation (3)
This course explores innovative methods of problem-based solution analysis through critical thinking and analysis of alternatives. Collaborative brainstorming methods will be applied to determine optimal solutions that address actual problems verse symptoms of problems. You will be exposed to fallacies in reasoning, decision-making models, appreciative inquiry, and repercussion analysis. Humility and mistakes as an opportunity for improvement will be explored. You will learn how to challenge assumptions and expand perceptions. When to begin, continue, and cease the critical thinking process with be evaluated in the context of achieving viable and timely innovation and continuous process improvement.