Professional Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Development

Professional Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Development

Classroom Program


9-12 months


15 Units

UCR Extension

Organizations are more than the sum of their parts. Understand the dynamic quality of your particular organization so you can adapt, overcome and stay the course. Understand the tools top leaders use to assess and manage culture, personnel, and resources. Develop leadership approaches for any scenario, including administrative leadership issues, building high-performance teams, managing projects, and more.

Designed For

Mid-level professionals in all types of organizations, including public, private or nonprofit, who may be:

  • Supervising others
  • Setting policy
  • Establishing benchmarks or strategic direction for an organization
  • Aspiring to move into a managerial or executive position

What You'll Learn

  • How to assess an organization's culture and environment
  • How to improve organizational effectiveness
  • Where and when to use certain leadership styles and approaches to improve performance
  • How to more effectively supervise and manage personnel and teams
  • How to manage projects
  • How to set priorities for outcomes and results across the organization

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in private companies, firms, corporations, government, or nonprofit organizations in a variety of industries all over the world. They might include:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • School Administrator
  • Consultant
  • Director
“I learned a lot about my personal leadership style and how to successfully lead groups. Also, learning among international students provided a global context and diversity of perspectives.”

Brittnee Agosto

Affirmative Action and Education Specialist
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. High school education or equivalent

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Human Resources Management

MGT X452.1

3 units

Review the mission, purpose, and structure of human operations within industrial, service, or public organizations.

  • Human resources as it relates to the organizational mission
  • Employee selection, performance appraisal, discipline, and compensation
  • HR management operations and organizational structure
  • Supervision
  • Communications
  • Legal issues
  • Training and employee development
  • Unions and union relations
  • Strategic planning
  • Trends in human resources management.

Organizational Leadership

MGT X470.46

3 units

Participants explore current leadership theories and practices through a range of high-level decision-making topics, including change management, leadership models, employee motivation and retention, process improvement, quality improvement, performance excellence, teambuilding and executive decision-making. Case studies and class discussion are used to reinforce theories and explore opportunities for practical application.

Quarter 2

Project Management Essentials

MGT X470.41

3 units

Examine project management techniques, tools and strategies.

  • Team-based exercises and simulations
  • Proven methodology used to manage projects from inception to implementation
  • Review projects using effective monitoring and evaluation strategies
  • Root cause analysis
  • Project definition
  • Lifecycles
  • Planning
  • Risk management
  • Control and reporting

Organizational Behavior Dynamics

MGT X479

3 units

Examine organizational culture including:

  • Understanding and managing work behavior, perceptions and emotions, motivation and stress
  • Developing work environments that align with organizational culture
  • Providing evaluation, feedback and rewards that model constructive behavior
  • Managing misbehavior

Attention is also given to group dynamics with respect to:

  • Work teams
  • Managing conflict
  • Negotiations
  • Power and politics
  • Empowerment, communication, decision-making and leadership
  • Organizational structure and design
  • Managing change
  • Innovation and creativity

Quarter 3

Leadership Principles & Practices - Supervision and Teambuilding

MGT X469.1

3 units

Participants examine skills and strategies to more effectively supervise workers, build and utilize teams and improve leadership qualities. Case studies explore leading organization design systems and processes to enhance productivity and improve workflow. Specific topics include:

  • Time management
  • Productivity improvement strategies
  • Cutting waste
  • Eliminating duplication of effort
  • Mistake-proofing
  • Communication skills

Emphasis is placed on the use of cross-functional teams, delegation tactics and the skills supervisors commonly use to improve flexibility, reliability, quality, customer service and profitability.

“Teaching has always been my passion. Business and Management are my areas of interest and in particular, organizational behavior dynamics and organizational leadership. Culture, individual differences, and diversity play a vital role in business and management across the globe. We are currently witnessing global growth, as technology and the international communication effort are rapidly connecting us all.”

Marlon Ware

Logistics Officer
US Marine Corps
Twentynine Palms, CA

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