Organizational Leadership
Graduate Certificate Online Program

The graduate certificate program in Organizational Leadership prepares students to be effective leaders for business teams at all organizational levels. The program offers students the opportunity to develop skills in organizational structure and behavior, guiding decision-making, operations, training, and development. Students will be able to take charge and provide for a corporation, government agency, or non-profit organization in new and better ways.

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The California Coast University online Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership program was designed for complete flexibility for the student. All courses are self-paced and completed 100% online.

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Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

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The Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership degree program consists of 4 total courses.
The required courses are comprised of: 4  Core Courses .
There are 12 total semester units in this program.

4 Core Courses

The online Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership degree program is comprised of the following 4 courses. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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ID Course Name Units
BAM 515 Organizational Behavior  3

Organizational Behavior provides students with an in-depth review of various theories and research on the behavior, structure, and process of organizations. Formal organizations and their structure will be critically examined, and human motivations and their constructive application to oneself and others will be explored. Applicable behavioral science theories will be analyzed and students will be able to effectively apply the relevant concepts to the management of organizations.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define organizational behavior and describe the basic functions.
  • Examine key terms, theories and perspectives of organizational behavior.
  • Evaluate issues affecting organizational behavior including global issues, diversity, ethics and corporate social responsibility.
  • Analyze individual behaviors and the various types of processes in organizational behavior including social and group, leadership and influence, and organizational processes.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to organizational behavior.
BAM 532 Organizational Theory  3

Organizational Theory aims to provide students with a detailed look at ways in which managers attempt to increase organizational effectiveness. This course focuses on organizational theory, organizational design, and organizational change. The origins of organizational culture, stakeholder approach to organizations, and recent developments in organizational structure will also be explored.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define the term organization and examine the role of organizations in society.
  • Analyze the importance of organizational purpose and structural design in organizations.
  • Examine the various elements of open system design and internal design.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the elements inherent in managing dynamic processes.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to organizational theory.
BAM 550 Leadership  3

Leadership focuses on leadership theories that seek to explain how traits, behaviors, or situational factors influence leadership style and effectiveness. Students will develop the competencies and skills to immediately start using these principles in their personal and professional lives. The course also explores the critical question of how well a leader is able to influence followers to achieve group objectives—this is what distinguishes effective from ineffective leaders.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and define leadership, and examine the importance of developing leadership skills.
  • Trace the evolution of leadership and discuss historical approaches to leadership.
  • Examine research perspectives, theories, and best practices related to leadership.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the personal side of leadership, the leader as a relationship builder and social architect.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to leadership.
BAM 554 Employee Training and Development  3

Employee Training and Development provides students with insight into the different methods of training and development for company—as well as personal—success. The course addresses new technologies, such as virtual learning and big data, that allow for greater accessibility to various training content and revision of traditional training and development techniques. The course emphasizes that there are effective and relevant training and development methods for every stage of an employee’s career.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the context of training and development.
  • Identify and describe the fundamentals and best practices of training design.
  • Evaluate different training and development methods available.
  • Examine issues related to social responsibility, and analyze future trends and implications for training.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to employee development and training.

Prerequisites to Admission:

An applicant must have earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Leadership, or Management. A Bachelor Degree in another field may be considered if the Admission Committee evaluation indicates that the applicant has the necessary foundation to succeed in the program.

FAQ About Coursework

Required units may be satisfied in the following ways: