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.

Designed For You

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.

  • Low tuition with interest-free payment plans as low as $100/month.
  • Flexible programs designed to fit into your busy schedule. Self-paced study with no group projects, set meeting times, or exam dates.
  • The program is not structured in semesters, quarters, or terms. It is designed to allow students to begin their online studies at any time of the year.
  • CCU offers a tuition discount for Active Duty Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Government Employees, and CCU Graduates.
    We also offer a 10% discount for Corporate Partner employees. For more information on how to become a Corporate Partner, see our Corporate Partnership Information Page.
    *Employment verification is required. Offer good for students who enrolled after April 2018 and were offered discount at time of enrollment. Offer is not retroactive for students already enrolled. Discount and/or prices subject to change and/or cancellation at any time without notice. This offer cannot be combined with any other discount(s).
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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 .
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:

  • Assess how and why organizational behavior determines the effectiveness of an organization.
  • Analyze research areas of organizational behavior such as learning, motivation, leadership, group behavior and communication.
  • Evaluate the nature of power and organizational politics.
  • Consider the relationship between organizational design and an organization’s structure.
  • Examine the various theories and models that explain why and how people and groups behave as they do.
BAM 532 Organizational Theory  3

Organizational Theory pertains to the idea that business is changing at break-neck speed, so managers must be increasingly active in reorganizing their firms to gain a competitive edge. This course will provide you with the most up-to-date and contemporary treatment of the way managers attempt to increase organizational effectiveness. This course will also focus 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 covered.

Course Objectives

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

  • Examine why organizations exist and the purposes they serve.
  • Assess the relationship between organizational theory and organizational design and change, and differentiate between organizational structure and culture.
  • Differentiate among the corporate-level strategies companies can use to enter new domains where they can continue to grow and create value.
  • Analyze the relationship among organizational change, redesign, and organizational effectiveness.
  • Examine the typical problems that arise as an organization grows and matures, and how an organization must change if it is to survive and prosper.
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:

  • Analyze classical and contemporary leadership theories.
  • Examine the importance of managerial leadership skills.
  • Differentiate between transformational and transactional leadership.
  • Evaluate the relationships among negotiation and conflict, influencing tactics, power, and politics.
  • Examine the importance of ethical principles, personal and company values, and socially responsible leadership practices.
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. New technologies, such as virtual learning and big data, allow for greater accessibility to various training content and revision of traditional training and development techniques. 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:

  • Understand the context of training and development.
  • Grasp the fundamentals of training design.
  • Identify different training and development methods available.
  • Cite examples of social responsibility and the future of training.
  • Propose how training can help with career management.

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:

  • California Coast University has developed comprehensive Study Guides, for each course, that are designed to coordinate and sequence the learning materials within the required textbook. The following points will help to illustrate how the Study Guides are designed:

    • Study Guides are based on specific college level textbooks, which may be obtained from local bookstores, the publisher, or the University's Rental Library.
    • Each Study Guide is organized with a complete syllabus, along with instructional materials to guide the student chapter by chapter through the corresponding textbook.
    • Each Study Guide contains an overview and summary of all textbook chapters, along with a listing of important keywords (with definitions), and self-tests (with answers) on key points.
    • Study Guides include 4 unit exams equally spaced throughout the instructional materials, one writing assignment per unit, and the final examination.
    • Education certificate students are required to complete four written assignments for each unit examination in lieu of the 4 multiple-choice unit exams that are required for other programs.
    • Examinations are designed to test the student on the information contained within the preceding chapters.
    • All tests have no time limit and may be completed as open book tests.
  • Transcripts of previously completed academic work are evaluated and credit may be transferred to meet existing coursework requirements. The following guidelines are utilized when accepting transfer credit for a certificate program:

    • The University will accept transfer credit from applicable courses completed at colleges or universities accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or foreign equivalent.
    • Certificate students may receive transfer credit for up to 6 semester units of previously completed coursework. Students may transfer up to 9 semester units of credit completed at California Coast University.
    • To be eligible for graduate academic credit, transfer grades must be equivalent to a letter grade of B (3.0 GPA) or higher.
  • During the admissions process, all professional experience is reviewed to determine if an applicant has sufficient occupational experience to warrant completing a Challenge Examination in lieu of a Study Guide for a particular course. The following factors are considered:

    • An applicant may be offered an opportunity to complete a Challenge Examination if the candidate's occupational expertise appears to be comparable to the objectives identified for a particular course.
    • Successfully passing a Challenge Examination will demonstrate an acceptable level of competence for that course.
    • If a student does not pass a Challenge Examination they are assigned a Study Guide for completion.
    • The maximum amount of Challenge Examinations allowed for each program level are: Associate 4; Bachelor's 10; Master's 2; Doctorate 0; and Certificates 1.