Administrative Leadership

Quick Facts

Delivery: Online or Onsite

Credit Hours: 12

Application Deadline: December 1

Next Session: Spring 2019

Gain the skills you need to lead positive change

The Graduate Certificate in Administrative Leadership equips students with a more specialized understanding of leadership. To complete the certificate, you must complete 12 hours of required coursework, including studies in the culture of organizations and theories of management and leadership. You must also choose an elective option—either through coursework or the Experiential Leadership Completion Program which includes an intense five-day period on OU’s Norman campus where you will work closely with faculty, consultants, and fellow students as you experience limited lecture, experiential learning exercises, and in-depth behavioral assessments.

About the Administrative Leadership Certificate 

Graduate certificates provide an opportunity for a focused program of graduate study in a specified topic. You may complete the certificate program while enrolled in a graduate degree program, or you may be admitted directly to the certificate program. The credit hours you take to complete your graduate certificate may be applied to a graduate degree program.

Program Type

Twelve hours that can be completed 100% online or in a hybrid format. Note: Availability of onsite/hybrid courses depends on the number of students enrolled at each location. 

Certificate Topics:

  • Cultures of Organizations
  • Creating, Leading, and Managing Change
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Organizational Communication
  • US Military Leadership
  • Experiential Leadership

Admission and Retention

Students may apply to be admitted to the Graduate College to pursue the certificate program, or they may complete the certificate program while currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.

For students applying for admission to pursue the certificate, the admission requirements and process are the same as for a degree-seeking student; however, students cannot be admitted on conditional status to a certificate program.

The Graduate Certificate Program Report will be completed during the term the last course is being taken.

Use of Certificate Graduate Credit Towards a Graduate degree

Credit hours gained during a certificate program are eligible to be applied to a graduate degree at OU. However, in all cases, the specific hours that may be transferred to the graduate degree are subject to the prevailing rules regarding residence credit. Certificate hours completed while a student is enrolled in a graduate degree are not considered to be transfer credit.

Read further information from the Graduate College.

Certificate Planning Sheet:

Administrative Leadership – Graduate Certificate Planning Sheet

Graduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May: 1

Curriculum

Program requirements

This graduate certificate offers a program of graduate level coursework in Administrative Leadership:

  • Minimum of 12 hours of graduate credit, including a majority of 5000 and 6000 level courses
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA required for successful completion
  • No substitution of courses or transfer courses is allowed in the certificate program.

Required Courses

  • Theories of Management and Leadership (three hours)
  • Cultures of Organizations (three hours)

Elective Courses (choose two from one of the following groupings)

  • Individual and Leadership (three hours)
  • Organizational Communication (three hours)
  • Creating, Leading, and Managing Change (three hours)
  • Leadership in Practice (three hours)
  • US Military Leadership (three hours)

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Manageable Accelerated Courses

All graduate courses in this certificate are 16 weeks long in spring and fall or eight weeks in summer. Most students choose to take two courses (or six credit hours) in the spring and fall semesters and one course (or three credit hours) in the summer. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules.

Your Classmates

At OU Extended Campus, your cohort won’t look like the traditional college student. Many of our students are balancing family, work, and life responsibilities, and we make it our job to help them every step of the way. 

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