The Graduate Certificate in Organizational 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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This graduate certificate offers a program of graduate level coursework in Organizational Leadership:
Complete the online graduate application form. As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will be reviewed when it is complete and all required materials have been received.
*NOTE: When completing your application, a GRE or GMAT score is not required to apply for OU Extended Campus certificates. If you have not taken either of these exams, simply click NO for each in the Test Scores section and leave the test dates blank.
After you submit your application, you will receive an email within 24 hours with instructions on how to submit your supplemental application materials.
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.
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.