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  Jun 20, 2024
2022-2023 Student Handbook and Academic Catalog 
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2022-2023 Student Handbook and Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Certificate in Organizational Leadership

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Program Overview

Graduates of the Certificate in Organizational Leadership choose courses that can prepare them to intervene upon and contribute to leadership endeavors in a variety of capacities that require sensitivity to diverse populations, whether as leaders or advisors to leadership. Graduates will be prepared to help define and communicate organizational objectives, ensure that business processes are as efficient as possible, manage organizational change, and develop teams and individual contributors.

Curriculum begins with an introduction and overview of organizational leadership fundamentals. Then students may tailor coursework by choosing two electives that best suit their professional goals. Students may complete the Certificate in Organizational Leadership and apply the courses towards the MA Organizational Leadership  degre or the MA Psychology  degree, or the non-degree seeking student may take nine credits in order to enhance their knowledge and expertise in the field.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful of this program students will be able to:

Professional Practice

  • Demonstrate oral and written communication that is grammatically correct, logical, succinct, and of publishable quality and non-defensive, learning oriented responses to constructive feedback.


  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role of individual differences in the workplace and the ability to establish and benefit from collaborative professional relationships, regardless of differences in background, work roles, and points of view.

Professional Behavior

  • Demonstrate personal integrity and ethical behavior in their leadership practice through leadership decision-making based on ethical considerations and guidelines.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior through constructive and appropriate interactions with others.


  • Apply the principles of social science research to the field of organizational leadership.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of data and information presented in statistical reports and social science research articles.
  • Critically review leadership scholarship including probing for more information, identifying logic flaws, and creating alternative solutions.

Admission Requirements

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Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Certificate in Organizational Leadership program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to do graduate work.  Factors that are considered in admission include GPA from undergraduate schools. Generally, an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all schools where credit was received to enhance their application.  Additional factors that are considered in admission include the following:

  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official College/University Transcripts
  • Personal Statement/Essay answering the following two questions:
    1. How will your personal and professional accomplishments, academic background, and experience contribute to your success in this program?
    2. How will the successful completion of this program support your professional career goals?

Applicant Notification

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology reviews applications on a rolling basis. Once review begins, complete applications will be considered by the Admission Committee and applicants will be notified regarding the admission decision. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions.

If a student is offered admission, in order to secure a place in the incoming class, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $250 will be required by the deposit deadline indicated in the offer of admission. The non-refundable deposit will be applied in full toward the student’s tuition upon enrollment.


The following policies are located under Academic Policies and Procedures : Academic Calendar, Admissions Requirements, Attendance, Satisfactory Academic Progress, Service Learning, and Transfer Credit/Course Waiver. Click the link above for detailed information.

The Curriculum

Required Core: 3 credit hours

Elective Courses: 6-7* credit hours

Program Total: 9-10* credit hours

*Students who choose IO519 Statistics and Lab as an elective will complete 7 total credit hours of electives, resulting in 10 credit hours total.

Required Core (3 credit hours)

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