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Organizational Leadership (Graduate Certificate)

A Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership from Creighton University will help you discover what it takes to be an efficient and effective leader.

Strong leadership requires a commitment to make thoughtful decisions, handle adversity, understand and manage organizational challenges, collaborate with others and promote change—all for the greater good. This online program will teach you the fundamentals of leadership, strategic problem solving and decision making, communication and management in as little as one year.

“The organizational leadership program is online and asynchronous, meaning students can progress at their own pace and complete the coursework at their convenience.”

—Gretchen Oltman, JD, PhD | Assistant Professor and Program Director, Graduate School

Sharpen Leadership Skills 

The curriculum for Creighton’s Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership is developed by faculty from varying backgrounds including business, health, education, law, and arts and sciences. The interdisciplinary nature of the program shapes the content of your leadership certificate courses, giving you practical experience in strategic leadership across a variety of fields.

This interdisciplinary approach also allows for classmates and faculty to exchange insights into their respective industries and professional experiences. The program’s broad foundation will help you learn to adapt and enhance your leadership skills, positioning you for success in a wide range of careers.

A program designed to fit your busy schedule

The online leadership certificate program is a perfect option for professionals looking to advance their leadership skills without the time commitment of pursuing a master’s degree. However, should you decide to continue your education, coursework completed in this certificate program can be put toward a master’s degree in organizational leadership.

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Gretchen Oltman, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Graduate School

Gretchen Oltman, JD, PhD | Assistant Professor and Program Director, Graduate School

“I learn from the other faculty I teach with every day. I'm just astounded at their intelligence and the amount of passion they bring to the classroom.”

Program Details

Program Goals and Curriculum

The Organizational Leadership graduate certificate program is ideal for individuals who wish to become stronger leaders and strategic planners, and who desire the flexibility of online coursework.

To earn this certificate, you must complete 15 credit hours:

  • Writing for Graduate Students
  • Leadership Theory, Application and Reflection
  • Strategic Orienteering and Execution Tactics
  • Communicating and Leading Across Cultures
  • Innovation and Adaptive Change
  • Approaches to Human Capital


Our respected faculty at Creighton strives to help students in the Organizational Leadership Graduate Certificate program strengthen their skills, expand their knowledge and work to achieve their goals.

Master's Options

Credits earned for the certificate in Organizational Leadership can be applied toward a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degree. If you aim to expand your overall business skills or your negotiation and conflict resolution abilities, Creighton provides an opportunity for you to earn two master’s degrees simultaneously with our dual degree options.

Master’s Degree

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (36 credits)

  • The courses required for the Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership serve as the foundation for the master’s in organizational leadership. Complete elective courses in various fields, alongside a concentration in business, healthcare, or organizational leadership, to earn the master’s degree.
  • Credits earned for the certificate in Organizational Leadership can be applied toward a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degree.
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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application
  • Include an updated curriculum vitae or resume
  • Provide an official transcript from the institution that granted the Bachelor’s degree. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • Submit a personal statement of interest in the graduate certificate 

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International students are welcomed into this program so long as they complete it from their country of residence, as F-1 visas will not be issued. 

International applicants must:

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit our financial aid site for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Still have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

Dates and Deadlines

The information below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an admissions advisor for personalized assistance.


Rolling admission: Once your application is submitted it will be reviewed and we'll work with you to get into the next available class. Classes begin in August, October, January, March, and May.

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