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As an organizational leader, advancing your career through a degree or certificate is about efficiency – how can you maximize the value of your education in the shortest amount of time? The Anderson University Organizational Leadership Graduate Certificate is a concentrated exploration of the proficiencies you’ll need to move up. 

Program Overview

This organizational leadership graduate certificate is a credit-bearing program unique among South Carolina’s major universities, in that you earn credits for the courses as well as a certificate. In this program, you’ll take four courses focused on critical organizational leadership areas alongside MBA students. Additionally, Anderson’s online, graduate business program is ranked second in the state among private and public institutions, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 rankings.

You’ll need to complete the following four courses to earn your organizational leadership certificate:

Leadership and Ethics guides you through the formulation of your ethics and principles and how those foundational entities influence the way you lead in the workplace. Leading Organizational Change details how to use data and feedback from various sources to guide change within a business, and how to assume the role of consultant and/or change leader. Finance for Non-Financial Managers will augment your understanding of financial analysis and budgets, and how to present that information in a fluid, clear way. Effective Executive Communication in the Digital Age trains you in competencies that will make you an effective communicator in one-on-one settings, collaborative projects and moments when excellent writing and expediency are needed.


Career Outlook

As you’re striving for a promotion at your current position or looking for a move to another company for better pay, a Organizational Leadership Graduate Certificate from AU will be a leverage point for better pay and quicker promotions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, management executives earn an average of $100,470 a year, a number you’re more likely to increase with a Organizational Leadership Graduate Certificate.

BUS 530 - Leadership and Ethics (3 Credit Hours)

Students’ understanding of leadership will be expanded to include a practical application of concepts and theories with an emphasis on leading with integrity. Students will analyze their own values and ethics through interactive discussions and case analyses, and develop an integrative approach from a Christian leadership perspective.

BUS 586 - Leading Organizational Change (3 Credit Hours)

This course focuses the need for organizational change through a Systems Approach and Complexity Leadership. Leading Organizational Change is designed to foster the development of skills and competencies needed for assessing organizational conditions associated with change. Techniques for collecting, analyzing, and presenting data during the diagnosis process will be outlined and applied in the classroom and in a real organizational setting. The course will facilitate participants in acquiring a clearer understanding of the concept of organizations, learning about organizations as open systems, and seeing themselves as organizational consultants and/or leaders involved in leading change.

BUS 587 - Finance for Non-Financial Managers (3 Credit Hours)

The course will overview financial analysis and budgeting.  Students will gain an understanding of the requirements to identify, measure, and communicate financial information. Topics in this course include: financial reporting, underlying accounting assumptions, performance measures, ratio analysis, cash flow and budgeting.

BUS 588 - Effective Executive Communication in the Digital Age (3 Credit Hours)

This course provides applied approaches to develop your interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills for a business setting. It involves developing and enhancing your competencies for professional conversations, collaborating in teams, writing effective business messages, developing influential reports, and speaking and presenting in workplace settings.