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Organizational Leadership, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Work effectively as a self-aware, reflective change leader with a graduate certificate in organizational development from Saint Louis University's School for Professional Studies. Strengthen your leadership through assessment, reflections, and project-based learning as you explore leadership at the personal, interpersonal/group, and organizational levels.

If you complete the certificate, you also have the option of applying to the Master of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Development and, if accepted, have all of the certificate credits count toward the master's degree. 

Curriculum Overview

As part of the School for Professional Studies, this 12-credit, fully online program offers technology-driven professionals like you a flexible option to meet your personal career goals. If you have obtained an undergraduate degree or higher, you may pursue a stand-alone certificate. All courses are offered in eight-week terms through SLU Online, making advanced education more accessible for working professionals. 


SLU's organizational leadership graduate certificate can be applied to a wide variety of careers. Competencies gained through the certificate are focused on developing a portable set of knowledge and skills that include how to be a leader in your current job, your future job and all areas of your life.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application.
  • Official transcript from a degree-granting institution.
  • Most successful applicants have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • At least two years of work experience is recommended (includes full-time and part-time employment, internships, co-ops and similar experiences).
  • Statement of professional goals (approximately 500 words suggested) articulating what attracted you to this program, and how a master's degree in this field will benefit you in your present or future career.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.

Requirements for International Students

Along with the general admission requirements above, the following must be provided by prospective international students:

  • Demonstration of English Language ProficiencySome examples of demonstrated English language proficiency include minimum score requirements for the following standardized tests:
    • Paper-based TOEFL: 550
    • Internet-based TOEFL: 80
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • PTE: 54
  • Academic records, in English translation, for postsecondary studies outside the United States. These must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted. 

Application and Assistantship Deadlines

Students should apply for the fall semester by August 6 and the spring semester by January 7.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by program directors.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

For priority consideration for graduate assistantship, apply by Feb. 1. 

For more information, visit the student financial services office online at  

  1. Graduates will be able to apply leadership competencies appropriate for a given situation or context.
ORLD 5010Contemporary Organizational Leadership3
Select two of the following three courses:6
ORLD 5150
Talent Mgmt & Development
ORLD 5100
Prof Leadership Development
ORLD 5350
Team Leadership
ORLD 5650Future-Focused Leadership3
or ORLD 5250 Leading a Healthy Organization
Total Credits12

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Fall 1  
ORLD 5010 Contemporary Organizational Leadership 3
Fall 2  
ORLD 5150
or ORLD 5100
Talent Mgmt & Development
or Prof Leadership Development
Spring 1  
ORLD 5250 Leading a Healthy Organization 3
Spring 2  
ORLD 5350 Team Leadership 3
 Total Credits12

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please call 314-526-2825 or email