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Concentrations and Certificates

To help in the selection of your courses and provide a focused program of studies, you are encouraged, but not required, to select a program concentration. Your concentration courses will allow you to develop specific expertise and signify your mastery of a topic to potential employers. Concentration courses allow you to explore the theory, application and critical perspective in a sub-discipline, and will help you prepare to pursue the capstone project.

Organizational Dynamics students who complete at least six course units in a single concentration will earn a Graduate Certificate in addition to the master’s degree.

All Dynamics courses are coded within four concentration groups, and students are encouraged to gain a multi-disciplinary perspective and to customize their curriculum by selecting courses from all groups. As many courses carry several group codes, students may earn multiple certificates.

The Global Organization (GL) studies concentration focuses on cultural diversity and organizational relationships within and between local companies and the international community. These courses include international seminars in which students study for one to two weeks in such countries as China, Sweden, South Korea and France.

The Global Organization track may be appropriate for those who work in or are affiliated with a global organization; those who are planning to establish business relationships outside North America (including outsourcing); and those interested in the effects of global culture, economics, politics and communication on organizational enterprises. Global Organization courses also examine how global interests are influenced by local cultural framing.

Recent courses in this concentration include:

  • European Approaches to Complex Multi-Stakeholder Project Management
  • Corporate and Non-Profit Leadership: Balancing Entrepreneurship and Social Welfare in South Korea
  • The Balance of Power in the Global New Normal

Students who complete this concentration earn a certificate in Global Organization Studies.

The Leading and Managing through Change (LMC) concentration is the core of the Organizational Dynamics curriculum. This concentration includes action-oriented frameworks and methods for thinking, planning and getting things done. Students who are administrators, project and program managers, directors and executives will become strategic change agents and effective leaders. Leadership is framed as a relationship with coworkers, not as a series of skills and traits.

Recent courses in this concentration include:

  • Organizational Project Management
  • Social Media and the Organization
  • Devil's Advocate: The Power of Divergent Thinking

Students who complete this concentration earn a graduate certificate in Leading and Managing through Change.

The Organizational Coaching (OC) studies concentration concerns how organizational talent is managed through coaching and how organizational coaching can be used as a strategic business development initiative. Coaching courses address the history, models, systems and tools of coaching including how to select and match coaches to clients, and how to evaluate coaching outcomes.

The concentration is designed for individuals interested in learning and developing coaching competencies and tools that integrate with other Organizational Dynamics competencies such as project management, change management and global studies.

Students for whom Organizational Coaching studies may be appropriate include:

  • Those interested in enhancing their coaching or consulting competencies or credentials
  • HR personnel responsible for supporting coaching within their organizations
  • Managers and leaders who wish to apply tools of organizational coaching to their own activities, colleagues or teams
  • Personnel with organizational responsibility for succession planning or talent management

Students who complete this concentration earn a graduate certificate in Organizational Coaching Studies.

This concentration is a specialized course of study for students interested in a comprehensive and focused approach to coaching and consulting as a profession. Whether your goals include working as an internal coach/consultant or as an external professional, you will develop superior organizational consulting and executive coaching competencies through rigorous study of theory, personal faculty supervision and advisement, and application through intensive fieldwork experiences.

Students in this concentration form a learning cohort community and study together with a dedicated coaching and consulting faculty in a format that allows students to continue working full-time. The concentration begins each fall semester in September, continues in the next spring semester and concludes the following fall semester.

Students who complete this concentration earn a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Consulting and Executive Coaching.

The Sustainable Development (SD) studies concentration concerns the ability of an organization to meet their present needs and interests without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. How an organization builds and supports a culture that systemically integrates meeting the triple‐bottom‐line (people/social, product/economic and planet/environment) is central to this concentration.

This concentration is suited to those who appreciate that perhaps the greatest challenge in creating a sustainable culture is changing the patterns of behavior and practice of an organization's members and stakeholders.

Recent courses in this concentration include:

  • Global PENNovation: Making Tomorrow's Cities Sustainable Cities
  • Sweden: Strategies for Thriving in the 21st Century
  • Outdoor Dynamics: Issues in Sustaining Wilderness

Students who complete this concentration earn a graduate certificate in Sustainable Development Studies.

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