Executive Leadership and Organizational Development

Graduate Certificate

What goes into successful leadership and organizations, particularly in these uncertain times? This program provides you with skills to handle today's complex challenges of leading organizations in increasingly globalized environments. Coursework equips you with an understanding of how interpersonal, cultural, systemic, and international issues affect the current business climate.

This four-course graduate certificate can be completed in as few as eight months.   

Required courses:

  • Organization Theory & Design
  • Talent Management
  • Leader as Change Agent
  • Business Strategy

Quick Facts




Total Tuition*


Fully Online Certificate

* Based on completing all courses during the 2021 - 2022 Academic Year. Tuition costs generally increase each year. Total cost will be higher if courses are taken across years.

"My certificate classes at Woods were robust, vibrant, and applicable. They've developed my understanding of both strategic planning with a visionary spirit and action implementation with a concrete grounding in resources and contexts. I've gained valuable knowledge and confidence as I go forward in my career."
Camille Fitzpatrick Markey, Certificate in Executive Leadership and Organizational Development, '20

What will I study?

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Application Information


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Please mail application materials to:

Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Regular Decision
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Online Application

Academic transcripts

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university (minimum GPA 3.0)

Applicants whose undergraduate GPA falls below 3.0 will be considered for admission. Applications will be considered in light of other factors, including letters of reference and personal statement.  

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 500-750 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Application Fee

Application fee: No application fee.



Letter of Recommendation

Submitted with application.

Please note: Letters of recommendations should be provided by Professional or Academic recommenders.