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Organizational Leadership & Communication

Overview

In today’s demanding workplace, managers are constantly challenged to find new and innovative ways to involve and motivate employees and affect positive change that improves the company’s bottom line. The Organizational Leadership and Communication Certificate Program focuses on the practical skills professionals need to develop and maintain in order to lead others and be an agent of change. This program begins by teaching participants the fundamentals of leadership and continues by teaching participants valuable skills in interpersonal communication, small group communication, conflict management, intercultural communication, writing, and managing organizational change.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, persons interested in becoming managers should have good leadership and communication skills and be able to establish effective working relationships with many different people. They also must be able to coordinate several activities at once, quickly analyze and resolve specific problems, and cope with deadlines. Successful managers must be well rounded and have excellent leadership and communication skills.

Who Should Enroll

This program is targeted to managers and those wanting to get into a management role to become effective leaders and change agents in their organizations through competencies in people-management skills, effective communication skills, conflict management skills, and team-building skills.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for managers. Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

479,965
Annual Job Openings
(2019)
9.8%
Projected Growth
(2019-2029)
$107k
Median Salary
(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $183k)

Program Benefits

  • Communicate ideas clearly, powerfully, and intentionally to inspire and lead others to create vision, shape culture, and achieve organizational goals.
  • Develop strong interactive communication skills to strengthen relationships across teams, departments, and hierarchical levels.
  • Develop communication strategies for team building to effectively collaborate for better problem solving and decision making.
  • Transform destructive conflict into constructive conflict while building trust in the organization and creating a productive working environment.
  • Recognize cultural differences within and across organizations and use best communication practices to enhance understanding and good will.
  • Plan, introduce, and implement a successful change with employee support in today’s complex business environment.
  • Build, manage, and lead virtual teams at a distance while implementing strategies to maximize collaboration and productivity.
  • Use powerful writing skills to compose effective messages that produce desired results in various business contexts.

Course Schedule

Required Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
MGMT X497.32
Foundations of Leadership (2.00 Units)
MGMT X497.32
      to be scheduled
MGMT X487
Communication in a Diverse and Changing Workplace (2.00 Units)
MGMT X487
to be scheduled   Online  
MGMT X497.34
Leading Small Groups (2.00 Units)
MGMT X497.34
to be scheduled      
MGMT X497.35
Conflict Resolution (2.00 Units)
MGMT X497.35
to be scheduled   Online  
ANTHRO X497.36
Communicating Across Cultures (2.00 Units)
ANTHRO X497.36
  Online    
MGMT X456.8
Leading Successful Organizational Change (3.00 Units)
MGMT X456.8
to be scheduled Online Online to be scheduled
MGMT X497.38
Virtual or Remote Management and Communication (2.00 Units)
MGMT X497.38
    Online  
MGMT X446.4
Modern Business Writing (2.50 Units)
MGMT X446.4
  Online   to be scheduled

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Spring 2022 Summer 2022 Fall 2022 Winter 2023
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jan 20 Apr 21 Jul 14 Oct 20
Courses Begin* (week of) Mar 28 Jun 20 Sep 19 Jan 3
Courses End* (week of) Jun 6 Sep 6 Dec 12 Mar 13
Parking Permits Expire Jun 30 Sep 30 Dec 31 Mar 31
Administrative Holidays Mar 25, May 30 Jun 20, Jul 4, Sep 5 Nov 11, Nov 24-25, Dec 23, Dec 26, Dec 30, Jan 2 Jan 16, Feb 20

*Actual dates may vary by program.

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Certificate Eligibility and Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon completion of eight (8) courses with a grade of "C" or better for a total of 17.5 units and 175 hours of instruction. To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy with a non-refundable $125 application fee. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the digital certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

“Interpersonal skills are essential not only to managers in a business environment, but to everyday life. Yet, it is a discipline which is rarely taught. Engaging with the various instructors and learning from their experiences really brought the subject matter to life. The Organizational Leadership and Communication program improved my understanding of team dynamics and has helped me communicate and manage work relationships more effectively.” Marina Sun
Program Graduate

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

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