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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.

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
  Online   to be scheduled
MGMT X487
Communication in a Diverse and Changing Workplace (2.00 Units)
MGMT X487
Online   to be scheduled  
MGMT X497.34
Leading Small Groups (2.00 Units)
MGMT X497.34
Online      
MGMT X497.35
Conflict Resolution (2.00 Units)
MGMT X497.35
Online   to be scheduled  
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
Online Remote to be scheduled to be scheduled
MGMT X497.38
Virtual or Remote Management and Communication (2.00 Units)
MGMT X497.38
    to be scheduled  
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 Winter 2024 Spring 2024 Summer 2024 Fall 2024
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Oct 19 Jan 18 Apr 18 Jul 11
Courses Begin* (week of) Jan 8 Apr 1 Jun 24 Sep 23
Courses End* (week of) Mar 18 Jun 10 Sep 9 Dec 9
Administrative Holidays Jan 15, Feb 19 Mar 29, May 27 Jun 19, Jul 4, Sep 2 Nov 11, Nov 28-29, Dec 24-25, Dec 31, Jan 1

*Actual dates may vary by program.

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Earn a Certificate

Apply to become a candidate for the program: A Declaration of Candidacy is required to establish candidacy in this program. Complete the application and pay the application and candidacy fee of $125 (non-refundable). Learn more about the benefits of becoming a candidate. Candidacy is not required to enroll into individual course in a program.

A candidate in the program is awarded a certificate upon the successful completion of eight (8) required courses totaling 17.5 units, each with a letter grade of “C” or better. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in their first course. To receive the Certified Digital Certificate after the completing all the program requirements, students must submit the Request for Certificate to initiate the certificate audit process. Students not pursuing the 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

Transfer Credit

Students who complete the Organizational Leadership & Communication Certificate Program may be eligible to transfer credits into University of the Pacific – Benerd College’s Master of Arts in Leadership (Organizational Innovation and Change Concentration).

Advisory Committee

  • Drew McCrary, MAOL, Executive Leadership Coach and Founder, Growth in Sight
  • Adam Yamaguchi, Head of Talent Development, Relativity Space

Career Advancement Network (CAN)

We are proud to provide our certificate students and alumni with newly enhanced career services that include one-on-one coaching, technology tools, webinars and workshops, networking events, mentorship/internship opportunities, and a rich collection of free online career resources. Learn more.

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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.