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Certificate in Leadership & Change

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McColl School of Business

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Whether you are a C-suite executive or in your first managerial role, leaders at all levels are challenged to lead change and inspire others to follow.

Through a certificate or concentration in Leadership & Change, you will develop a deeper understanding of yourself, the human dynamics of organizational change, and the frameworks associated with leadership and change management so that you are equipped to make decisions that facilitate positive organizational change.

The Certificate in Leadership and Change is offered on campus, online, and through a hybrid format.

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The Certificate in Leadership & Change is a 15-credit-hour graduate certificate. It can be completed on its own or as a concentration in the Flexible MBA program.

Required Courses: 

  • MBA 600 Leadership Development or MBA 601 & 602 Leadership Development I & II
  • MBA 620 Organizational Behavior 

Plus choose 3 of the following courses:

  • MBA 680: Contemporary Leadership: Theory & Application
  • MBA 681: Principles of Talent and Organization Development
  • MBA 682: Organizational System Change
  • MBA 683: Conflict & Negotiation
  • MBA 684: Transformational Change
  • MBA 685: Management Consulting
  • MBA 686: Interpersonal & Group Dynamics


Queens Flexible MBA allows you to tailor your experience by offering optional concentrations. Earn a concentration in Leadership & Change by completing 3 of the following courses to satisfy the elective requirements of the degree.

  • MBA 680: Contemporary Leadership: Theory & Application
  • MBA 681: Principles of Talent and Organization Development
  • MBA 682: Organizational System Change
  • MBA 683: Conflict & Negotiation
  • MBA 684: Transformational Change
  • MBA 685: Management Consulting
  • MBA 686: Interpersonal & Group Dynamics

Course Descriptions

MBA 680 Contemporary Leadership: Theory and Application
This course provides knowledge and skills to be effective leaders and contributors in the creation and evolution of successful organizations. Students critically examine a wide-range of classical and contemporary leadership theories and practices to analyze and lead today’s successful companies. Additionally, students determine key factors involved in sustaining organizations. Cross-listed with ODV 650. (Prerequisites: MBA 600 or MBA 601 and MBA 602, MBA 620) 3 credit hours

MBA 681 Principles of Talent and Organization Development
This course provides an overview of organization development, including its history, ethics, literature, and the principle behavioral theories on which it is based. Analysis of the consultation process includes the skills and techniques involved in entry, contracting, organizational scanning, and preliminary diagnosis, as well as such individual and intra-group interventions as coaching, process consultation, teaming, and behavior modeling. Cross-listed with ODV 605. (Prerequisites: None) 3 credit hours

MBA 682 Organizational System Change
Building on ODV 605, this advanced graduate seminar explores cutting practices and findings in the field of organization development. Students participate in an applied OD effort that includes data collection and analysis, and client feedback. Special attention will be paid to the impact of emerging trends such as innovation and complexity theory on best practices in change management. Cross-listed with ODV 610. (Prerequisite: MBA 681) 3 credit hours

MBA 683 Conflict and Negotiation
The purpose of this course is to examine the nature of conflict and to better understand the impact that it has on our lives. Starting with the premise that conflict is a natural part of everyday life, the goal of the course is to assist you in identifying and analyzing your conflict management style and in developing an action plan for improving your negotiation skills and for managing conflict. Cross-listed with ODV 632. (Prerequisites: None) 3 credit hours

MBA 684 Transformational Change
Transformational Change provides an experience of an intensive leadership development process focused on the individual becoming a more fully integrated person. Using a highly experiential approach, the course utilizes personality and leadership assessments, reflective papers and journaling to create a platform for transformational change. Special emphasis is placed on building personal resiliency with a focus on moving towards self-actualization and growth by identifying and managing an individual's unique leadership "shadow." This experience is an intensive process to promote transformational growth and breakthrough leadership development. Cross-listed with ODV 646. (Prerequisites: None) 3 credit hours

MBA 685 Management Consulting
This course introduces the concepts, methods, skills, and attributes required for effective consultation in organizations, both from an internal and external role. Beyond a mere knowledge base, the course is designed to develop skill in dialogue and consulting, with a particular emphasis on attitude development through the application of Action Research and Process Consultation models in an ethical context. Additional focus is on issues of practice development and management such as client identification, marketing, partnering, contracting, and client relationship management. Cross-listed with ODV 644. (Prerequisites: MBA 681 and MBA 682) 3 credit hours

MBA 686 Interpersonal and Group Dynamics
This course focuses on the study of the form, process, and function of small groups, with particular emphasis on work teams in the contemporary organization. A variety of theories and models are explored and applied. Students are expected to explore their use of self in the context of groups as well as groups at a behavioral level. Cross-listed with ODV 620. (Prerequisites: None) 3 credit hours

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For more information about earning a certificate or concentration, please contact the McColl School Graduate Admissions Office at mccollschool@queens.edu or 704-337-2224.

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