Today's dynamic business environment creates a demand for professionals with cutting-edge workforce management skills. When you earn your Graduate Certificate in Leading People & Organizations, you'll learn the foundational principles of developing, managing, and leading high-performance teams and promoting a culture of collaboration in your company.

Graduate Certificate in Leading People & Organizations Program Overview

  • Program Structure: 4–5 courses
  • Class Schedule: Monday–Thursday evenings at 5:20 p.m. and 7:30 p.m
  • Time to Complete: 8 months when studying full-time; 8 months to 3 years when studying part-time

Unique Features

145+

countries represented by Northeastern students and faculty

12 or 15

credits may be applied toward a future MBA

Top 50

among national universities (U.S. News & World Report)

2

study options

  • Learn best practices for managing a distributed workforce and achieving organizational goals
  • Specialize your studies with electives that are relevant to your goals, such as negotiating, workforce metrics, or managing for sustainability
  • Build your confidence and experience through applied project work and case studies—key components of Northeastern's practice-oriented approach to learning
  • Access expert career guidance from an experienced counselor at Northeastern's office of Employer Engagement and Career Design
  • Build the foundation for a future master's degree from Northeastern—you may be able to apply your earned certificate credits toward an eligible master's program

Admissions

  • GMAT Required? No.
  • Where do I apply? Apply using this application.
  • Interview required? Upon request.

Helpful Guides

Application Checklist

Need guidance on completing your application? The application checklist provides step-by-step instructions and tips from our admissions team.

Personal Statement Guide

Need guidance in composing the personal statement for your application? The essay guide will help you organize your thoughts and draft your copy.

There are two entry terms each year in January and September.

Deadlines & Decisions

Find the deadlines and decision dates you need to know. Submit your application by the earliest date possible for priority consideration.

Northeastern University's Student Financial Services website is your best resource for the most current and comprehensive information to help prepare you financially.

To view tuition rates, please visit the Northeastern Student Financial Services page. Click the dropdown under “Graduate Programs” and find the cost per credit for the current academic year listed next to “D'Amore-McKim School of Business Programs.”

There are a number of resources to help you finance your Northeastern graduate education, and the Student Financial Services team is here to guide you through the process and make it as simple as possible. Please visit the Graduate Financial Aid page.

Once you are a student, your financial aid advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your questions, point you to resources and provide valuable insight as you navigate the financial commitments of your program.

At Northeastern, we value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds community, which is vital to learning and discovery.

Clubs and Organizations

Northeastern has many opportunities for you to be engaged with our community. Examples include the following:

Graduate Students of Color Collective

The purpose of the GSCC is to build community for graduate students of color at Northeastern University by promoting education, professionalism, and civic duty. The GSCC fosters student, staff, and faculty relationships to establish a campus home for higher education at Northeastern. Through civic engagement with surrounding communities, the GSCC recognizes the continued struggles of marginalized populations, and the need for those who have succeeded to give back.

Grad Q

Grad Q is a student organization for LGBTQ+ graduate students at Northeastern. Grad Q is focused on building community, social events, advocacy, and mentoring undergraduate students.

Campus Resources

We have a number of cultural centers on campus to support our campus community by providing programs, lectures, and events for students with a range of affiliations and interests including the LGBTQA Resource Center, Office of Global Services, Latinx Student Cultural Center, Asian American Center, and many more.

Curriculum

You can study for your Graduate Certificate in Leading People & Organizations full-time or part-time.

In both formats, you'll be learning from world-renowned faculty—industry leaders, leading consultants, and founders of startups—and you'll study alongside a diverse group of students with a mix of industry and academic backgrounds.

Through core coursework and electives, you'll explore the essentials of developing, managing, and leading high-performance teams. You'll dive into topics such as . . .

  • Creating a positive culture
  • Influencing workplace behavior
  • Maximizing team contributions
  • Innovating to accomplish goals
  • Building a personal model of leadership
  • Measuring performance

Choose your format

Study on our Boston campus and complete the program in eight months. Full-time study is F-1 visa compliant.

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