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
Part-time Graduate Certificate | Typical program timeline
Full-time Graduate Certificate for international students | Typical program timeline
countries represented by Northeastern students and faculty
12 or 15
credits may be applied toward a future MBA
among national universities (U.S. News & World Report)
- 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
Meet Some of Our Students
“Systems thinking is a skill that I have appreciated learning about, as it's relevant in any field that has multiple moving parts working toward a common goal.”
“My professors are so helpful. Whenever I ask them about business, I am amazed that they have had so much experience and knowledge for me to learn from” says Vu.
- English language proficiency: English proficiency, both written and verbal, is necessary for success in D'Amore-McKim classrooms. For more information, review our admissions policies.
- GMAT Required? No.
- Where do I apply? Learn more here.
- Interview required? Upon request.
Need guidance on completing your application? The application checklist provides step-by-step instructions and tips from our admissions team.
Need guidance in composing the personal statement for your application? The essay guide will help you organize your thoughts and draft your copy.
Full-Time Graduate Certificates (F-1 Visa Compliant)
|2024 Application Deadlines||Decision Notifications||Classes Begin|
|Oct. 5||Rolling Basis||January|
|Nov. 9*||Rolling Basis||January|
|Dec. 7||Rolling Basis||January|
|Jan. 25||Rolling Basis||September|
|Mar. 21||Rolling Basis||September|
|May 9*||Rolling Basis||September|
|Jun. 7||Rolling Basis||September|
|Jul. 3||Rolling Basis||September|
|Aug. 1||Rolling Basis||September|
Part-Time Graduate Certificates
|2023-2024 Application Deadlines||Decision Notifications||Classes Begin|
|Oct. 4, 2023||Rolling Basis||January|
|Nov. 9, 2023||Rolling Basis||January|
|Dec. 7, 2023||Rolling Basis||January|
|Jan. 25, 2024||Rolling Basis||September|
|Mar. 21, 2024||Rolling Basis||September|
|May 9, 2024||Rolling Basis||September|
|Jun. 7, 2024||Rolling Basis||September|
|Jul. 3, 2024||Rolling Basis||September|
|Aug. 1, 2024||Rolling Basis||September|
Northeastern Student Financial Services publishes the tuition rates for Graduate Certificates. Under the “Graduate Programs” section, the cost per credit appears next to “D'Amore-McKim School of Business Programs.”
Northeastern offers resources to help you finance your graduate education, and the Student Financial Services team will guide you through your options. 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.
Application Fee Waivers
D'Amore-McKim offers application fee waivers to applicants that meet specific criteria. You can review the policy on the Graduate Application FAQ web page.
The D'Amore-McKim School of Business community stands with our university and its leadership in our dedication to cultivating equity and inclusion for all humankind. Understanding and solving our problems requires constant interaction among people who bring their own diverse contexts and experiences to the conversation. Therefore, we must be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community that values the uniqueness of its members, recognizes the power and importance of diversity in our own and surrounding communities, and ensures their engaged participation.
Graduate Student Clubs
There are numerous university-wide and D'Amore-McKim-affiliated student groups that you may wish to join, and several are grounded in building inclusive communities and resiliency. Many of our graduate business students participate in the Graduate Students of Color Collective, Grad Q, and Out in Business.
Participate in community-building programs, lectures, and events offered by Northeastern's cultural centers representing a range of affiliations and interests including the LGBTQA Resource Center, Latinx Student Cultural Center, Asian American Center, Office of Global Services, and many more.
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
The following is a sample curriculum and is subject to change. Enrolled students should reference the academic catalog for current program requirements.
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