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Leading People & Organizations

97%
EMPLOYMENT RATE
Within 9 months after graduation
14:1
RATIO
Of students to faculty
100%
OF INCOMING STUDENTS
Receive scholarships or grants

Why should I get this certificate?

Develop cutting-edge workforce leadership skills

This certificate will provide you with the capacity to align people and organizations to thrive in this ever-changing global environment.

Upskill your capabilities

  • Certificates are the fastest-growing form of post-secondary credentials in the U.S. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
  • 42% of certificate students gained more responsibilities, earned a promotion, or changed careers while pursing the credential (Harvard Extension School)
  • The number of people with a post-baccalaureate certificate has increased over 50% since 2005 (Forbes)

What are the required courses?

Graduate certificates require 12-13 credit hours and can be applied toward an MBA or MSL. Select four courses below.

This course introduces students to communication tools and approaches leaders can use to direct, guide, inspire, motivate, engage, and unite stakeholders.

Organizational Effectiveness

This course introduces students to the basic principles of human behavior and how these principles apply to the management of individuals and groups in organizations. Topics include: individual differences in abilities and attitudes, attribution, motivation, group dynamics, power and politics, leadership, conflict resolution, organizational culture, and organizational structure and design.

Leadership Foundations

The focus of the course is to provide a review of Leadership theories both from an historical perspective and the current day leadership styles that have evolved over the decades since the Industrial Revolution. The course will include the opportunity for students to self-assess, develop and create their own leadership style.

Total Rewards Systems

Understanding compensation and benefits as part of an organization’s rewards system is critical for today’s human resource professionals and managers. Often these costs are the most significant budget line item to an organization.

The practices surrounding compensation and benefits are constantly changing and without a solid understanding of this facet of management, managers could make decisions that would possibly incur unnecessary costs to the organization. This course includes tools that are needed to make quality, educated decisions and requires students to apply their learning to evaluate and implement compensation and benefit programs inside their organizations.

Talent Development

The course's focus is to develop advanced skills in identifying and measuring employee performance and determining what training opportunities are best for the workplace. The course will instruct individuals how to apply a systematic process of discovering and analyzing human performance gaps, plans for future improvements in performance, design and develop cost-effective and ethical solutions to close the gaps.

Coaching Skills for Leaders

In this course, students will develop skills and knowledge to assist them to be effective coaches in the organizational environment. An extra fee is charged for this course.

Conflict Resolution

This course examines conflict in organizations and teaches common dispute resolution/mediation processes and strategies shown to be effective in the organizational context. More specifically, the course will explore the roots of dispute resolution/mediation and commonly utilized mediation processes and strategies. Case studies will be analyzed and discussed as well as provide opportunities for mock mediation. Students will be offered opportunities to bring forward real-life scenarios for analysis and discussion.

What are the next steps?

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

Learn more about:

We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Complete your application.
  2. Request official transcripts from all schools previously attended. Mail to:

    Graduate Programs
    Mount Mercy University
    1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4797
  3. Some programs require letters of recommendation and other materials. Please see program-specific requirements on our Admissions page.