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Organizational Leadership and Change Management - ADV CERT

Program Overview:

The Advanced Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Change Management (OLCM) is designed for graduate students interested in understanding leadership and change management in organizations. Enhancing knowledge of organizational structure, governance, and change and development, as well as improving managerial and leadership skills are essential for success in the competitive business environment. The Advanced Certificate in OLCM will prepare students to further their careers in a variety of organizations.

Program Contacts:

Dr. John Dion

Coordinator, MBA Program


Program Webpage:

Program Requirements:

The 15-credit curriculum in OLCM offered through The College of Saint Rose provides prospective managers with both a theoretical and practical understanding of leadership skills and change management processes within an organization. The certificate offers students the opportunity to hone their management and leadership skills as well as provide a broader understanding of the manager’s role in leading successful organizational change initiatives. The certificate is designed to cover the knowledge necessary to become successful leaders and managers.

This is a part-time certificate program with no elective courses. The minimum length of time to complete the program is one calendar year including fall, spring, and summer sessions. All of the courses must be taken at The College of Saint Rose. Courses will be offered primarily during the evenings with the possibility that some afternoon or weekend courses may be offered.

Academic Requirements:

Select 5 courses from the following:

MBA 583Leardership & Organiz Chng


MBA 584Managerial Decision Making


MBA 585Manage Effective Teams


MBA 594Corporate Govern & Trusts


MBA 595Managing Organiz Devel & Chng


MBA 651Labor Relat & Collect Bargain


Prerequisite Courses:

Applicants with an undergraduate degree in business may begin taking certificate courses immediately upon acceptance into the program. Applicants without a business degree or coursework in management communications and organization behavior may be required to take MBA 516 (Management Communications & Social Responsibility) and MBA 517 (Organizational Behavior) before registering for certificate courses.

Culminating Academic Experiences:

Required Course

MBA 595Managing Organiz Devel & Chng


Professional Accreditation:

The College of Saint Rose, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Albany Province, is chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State. All of its degrees and programs are registered and its professional programs are fully approved by the Board of Regents through the New York State Education Department.

The College of Saint Rose is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Admissions and Financial Aid Information:

General Admission Information

Eligibility for admission to The College of Saint Rose graduate programs is typically based upon the following minimum requirements:

  1. Submission of a completed application, a resume, and Statement of Purpose of approximately 300 words detailing the applicant’s goals for graduate study.
  2. Evidence of the possession of a U.S.  baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution through submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary education.
  3. Academic and professional qualifications for graduate study, as indicated by two letters of recommendation. The Communication Sciences & Disorders and School Psychology programs requirethree letters of recommendation.
  4. A grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), overall and in the undergraduate major.
  5. Other admission criteria specified by academic programs such as submission writing samples, portfolios, test scores, and participation in interviews or admissions workshops.

Applicants to The College of Saint Rose are responsible for completing their applications by submitting all required components. Prospective students can access the online application and application instructions at

See Graduate Admissions section for more information.

Financial Aid

The College of Saint Rose has long been committed to the premise that a quality education should be within the reach of qualified students. To this end, the College serves its student body through a comprehensive program of federal, state, and institutional financial aid. While the basic responsibility for financing education lies with the students and their families, scholarships, loans, and/or assistantships can supplement insufficient family resources. The amount of aid available through the College is limited and is awarded on the basis of academic merit. All financial assistance from the College is subject to adjustment if the recipients are later granted aid from other sources. Financial aid awards are contingent upon students’ maintaining good academic standing and satisfactory academic progress.

See Financial Aid section for more information.

Additional OLCM Admission Information:

Admission Requirements for the Certificate in OLCM

At a minimum, an applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Applications require a statement of purpose, current resume and all academic transcripts. Normally, the minimum admission requirement is an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, if the overall undergraduate GPA is lower than 3.0, additional information such as the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores may be requested. Applicants to the M.B.A. + OLCM certificate must meet all admissions requirements for the M.B.A. Degree.

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