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Organizational Leadership Certificate

Be the change you want to see. The Townsend Institute's graduate certificate program for Organizational Leadership at Concordia University provides intentional & engaging coursework to grow your leadership toolbox. Guided by Dr. John Townsend, the Institute Fellows, and our hand-picked faculty, you will extend your effectiveness in two arenas: your Competence - increasing your skills, strengths and expertise; and your Character - those internal abilities that drive your level of competence. Certified Organizational Leaders gain highly marketable skills that today's businesses are looking for.

Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times best-selling author, leadership consultant, psychologist and relationship expert. For more than twenty years Dr. Townsend has engaged with leaders, organizations and individuals offering life-changing solutions to common challenges. He bring this depth of experience to the courses offered in the Townsend Institute's Organizational Leadership program.

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Help people reach their fullest potential.

You will learn how to help organizations perform at optimum levels to further their mission and vision. While an MBA focuses the student on analytics and strategic thought, organizational leadership trains you not only in strategy and organizational structure, but it also centers on the “people power” aspect: how to work with teams, lead change, enhance performance, overcome obstacles, create healthy culture, inspire followers, and engage in difficult conversation while maintaining positive alliances. Graduates will excel in the marketplace with these cutting edge, practical skills.

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  • Begin with a 4-day Kick-off Conference with your community of fellow students, faculty, and Institute Fellows. Dr. Townsend will conduct a series of training to jump-start your Certificate program.
  • Connect with your cohort in a guided-process group experience to earn your first three credits, where you will learn to unpack key moments in your life story and grow your character.
  • Join a 3-hour virtual classroom bi-monthly where Dr. Townsend and one of the Institute Fellows personally give a training. The last hour is all Q&A for students.
  • Engage with Dr. Townsend’s exclusive training videos and podcasts created for each course.
  • Gain access to white papers written by Dr. Townsend for topic areas that draw on his decades of experience in leadership development and consulting.

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The leader who pays attention to personal transformation will continue to be on the path of change and improvement.

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Receive a certificate in organizational leadership.

Term Start Date
Spring February 25, 2019

You can choose to earn Professional Certification or Advanced Certification for Organizational Leadership and begin in the Fall or Spring semester. The entire program is 30 weeks for a Professional Certificate (12 credits) or 11 months for an Advanced Certificate (18 credits). Students will take one 7-week course at a time. Learning activities will involve approximately 10 to 14 hours of your time invested each week.

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Join us for our online Townsend Institute Information Night and learn about the counseling and leadership programs while you experience the Concordia difference! You will be able to hear first-hand from Dr. John Townsend and begin to understand the uniqueness of John's approach to leadership, counseling and the learning process. You will also get insight on what class sessions, classrooms, instructors and Institute Fellows are all about. Learn more about the Admissions process and Financial Aid. RSVP today!

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A deep bench of experience.

When you make a choice to invest in your future by continuing your education, you want to be sure your time is well spent. That’s where the Townsend Institute at Concordia University, Irvine offers a distinct advantage. In addition to top-tier Faculty, Dr. Townsend has assembled a world-class team of influencers, the Institute Fellows - author-teachers with broad platforms who are widely recognized.

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Organizational Leadership Certificate Tuition

Tuition/Fee Cost
Non-refundable Application Fee: Domestic $50
Cost per Unit $545

*Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice

The Townsend Institute’s Certificate program includes a 4-day Intensive at Concordia University Irvine at the start of the semester where you will connect with your cohort in a guided-process group experience to earn your first three credits. Students will incur travel* expenses to attend this required live session.

*travel costs depend on market fluctuations of currency rates and actual costs

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to have all documentation in early because there are a limited number of spaces available. If you have any questions about the admissions process or need any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Application Requirements

  • An application with nonrefundable application fee of $50
  • One official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university that shows your confirmed bachelor’s degree. Official college transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope.
  • Must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Written essay (2 pages, 500 words) addressing the following items:
    • Personal, professional, and educational goals
    • In your experience, what is the best way that a person grows or changes?
    • What interested you in applying to the Townsend Institute as opposed to other programs?
  • Minimum of 1 professional reference required. Personal reference optional.
  • A current professional resume
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