Credits required
28 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 28 quarter credits are equal to 18.67 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$375 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

Organizational Leadership – Online Undergraduate Certificate

Your professional path to becoming a leader starts here

Gain strategic communication and leadership skills, and learn how to effectively find, motivate and lead talented employees when you earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership online with Oregon State University.

By preparing you to run dynamic projects and manage employees in both goods-producing and service enterprises, this certificate will equip you with the knowledge you need for a career full of advancement opportunities.

This 28-credit program is designed for early-career professionals who want to directly contribute to organizational initiatives and processes. Through evidence-based instruction, you'll gain the skills to lead others and positively impact team and organizational performance. 

An accredited leader in business

As an organizational leadership certificate student, you’ll benefit from the expertise of Oregon State’s AACSB-accredited College of Business. The college is a recognized leader in the business industry.


The organizational leadership online coursework is designed to give you the foundational knowledge to become a strong leader in a rapidly evolving business environment. In these classes, you'll learn tactics to improve individual performance and group dynamics within diverse organizations.

Outcomes in the organizational leadership certificate include learning how people and groups in organizations behave, react and interpret events; discovering techniques and using professional decision tools for managing a broad range of projects; and diving into research and theory, with an emphasis on analyzing leadership situations and applying leadership skills in the workplace.

Certificate requirements and curriculum details are available on Oregon State's academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Principles of management
  • Managing individual and team performance
  • Project management
  • Leadership
  • Human resources management
  • Influence and negotiation


You may need to complete additional coursework prior to enrolling in this program and taking the required certificate courses. This could mean completing 3 or more additional credits, depending on how your educational background relates to the program requirements.

Apply some of certificate credits toward a bachelor’s degree

The College of Business makes it possible for you to apply some of the credits you earn in the organizational leadership certificate toward one of OSU's business bachelor’s programs delivered online. Browse the collection of OSU Ecampus business programs.

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • OSU Ecampus students receive the same transcript-visible certificate as on-campus students.

NOTE: The U.S. Department of Education has approved this certificate for federal financial aid eligibility as part of a full degree program, but not as an independent certificate program. Alternate funding sources (e.g., loans, private funds) may be required to cover the costs associated with this program.


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