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Designing for Organizational Effectiveness Certificate

About the Program

Lead change by putting people-focused strategies at the center of your change efforts. Accelerate your career by learning design practices and explore new ways to drive organizational effectiveness through collaborative technology, organizational design, and people analytics.

Become skilled at tackling difficult challenges in an organization’s people strategy and have a set of practical tools and frameworks to advance your career.

Designing for Organizational Effectiveness Certificate Curriculum Overview

Designing for Organizational Effectiveness Certificate students learn to lead change with a spirit of co-creation.

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Flexible Certificate Options

A new cohort begins every Fall quarter. Certificate candidates complete four required courses, plus additional cohort learning activities, during the one-year program.

All classes are in our hybrid format, which allows you to pursue the certificate no matter where you live in the US. For each course, classes meet virtually throughout the term and assemble for a 2.5-day in-person session on the Evanston campus.

Degree plus Certificate Option

You may choose to earn your certificate as an additional credential to the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) by integrating it within the 15 credits required for the degree. Sequence the certificate and degree according to your schedule and priorities.

Certificate-only Option

You may choose to earn your certificate as a stand-alone graduate program credential by completing the four required courses plus cohort learning activities over one year.

Hear from Our Students

Ashley Eddleman

DOEC not only changed how I approach all of my work and projects, but it more importantly changed how I think about problems. How can I break down the problem-solving process to avoid assumptions, bias, poor solutioning, etc., while also speeding things up so my team is continuously gaining feedback and making adjustments. ”

— Ashley Eddleman, DOEC 2021, MSLOC 2022

Jamie Shah

Situations at work are likely to change, repeatedly and unexpectedly. DOEC has helped me understand the importance of adapting a continuous mindset and to remain fluid to address these changes with more confidence.”

— Jamie Shah, MSLOC 2021, DOEC 2021

Program Advantages

Change Leadership

  • Lead change through co-creation and stakeholder involvement
  • Learn to continually innovate to address critical business needs

Organizational Design

  • Develop the capability for organizational design with a focus on organizational strategy, politics, culture, and talent
  • Learn how to use digital workplace technology to create communities and networks that address organizational challenges

People Analytics

  • Gain experience applying people analytics to diagnose and address organizational challenges
  • Build expertise as a “data translator” to effectively gather and share actionable information with colleagues and clients

Internal and External Consulting

  • Learn how to surface intel to prototype and design towards desired outcomes
  • Gain skills to effectively present to clients and internal stakeholders

Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern

Pursue a standalone certificate, earn a certificate alongside your MSLOC degree, or explore executive education options. Learn more!.

Contact MSLOC

Schedule a personal chat with an advisor, current student or alum. In-Person Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30am-4:30pm. Remote Office Hours: Friday 9:30am-4:30pm.

1800 Sherman Avenue, Suite 3500
Evanston, IL 60208