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Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certificate

About the Program

Unlock your future as a coach with Northwestern University's Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certificate (OLCC). Delve into a program where organizational dynamics meet transformative coaching practice, reflection drives growth, and self-awareness is the key to authentic leadership.

Keep reading to learn why Northwestern is the premier choice for coaching education, about the flexible paths available to you, and key dates to be aware of.

Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certificate Curriculum Overview

OLCC students enroll part-time and work full-time throughout the program
age range of OLCC students upon entry to the certificate program
average cohort size, creating an intimate learning experience

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One Goal. Three Paths

All paths lead to the same goal – mastering the nuanced understanding of how people in organizations learn and develop. Whether you're here for the graduate certificate, the full Master's, or the executive certificate, you'll benefit from a shared academic foundation under the prestigious Master’s in Learning & Organizational Change program.

Graduate Certificate in Coaching

A comprehensive four-course journey over 12 months, designed for students across the U.S. thanks to our unique course format.

Master’s Path

Integrate the OLCC within the Master's in Learning & Organizational Change program, infusing your coaching expertise with a deeper dive into organizational dynamics.

Executive Education Coaching Certificate

Perfect for professionals seeking a concise, open-enrollment pathway to coaching excellence.

Foram Sheth

This is the best education I could have received, because knowing myself is knowing how I can show up as a leader. This experience opened my eyes to the world of coaching. When I learned the practice of coaching, I realized my talents and passion were better suited for coaching, not consulting. ”

— Foram Sheth, OLCC 2016, MSLOC 2016

Shereen Sater

A coach isn’t a “problem solver,” so more years doesn’t equal a stronger coach. Rather, the ability to create a safe space, actively listen, and observe/ challenge patterns in the way the client can hear it does. ”

— Shereen Sater, OLCC 2020, MSLOC 2021

Program Advantages

World-class Faculty

  • Learn with experts in human development, personality psychology, cognitive science, and positive psychology.
  • Receive observational feedback from master coaches

Rigorous Academic Foundation

  • Dive into the deep theoretical frameworks and foundations that define today's most effective coaching techniques
  • Learn and apply coaching tools and models rooted in cutting-edge academic research

Reflective Practice

  • Build your self-awareness from Day 1 to make you a more impactful coach
  • Apply critical reflective practice to key coaching moments for learning that goes beyond our 12 months together

MSLOC Coaching Model: A Holistic Approach

  • Discover the indispensable what, how, and who of coaching in organizations
  • Develop your checklist of key considerations at all phases of coaching engagements

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