Certificate in Organizational Leadership

The Katz School's Certificate in Organizational Leadership provides the breadth of knowledge and experience that are central to understanding the complex nature of leadership within dynamic, global organizations and in the broad context of business in society. This intense, immersive program is representative of the school's focus on experience-based learning.

As part of the MBA curriculum, this certificate requires 10.5 credits, with 3 credits devoted to a project or experience-based learning activity focused on leadership and the other 7.5 credits taken from a list of approved courses. Full-time and part-time students are eligible to receive the certificate upon completing the required criteria. There is no application process. Only the completion of all requirements before graduation is necessary to complete the certificate program. 

For more information and a list and schedule of courses, contact the MBA Program Office by phone at 412-648-1666, e-mail at mbaadvising@katz.pitt.edu, or stop by Mervis Hall room 301.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Organizational Leadership Certificate?
This certificate will provide you with the understanding and experience necessary to master the complexities of leadership within dynamic and global organizations.

Who is eligible for the Organizational Leadership Certificate?
There is no application process. Only the completion of all requirements before graduation is necessary to complete the certificate program

Do you need to apply in order to pursue the certificate?
There is no application process. Only the completion of all requirements before graduation is necessary to complete the certificate program.

What are the requirements?
The certificate requires you to complete a total of 10.5 credits with 3 credits devoted to a project or experience-based learning activity focused on leadership and the other 7.5 credits taken from a list of approved courses.

How I can get the experience-based learning credits?
There are three options. You can take, with instructor’s permission, one of the project courses offered throughout the year, based on project availability. Another option is to apply for and be accepted into either the Woodcock Fellows program or the BNY Mellon Fellows program, both open to full-time or part-time MBA students. Third, you may submit a request for a Consulting Field Project to count towards this requirement, provided that either the project or your specific role within the project demonstrates a significant leadership component.

When are the courses offered for the certificate?
The scheduling of courses may vary each term, so please consult your academic advisor or the MBA program office for the most recent schedule.

Whom should I talk with if I am interested in the Organizational Leadership Certificate?
The first step is to speak with your academic advisor to ensure the Organizational Leadership Certificate is a good fit with your overall career goals. After consulting with your advisor, contact the faculty certificate coordinator for additional information.

Where can I learn more about the Woodcock and BNY Mellon CSR fellowship programs?
Consult the Woodcock Fellowship page and the BNY Mellon CSR fellowship page for more information, to view deadlines, and to submit an online application.