Institute for Professional Studies: Graduate Certificates

Develop the Workplace Skills to Stand Out from the Crowd

The business and the non-profit world are changing and evolving daily. Your skills need to adapt as well — new technologies, best practices, and leadership methods. To continue to thrive, just staying up-to-date won’t always be enough. You need to stand up and stand out.

Your graduate-level certificate from the Avila Institute for Professional Studies can help you master the skills, knowledge, networking, and credibility you need and that top employers are seeking.

Choose from certificates and certifications in:

Graduate Executive Leadership Development Certificate

The Graduate Executive Leadership Certificate consists of 13 credit hours of coursework designed to develop leaders to effectively function at all levels of their organization. The hours count toward the MBA, Master of Science degree in Organizational Development, and the Master of Arts in Management. The certificate in Executive Leadership Development can be taken independent of enrollment in any graduate degree program.

Course Catalog — Graduate Executive Leadership Certificate

  • OD 650 – Strategic Communication (3)
  • OD 655 – Innovation & Creativity (3)
  • OD 678 – Conflict Management Systems (3)
  • OD 685 – Portfolio (1)
  • OD 688 – Leadership & Influence Processes (3)

The hours count toward the Master of Science in Organizational Development and Master of Arts in Management


Graduate Project Management Certificate

The Graduate Project Management Certificate is a set of 13 credit hours designed specifically for adults to develop proficiency with the latest tools and techniques of effective project managers. Students study current industry practices, examine in-depth case studies, review team interactions, and assess project management technology. This curriculum prepares the student to take the PMI exam for certification; in addition these hours count toward the M.A. degree in Management. The certificate in Project Management can be taken independent of enrollment in any graduate degree program.

Course Catalog — Graduate Project Management Certificate

  • PM672 Practice of Project Management (3)
  • PM673 Tools and Technology of Project Management (3)
  • PM674 Application of Project Management (3)
  • PM677 Six Sigma (3)
  • MG685 Portfolio (1)

Graduate Strategic Human Resources Certificate

The Graduate Strategic Human Resources Certificate consists of 15 credit hours of coursework designed to prepare learners for upper-level management of human resource functions and departments within their organizations. This curriculum prepares the student to take industry certification exams; in addition, the hours count toward the Master of Arts in Management and the Master of Business Administration (MBA). The certificate in Strategic Human Resources can be taken independent of enrollment in any graduate degree program.

Course Catalog — Graduate Strategic Human Resources Certificate

 

  • OD 662 – Strategic HR Management (3)
  • OD 664 – Workforce Planning & Employment (3)
  • OD 667 – Total Rewards & Risk Management (3)
  • OD 668 – Employee & Labor Relations (3)
  • OD 679 – Training & Development (3)
  • OD685 Portfolio (1)

Graduate Leadership Coaching Certification

The Graduate Leadership Coaching Certification consists of 13 credit hours of coursework focusing on learning coaching skills to improve organizational effectiveness and to align with organizational goals. In addition, the hours count toward the Master of Science in Organizational Development. Students must successfully complete a comprehensive coaching assessment in order to earn certification. The certification in Leadership Coaching can be taken independent of enrollment in any graduate degree program.

Course Catalog — Graduate Leadership Coaching Certification

  • OD685 Portfolio (1)

Graduate Workplace Instructional Design Certificate

Designed to engage learning industry professionals, Avila’s Instructional Design Certificate prepares you to lead in the workplace. Define your organization’s learning needs. Determine the appropriate instructional formats. Design materials. Implement solutions. Throughout the program you will apply course material and your new proficiencies to your current professional activities in real-time.

  • Create a collaborative process that will help define, design, and develop instructional materials and solutions.
  • Program curriculum and outcomes are based on the new Association of Talent Development (ATD) Capabilities Model.
  • Project-based education.
  • Build your own reflective portfolio.
  • Network with professional peers and mentors.
  • 100% online, taught both asynchronous and synchronously.
  • Certificate eligible for both MA in Management and MS in Organizational Development Psychology programs.
  • Eligible for Federal Financial Aid

Course Catalog — Graduate Workplace Instructional Design Certificate

  • ID600 Introduction to Instructional Design (3)
  • ID611 Trends in Instructional Design (3)
  • ID621 Applied Instructional Design (3)
  • ID631 Organizational Learning (3)
  • MG685 Portfolio (1)

Graduate Change Management Certificate

Change, or become obsolete. As a leader, you always need to be prepared for organizational change. From planned initiatives to a volatile marketplace, change is not only inevitable, it’s often unexpected. In this graduate certificate program, you will identify the change dynamics around you. Data and evidence will guide your decisions, as you find your fit as a change leader.

  • MG620 Change Dynamics
  • MG621 Change Leaders
  • MG623 Evidence-Based Decisions
  • MG624 Diversity & Inclusion in Change Management
  • MG/OD685 Portfolio


Graduate inclusion & Belonging certificate

Your organization is only as strong as its culture. No longer solely the role of HR, building an inclusive culture is the responsibility of every manager and employee. This Inclusion & Belonging graduate certificate will help you move your company beyond simple compliance to build an organizational culture that is truly aware and inclusive. Your courses will address employee engagement, interventions, and provide specific diversity strategies.

  • OD631 Diversity Awareness
  • OD632 Diversity Planning and Goal Setting
  • OD633 Developing Inclusion Training
  • OD634 Practices for Diverse Recruitment and Retention
  • MG/OD685 Portfolio

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