Leadership Studies

Certificate of Graduate Study in Organization Development

This 15-credit program is grounded in organization studies and leadership theories. A strong emphasis is placed on organization development technologies, practical skills, and application, including planned interventions in an organization's "processes,” using behavioral-science knowledge. In the courses that comprise this certificate, students will have opportunities to enhance their understanding of systems thinking and learning; analyzing change for systems alignment, integrating sustainable change processes for ongoing renewal, and to initiate and increase organizational effectiveness and health.

Students can apply the credits earned for this certificate towards a Master’s degree in Leadership Studies.

Students who earn this certificate will develop their skills in:

  • Diagnosing and intervening effectively at the individual, group and organization levels.
  • Managing diversity, inclusion and social justice dynamics in ways that create a positive learning environment.
  • Adult training and development design and delivery.
  • Data collection methods such as survey feedback, assessment tools, interviewing and focus groups
  • Process consultation and observation
  • Thinking critically about human systems
  • Relationship building
  • Leading organizational changes

 

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Organization Development is available through a combination of fully asynchronous online (100% of course activities online and no on-campus requirements) and blended (at least 50% of the coursework online with class meetings that can be attended in person on campus or virtually via web conferencing) courses. Blended courses meet on our Portland campus.  For more information, contact Graduate Admissions at (207) 780-4386 or email usmgrad@maine.edu.

Certificate Requires 15 credits

LOS 500 Foundations of Leadership Studies I: Theory and Practice 3 cr (Blended or online)

LOS 501 Foundations of Leadership Studies II: Theory and Practice 3 cr (Blended or online)

LOS 502 Foundations of Leadership Studies III: Theory and Practice 3 cr (online only)

LOS 625 Training and Development 3 cr (Blended only)

LOS 665 Organizational Consulting: A Perspective on Leadership 3 cr (Blended only)

Application Procedures and Required Materials 

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters

Applicants are required to provide the following materials: 

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: $25.00 paid through the online application.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required.
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Essay: Applicants must submit a personal statement of purpose about why they are interested in this program
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.

International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

  • College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Applicants whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Where to send transcripts and application materials

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.

Although there is no required course sequence, it is recommended that students begin the certificate sequence with LOS 500 Foundations of Leadership Studies: Theory and Practice I and then take LOS 665 Organizational Consulting: A Perspective on Leadership as their last course.