Change is the new normal for organizations, and demand for consultants and change leaders who can lead positive, sustainable, and effective change initiatives continues to grow. Consulting and change leadership are rapidly expanding fields now representing a multi-billion dollar industry.
For change leaders, it has long been known that change initiatives succeed or fail based on leadership. The Ken Blanchard Companies recognized in a study it commissioned on the success of change initiatives that organizations are demanding effective change leadership in order to implement change.
As technology, markets, and regulations change, organizations must adapt quickly to remain relevant and competitive. As a result, organizations are in need of change leadership and consulting services to help them through the organizational changes necessary to stay competitive.
The Georgetown University Certificate in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership is designed to teach consultants and change leaders the tools, knowledge, skills, and perspectives to support effective, sustainable, and positive change in dynamic organizations. The program is designed to assist consultants and leaders who face the following questions:
- Does your organization need to change the way it’s working to stay competitive?
- Are you being asked to lead or manage change?
- Have you been hired or engaged to help with an organization undergoing change?
- Do you need to know how to guide and support an organization through change?
The program provides the knowledge, skills, tools, and perspectives to build your competence in process consultation, which will enable you to:
- Support and collaborate with organizations to create and sustain effective changes that leverage and engage the organizations’ human capital resources;
- Work with organizations to foster more functional leadership and group dynamics that enable higher levels of productivity and effectiveness organization-wide; and
- Help organizations meet their business objectives.
- Business leaders, including government and non-profit professionals, who would like to support change in their organizations
- Organizational leaders and change leaders responsible for internal change initiatives;
- Consultants and coaches, looking to hone existing skills or build new consulting skills
- Human resource professionals, performance management professionals, facilitators and trainers involved in helping organizations undergoing change;
- Individuals who are transitioning to new roles and are interested in consulting to organizations during change.
Career & Industry Outlook
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates a 58% growth in consulting services across a variety of career fields by 2020, with management consulting growing at a pace of 22%, faster than the average for all occupations.
The Certificate in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership program is a cohort-based program where students learn the skills of consulting through experiential activities in a laboratory-type setting. Students learn about themselves as both leaders and members of groups as they interact in the cohort and learn and practice the different phases of consulting.
As consultants and leaders, it is critical to know how you are impacting the organization in which you are working. The cohort environment provides a safe laboratory-type setting enabling students to experiment with and practice new behaviors and to ask for and receive feedback from students and faculty on the impact of their actions.
David Kolb defines experiential learning as being actively involved in an experience, reflecting on the experience, conceptualizing the experience, and using what you have learned to make decisions and problem solve in order to apply new ideas gained from the experience. The program uses Kolb’s learning model and has a journaling requirement which is designed to help students reflect on and make meaning from their experiences as well as help them to become reflective practitioners.
Because of the experiential nature of the learning, each student’s attendance is required at each and every session. The program focuses on the practical application of theory, which is taught through practical experiences rather than lecture. Theory is learned through the reading and applied in the classroom and during the client project.
The program provides an intense learning experience, which can be transformative in nature and will challenge you on many levels both personally and professionally.
Students in the program can expect to:
- Engage in exercises designed to apply learning about skills and theory
- Read all assignments prior to the start of each session. Faculty will not review or lecture on the reading material.
- Submit short written assignments (3-5 pages) after each session.
- Submit a final written paper (PAE) of 20-25 pages in length.
- Complete a consultation with a client organization provided by the program.
- Spend an estimated 10 - 20 hours per week of effort outside the classroom throughout the seven (7) month program
- Receive real-time feedback, coaching and advising from session faculty, who are practitioners in the field.
- The program comprises 172.0 contact hours of instruction. Classes meet once a month for seven months on three consecutive days (Thursday through Saturday) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with the exception of the first session, which meets four consecutive days (Wednesday through Saturday).
- Sessions cannot be taken independently of the certificate program. Missed time cannot be made up on a different day or in a different cohort. Participants are required to attend every day of each session and complete all sessions to earn the certificate.
- The Client Project Practicum, which is completed outside of class, is required. Clients are provided by the program.
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Students must successfully complete all seven (7) required courses for a total of 17.20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or 172.0 contact hours, to receive the Certificate in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership from Georgetown University. The program must be completed in sequence as a cohort over seven months.
Total tuition for the certificate program, which includes the seven required courses, is $6,995.00. Full tuition is due at the time of enrollment. A payment plan is available to divide the total tuition fee into three installments over the duration of the program (7 months). Withdrawals and refunds are processed based on the Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
This program also qualifies for Veterans Affairs Benefits for eligible students.
Most course materials are included in the cost of tuition. Course materials will be distributed in digital format and accessible through Blackboard, Georgetown's learning management system. Students must have a laptop or tablet computer to access course materials.
Program Admission and Registration
The Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership certificate program has a competitive admissions process. As this is a cohort program, each applicant will be evaluated as an individual and as part of a well-balanced cohort of students.For each cohort, an admissions selection committee chooses a group of students who represent a variety of backgrounds, occupations, and goals for the program to enrich the classroom experience. Students must be open to feedback and personal growth, have a capacity for self-examination, and have a willingness to challenge one’s own beliefs. To ensure that there is a baseline of knowledge and experience in the cohort, applicants must have the following minimum prerequisites:
- A bachelors degree or equivalent.
- A minimum of five years of education, training and/or professional experience in coaching, human resources, leadership, organization development or a related field.
The faculty selection committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis. Admission decisions will be made and communicated to the applicant within six weeks following the submission of a complete application. Admissions decisions will be communicated via e-mail. Applicants should ensure that their e-mail service is configured to accept e-mail from the @georgetown.edu domain.
A complete application consists of the following documents:
- The completed application form.
- A non-refundable $35 application fee.
- An updated resume or CV.
- One letter of recommendation in which the recommender specifically addresses the following points:
Individual essay in which the applicant addresses the following questions:
- How the recommender knows the applicant.
- The applicant's self-knowledge and capacity for self-reflection and challenging his or her own beliefs.
- The applicant's receptivity to feedback from others.
- The applicant's commitment to his or her own development, with examples.
- The applicant's commitment to the development and growth of others.
- What are your goals, both personal and professional, in attending this program?
- Describe a recent situation and its impact on you when (a) you examined or challenged a belief you held or; (b) received feedback that was surprising to you.
- What activities have you been engaged in to foster your personal growth and development?
The program has one intake each year beginning in January. Admission is offered on a rolling basis. For best consideration, applicants should submit applications by the priority deadline of August 1. The final application deadline is December 15. Applicants will receive an admission decision within six weeks of submitting all required application documents.
A TOEFL examination for non-native speakers of English is not required but students are expected to read, write and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program. Non-credit professional certificate programs are classified as part-time education programs. As a result, Georgetown University cannot sponsor international students for student visas (F-1) to enroll in certificate programs. However, prospective international students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in courses. For more about travel visas, please see the section on international students under Frequently Asked Questions.
For more information or to speak with a program advisor, please complete the Request More Information Form, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 202.687.8700. Interested students are also encouraged to attend an upcoming information session.