Graduate Certificate in Organizational Learning and Change

Create Sustainable Change in Your Organization

In our Graduate Certificate in Organizational Learning and Change program, students gain an understanding of how a “learning focus” helps organizations improve their performance. Develop essential knowledge and skills in organizational behavior, change management, leadership development, and strategic planning. Engage with cutting-edge theories and real-world case studies to understand how organizations learn, adapt, and evolve. Expand on practical techniques to effectively assess organizational performance, lead change initiatives, foster a culture of innovation, and drive sustainable results within an organization.





Advancing the Industry
As one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States, it is active in advancing research and practice within the human resource development field.





The GW Advantage

Benefit from our unique location in the heart of our nation’s capital, with access to research, internship, and employment opportunities with prestigious private and government organizations. The program offers hands-on practice in diverse aspects of leadership, including expanding your understanding of how to lead in the midst of change and complexity.




 Program at a Glance

Degree Awarded:

Graduate Certificate in Organizational Learning and Change


Human & Organizational Learning

Course Delivery:

Main Campus

Program Entry:



The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits in required courses.

HOL 6702 Organizational Change
HOL 6703 Consulting Skills
HOL 6704 Leadership in Organizations
HOL 6707 Organizational Learning

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GSEHD’s Office of Admissions invites you to apply for a spot in our program. Please review the following admission and financial information.

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To learn more about the program, admission process, and upcoming events, please connect with the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.

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To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the online application form as well as the following required supporting documents. There is no application fee.

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree

  • Resume

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities

  • Statement of Purpose

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants.

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Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2024. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Application Timeline Fall
Priority Deadline Nov 1
Round 1 Deadline Dec 15
Round 2 Deadline Jan 16
Round 3 Deadline March 1
Round 4 Deadline May 1
Round 5 Deadline June 15
Round 6 Deadline Aug 1


For more information or to inquire about the next admissions cycle, contact the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.



 Tuition & Financial Aid


We know embarking upon graduate school is a big decision - due in part to the costs of attending. At GW, we understand the time and thought behind making graduate school work for you. Please take a moment to learn more about the options and opportunities available to help fund your graduate education.

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Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour, unless otherwise noted. Rates vary by program and location.

The tuition rate* for the Graduate Certificate in Organizational Learning and Change program is $1,905 per credit hour.

This program requires 12 credits.

Please note: Additional fees may apply for international students, late fees, etc. Current tuition rates may be updated during the year.

*Summer 2024, Fall 2024 and Spring 2025

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 Career Outlook

A Graduate Certificate in Organizational Learning and Change can open up various career opportunities in fields related to organizational development, human resources, training and development, consulting, and more. You may find opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills across various industries, including healthcare, education, government, non-profit and corporate sectors.

Learn more in our guide: What Can You Do With an Organizational Leadership and Learning Degree?

Career Opportunities
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Here are some potential career paths you could pursue:

  • Organizational Development Specialist: Identify areas for improvement, implement change initiatives, and foster a culture of continuous learning and adaptation.

  • Change Management Consultant: Help organizations manage transitions, implement new processes or technologies, and facilitate organizational change effectively.

  • Training and Development Coordinator: Design, deliver, and evaluate training programs for employees to enhance their skills and competencies.

  • Human Resources Manager or Specialist: Work in HR departments, focusing on talent development, performance management, employee engagement, and organizational culture initiatives within organizations.

  • Project Manager: Understanding organizational change and learning could be useful in project management roles, especially those involving complex projects with significant organizational impact.

  • Performance/Quality Improvement Specialist: Identify performance gaps within organizations and develop interventions to address these gaps through training, process improvement, quality standards, or other means.

  • Educational Consultant: Partner with educational institutions or training providers to develop curriculum, design educational programs, and facilitate professional development workshops for educators.

  • Research Assistant: Support researchers or academic institutions conducting research on topics related to organizational learning, change management, leadership, or human development.



Program Faculty

Dr. Shaista E. Khilji

Professor, Human and Organizational Learning

(202) 994-1146
Dr. Russell Korte

Department Chair and Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Learning

Dr. Sarah M. Ray

Assistant Professor, Human and Organizational Learning



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