Organizational & Leadership Coaching Certification

Organizational & Leadership Coaching Certification

Masters in Learning and Organizational Change

Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certification

You have the career experience to be a valued coach. But you also know that coaching is more than just giving advice. A good coach understands that making a difference depends on knowing how people learn and change.

This perspective is the foundation of our four-course/12-month Certification in Organizational and Leadership Coaching.


MSLOC Directory of Coaches


For a partial listing of our certified coaches and MSLOC Coaching Faculty, visit our MSLOC Directory of Coaches. Here you also can browse the digital portfolios that our OLCC students construct while in the program.
Visit our MSLOC Directory of Coaches


Curriculum Focused on Change Leadership

The curriculum of the Master's Program in Learning and Organizational Change is designed to develop the competencies required for leadership in the face of complex, continuous organizational change.

To meet that challenge, we continually update the curriculum to incorporate new research and concepts and to provide learning experiences that engage and inspire all members of our community.


Certificate Schedule

Part-Time Alternative

where you live

Anywhere in
the U.S.


time to certification

1 year

(4 credits required)

Learn How to Apply

Coaching Certification Paths

Two paths are available to complete the Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certification from the Master's Program in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC). 

  • You may earn the certification as a graduate certificate student by completing the four-course/12-month program. The program follows our alternative schedule option, allowing you to pursue the certification no matter where you live in the U.S.
  • You may also earn the certification while pursuing the full master's degree and completing the four-course sequence and other certification requirements as part of your degree program.

Coaching certification cohorts begin in March of every year. Deadlines for degree and graduate certificate applications are April 10, June 10, October 10 and January 10. The January 10 deadline is the final admissions deadline before the beginning of each cohort in March. 

Request additional information about the coaching certification and sign up for an Organizational and Leadership Coaching Information Session.


MSLOC Coaching Model: A Holistic Approach to Successful Coaching

msloc coaching model

Whether you are an experienced talent management professional or you have deep understanding of organizational operations, developing your ability to coach provides new opportunities for you to make a difference. We will help you take advantage of those opportunities by preparing you to provide one-on-one professional coaching — including fieldwork — by building your skills and your knowledge of theory and practices necessary to implement coaching as part of an organizational talent development strategy.

Each of the four courses required for this certificate is offered in our hybrid format — part online learning and part on-campus. You can attend no matter where you live in the United States.

As a student pursuing the Northwestern University Graduate Certificate in Coaching, you will:

  • Develop individual skills in the practice of coaching as well as a broad understanding of coaching within the larger context of organizational performance and change.
  • Look deeply at the theory and practices behind learning and human performance in organizational settings while building a consulting “toolkit” that will help you be a more effective change leader.
  • Learn from MSLOC faculty, who can bridge theory and practice based on their own deep professional experiences.
  • Study with and grow your network of working professionals with expertise in change leadership. The coaching certificate courses and class sessions are the same as those offered for students pursuing a Master of Science degree in Learning and Organizational Change. The MSLOC program draws professionals from diverse organizational settings, providing a rich environment to develop perspectives on learning and organizational change.

Contact Us

Master's in Learning & Organizational Change

First Floor, Annenberg Hall
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-7376

Fax: 847/491-3957

Email: msloc@northwestern.edu