Coaching Certificate

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.


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.

Ashley PunzalanPart-time degree student Ashley Boehm Punzalan, a manager on Google’s learning and development team in San Francisco, finds the certification professionally valuable. “Coaching is a huge focus here at Google, and this was a wonderful opportunity,” she says. “To prepare managers to be good coaches, I need to be a good coach myself. The formal background is giving me expertise I haven’t had the opportunity to develop over the years. … I use it every single day in my job.”

Read more about the experience of Ashley and other certification program participants.


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.
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