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Organization Development and Change: Operational Excellence

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

William J. Rothwell
310B Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-2581
Fax: 814-863-7532
E-Mail: wjr9@psu.edu

This certificate program teaches students how to change corporate culture from a continuous process improvement perspective. Recognizing that organizations either get better or worse, the focus of this certificate is on the tools and methodologies for making positive organizational impact. Emphasis is placed on the application of essential continuous improvement methodologies including lean and six sigma concepts to improve processes in any industry. A focus is also placed on the concepts and skills needed to complete project initiatives on time and within budget. To be awarded the Certificate in Organization Development and Change: Operational Excellence, students must successfully complete 12 credits of coursework in the required courses listed below.

Admission Requirements:

An applicant for the graduate certificate program must hold either (1) a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or (2) a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution. Additionally, all international applicants must meet the Graduate School's English proficiency requirements.

Required Courses

WF ED 572 Foundations in Organization Development and Change (3)
WF ED 880 Facilitating Groups and Teams (3)
WF ED 451 Lean-Sigma for Professionals (3)
WF ED 405 Project Management for Professionals (3)

Effective Date: Spring 2016

Expiration Semester: Spring 2021

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