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Leadership and Change, Graduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #531 (QS) , NY,
The Leadership and Change program from The New School is a professional post-master's program for managers who want to inspire and lead change within their organizations. The program builds on the Milano School’s 40 years as a center of research and practice in leadership development and change and in progressive policy analysis.


Leading Change

With capable leadership, institutional changes encounter less resistance, and alliances of people and resources can be created to support them. This is true in small companies, large organizations, communities, and even social movements. When change becomes essential, whether in order to take advantage of new opportunities or to find long-term solutions to problems, it is critical that it be carefully led, not just imposed.

The New School confers the Certificate in Leadership and Change for completion of a structured program of study that prepares management professionals to be effective leaders of institutional change. A certificate attests to successful completion of a short set of courses designed to establish proficiency in a specific skill set. It is not an academic degree, but a permanent record is maintained and transcripts are available. Students in certain master's degree programs of The New School may be able to earn the certificate concurrently with their master's degree.

An Action-Oriented, Values-Based Approach

The Milano School has been a center of research and practice in leadership development, consultation, and progressive policy analysis and implementation for more than 40 years. The Leadership and Change certificate program emphasizes learning in action and provides tools, time, and structure that enable participants to apply their learning in their own organizational situations. Students in this post-master's program test their ideas and skills in real projects for real clients, discuss their experiences with the faculty and fellow students, and return to their careers with new insight.Successful change leaders are able to transcend conventional wisdom, examine values, engage in honest dialogue about what works and what doesn't, and try out new ideas in organizational settings. Our program embraces proven models of change leadership. Managers who complete the certificate program are prepared to take on enhanced roles in business and nonprofit management, organizing, advocacy, social entrepreneurship, sustainability leadership, human resources development, and internal and external consulting.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 18 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Organizational Change
  • Why Leadership Matters: Power or Potential (offered fall term only)
  • The Science and Art of Leadership Development (offered spring term only)
  • Leading Change Practicum (offered spring term only)

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • A graduate degree is required for admission to this program. Candidates come from diverse fields, including law (JD), business (MBA or MS), education (MEd), psychology (MA or MS), social work (MSW), and sociology (MA). Students in the process of completing a master's degree at The New School may be able to complete the certificate program concurrently.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1530 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1530 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National Applies to you

    1530 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1530 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    1530 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1530 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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