Graduate Certificate In Diversity Leadership And Change Management

The Diversity Leadership and Change Management (DLCM) certificate is designed to supplement a student's major area of study by offering basics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a cohesive, structured manner. The certificate has value that draws upon the diversity of our students and our urban campus. Appropriate for practitioners of all stages in their careers, the program will incorporate theoretically grounded research and guide students to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts in their chosen fields. They will learn about the fundamentals of diversity, equity, and inclusion while obtaining the following insights:

  • Foundations of difference that undergird the basis for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts
  • The history of human behaviors and societal practices and their impact on achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Organizational strategies to foster and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Awareness of current practices that either hinder or foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in various settings
  • Characteristics of life-long learners and learning-oriented organizations
  • Capacity to collaborate with others in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space
  • Enhanced ability to lead or direct diversity, equity, and inclusion work
  • Management of complex problems in increasingly diverse workplaces in global and domestic settings
  • Professional change management and change leadership skills applicable in their respective workplace sectors, including private, public, and nonprofit

Admission Information

Degree-seeking graduate students who hold regular admission status may be admitted to the certificate program. Alternatively, the applicant must meet the graduate certificate admission requirements detailed in the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog and listed below. With program permission, non-degree graduate students may take the courses noted below, but non-degree graduate students cannot earn a University graduate certificate. Credits earned for the certificate may apply toward a graduate degree, as approved by the student's graduate program director and in keeping with policies of the College of Graduate Studies.

DLCM Certificate Admission Requirements:

  • Submission of application for certificate admission and application fee.
  • Official transcripts confirming completion of baccalaureate degree, completed master’s degree, or completed JD degree.
  • Students must meet one of the following admission criteria:
  1. For bachelor's degrees earned within the past six years, the applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA for the bachelor’s degree of 2.75 (4-point scale),
  2. OR if the bachelor's degree is more than six years old, the applicant must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA,
  3. OR a minimum GRE score of the 50th percentile,
  4. OR completion of 12 graduate level credits at CSU with a minimum "B" in each course,
  5. OR completion of regionally accredited U.S. masters or Juris Doctorate degree.

Apply now! To facilitate the admission process, it is strongly recommended that applicants use the online application system. Applicants may also submit application materials to the Graduate Admissions Office at the address below; however, the processing time for paper application forms is longer.

2121 Euclid Ave
Attn: Application Processing Center
Cleveland, OH 44115


Course Requirements

The certificate program consists of five courses for a total of fifteen credits. DIV 600: DLCM Program Integration must be taken over the course of two semesters and provides one credit per semester for a total of two credits.

Required Courses

  • DIV 514 - Foundations of Diversity Management
  • DIV 600 - DLCM Program Integration
  • MGT 603 - Organizational Diagnostics
  • MGT 605 - Organizational Development
  • UST 512 - Managing Urban Diversity
Contact Information

For more information please contact:
Public Affairs Student Services Center
Telephone: (216) 687-3884 / E-mail: