Align people and strategy as a consultant. 

This real-world program develops your skills as a change professional to support internal or external change. You’ll learn various methods such as psychological safety, facilitation techniques, consulting skills, evaluation, and organizational learning.   

A Learning Community

At Pacific, students learn with each other. The program begins with a two-day residency at our Sacramento Campus. This experience allows you to build the foundation for relationships that continue online.

Primarily Online

We designed the certificate program with the best of both worlds. After one in-person extended weekend residency, all coursework is online with two weekly evening classes and a once-a-month virtual Saturday workshop.   

Real World Projects

We believe that students learn by doing. Each course in the program has you apply what you learn in a real organization. Rather than learning how to do something in the future, you learn by doing now. 


  • Bachelor's degree (2.65 minimum GPA)
  • Official Transcripts

Please send all official transcripts to:

Office of Graduate Admission
3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton CA 95211
Phone: 209.946.3929

Leili Khalessi
2022 Cohort Student
Leili Khalessi

"This program changed my approach to leading projects and facilitating group processes. The real-world class projects gave me the chance to put my strategic consulting skills into immediate practice. I recommend this certificate to both external and internal consultants who value creating positive organizational cultures and strong relationships as part of their work."

What You'll Do

Over eight months, you’ll immerse yourself in real-world consulting situations to apply concepts, tools, and models in each course within this certificate program.



Program Logistics

The next cohort begins on August 28, 2023: 

  • In-person Residency in Sacramento: Saturday, September 9 through Sunday, September 10.  
  • Fall semester: Online virtual videoconferences most Monday and Tuesday evenings (7 pm – 8:30 pm, Pacific). 
  • Spring semester: Online virtual videoconferences most Monday and Tuesday evenings (7 pm – 8:30 pm, Pacific). 
  • Virtual Saturday Residencies on October 7, November 4, December 2, January 20, February 3, March 2, April 27 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Pacific, with 1.5-hour lunch). 
  • Other activities occur asynchronously. 
Apply Your Certificate to a Master's Degree

If you decide to continue your education, all 12 units in the certificate transfer into the MA in Leadership – Organizational Innovation and Change. The master’s program uses the same format, primarily online. 

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Tuition & Fees

For 2022-2023, certificate tuition and fees are $2744.40 per course. You'll complete four courses in two semesters. These costs are comparable to workplace training programs. Students often receive employer funding to cover all or part of the costs. Some other students use Financial Aid or the payment plan offered through Student Accounts.   


Please note that the program and university reserve the right to modify or change tuition or fees without prior notice. 


Instructors Who Change Organizations

Our faculty members are award-winning leaders, consultants, trainers, and educators. They transform students through their teaching and also have active leadership and consulting practices.

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Connect with Us

For questions, please contact Benerd College's Leadership Programs at or 916.340.6155