Organizational Equity & Inclusion Certificate

Develop advanced skills to meet the growing demand for professionals who can build and execute a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Diverse Professionals Working Together

Program Overview

As the global workforce continues to become more diverse—and as employers recognize the value of diversity for organizational health and effectiveness—the demand for professionals who specialize in diversity, equity, and inclusion is projected to grow substantially. In our certificate in organizational equity & inclusion, you’ll meet this demand by acquiring the advanced skills, knowledge, and best practices employers desperately need and generously reward.

Designed for current and future leaders in organizations across multiple industries, including nonprofit, for-profit, health care, education, and government, this program will equip you to create and sustain a diverse and inclusive workforce. You'll complete courses in a flexible, online format and can acquire the certificate in less than one year while still working full-time. Faculty members are experienced professionals in their fields with advanced degrees; they will mentor you throughout the program and provide you with valuable industry connections to grow your own network and professional success.

Upon completion of the certificate, you can apply credits to a master’s degree in organizational development & leadership, helping you advance your career and earning potential. You’ll graduate ready to step into a high-demand role that cultivates positive social impact.

Program Options

The certificate in organizational equity & inclusion is a 9-credit program. See the Loading... for curriculum and coursework requirements.

Learning Objectives

Students will benefit from increasing their knowledge in diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. In addition, students will identify strategic approaches to creating and sustaining diverse workforces supported by organizational commitment to equity and diversity. It is expected that students will:

  • Understand the historical foundations and changing environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion in today’s workplace.
  • Understand diversity, equity, and inclusion as conceptual and theoretical frameworks across various types of organizations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of change leadership theory and practice in organizations
  • Identify best practices associated with leading vibrant learning organizations that effectively align diversity, equity, and inclusion practice with organizational strategy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cross-cultural differences and strategies for developing cultural competency within organizations.

After completing the certificate in organizational equity & inclusion, you’ll have the option to apply the credits to a master’s degree in organizational development & leadership with a specialization in organizational equity and inclusion.

Entering the master's program this way will afford you significant savings, as certificate courses are offered at half the cost of master's degree courses.

The master's degree has rolling admissions so you can choose to enroll at any time.

Admissions Requirements

Program Highlights

Graduate Student Learning Online

100% Online, Flexible Format

This certificate program is offered 100% online in a flexible format that will fit your busy schedule. The program is designed for working professionals like you and can be tailored to your individual life and work schedule.

Expert Faculty Who Make You the Priority

Our faculty members are industry insiders with advanced degrees in their field. By making you the priority, they will help you gain the knowledge, skills, and support network you need to lead a rewarding career.

Graduate Student Growing Their Career

Career Growth and Security

As more companies invest in and prioritize diversity and inclusion, the job market will continue to grow in this field. You’ll graduate poised to lead positive change in the workplace while also giving your organization a competitive edge. You can even apply your credits from the certificate toward a master’s degree, offering you increased earning potential and advancement opportunities.

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Opportunities in diversity and inclusion are on the rise. Your education from Widener will prepare you for a rewarding career in a variety of industries and professional sectors.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Chief Diversity Officer 
  • Organization Development & Training 
  • Human Resources Specialist 
  • Public Relations 
  • Supervisor 

Avg. Salary


Average salary of a diversity professional 

Job Opportunities

Employer demand for diversity & inclusion professionals has increased substantially in recent years.

Source: Indeed Hiring Lab

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View Tuition and Fees

Our certificate programs are offered at an affordable $400/credit tuition rate. This allows students to complete this certificate in two semesters for only $3,600.

Next steps to apply

All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the online application system. There is a $35 application fee to apply. 

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