Organizational Leadership is a recognized degree for those interested in management and leadership positions in the public or private sectors. This field focuses on an understanding of human behavior both in general and within organizations, principles of effective leadership, organizational structure and communication, ethical behavior and decision-making principles, communication processes, and principles of effective management.

External Partnerships local government agencies: Our organizational leadership program has developed a long standing partnership with a consortium of local government agencies.  In particular we have partnered with the Los Angeles Sherriff’s University (LASDU), Los Angeles Fire Department, and Los Angeles Police Department.

Successful completion of leadership program sponsored by these agencies allow for prospective students to transfer 6 units of Graduate credit or 12 units of undergraduate credit.  We find this successful partnership has produced top notch professionals in the field. The University is developing other agency partnerships with executive leadership training institutes.  If you wish to inquiry about establishing an official partnership, please contact Dr. H. Eric Schockman  or 818 394-3307. 

Leadership Academies: The program in organizational leadership offers a non-degree certificate of completion for leadership academies throughout the region.  The model of delivery is flexible, single day workshops, and participation of adjunct faculty.  Leadership challenges in the future will require not only the ability to think creatively but as well to provide the next generation of leaders as succession plans take place in cities.

To date these academies have offered this service to the cities of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena.  The cohort model produces a friendly adult learning environment where career professionals network and ultimately attain a higher level in their professional pursuits. Topics Include:
• Theories of Leadership
• Ethics
• Organizational Culture and Managing Conflicts
• Communications
• Innovation and Organizational Change
• Leadership Capstone

Woodbury University is one of the founding members of Leadership Burbank, a 9 month program in which a cohort of professionals meet monthly to learn of leadership tenants and community engagement. Topics Include:
• Shaping Community and Local Government
• Decision making
• Building Social Capital
• Coalition Building & Non-Profit Leadership
• Leading Through Conflict and Conflict Management

The University is developing these ongoing partnerships with the purpose of giving practitioners a tool kit of applied leadership and the refinement of academic integrity.  If you wish to inquiry about establishing an official partnership, please contact Dr. H. Eric Schockman  or 818 394-3307. 

Our mission is to cultivate graduates with a focus on public service leadership and applied theory.


For further information about the Organizational Leadership department contact:

Glisery Colon
Director, Graduate Admissions

H. Eric Schockman, PhD.
Chair, Organizational Leadership Program