Dr. Chaunda L. Scott
495B Pawley Hall
The Graduate Certificate in Human Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice is associated with the Master of Organizational Leadership program housed in the School of Education and Human Services. The goal of the program is to provide useful diversity management policies and practices that can be utilized in a variety of organizational settings. It aims to address organizational expectations, linking diversity and inclusion goals to organizational objectives. It also seeks to enhance participants’ cultural and professional competence through knowledge and experience in promoting an ongoing commitment to professional development and mastery.
This timely graduate certificate program is also unique in that presently there are no other graduate certificate programs in the state of Michigan quite like this. Moreover, this program provides an opportunity for graduate students and professionals to customize human diversity and social justice learning by allowing them to select approved graduate elective courses that are aligned with their graduate studies, career field and future career interests. The class offerings may be taught in one of the three formats - in-person lecture, blended, and fully online.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.
- March 15th and July 15th for fall semester
- November 15th for winter semester
- International applicants
- The Graduate Certificate in Human Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice does not admit students during the summer semester.
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:
- Graduate Application Requirements
- Additional department application requirements
- An official transcript for undergraduate and graduate coursework showing a bachelor’s degree in an academic discipline that is from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of a B or better
- A formal statement consisting of 1,000 words detailing work and life experiences and career goals that has led to the applicant’s desire to pursue the program
- Two recommendations from individuals who can attest to the quality and scope of the applicant’s academic and professional ability
- A current resume
After documents have been reviewed and approved, applicant will be invited for an interview with the graduate certificate coordinator. Shortly following this interview, applicants will be notified by email regarding the status of the application.
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Oakland University Graduate School, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.