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Management Certificate in Executive Coaching

Diploma Description

Bravely Scholarship for Executive Coaching Certificate Candidates

Thanks to a generous gift from Bravely, the leading platform providing on-demand professional coaching for employees, the NYU School of Professional Studies Division of Programs in Business, Human Capital Management Department will be able to advance its mission of leading the way in furthering diversity in professional and executive coaching. The gift will support two scholarship awards of $7,500 and $10,000 for two incoming students in the Executive Coaching Certificate program who have a passion for and commitment to increasing diversity in the field of coaching and furthering equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace. Applicants from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. To learn more about the application process, please click here.

To earn a certificate, students must declare their candidacy at the start of their program of study. To do so, please use the button above.

NYU SPS offers two certificates in coaching: the Certificate in Executive Coaching and the Certificate in Professional Coaching. Both focus on developing coaches using a three-pronged approach: the theory and science, evidence-based models and tools, and International Coaching Federation (ICF) core competencies. Through applied practical sessions, students apply these skills and techniques in a variety of client scenarios. Each course is 12 weeks long and provides 36 synchronous hours and 14 asynchronous hours, which will entitle students to earn 50 coach-specific training hours with ICF per course.

The Certificate in Executive Coaching is designed for professionals who want to develop foundational and practical knowledge of coaching within a business context. Students become versed in the process for developing leaders’ abilities to achieve professional and organizational goals and individuals’ abilities to achieve personal goals. Students learn and apply skills and techniques to achieve individual and organizational effectiveness by incorporating theory and foundation into their practice of coaching. This program consists of four courses.

The Certificate in Professional Coaching is geared toward motivated professionals who want to learn or improve their coaching skills in everyday personal and professional situations. It will both educate new and already practicing coaches in a structured way based on the International Coaching Federation (ICF) core competency model. The curriculum examines the theory and science that informs coaching, coaching fundamentals, industry best practices, and the skills and structures required to coach clients effectively, from acquisition and contracting to successful completion of an engagement. This program consists of three courses.

Both certificate programs were created to be in alignment with ICF standards, and they currently are part of an ACSTH pilot program and are being prepared for accreditation. Upon a student’s successful completion of either certificate, the program can be used toward an ICF Credential through the “Portfolio Path,” until accreditation is finalized. These programs are delivered in a blended format with in-person and online synchronous options.

This Certificate in Executive Coaching is awarded to students who successfully complete the following four required courses. Only one course may be taken per semester, and courses must be taken sequentially.

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Must be completed within

3 years

You'll Walk Away With

  • A base of theoretical knowledge to provide a profound context for why and how coaching works
  • The skills to interpret evidence-based models to facilitate learning and change
  • A foundation for effective coaching to occur within a business context
  • Knowledge of methods to establish trust- and safety-based relationships with clients
  • Effective coaching skills
  • Personal and professional coaching skills

Program Curriculum


Program Curriculum



All Courses Required

Foundations of Coaching

Acquire a thorough understanding of the evidence-based theory/science that underpins coaching.

2021 Spring
+ 1 more semester
4 sections

Coaching Theory and Skill

Learn and practice coaching skills through real-time conversations, experiment with the language of coaching, and use coaching models and tools.

2021 Spring
+ 1 more semester
4 sections

Coaching Engagements

Use the coaching theory and skills acquired in previous courses to help clients set and reach articulated goals through a 12-week engagement.

2021 Spring
+ 1 more semester
4 sections

Coaching in an Organization

Learn global trends and best practices for coaching in the workplace, and practice with external clients through a 12-week coaching engagement.

2021 Summer
1 section

Complete 0

General Admission Requirements

For those who have completed some college Completion of 32 credits with at least 2 years work experience OR 60 credits with no work experience required