Executive Coaching

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This 15 credit, 12 month coaching certificate is one of the few programs of its kind offered at higher education institutions around the world.  It is a strong blend of theory and practice with seasoned practitioners supporting students to shape their own philosophy and practice in a powerful way.  Participants receive individualized feedback from an experienced Mentor Coach and create a portfolio demonstrating their competency. It will prepare those seeking International Coach Federation (ICF) or Board Certified Coach certification (BCC). View our online information session. This program is designed for:

  • HR professionals/organizational leaders seeking to apply coaching skills to their current role.
  • Counselors and psychologists wanting to diversify their offerings.
  • Practicing coaches and consultants, internal or external to an organization, wishing to further develop.
  • Organizational leaders seeking a career transition.

What you can earn

  • Certificate

Where you will learn

  • Our Minneapolis campus


When to start

  • June 2016



Certificate: 15


For the Certificate:

COAC 619   Introduction to Executive Coaching
COAC 620   Coaching Foundations: Process, Theories & Skills
COAC 621   Individual and Organizational Considerations in Coaching
COAC 622   Integrating the Theory, Research, and Practice of Coaching
Coaching Practice (Integrated into courses)

Full course catalog with descriptions


Find current course offerings 

How to Apply

1 | Meet the requirements:

  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or the successful completion of a graduate level program from another institution

If you do not meet the above requirement(s), you may be eligible for special admission, which requires:

  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 (4.0 scale).
  • The completion of a standardized test, such as the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), GRE, GMAT or LSAT
  • A possible interview with an admissions person/committee.

2 |  Meet the supplementary requirements:

  • International Candidates: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.

3 |  Submit the following application materials:

  • Application form and one-time $50 application fee.
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas).

Special Opportunities

What Sets Us Apart

According to the 2010 Executive Coaching Survey, conducted by the Conference Board, 63% of organizations use some form of internal coaching, and half of the rest plan to.

With prospects for executive coaching professionals looking bright, we created an infographic to help you learn more about what sets the St. Thomas Executive Coaching program apart.

Diverse Perspectives

A joint offering from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology and Organizational Learning & Development departments, this program brings together the theory and research from multiple disciplines. Unlike most coach training programs that train students in one coaching model or approach, UST provides students grounding in multiple theories and approaches in the field and then supports them in developing their own coaching philosophy, practice, and voice that is grounded in the standards, competencies, and best practices for the field of executive coaching.


Practical Applications

Our courses are taught by scholar practitioners - skilled in academic theory and classroom facilitation as well as experienced practitioners who practice coaching daily. Coursework is designed to be interactive and have immediate application to students' current and/or future work as coaches. A significant aspect of the program involves mentored fieldwork, supporting students as they apply and hone their coaching skills.

A Coaching Community

Current students and alumni of the program will join a community of professionals in this field of practice for on-going sharing, development and colleagueship. Workshops and events offered by coaching certificate faculty before, during and after the program provide a variety of opportunities to enhance your network, engage with colleagues, and deepen your learning.