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Graduate Certificate in Distributed Workforce Management

Online | 6-month program

Lead Decisively with a Graduate Certificate in Distributed Workforce Management

The Graduate Certificate in Distributed Workforce Management equips you with strategic HR leadership skills to promote collaboration and strong communication among distributed teams. The certificate is preparation for leaders who want to excel in senior- and executive-level positions in human resources and solve complex organizational challenges in a distributed environment.

Complete your three-course certificate in as few as six months and be prepared to create value for your organization and the communities you serve.

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to this graduate certificate program.

The courses in this certificate are also part of the Master of Science in Human Resource Management with an Emphasis in Diversity and Technology program, and students who complete the certificate can apply 9 credits toward the 30-credit program.

Fast Facts:

Top employers are looking for leaders with the unique skill set and qualifications tailored to managing a remote workforce.

44 percent of the U.S. workforce is working remotely. (Source:

Industries with a distributed workforce include health care, technology, financial services, education, and manufacturing. (Source:


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Online Graduate Certificate in Distributed Workforce Management Program Details

Organizational Behavior
Take a closer look at organizations from a behavioral science perspective. In this course, you examine the interactive dynamics of groups, managerial and decision-making activities, and communication strategies. Topics include: organizational change, stress in the workplace, team conflict and negotiation, employee burnout, motivational leadership, and organizational performance for remote and non-remote employees.

Virtual Training and Development
Gain insight on facilitating training programs in a virtual environment. In this course you will addresses adult learning principles involved in the design of virtual training, strategies for engaging employees, the use of training methods for synchronous and asynchronous learning, and ways to assess the effectiveness of the training program.

Virtual Team Management
Learn best practices for managing virtual and global teams. We will address conflict management, performance issues, knowledge sharing, and data analytics for virtual teams. You’ll also examine a variety of telecommunication networks and tools to establish connectivity as well as to provide organizational policies and procedures, email, and interactive meetings.

Emphasize research as vital in both academic and applied settings.

Collaborate on projects and case analyses with peers while incorporating feedback from outside sources.

Focus the application of distributed workforce in a variety of organizations, including health care and nonprofits.

Apply managerial skills to help them begin as well as advance their career in distributed workforces.

Integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into content and andragogy on distributed workforce management.

Shape corporate policy, organizational change, and transformation as a consequence of distributed work.

Common Careers with an
Online Graduate Certificate in Distributed Workforce Management

  • Change Management Specialist
  • Workforce Management Analyst
  • Director of Operations
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Education and Employment Specialists

Amanda Alfred
Master’s Graduate, 2017

“My degree has unlocked many professional doors and has armed me with all the necessary tools needed to succeed in my current role as well as to pursue other executive/managerial roles.”

Recognitions & Accreditations

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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801 (267-284-5011) The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Phase: Accredited
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Accreditation Granted: 1977
Last Reaffirmation: 2017
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022

All of Excelsior University’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.