Human Capital and Effective Organizations (HCEO) Certificate Program

“The HCEO program offers the opportunity to learn and debate with renowned faculty and talented colleagues. Throughout the program, participants are invited to bring their organizational issues to some of the best thought leaders in our field to explore alternative ways of thinking while leveraging the experiences of colleagues. Each workshop proved invaluable to my toolkit.”

– Paulette Jacobson, Senior Human Resources Business Partner at Boeing

“As a result of participating in this program, I now look at business issues through a broader lens and am able to provide a more strategic value to the company in order to drive enhanced business capabilities. ”

– HCEO graduate, VP Human Resources, Mattel

Human Capital and Effective Organizations (HCEO) Certificate Program


The Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) at the USC Marshall School of Business is dedicated to partnering with companies to research, educate leaders and teams, and to develop practical, actionable knowledge to help senior HR executives lead their organizations to be strategic business partners and to apply strategic HR to advance organizational effectiveness and performance.

Our award-winning thought leaders help companies drive performance by providing leading-edge research, practical tools, and a wealth of experience to help organizations keep their competitive advantage by providing effective strategies to:

  • Optimize human talent and leadership
  • Develop organizational capabilities
  • Build agility
  • Manage disruption and change
  • Organize for sustainable success

CEO’s Human Capital and Effective Organizations Certificate program guides participants as they master the role of a strategic HR partner. By creating a community of practice, exposing candidates to state-of-the-art Human Resource thinking, and encouraging them to apply that thinking to organizational effectiveness issues, the Certificate program provides a foundation of knowledge for HR’s future leaders.

Who Should Attend

The HCEO Certificate program is designed for executives and high-potential professionals preparing for a strategic role in their organizations. Candidates should have at least 7-10 years experience.

An Invaluable Program

Individuals and teams interested in human capital management and organizational effectiveness, or involved in refocusing and redesigning their organization will find significant value in this program.

Candidates in the program will:

  • Work with acclaimed thought leaders to apply proven frameworks that integrate business, HR, and talent strategy, and organization design
  • Join a select community of HR leaders
  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of core principles, models, and techniques of organization design
  • Receive one-on-one coaching as they work through their organization’s design issues
  • Learn a well-developed change implementation process, tailored to the complex transitions facing today’s organizations
  • Develop the skills needed to design, implement, and enhance HR measurement
  • Learn how to design and implement a world-class leadership development system and talent management system

Questions about HCEO?

For any questions or concerns, please contact Vivian Jimenez at  or call 213-740-9814

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Program Details


Certificate Requirements:

To earn the HCEO Certificate, candidates must complete the 5-course integrated curriculum within a time frame of 18 months up to 3 years. Candidates also must attend the entirety of each seminar, actively participate, and complete all pre-work, assignments, and evaluations.

Program Cost

The cost of the certificate program includes a certificate fee plus the price of the 5 courses required. The certificate fee covers administrative costs, special certificate-only sessions, and ongoing consultative sessions. 

Pricing varies based on courses:

Sponsor fee:
$2,500 + 5 discounted courses

Average cost:

Non-sponsor fee:
$3,000 + 5 courses

Average cost:

Customize the Certificate

Earn your certificate at your own pace.

Within the program guidelines, CEO will work with candidates to customize the curriculum to fit their career aspirations, as well as their organization’s needs.

Candidates attend 1 core workshop and customize the program with 4 elective CEO workshops.

1 Core + 4 Electives = 5 courses total

Core Course: Strategic Organization

Design Electives: Choose electives from our upcoming events calendar.
Some examples of yearly workshops include:

  • Advanced Topics in Organization Design
  • The Future of HR
  • Analytics and Strategy
Electives are subject to change. All courses qualify for CEU credits.

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Meet Our Faculty

Our award-winning research scientists, affiliates and  practitioners help companies drive performance by providing leading-edge research, practical tools, and a wealth of experience.