Executive Certificate Programs Requirements

Executive Certificate Programs Offered

The Certificate programs are open to anyone with a Bachelor’s Degree. 

The Certificate Program are prerequisite for entrance to a Master of Arts in the same area of study:

  1. Certificate in Symbergetic™ Change Management Theory
  2. Certificate in Business Administration
  3. Certificate in Clinical Symbergetic™ Organizational Management & Transformation (CSOMT)

Additional Requirements for CSOMT Students:

If you plan to earn a degree, there are additional entrance requirements for the Master of Arts in Clinical Symbergetic™ Organizational Management and Transformation (CSOMT): 

  • The MA/COSMT requires an external MBA, or completion of the AGS MSBA for admittance.
  • The MA/CSOMT requires confirmation of an agreement with an Adizes Institute office (see the Application for Admission) to facilitate internships necessary to complete the degree.  
  • Students must achieve a High Pass on examinations to continue in this program. 

All Students Review the Following for Admission to AGS:

The most up-to-date information is provided in the School Catalog. You are legally responsible for reading the Catalog.

International credits or degrees:  

Overseas students MUST get transcripts evaluated by a U.S. agency that analyses credit for transfer and verifies whether the degree earned abroad is equivalent to a degree in the U.S. or Canada. Agencies such as the ECE or the IERF are qualified by NACES to provide this service to the student directly. For additional qualified agencies, click here.

English Language –

All courses are conducted in English and participants are expected to read, write and speak English at a proficiency level appropriate to graduate study.  Proficiency will be determined by various methods: verification of 2-3 years’ work in an English-speaking country; 2-3 years of coursework at an English-language college; review of the Application for Admission essays; or TOEFL or IELTS testing (see further information below).

Note: Faculty may require a student to obtain editorial assistance at their discretion based upon the quality of written work and contributions to the ongoing dialogue and assignments in each course. This requirement will not be waived. Students may also re-take the TOEFL, IELTS, or petition faculty for a waiver (per course) at any time.

TOEFL – (Test of English as a Foreign Language) A combined score of 550 is required for the paper version, 213 for the computerized version. However, AGS only requires the Test of Written English for which a score of 3.95 is required.  You can contact the TOEFL agency via TOEFLNews@ets.org

IELTS – A score of “7” is the minimum requirement for admission. Visit the website for details. http://www.ielts.org/


Orientation is integrated into the Application process and includes feedback from Graduate School representatives at several junctures.  The Orientation consists of a written Self-Assessment, several online exercises and essays completed during the Application process. Review the (required) Catalog and Policy Manual.

Orientation includes a self-guided software training online with essential feedback. In addition, review the section below titled Academic Preparation. 

Technical Requirements — (software training)   

Online Help and Tips and Recommendations are available within the software environment. Once you are enrolled, you will be sent notification of registration for the software training class, and User Name and Password. Short online tests at the end and preparatory feedback loops will demonstrate that a basic comfort level navigating in the online Learning Management System has been achieved.

Computer Requirements

All participants are expected to understand the computer requirements below and to be enthusiastic about learning to use an online academic platform. As working professionals, time is valuable. Long wait times can be frustrating, and greater equipment speed will increase efficiency. Participants who travel frequently must choose an Internet service provider with available access worldwide.

Requirements Include:

  • a high speed processor 
  • a high speed internet connection
  • the most recent version of your browser
  • a word processing program with spell-check, preferably MS Word
  • significant free hard disk space
  • sufficient RAM
  • a printer (optional)

Academic Preparation – 

You are expected to begin your course of study with a basic conceptual foundation and understanding of certain key terminology and concepts that may be used in comparative discussion of theory by faculty and other students. A Preparatory Exercise (below) will enable you to identify and reference critical terminology and concepts as you need them throughout the degree programs. It is expected that students will have completed this exercise on their own time, prior to the beginning of their first course using Adizes and Spiral Dynamics books available for purchase online. 

Sample textbooks:

Adizes, I. (2004). Leading the leaders: How to enrich your style of management and handle people whose style is different from yours.  Santa Barbara, CA: The Adizes Institute Publishing.

Beck, D., & Cowan, C. (2006). Spiral dynamics: Mastering values, leadership, and change: Exploring the new science of memetics. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Sample Questions you should be able to answer within Adizes methodology include:

  1. Where does (E) become negative (disappear) in the life cycle?
  2. Where is the Authority in each stage of the lifecycle?
  3. What is personality traits are required for performing (P), (A), (E), and (I)?   What are the causes of deadwood?
  4. Comment on the correlation between the following and (PAEI): Body Mind Emotions Spirit
  5. Is the lack of MR&MT the cause or manifestation of conflict?.
  6.  “Why” can be considered a “hidden fifth dimension of What/How/When/Who. But should this be considered a dimension in the implementation stage or only in the decision making stage?
  7. Structure Process People Can these be in any sequence? If so, why? If not, why not?
  8. In composing a team, can you have both a complementary team of PAEI that has capi?  If not which one do you have to satisfy to get the team?
  9. Discuss the dimensions of perceptual conflict (is, should, want).

Sample Questions within Spiral Dynamics include:

  1. Briefly describe some characteristics of a society or organization in the beige, purple, red, blue, orange, green and yellow vMemes (value memes).  Include information regarding authority and hierarchical function.
  2. Which memes are more individualistic and which demonstrate more collective values?  Briefly describe an orange society in this context.
  3. Think of a modern organization that might be considered green. How might it be positively self-actualized?  How and why would it evolve into a ‘mean green’ organization? After that, how could it regain its health?
  4. Think of a modern organization which would be considered blue.  Describe it when it is healthy (for-better), describe it when it is unhealthy (for-worse). How can leaders within orange or green organizations manage unhealthy manifestations of blue without losing the value that blue adds?
  5. What internal organizational practices would nurture a healthy yellow organization?
  6. What is a meme stack? Might it change? Why?
  7. If you were to choose an individual for a sales or marketing type position, which memes should probably be strongest in the stack? For a research position?  For an HR manager? 
  8. Would you assign the selected person to a manager who has different value memes in order to broaden and stretch his/her perspective in this position, or to a manager who has similar value memes in order to set a collegial foundation for their work?  Why?  Cite specific references to validate your answers.
  9. With regard to the placement of people and organizational structure, what is one major difference between First Tier and Second Tier thinking?
  10. Answer one of the questions on page 73 briefly in your own words.