October 1, 2021

NYU School of Professional Studies Division of Programs in Business Executive and Professional Coaching Certificates Receive International Coaching Federation Accreditation

Certificate Programs Meet the Highest Standards in Executive and Professional Coach Training and Prepare Students to Sit for the ICF Exam

NEW YORK, October 1, 2021— With an increasing number of individuals and organizations realizing the benefits of professional coaching services, the need for trained professionals in the field has grown rapidly and their certification is more important than ever before. The NYU School of Professional Studies Division of Programs in Business (NYU SPS DPB) today announced that its recently launched Certificate in Executive Coaching and Certificate in Professional Coaching have received accreditation from the International Coaching Federation (ICF). These coaching programs, which prepare students to sit for the ICF exam, are the wave of the future for the growing and evolving coaching industry.

According to the ICF, 86% of organizations saw a return on investment on their coaching engagements, and 96% of those individuals who had an executive coach said they would work with one again.

“Demand for highly-skilled and academically trained executive coaching and organizational consulting professionals continues to grow, and ICF accreditation is the industry gold standard for coaching program excellence,” said Martin Ihrig, PhD, associate dean, NYU SPS DPB. “We are extremely proud to be recognized as a top continuing education provider for future executive coaches and organizational consultants.”

Both NYU SPS Coaching Certificates focus on developing coaches using a three-pronged approach: theory and science, evidence-based models and tools, and ICF core competencies. Through applied practical sessions, students use these skills and techniques in a variety of client scenarios. Each course is 12 weeks long and provides 36 synchronous and 14 asynchronous hours of instruction, and now with this ICF accreditation, NYU SPS is an ICF Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) provider, entitling students to earn 50 coach-specific training hours with ICF per course.

“We are committed to offering an education grounded in evidence-based science and applied practice to empower our students to become more influential and strategic as coaches and consultants,” said Anna Tavis, PhD, clinical professor and academic director of the Human Capital Management Department at NYU SPS DPB. “This accreditation is validation from the industry that our certificate programs adhere to and align with the rigorous competency model and high ethical standards that ICF has established for the field. We will soon turn our attention to applying for the same accreditation for our MS in Executive Coaching and Organizational Consulting.” 

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Celebrating 87 Years of Excellence in Applied Professional Education

For 87 years, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) has been a deeply respected institution of higher education that is grounded in applied learning. From its early years, training returning World War II veterans to fulfill the nation’s urgent need for skilled technical workers, it has evolved into a professional education powerhouse that offers 20 graduate degrees, 14 bachelor’s degrees for traditional and post-traditional students, four associate’s degrees, and a plethora of continuing education courses and credentials.

NYU SPS is a thought leader, and serves as an incubator for new ideas in industries that are constantly changing, including real estate, real estate development, and construction management; hospitality, tourism, travel, and event management; global affairs and global security, conflict, and cybercrime; global sport and sports business; publishing; marketing; public relations; project management; executive coaching and organizational consulting, human resource management and development, and human capital analytics and technology; management and systems; translation; and professional writing. It is focused on building skills that open doors to opportunities in emerging fields and global markets. NYU SPS faculty members are leading experts in their areas of discipline, with a hands-on approach that encourages students to push beyond their limits and to break new ground.

Home to some of the largest and most prestigious industry conferences in the world, including the Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Capital Markets Conference, REIT Symposium, and National Symposium of Women in Real Estate; and the Jonathan M. Tisch Center’s International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, the School’s invaluable connections to industry leaders is a truly distinguishing factor in the education that it provides. Through career development services and resources provided by the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU SPS, guest lecturers, site visits, participation in numerous conferences and events, and Global Field Intensives, students benefit from an NYU education that will set them apart. In addition, they have the opportunity to learn from and network with more than 39,000 NYU SPS alumni who live, work, and contribute to innovation in industry around the world. To learn more about NYU SPS visit:

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