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Program Overview:

Our approach is distinctive because it builds on universal laws of human nature that are validated by the latest scientific research, exemplified by the lives of great leaders, and operationalized by a practical toolkit you can implement immediately.

We approach leadership from the inside out by showing you how to maximize your outer impact by first pursuing inner mastery.

There are no eligibility criteria for taking an IPL online program. The only requirements would be a sound understanding of the English language and a good Internet connection to allow you to stream the learning videos smoothly.

All of IPL’s programs are conducted online and participants do not physically meet instructors and peers. You will, however, get to interact with other participants via reflections and discussions on IPL’s learning platforms.

Our work is based on Professor Hitendra Wadhwa’s widely acclaimed research and teaching at Columbia Business School, and he is the instructor in all of IPL’s online programs. He is Professor of Practice at Columbia Business School, where he teaches MBA and Executive Education programs on Personal Leadership, Driving Strategic Impact and Leading from the Inside-Out.

Through a partnership between IPL and Columbia Business School, Professor Wadhwa was the first leadership faculty at a top business school to launch an online executive education program in 2012. To learn more about Professor Hitendra Wadhwa, click here.

  • Self-paced, high-quality video lectures
  • Online reflections and discussions
  • Opportunity to interact with a global community of executive participants
  • IPL’s proprietary myPL and Virtual Mentor mobile learning platforms for convenient on-the-go access and for practice & feedback
  • Certificate of Completion from the Institute for Personal Leadership & Columbia Business School Executive Education
  • One credit toward a Certificate (for Executive Programs only) with select alumni and tuition benefits from Columbia Business School
  • Access to the IPL toolbox – tools, templates, and frameworks

IPL, in partnership with Columbia Business School Executive Education, offer 12-week Executive Programs and 6-week Master Classes. These programs are self-paced, and each program consists of several online learning modules. Each learning module typically includes a series of video-lectures along with the opportunity for personal reflection, community-wide discussion, occasional quizzes and practice challenges.

We will provide you the login username and password for accessing our online platforms. All lectures are delivered online. You can watch these at your convenience, so it is not required of you to be online at any fixed time. The online lectures are also available to be downloaded temporarily on your mobile device through IPL’s proprietary mobile app, myPL.

The online programs are fairly flexible and are geared toward working professionals and senior executives. We recommend investing roughly 3 hours each week; but often, participants spend several hours in bursts of immersion over the weekend to complete the pending modules. Sometimes executives even travel for 1-2 weeks and then come back and catch up with the program content.

There are no live sessions in the programs we are offering currently. In all our online programs, you can choose to review the learning modules at your convenient time and pace, within the program duration.

We recommend dedicating 3 hours each week for Executive Programs and 2 hours for Master Classes, though some participants prefer to do the program in “bursts” of immersion (several hours at one-go with no standard weekly commitment).

Yes, you are free to take multiple programs at a time, as you have complete flexibility to review the programs at your convenience.

In the case of Executive Programs, you will have access for 1 month after the completion of the stipulated 12 weeks. For Master Classes, you will have access for 2 weeks after the end of the stipulated 6 weeks.

Yes, the participants will need to complete the program by the official end date – 12 weeks for Executive Programs and 6 weeks for Master Classes.

You will receive an electronic Certificate of Completion from the Institute for Personal Leadership & Columbia Business School Executive Education. As part of our policy, we do not share physical/printed certificates as our participants come in from all over the world. Once you receive the electronic Certificate, you can save it on your electronic devices (laptops/smartphones) in a PDF format, connect it to your LinkedIn profile, and take a print out as well.

The Certificate will state that the participant has been granted the Certificate of Completion for the Executive Program/Master Class, held in partnership with Columbia Business School Executive Education. The Certificate will also bear the signature of IPL’s Founder, Professor Wadhwa, and the Associate Dean of Columbia Business School Executive Education. See example certificate here.


The program delivery system currently used is known as Canvas. This system enables participants to access program assignments, video lectures, the IPL Toolbox, and exams. Students can engage in online reflections and discussions with classmates and instructors 24-hours per day. Students can monitor progress through an interactive gradebook tool.

myPL is IPL’s proprietary mobile app that provides great learning flexibility to the participants. It allows the participants to watch the program videos and participate in reflections & discussions through their smartphones/other portable devices, on-the-go. The participants can even download the learning modules on their devices and watch them offline.

Virtual Mentor is IPL’s proprietary mobile app for practicing the skills learned in the programs through role-play challenges, peer feedback and from top performers. It is available as a part of select Science of People programs.

Recommended Web Browsers

  • Internet Explorer 11 and Edge (Windows only—please make sure your operating system is current; you may need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit myPL/Canvas assignments)
  • Safari 9 and 10 (Macintosh only)
  • Chrome 55 and 56
  • Firefox 50 and 51 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 23 and 24 (used for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)

Audio/Video Players

Flash is required for recording or viewing audio/video as well as uploading files to a program or an assignment. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas. Please note that some browsers may no longer support Flash.

Other Technology Requirements

Operating System for our web platform, Canvas:

    Windows 7 and newer (users on Windows 10 need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
    Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
    Linux – chromeOS

For the mobile apps (myPL and Virtual Mentor):

    Android: Android 4.4(Kitkat) & above
    iOS: iOS 9 and above


We ask that all notification of withdrawals be sent via email to Columbia Business School Executive Education. Full refunds can be obtained up to 15 days before the program start date. Due to the costs incurred for program preparation and administration, any request for cancellation received 14 days or less from the program start are subject to fees as described below:

7 – 14 days: 50% of the program fee
6 days or less: 100% of the program fee

Columbia Executive Education, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to limit enrollments regardless of acceptance status. Individuals who have paid tuition but who are deemed ineligible to participate due to such enrollment limitations will receive a refund.

We will review requests for transferring over a participant’s registration to the next program date if this request is made within the first two weeks of the start of a program. Participants may only transfer to another program once and they will have one year from the start of the program they originally registered for to avail of this option. After the first transfer request has been granted, no additional transfer requests will be granted.

To defer your enrollment, feel free to write to Rachna Kalra at ( at Columbia Business School Executive Education. For more information, click here.

Program Pricing and Payment:

The Institute for Personal Leadership is offering a limited number of scholarships that provide tuition discounts of up to 50%. These scholarships are need-based. We regrettably are not able to accept all scholarship applications. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please fill the following form. One of our learning specialists will be in touch with you in the next 7-14 days.

There are no eligibility criteria to apply for a scholarship. If you feel that you would need some additional funding to take the program, feel free to apply. Note that our scholarships are limited, needs based and are only extended to the participants who need it the most.

An Executive Program is priced at $2,489, whereas a Master Class is priced at $989. The program pricing is subject to change. Students may pay via:

a. Via Credit Card
b. Via Electronic Funds Transfer to Columbia Executive Education: 
Wells Fargo Bank (previously Wachovia Bank) 
Account Name: Trustees of Columbia University 
375 Park Avenue, 6th Floor 
New York, NY 10152 
Account # 2000013016623 
Tax ID# 13-5598093 
Routing or “ABA” # 121000248 
Please help our wire transfer desk identify your payment by including: 
• The invoice number beginning with “999…” or “1000…” 
• The name of the participant 
• For the benefit of “Columbia Executive Education”
c. Via Paper Check mailed to the below address:
Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
Graduate School of Business
Executive Education
PO Box 1455
New York, NY 10008-1455 

Payment Deadlines

For the online programs, payment should be made in full prior to the start of the session unless otherwise arranged previously. Some participants may ask for a payment plan or their organization will send a purchase order stating payment will be made in net 30 days or with some other stipulation. In general, majority of the time, most of the participants pay in full prior to the start via credit card.

Yes. Columbia Business School Alumni are eligible for a 25% discount whereas the Columbia University Alumni are eligible for a 15% discount. You can include this information at the time of submitting your application, or write to Rachna Kalra ( at Columbia Business School Executive Education.

Yes. In the billing section of your enrollment application, feel free to insert the Name and Email of a separate contact, such as a Human Resource officer, of your organization. If you choose for your organization to be billed, the “Bill To” contact will receive the invoice.

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