Graduate Certificate in Leadership

The leadership certificate program is designed for working professionals who are preparing themselves for leadership positions in government, corporations or not-for-profit organizations around the globe. It balances practical skills with a value-based foundation, making you a better leader wherever you choose to go!

Learning outcomes

  • Apply the discipline of leadership to creatively engage the community in meeting its challenges.
  • Identify an ethical issue and apply ethical principles, values, theories or frameworks to leadership practice.
  • Possess the cultural and communication skills necessary to interact in a reciprocal exchange that honors the human dignity of all persons.
  • Apply theory and principles of group dynamics in assuming multiple group roles and responsibilities.


  • The graduate certificate program requires completion of five courses (15 credit hours) from a prescribed list of LEDR courses.
  • On average, the program is completed in one to two years. The certificate must be completed within three years.
  • Students may transfer up to 9 credits earned through the Leadership Certificate to a Graduate School of Management master’s degree.  Students pursing the Leadership Certificate who plan to complete a GSM a master’s degree are encouraged to reach out to the Graduate School of Management promptly to ensure exploration of enrollment efficiencies.

Required - 15 credits

LEDR 6115 Character Driven Leadership 3
3 credits from: 3
Negotiations (OR)  
Strategic Communication
3 credits from: 3
Managing Behavior in Organizations  
Change Leadership
MBA 6140 Leading People and Change 1.5
MBA 6160 Leadership Coaching and Development 1.5
3 credit pre-approved elective 3
Total Credit Hours 15