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.
  • In addition to class time, be prepared to spend an average of 12 hours a week on course work outside of class for every three-credit course.
  • On average, the program is completed in one to two years. The certificate must be completed within three years.
  • After completing the graduate certificate program, you may choose to apply 6 of your credits earned to Marquette's master in leadership degree.

Required - 15 credits

Class Name Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 6140 Managing People and Change 1.5 credit hours
MBA 6150 Leading Innovation and Creativity 1.5 credit hours
MBA 6160 Leadership Coaching and Development 1.5 credit hours
LEDR 6101 Strategic Communication 3 credit hours
LEDR 6115 Character-Driven Leadership 3 credit hours
LEDR 6125 Negotiations 3 credit hours
MANA 6997 Capstone 1.5 credit hours