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


Application Requirements

This certificate has rolling admission, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:

  • Fall term admissions – August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)
  • Spring term admissions – December 15 (October 15 for international applicants)
  • Summer term admissions – April 15 (summer start not available for international applicants)

Applications to the Leadership Certificate program require:

  • A completed online application form and $50 fee, waived if you attend an online info session
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges except Marquette1
  • Completed or nearly completed baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.750 GPA.
  • Essay questions on the application form
  • Resume or job profile
  • Possible interview
  • Additional requirements for international students:

    • All international (non-U.S.) transcripts/academic records be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service. You must list in the application all colleges or universities that you have attended, whether you received a degree or transferred the credits from the school. 

    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Official TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency

    1 Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

Please see the GSM Admissions Process website for additional details about application materials.

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We look forward to reviewing your application.  Please apply here.