Advanced Leadership Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Leadership is for leaders looking to advance their career and take their organization to the next level. Courses in this certificate program will examine strategic planning and decision making and the competencies needed to thrive as a culturally responsive leader in a diverse organization.


LDR 590 Decision Making (3 credit hours)

Examines decision making in leadership roles by extensive use of case studies. Material from other LDR courses is integrated into the study of decisions facing all types of organizations committed to leading and serving.

LDR 530 Cultural Competence & Leadership (3 credit hours)

This course examines the competencies needed to thrive as a culturally responsive leader, while fostering growth within a diverse organization. Course participants will learn to recognize personal and institutional biases associated with discrimination and acquire the knowledge and the skill set needed to lead cross-culturally.

LDR 543 Strategic Planning & Execution (3 credit hours)

This course examines the strategic dimensions of leadership. Topics include establishing a vision, strategic planning, and implementation of strategic initiatives. Students will examine strategic issues and apply their knowledge to positively affect their organization, business, or institution.

Accelerated Online Format

The 9 credit-hour certificate can be completed in 6 months. Certificate courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Students will complete their coursework through interactive and engaging online classes. Credits earned may be transferred into the MS in Leadership program.

Cost of Program

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When you're ready to apply, here are the requirements and documents you'll need to get started.

  1. Must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
  2. Official transcripts, completed application, and resume.
  3. Applications will be considered based on academic and professional experience.