Leadership Essentials Graduate Certificate

The Leadership Essentials Graduate Certificate is designed for emerging leaders looking to take their career to the next level. Courses in this certificate program will examine leadership theories, project management concepts, and the management of financial resources within organizations.


LDR 505 Leadership Theory (3 credit hours)

This course examines leadership theory, concepts, and practices. Students will identify leaders and leadership styles and apply the knowledge to better understand and positively affect their organization, business, or institution. Self-reflection will be a focus of the class as students evaluate their leadership styles and practices to identify areas of growth and personal development.

LDR 514 Project Management (3 credit hours)

In this course, leaders will learn how to launch, lead, and support successful projects. Leaders will contrast traditional and modern project management concepts to formulate an ideal project management process for their specific organization with the freedom to create a custom framework. Concepts include leading projects, planning, motivating teams, problem-solving, change management, strategic management approaches, lean and agile project management methods to sponsor successful project plans from initial development through implementation. Project management skills are essential for every manager and leader in our modernized project-driven world.

LDR 528 Financial Decision Making (3 credit hours)

Focuses on the acquisition, allocation, and management control of financial resources within organizations. Includes cost analysis, financial position analysis and strategies, reimbursement, pricing policies, budgeting, capital expenditure, analysis of financial reports, and informal and external controls. Emphasizes financial terminology and organization of financial statements. Requires analytical approach to ratio analysis and organization diagnostics.

Accelerated Online Format

The 9 credit-hour certificate can be completed in 3 months. Certificate courses are offered in the fall semester.

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.