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Certificate in Leadership for Organizations


A foundation in business.

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership for Organizations is designed to enhance the leadership acumen of business professionals like you. Whether you have an extensive background in business or are still learning the basics, this certificate will help you increase your understanding of the concepts and tools needed for effective leadership.

Everything you need to know about the Certificate in Leadership for Organizations

  • Certificate Requirements

    To receive a Certificate in Leadership for Organizations, you must complete 12 credits of coursework and maintain a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0 for courses taken in the certificate program. The coursework must be completed after you have received a bachelor's degree or equivalent. 

    Required courses (three credits):

      • ENTR 605   ¦ Creativity and the Entrepreneurial Mindset (1.5)
      • MGMT 605 ¦ Leading with Integrity (1.5)

    Choose nine credits from the following:

      • MGMT 730 ¦ Leadership, Learning, and Change (3.0)
      • MGMT 731 ¦ Leadership Seminar (3.0)
      • MGMT 732 ¦ Leadership: Self-organization and the firm (3.0)
      • MGMT 760 ¦ Organizational creativity, change, and entrepreneurship (3.0)

    Browse the course descriptions of all courses that the Merrick School of Business offers, or view the course catalog

  • Learning Objectives

    • Develop an understanding of the complexity of the leader's role in effective organizations.
    • Demonstrate techniques of effective leadership and followership so that positive outcomes are achieved while making use of power bases and organizational politics.
    • Strengthen skills in negotiations and conflict resolution to enhance outcomes and promote innovation in organizations.
    • Analyze the strategic management process and the essential role of the firm's leadership in envisioning its future.
    • Critically examine the challenges of leading within a dynamic, diverse and complex global work environment.
    • Sharpen the ability to predict and identify the occurrence of change in the marketplace to create opportunities and/or avoid the threats of under-the-radar competition.
    • Recognize and tap into the sources of power in organizations.
    • Analyze and assess the impact of personal goals, values, ethics and attitudes on individual and organizational performance.
  • Admission Requirements

    The following is required for Admission into the Certificate Program:

    • Application: Complete your application. Questions about the application should be directed to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions (410.837.6565).
    • Personal Statement: Detail your reasons for seeking a graduate business education, your short-and long-term professional and personal goals, and how you think this graduate program will help you achieve them. Provide any additional information highlighting unique aspects of your candidacy to the Admissions Committee. Please limit statement to 1,000 words.
    • Transcripts: Submit two copies of official transcripts from all institutions attended. Applicants to the graduate business certificate programs are required to have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
    • Letters of Recommendation: Provide two letters of recommendation addressing your abilities to successfully complete a graduate business program.
    • Resume: Provide a current resume detailing employment history (including dates, titles, responsibilities, and community activities.
    • GMAT: The GMAT is not required for applicants to the graduate business certificate programs.
  • Gainful Employment Information

    Gainful employment information is provided to help you make an informed decision about this certificate program related to time and resources required to complete the program and possible employment outcomes.