The Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies takes a multidisciplinary approach to leadership training in a variety of contexts in social life.

The program is offered 100% online. 

The origin of the program is in the social sciences, humanities, professional fields, and applied disciplines. It aims to prepare graduate students for governance, guidance, and directorship positions in various capacities in the labor force.

The Leadership Studies program is designed to yield informed advisors and policy makers, who:

  • can stay abreast of the demands of new technologies
  • are successful in navigating the challenges of an ever-changing work environment
  • lead employees toward satisfactory output and high performance
  • effectively manage and solve work related problems.

Admission Requirements

  • Qualified applicants will have earned an undergraduate bachelor’s (or master’s) degree from an accredited institution.

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale

  • Transcripts of all previously completed university level work – both undergraduate and graduate, if applicable

Application Process

The following information must be complete before applications will be reviewed:

  1. Submit GradCAS Application and pay applicable fees.
  2. Request that official transcripts from all US institutions attended be sent to GradCAS:
    • GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
    • P. O. Box 9217
    • Watertown, MA 02471
  3. The following items may be necessary depending on your personal history, and should be uploaded under the Documents section above, if applicable to you.
  • Name Change – If you indicated a name change in your personal history, please provide a copy of official legal identification (such as a current driver’s license or passport) listed under “Other” in the Documents section above.
  • Military Service or Dependence – If you indicated you were a member of the military or a military dependent, please provide a copy of one of the following: military ID, Certificate of Eligibility (COE), or DD214 under “Military Papers” in the Documents Section above.
  • Permanent Residents must provide a copy of Permanent Resident ID card (AKA Green Card) under “Other” of the Documents section above.
  • International students may only enroll in this master’s degree program if they intend to complete all coursework from their home countries, since the program is 100% online.  International students ARE encouraged to apply!


Dr. Ali Kamali
(816) 271-4144

Certificate Requirements
LDR 500Survey of Leadership3
LDR 525Team Building3
PHL 535Foundations of Professional Ethics3
or LAW 560 Administration, Planning, and Ethics
Select one course each from two of the following three groups:
Group A
Technical Communications Theory and Practice
Documenting Procedures
Professional and Organizational Communications
Group B
Foundations for Nursing Leadership
Leadership and Effectiveness in Sport and Fitness Management
Group C
Organizational Theory
Organizational Behavior Management
Total Credit Hours15

Graduation Requirements

  1. Filing an approved Application for Graduation.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required coursework as listed on the approved Program of Study.
  3. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.
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Program Name: Leadership Studies - Graduate Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 1 Year (15 Credit Hours).

This program will cost $6,745.05 if completed within normal time for in-state students and $11,005.05 for out-of-state students. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed. 

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with NA of debt.  Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. Average debt has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of these students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Missouri, Kansas, Iowa

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Last Updated June 20, 2019

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