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Location: Boston
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Why Leadership?

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership offers an overview of every aspect of leadership dynamics and provides students with experience in the development of strategic leadership techniques.

Today's cross-functional teams and organizations require a leadership style that capitalizes on the collective expertise and capabilities of the group. The development and mastery of collaborative leadership skills are not typically part of one's focused discipline preparation, hence leadership requires deliberate development by those who assume leadership roles.

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership starts with the premise that everyone is capable of leadership. The program studies every aspect of leadership dynamics, from the leader as an individual, to working in teams, and from the organization itself to the development of strategic leadership techniques. Coursework exposes participants to a series of alternative perspectives of leadership including collaborative models. Using the course's action-learning methods, participants build a personal model of leadership that they can put to immediate use in their workplace.

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Unique Features

  • Boston location on flagship campus—a hub for healthcare, education, finance, business, biotechnology, and the life sciences
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can be applied to Northeastern's MS in Corporate and Organizational Communication, MS in Leadership, and MS in Project Management
  • Allows working professionals to enhance leadership experience with exposure to relevant and up-to-date leadership strategies

What you'll study

General Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Leadership General Requirements

Required Courses

LDR 6100 - Developing Your Leadership Capability
LDR 6110 - Leading Teams
LDR 6120 - Developing Organizational Leadership
LDR 6140 - Strategy Development and Implementation

Leadership Electives

Complete two of the following:

LDR 6135 - Ethical Leadership
HRM 6005 - Creating a High-Performance Organization: Strategic Organizational and HRM Choices
LDR 6150 - Innovation and Organizational Transformation
CMN 6010 - Strategic Communication Management

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 18 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

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Did You Know?

Organizations with the highest quality leaders are 13x more likely to outperform their competitors in key success metrics (DDI, 2015).

Average Time to Completion

1-1.5 Years



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