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Why Leadership?

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership offers an exploration 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 leaders who understand how to apply the collective expertise and capabilities of the group. But developing collaborative leadership skills is rarely on the agenda at most business schools or training programs. Like its on-campus predecessor, the online Graduate Certificate in Leadership is based on the belief that everyone is capable of leadership. The program studies every aspect of leadership dynamics—from the leader as an individual, to his or her role as part of a team. It also examines the function of leadership within a broader organizational culture and explores the development of strategic leadership techniques.

Delivered entirely online, the program’s coursework exposes students to a series of alternative perspectives of leadership, including collaborative models. The heightened level of interaction that the online format offers helps reinforce the themes of collaboration and teamwork. And the course's action-learning methods let participants build a personal model of leadership that they can put to immediate use in their workplace.

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Unique Features

  • Online program allows working professionals the flexibility and freedom of remote learning
  • 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.

Did You Know?

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

Stackable Certificate:

Credits earned completing this certificate can be applied toward the MS in Corporate and Organizational Communication, MS in Leadership, and MS in Project Management.

Average Time to Completion

1-1.5 Years



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