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Graduate Certificate

Today’s business leaders must be able to inspire, motivate, build teams and foster long-term success. Now, more than ever, the ability to make informed decisions, manage a team and communicate clearly is in high demand.

With the goal of empowering students to be confident business leaders, Kutztown University’s Leadership Graduate Certificate teaches students how to problem solve, think critically and communicate effectively within an organization and among co-workers.

This graduate certificate is a 12-credit program for students who want to further their leadership careers without a full commitment to an MBA program. However, the concepts taught are MBA-level skills, and these credits can be used toward the full 30-credit Master of Business Administration if you choose to continue your studies.

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What You’ll Learn

The Leadership Certificate requires only four graduate-level courses that can be completed in as little as 9 months.

  • Ethics and Social Responsibility (LDR 515) – This 15-week course gives students a practical understanding of how to approach the ethical issues that managers face, and how to resolve them in a socially responsible and sustainable way.
  • Managing and Leading People (LDR 525) – This 15-week course focuses on developing the skills and qualities necessary for leaders to build teams and manage change.
  • Managing Programs and Projects (LDR 535) – This 7.5-week course teaches students how to help an organization achieve its strategic goals through project management and program execution.
  • Persuasive Communication (LDR 545) – This 7.5-week course helps students build the practical, high-level communication skills necessary to be an effective leader, including negotiation, crisis management and visioning.

Admissions Requirements for the Leadership Certificate

There are no prerequisite courses required to be considered for admission to the certificate program. Students with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline are encouraged to apply.

  • Completed application
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of a bachelor’s degree, as well as official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended, whether or not a degree was earned.

On Your Way to an MBA

Students who are enrolled in one of our certificate programs can apply for the MBA program at any time.

If a student has successfully completed this graduate certificate with an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher, the student can be directly admitted to the MBA program, subject to a grade review.

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