Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership

Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership

In taking the 12 credit, online graduate certificate in Strategic Leadership you will be able to develop and articulate your own, unique leadership style, effectively lead and manage change in your organization, identify problems and develop strategic solutions, build teams and collaborate across sectors and communicate strategically with internal and external stakeholders. 

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What You’ll Gain from the Certificate Program

Upon completion of this certificate program, you will have further developed your expertise and experience in the following critical areas of strategic leadership:

  1. Develop & Articulate Leadership Style
    Develop and articulate your own, unique leadership style.  Through a mix of coursework, case studies, and a leadership profile tool, you will analyze various leadership styles, discern your own strengths and challenges, and, ultimately, articulate and further hone your personal leadership style.
  2. Lead & Manage Change
    Building on your unique leadership style and personal reflection, you will develop skills to effectively assess team dynamics, corporate structures, and foster collaboration, innovation, and creativity to successfully and strategically implement change in your organization.
  3. Identify Problems & Develop Solutions 
    Effectively identify problems, assess their impact, and collaborate to develop sound solutions. Strategically communicate your plan to those responsible for execution as well as, key internal and external stakeholders. 
  4. Build Teams & Collaborate Across Sectors 
    Examine how individual personalities, team dynamics, corporate structures, and organizational needs provide direction for a strategic leader. Analyze high and low performing teams and discover how tasks and goals impact team design and function leading to building effective teams, including team leadership.  Explore the fostering of collaboration and teamwork across departmental, organizational, and industry sectors.
  5. Communicate Strategically 
    Develop strategies for creating clear and compelling messages with consideration to ethics, feedback, team collaboration and persuasion, assessing constituent needs, analyzing your personal communication style, and evaluating effective communication channels. 

Benefits of a Graduate Certificate with E-town

  • Use as a stand-alone option to gain focused knowledge in an area of professional importance in order to further your career and enhance your resume
  • Use as a preliminary step in starting a master's degree program. Eligible credits taken as part of a graduate certificate in Strategic Leadership may be considered towards an  MBA  or a  M.S. in Strategic Leadership
  • Certificates can be completed at a quick pace – the four classes (12 credits) can be finished in as little as two semesters.
  • Classes are offered 100% online so it can easily fit into your busy lifestyle!

Admissions Criteria

  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  2. Official college transcripts
  3. Be at least age 25
  4. A minimum of 3 years of professional leadership/management experience
  5. Time to devote to your coursework; in an accelerated program, time spent outside of class is considerable.

The first step is to meet with an admissions counselor who will explain the program and its format, and answer any questions you may have. 


Note:  Graduates of the Elizabethtown College MBA program who have completed their degree within the past three years should talk to their admissions representative or academic advisor regarding the Dual MBA/MSL degree program.  Additionally, due to the duplication in content, MSL graduates are not eligible to participate in the Strategic Leadership Certificate. 

Courses (12 credits)

MBA 510: Leadership in Business and Life - Bridging the Gap (3 credits)
What does it take to be an effective leader today? This course identifies the various types of leaders, how effectiveness is determined based on their style, whom they are leading, and the nature of the situations they encounter. Current research and everyday examples of leaders are incorporated to help learners gain a comprehensive understanding of why some leaders succeed and others struggle or fail.

MOD 560: Leading Individuals and Teams (3 credits)
Successful leadership of individuals and teams requires strategic leaders to employ aspects of situational and transformational leadership principles. This course will examine how individual personalities, team dynamics, corporate structures and organizational needs provide direction for a strategic leader. Learners will explore how tasks and goals impact team design and function, leading to building effective teams, including team leadership. Learners will also take a look at best practices in face-to-face and virtual teams.

MOD 562: Innovation & Change (3 credits)
Successful strategic leaders must lead and facilitate innovation, creativity, change, and collaboration within and amongst diverse organizations---including local, regional and international partners in the public, private, and service sectors. These partners will have varied and often conflicting goals, incentives, power bases, resources, and cultures.  Participating in a course-long student-led cross-sector strategic planning case study, students will strengthen their capacity to create and implement strategies and methodologies for leading and facilitating innovation, creativity, change, and cross-sector collaboration to effectively address complex community problems.  

MSL 570: Design Thinking for Leaders (3 credits)
In this course, students will explore the fundamentals of design thinking and how it can be applied to improve their performance. Students will be immersed in a problem space, and use the design thinking process to develop a solution.  Students will establish a framework for collaborative problem solving and learn the steps involved in creating an innovative organizational environment.  Through case studies of design thinking in action, students will explore the opportunities and challenges of this approach.  The relationship of design thinking and adaptive leadership will be integrated as students demonstrate that design thinking can be applied to multiple fields.

Interested in learning more?

Our Admissions Coordinators would be happy to set up an appointment to meet with you to discuss our program more in depth and also evaluate your previous college credits.