Who is it for?

The leadership certificate program is designed for working professionals who are preparing themselves for leadership positions in government, corporations or not-for-profit organizations around the globe. It balances practical skills with a value-based foundation, making you a better leader wherever you choose to go!

Choose a blended on-campus/online learning format or a fully online learning format.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the discipline of leadership to creatively engage the community in meeting its challenges.
  • Identify an ethical issue and apply ethical principles, values, theories or frameworks to leadership practice.
  • Possess the cultural and communication skills necessary to interact in a reciprocal exchange that honors the human dignity of all persons.
  • Apply theory and principles of group dynamics in assuming multiple group roles and responsibilities.


  • The graduate certificate program requires completion of five courses (15 credit hours) from a prescribed list of LEDR courses. As of Fall 2013, students will complete a reflection paper during the last semester of coursework.
  • In addition to class time, students spend an average of 12 hours a week on course work outside of class for every three-credit course.
  • On average, students complete the program in one to two years. The certificate must be completed within three years.
  • After completing the graduate certificate program, you may choose to apply all 15 credits earned to Marquette's master of arts in public service or master in leadership studies degree.

Required (12 credits)

Class No. Class Title Credit Hours
LEDR 6000 History & Theory of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations* 3 credit hours
LEDR 6005 Self-Leadership 3 credit hours
LEDR 6010 Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership  
LEDR 6015
Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations
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3 credit hours
LEDR 6020 Leaders as Worldly Citizens 3 credit hours

* Prerequisite: This class is the first that students need to take.

Elective (3 credits)

The last three credits is an elective option that may be fulfilled by enrolling in one of the following:

Class No. Class Title Credit Hours
LEDR 6015 Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations 3 credit hours
LEDR 6020 Leaders as Worldly Citizens 3 credit hours
LEDR 6025 Research Methods 3 credit hours
LEDR 6035 Applied Quantitative Methods in Leadership Studies 3 credit hours
LEDR 6040 Introduction to Business Processes 3 credit hours
LEDR 6045 Communication Style & Strategies 3 credit hours
LEDR 6931 Topics in Leadership 1-3 credit hours
LEDR 6964 Practicum in Leadership 3 credit hours
LEDR 6995 Independent Study in Leadership 1-3 credit hours


Reflection Paper is due during the last semester of coursework.

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Alan Blaskowski

Vice President and Relationship Manager, BMO Retirement Services
Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies '13

"I chose the Leadership Studies program because it offers a balance of practical skills and values-based principles that provide the necessary lessons and competencies to excel in leadership positions."


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Marquette University College of Professional Studies
707 Building, Room 403
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-3153 or (800) 793-6450, extension 2
FAX: (414) 288-3298