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Graduate Leadership Certificate

College of Business

Regardless of industry, the ability to lead others is a valuable asset. The Graduate Leadership Certificate will help you craft your personal leadership style, learn to manage change, act ethically, and consider contemporary issues in business when making decisions. This program will help you take your career to the next level as an industry and organizational leader in your field. The certificate consists of three 3-credit courses. The certificate can also be a stepping stone to earning the MS in Organizational Leadership. Upon successfully completing the certificate, you can receive a waiver of the GMAT and count your certificate credits toward your master’s.

Study Method: Online
Terms: Two semesters*
Total Credits: 9

*Certificate courses are not offered during the summer.

How Are Courses Offered?

Course Delivery: Online
Total Credits: 9

Leadership Certificate courses are offered online with a fusion of regularly meeting live small-group class sessions via Web conferencing software, and ‘at-your-pace’ learning via Kodiak, Western New England University's online learning management system. In this rich online learning environment, you will be able to interact with faculty, students, guest professionals, alumni, and clients, as well as enjoy flexibility in absorbing course content both through attending live sessions from the comfort of your home and posted videos, discussions, and readings.

Admissions Requirements

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 (B) is typically required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Applicants with a GPA below a 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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A diverse group of professionals, our Management and Leadership faculty members are focused on teaching and mentoring you. All members hold advanced degrees in accredited business majors from some of the finest colleges and universities. They are involved in research, provide consulting services to companies, publish in national journals, and present their work at regional and national meetings about leadership. Our faculty developed the area’s Leadership Institute more than 30 years ago, which educates mid-level managers, and offers a Management Institute for area companies.


AACSB International

The best business schools in the world are accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Western New England University is the only private institution in western Massachusetts accredited by AACSB International and among fewer than 5% of business schools in the world to hold this accreditation.

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    Kodiak is a state-of-the-art Learning Management System used by major universities and colleges around the world. It makes it easy for you to participate in class discussions, view calendars, communicate with faculty and classmates, post assignments, and view grades.

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