The Graduate Certificate in Leadership offers an overview 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 a leadership style that capitalizes on the collective expertise and capabilities of the group. The development and mastery of collaborative leadership skills are not typically part of one's focused discipline preparation, hence leadership requires deliberate development by those who assume leadership roles.
The Graduate Certificate in Leadership starts with the premise that everyone is capable of leadership. The program studies every aspect of leadership dynamics, from the leader as an individual, to working in teams, and from the organization itself to the development of strategic leadership techniques. Coursework exposes participants to a series of alternative perspectives of leadership including collaborative models. Using the course's action learning methods, participants build a personal model of leadership that they can put to immediate use in their workplace.
Boston location on flagship campus, a hub for healthcare, education, finance, business, biotechnology, and the life sciences
Credits earned in this certificate program can be applied to Northeastern's MS in Corporate and Organizational Communication, MS in Criminal Justice, MS in Human Services, 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
A graduate degree, certificate, or bootcamp from Northeastern—a top-40 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (Official transcripts required at the time of admission)
English language proficiency proof: Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
Graduate Certificate in Leadership Core Requirements
LDR 6100 - Developing Your Leadership Capability
LDR 6110 - Leading Teams
LDR 6120 - Developing Organizational Leadership
LDR 6140 - Strategy Development and Implementation
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
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 245,000 alumni and 3,200+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Leadership alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.