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The graduate Certificate in Leadership online is designed for working professionals who want to move into leadership and management roles. If you’re working in the private sector, the nonprofit sector, higher education, or for the federal, state, or local government, this certificate will provide a solid foundation in organizational leadership, community and team development, financial management, and more.
Take the next step towards professional leadership, and join the UVA family for life.
Students with PMI® certifications can earn up to 45 PDUs per course. PSPM and PSLP courses are eligible. UVA is a registered education provider with PMI. PMI is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
Introduces students to various styles and theories of leadership. Through self-assessment and guided inquiry, students examine and create their own unique style of leadership. Students will develop approaches to adapt and modify leadership styles to various situations and individual personalities to influence organizational outcomes.
Focuses on the challenging role of leaders in today’s complex organizations. Identifies ways to adapt the organizational structures, policies, and management workforce to enhance competitive advantage. Topics include change management, organizational dynamics, and crisis management. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to assess risk, perform root cause analysis, and employ effective decision-making processes.
Prepares today's leaders for success in communication skills with diverse audiences, as well as effective team building and management. Communication topics address technical and non-technical audiences using presentations; interpersonal skills; and writing skills. Team development instruction focuses on managing teams, identifying and understanding the leadership role, the importance of shared leadership, and team decision-making.
Examines how value is measured, created, and maximized. Beginning with an introduction to accounting, instruction covers the fundamentals of measuring and reporting revenue, costs, cash flow, assets, liabilities, and equity. Explores the financial decisions that management must make, including break-even analysis, budgeting, investment in assets, and funding with debt equity.
Students must complete two electives from one of the focus areas, or select one elective from two of the following areas.
PSLP 5310 Strategic Leadership
Focuses on strategic planning and foresight. Uses case studies to explore the challenging role of leaders in different organizational settings and how leaders can strategize for successful outcomes.
PSPA 5040 Ethics
Introduces and explores the philosophical and practical issues related to ethical decision making. Emphasizes the analysis of ethical problems and the development of analytical skills and values. Incorporates case studies, journal articles, current events, and debates as practical examples of ethical issues.
PSPM 5030 Introduction to Project Management
Introduces students to the various aspects of the project life cycle and project management. Explores best practices and the application of these best practices for project success.
Start Dates: August, January, May
Duration: On average, students take two courses a term, including the summer, to complete the certificate in 12 months. (18 graduate credits / 6 courses)
Format: Part-time: online
Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: April 1
$10,782 (same in-state and out-of-state)
* Additional fees may apply, including course materials. Tuition rates adjusted annually.