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Leadership Certificate

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.

Start DatesAugust, January, May
Estimated Cost$10,620 (same in-state and out-of-state)
Duration18 graduate credits / 6 courses/ 12 months on average
FormatPart-time: online
Next Application Deadline

April 1, 2021 for Summer 2021 term


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.

Required Courses (4)

PSLP 5300 Foundations of Leadership
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.  

PSLP 5320 Organizational Leadership
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.  

PSLP 5330 Communication & Team Development
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.

PSLP 5340 Financial Management for Leaders
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.

Elective Courses (2)

Students must complete two electives from one of the focus areas, or select one elective from two of the following areas.

General Leadership Focus
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.  

Technology Leadership Focus
PSLP 5350 Understanding Technology Operations
Examines a number of topics that can have a significant impact on the extent to which a firm attains world class standards. Topics include: operations strategy, product/service selection and design, business process reengineering, capacity planning, quality management, facility location and layout, and supply chain management.

Project Management Focus
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.

PSPM 5230 Project Management: Leadership & Managing the Project Team
Analyzes the difference between leadership and management in the project management environment. Evaluates the role of the project manager as team leader, and reviews the application of various leadership and management techniques to project management.  

The information contained on this web site is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.


On average, students take two courses a term, including the summer, to complete the certificate in 12 months.
admission requirements

Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: April 1

  • Bachelor’s degree
Admission Details

$10,620 (same in-state and out-of-state)

  • This program is not eligible for financial aid
Tuition Details
* Additional fees may apply, including course materials. Tuition rates adjusted annually.
our value
  • Advanced leadership credentials through a flexible online program
  • Up to 45 PDUs (Professional Development Units) for students with PMI® certifications

* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

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John McCarthy


John comes to SCPS after serving as a naval officer and naval reserve officer on active duty, during which time he worked in the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division and the Technical Support Detachment (TSD) investigating, exploiting, and attacking IED manufacturing networks in Iraq and Afghanistan. He draws on his military experience as well as 16 years in private industry to lead instruction on leadership, management, communication, and team development.

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