Leadership Certificate

This certificate is for working professionals or post-baccalaureate students who wish to advance their leadership skills, excel in their careers, jump-start their graduate-level learning, or become a more effective leader in the workforce.

What Will I Learn?

You will learn core theories of leadership and followership, practice leadership competencies, and form an understanding of how change happens in organizations based on how leadership affects change.

What are the requirements for this degree?

To be eligible for admission to the program, applicants must:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Complete the graduate certificate application
  • Submit official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts documenting the earned degree


You will be exposed to classic and contemporary research on leadership and followership, including teamwork, motivation, leading change, dark side leadership, the role of gender in leadership and the impact of ethics and values.

This 9 credit certificate program is targeted to working adult learners who want short term leadership skill building from a recognized, accredited and local university; it can be a path to a graduate degree. The certificate combines 2 core classes from the ODL master's program with one elective from the Leadership in Society concentration, which offers a diverse selection of courses to meet learners' interests.

The Graduate Catalog provides details about courses.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Leadership study is applicable in any and all career fields. This program may help you enter Ship’s Organizational Development and Leadership program, or as a stand-alone to bolster leadership skills and qualifications for employment and/or promotion in corporate, public sector, non-profit sector (including higher education), and advocacy organizations both big and small.  

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

You can expect seminar-style discussion coursework, readings and case studies, opportunities to attend appropriate research conferences, opportunities to participate in Shippensburg-focused leadership with Graduate Student Association Board and other groups.