Our Graduate Certificate in Leadership Development program consists of a series of courses focused on helping students hone the visionary communication and motivational skills needed to help organizations achieve ambitious goals.

Students who enroll in this online leadership development certificate program will complete coursework and participate in collaborative exercises that build core leadership skills such as:

  • Executive management
  • Self-evaluation
  • Motivation techniques
  • Relationship building
  • Driving and sustaining change

Who Should Pursue a Graduate Certificate in Leadership Development?

The graduate certificate in leadership development is ideal for working professionals at all levels who aspire to advance within or move into a leadership role.

Whether they are seeking to become more valuable to their current organization or are seeking a career change, students in the certificate program have the flexibility to work full time while developing valuable communication, strategic and managerial abilities.


Students are required to complete a total of 12 credits to earn a Graduate Certificate in Leadership Development.

Core Course:

Required Elective Courses:

Students will then choose an additional elective from the following courses:

If necessary, students may take time off between courses while completing their certificate program; however, all courses must be completed within 18 months.

All coursework is completed 100% online, with no in-person requirements.

Our faculty have been recognized for their achievements in leadership education. Certificate students will learn from professors who also teach in UNC Kenan-Flagler’s other top-ranked MBA programs.1 Learn more about our featured faculty members.

To learn more about graduate certificate programs, request information today.

1 UNC Kenan-Flagler was ranked #22 by U.S. News & World Report in the most recent report published in 2023, and its online MBA program is ranked #3 in 2024 (