The Graduate Certificate in Leadership offers an exploration of every aspect of leadership dynamics and provides students with experience in the development of strategic leadership techniques.
Duration of Program
Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Meets F1 Visa Requirements
Today's cross-functional teams and organizations require leaders who understand how to apply the collective expertise and capabilities of the group. But developing collaborative leadership skills is rarely on the agenda at most business schools or training programs. Like its on-campus predecessor, the online Graduate Certificate in Leadership is based on the belief that everyone is capable of leadership. The program studies every aspect of leadership dynamics—from the leader as an individual, to his or her role as part of a team. It also examines the function of leadership within a broader organizational culture and explores the development of strategic leadership techniques.
Delivered entirely online, the program’s coursework exposes students to a series of alternative perspectives of leadership, including collaborative models. The heightened level of interaction that the online format offers helps reinforce the themes of collaboration and teamwork. And the course's action-learning methods let participants build a personal model of leadership that they can put to immediate use in their workplace.
Online program allows working professionals the flexibility and freedom of remote learning
Credits earned in this certificate program can be applied to Northeastern's MS in Corporate and Organizational Communication, MS in Organizational 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 or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 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
TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.
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Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace. This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.
Northeastern University faculty represents a broad cross-section of professional practices and fields, including finance, education, biomedical science, management, and the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside you to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
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Below is a look at where our Leadership alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.