Establish yourself as an effective leader, able to lead change in organizations and guide diverse people and perspectives to work toward a common goal, through a graduate certificate in leadership.
This certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program, or can be embedded in Champlain's online MBA program or online master's in human relations and organization development program.
Build Your Career Future
In today's businesses and organizations, employers are seeking leaders who can champion change, inspire teams, and cultivate a culture of authenticity.
A graduate certificate is a great way to highlight these in-demand leadership skills and showcase subject matter expertise, as well as gain knowledge that can be applied to your workplace from day one.
Academic Excellence and Recognition
Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education
Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report
Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community
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Accomplish More with a Graduate Certificate in Leadership
Business and financial occupations are expected to grow 7% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average growth for all fields, as a result of an increasingly complex global business landscape. The median annual wage for these roles is over $68,000.
A specialized certificate can help you build new skills, differentiate your resume, and demonstrate your value as an employee in your current organization.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019
Top Reasons to Earn a Graduate Certificate
- Climb the career ladder
- Build new skills
- Earn a recognized credential
- Differentiate your resume
- Test a new field
- Pursue a passion
- Demonstrate subject matter expertise
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online leadership graduate certificate, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online leadership courses encompass the top skills needed by today's business leaders.
Explore concepts and frameworks for how to lead effectively in today's ever-changing world. Using an integrative reflective practice approach, students examine their own approach to leadership and create an initial plan for their own leadership development, as well as the leadership development opportunities for their organization.
Explore the formal and informal communication strategies that help leaders influence beyond their formal authority. Topics will include how to have generative conversations, communication tactics for engaging stakeholders, cross cultural communications, managing conflict, building impactful narratives that engage and inspire, and the impact of technology on communication in today's organizations.
Examine how to cultivate meaningful relationships across an organizational system, from co-workers, to team members, to broader stakeholders. Attention will be given to how to leverage both formal and informal relationships to create positive impact. Topics include perceptions, motivation, emotional intelligence, building teams, and conflict management.
Explore how to accelerate organizational change by focusing on and leveraging the core strengths of individuals and the collective system. Learn how to challenge the traditional deficit mindset that pervades organizations, and how to use evidence-based appreciative practices to cultivate shared leadership across a system.
Graduates of the leadership online graduate certificate program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Create a personal, authentic leadership mission statement in which continued learning is a key component.
- Exhibit and reflect upon changes in personal leadership behavior, evidenced by expanded self-knowledge and cultural awareness.
- Create a vision and develop behaviors to successfully lead a diverse group of people through uncertain environments.
- Demonstrate the creative and critical thinking skills required of effective organizational change.
Champlain College Online's business faculty, led by Program Director Dr. Linda Miller, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our leadership curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s business professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the field and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
Alumni of the Champlain College Online leadership graduate certificate program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:
- Belcam, Inc.
- Cox Automotive
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- Jay Peak, Inc.
- Naval Facilities Engineering Command
- Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Titles our alumni hold include:
- Business Owner
- Executive Officer
- Patrol Agent
- Section Chief, Program Analysis & Reporting
- Senior Production & Materials Planner
- Senior Software Engineer
Tuition & Costs
Continuing your education is an investment in your future. Learn more about our affordable tuition rates.
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