Strategic Leadership Certificate

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Strategic Leadership Certificate

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Strategic Leadership Certificate

The strategic leadership MBA certificate is designed to help individuals make a significant impact in the organizations they serve by becoming more effective leaders.

Program details
  • 12 credits
  • Fully online
  • No-fee tuition
  • Eight-week courses
  • One-year completion
Career options
  • Chief financial officer
  • Program manager
  • Operations manager
  • Leadership and organizational development director

Messiah University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education. It is the highest accrediting authority recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for degree-granting colleges and universities located in Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and several other locations internationally.

In addition, Messiah University’s undergraduate and graduate programs in business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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Strategic Leadership Certificate coursework preview

The curriculum and coursework for Messiah University’s graduate certificate in strategic leadership is designed to be instantly relevant to your area of study and career.

Strategic Leadership MBA Certificate (12 credits)

Strategic Thinking, Planning and Organizational Change

This course focuses on the leader’s role in strategic thinking, planning, and organizational change. Students will examine best practices in assessing an organization’s readiness for change, change management implementation, and strategies for coping with resistance to change.

LEAD 505 / 3 Credits

Best Practices in Leadership

This course focuses on the historical, academic study of leadership theory. Students will examine the ontology, axiology, and praxis of leadership by examining the various strengths, weaknesses, and contextual constraints of leadership theories and models.

LEAD 515 / 3 Credits

Leading Leaders

This course focuses on the practice of leading leaders within an organization. Students will examine effective practices for leader identification, development, empowerment, motivation, and accountability to achieve organizational results.

LEAD 530 / 3 Credits

Followership, Teamwork and Group Dynamics

This course focuses on the social and organizational aspects of being an effective follower and working within groups and teams. Students will examine group dynamics and the social psychology of teamwork, including stages of team development, conflict resolution, and trust.

LEAD 540 / 3 Credits

Strategic Leadership Certificate tuition cost

No-fee tuition

Know what you are paying for with Messiah’s no-fee tuition. With our graduate programs, the cost per credit is what you pay – there are no hidden fees for labs, courses, services or technology. We put the true cost of your program upfront so that you can accurately compare and plan for your graduate education.

2022-2023 tuition per graduate credit hour: $735

Graduate certificates are eligible for federal financial aid.

Next steps for admissions

Applying for admission to a graduate program at Messiah University is the first step to making your personal and professional goals a reality.

Admissions requirements
  • Official transcripts indicating a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree earned
  • Completed application
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (< 3.0 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis)
  • Personal Statement of Purpose: Your 300-500 word statement should describe your preparations for graduate work, your reasons for applying for this particular graduate program at Messiah University and how this graduate program will help you meet your professional and educational goals
  • One recommendation (addressing your professional experience and/or academic performance, excluding relatives)
  • Resume
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How to apply

Before completing an application for any of Messiah University’s graduate and certificate programs, please read our Admissions Requirements to ensure that you are eligible for enrollment and to receive a helpful checklist of the supporting documentation that you will need to provide to complete your application. Questions regarding the application process may be directed to

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Returning users

Returning users can log in to continue their pre-existing application.

Why choose Messiah University?

The benefits of earning your MBA certificate in Strategic Leadership online at Messiah University are endless.

Flexible. Respected. Affordable.

As part of our continued commitment to excellence as an institution of higher education, Messiah University is:

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • A member institution of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • Named the #1 Best Business Degree Program for 2017 by Christian Universities Online
  • Recognized as a 2019-2020 national “College of Distinction for Business”
  • A respected member of the Central Pennsylvania community whose graduates are highly sought after for roles across the Commonwealth and beyond

Ready to start your online MBA Certificate in Strategic Leadership journey with Messiah University? Start your free application now.

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