The professional Certificate in Leadership requires 15 s.h. of credit. Students must earn a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.75 in certificate coursework. 

The certificate is open to individuals with at least 18 months of postbaccalaureate professional experience and a desire to complete the certificate to build their skills, and to current Professional M.B.A. Program students. Students in the Professional M.B.A. Program may complete the certificate as they complete their degree; the certificate is designed to fit into the M.B.A. curriculum allowing students to earn the M.B.A. and the certificate without additional coursework.

Certificate courses are regularly offered online and may occasionally be offered at three locations in Iowa: Cedar Rapids at the Tippie College of Business Cedar Rapids Center, Des Moines at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center (JMPEC), and the Quad Cities at the Birchwood Learning Center; see program locations on the Tippie College of Business website.

Modern-day leadership is about facilitating change, maximizing team and employee performance, influencing others, and leading companies and people to greatness. Students who pursue the leadership certificate learn the skills to effectively lead others. The certificate is appropriate for working professionals in all business functions and industries.

The Certificate in Leadership requires the following coursework.

Both of these:
MBA:8120Management in Organizations3
MGMT:9120Leadership and Personal Development3
Three of these:
MBA:8130Business Communication3
ENTR:9100Entrepreneurship and Innovation (if taken spring 2021 or after)3
ENTR:9400Evaluating Innovation Opportunities3
ENTR:9500Managing the Growth Business3
ENTR:9700Entrepreneurship: Business Consulting3
MGMT:9090Influence and Constructive Persuasion3
MGMT:9091Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability3
MGMT:9092Effective Managerial Communication3
MGMT:9110Dynamics of Negotiations3
MGMT:9130Strategic Management of Change3
MGMT:9185Project Management3
MGMT:9210Law and Ethics3
MGMT:9220Maximizing Team Performance3
MGMT:9230Managing and Preventing Conflict3
MGMT:9240Inclusive Leadership3
MGMT:9250Managing Employee Performance3
MGMT:9260Strategic Employee Development3
MGMT:9270Human Resource Management3
MGMT:9290Global Business Management3

Certificate/Graduate Degrees

Students can pursue a professional Certificate in Leadership concurrently with their graduate degree. With graduate program approval, students may count up to 9 s.h. from the professional certificate toward their graduate degree. With approval from the professional certificate program, students may count up to 3 s.h. from any graduate degree program toward their certificate. Students should contact their degree program and the certificate program to work out combined program details. Separate application to each degree program is required. Applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the combined degree program.

Admission decisions are based upon completed application materials, including academic performance and quality and quantity of work experience. Applicants must have an undergraduate cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.75 or a graduate cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00, with at least 18 months of professional work experience after completion of their baccalaureate degree. View the Professional Certificate Admissions web page for additional details.

Applicants whose first language is not English must score at least 100 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or must have a successful admission interview. In place of the TOEFL, the certificate program accepts satisfactory International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. See English Requirements for M.B.A. Admission on the Office of Admissions website.

Applications are accepted throughout the year; admission is for summer, fall, or spring entry.