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Leadership Studies

The demand for leadership skills is stronger than ever as organizations are getting leaner and expecting employees to assume leadership roles at all levels of the organization. Students who develop their leadership skills and learn more about how to effectively apply these skills in a variety of business settings will have a competitive advantage in the job market.

To meet this need, the Department of Management and Marketing offers a Leadership Certificate that is awarded to students who complete additional leadership courses and demonstrate leadership. Completion of the certificate is noted on the student’s transcript.

Leadership Certificate

(11 credits plus evidence of experience)

Complete all Leadership Certificate courses with a grade of B- or better:

Required Courses

  • MGMT 200 - Developing the Leader Within You
  • MGMT 340 - Organizational Behavior

Elective Courses

Complete a minimum of five credits from the following (with at most 2 credits from MSL 101, 102, 201, and 202):

  • MGMT 446 - Organizational Change and Development
  • MGMT 494 - Topics in Leadership
  • CJ 407 - Leadership Communication
  • MSL 101, Leadership and Personal Development
  • MST 102, Introduction to Tactical Leadership
  • MSL 201, Innovative Team Leadership
  • MSL 202, Foundations of Tactical Leadership

Leadership Experience

Students must provide evidence of bona fide leadership experience while completing the BBA degree. This is done by (a) submitting a resume that outlines the student’s leadership positions and accomplishments in each case, and (b) submitting a letter of recommendation from an organization adviser, board member (non-student), or other supervisor. The letter of recommendation must specifically attest to the leadership requirements of the position held and give specific examples of the leadership skills demonstrated by the student. Generic, employment-related letters of reference will not be accepted. Students are encouraged to obtain prior verification from the Management and Marketing department chair that their intended leadership experience will fulfill the requirements of the certificate.

Leadership Reflection Paper

Candidates for the Leadership Studies Certificate must submit a paper that reflects on the leadership experience documented by the resume and letter of recommendation described above. The paper should be five to seven pages in length, double-spaced in 12 point font. The suggested outline for the paper is as follows:

  • A description of the leadership experience
  • Self-evaluation of your strengths and weakness as a leader during these experiences.
  • Strategies and tactics for improving on your weaknesses and capitalizing on your strengths as a leader.
  • Evaluation of how your leadership coursework relates to your leadership experiences.

The application form for the Leadership Studies Certificate is available in the Management and Marketing department office, Schneider 400D. The resume, letter of recommendation, and reflection paper should be submitted with the completed application form.

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