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Leadership undergraduate adult online certificate

Employers want people who can problem solve, think critically, and work as part of a team. A certificate in leadership from Grand Valley State University develops these skills, enhancing your major degree of study and preparing you for your future career.

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Program Overview

The certificate in leadership focuses on social change and business communication, and it includes further exploration into organizational theory, team building, design thinking, and grant writing.

Why Study Leadership at Grand Valley?

  • You will be developing professional skills that employers are looking for such as team building and ethics.
  • You can create stackable credentials that enhance your degree and bolster your resume.
  • Our faculty and support staff provide direct, practical guidance ensure you thrive.
  • The program is available fully online and can be completed in one year or less.

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Adult and Continuing Studies

(616) 331-7180

To learn more about this certificate either as part of a degree or as a stand-alone certificate option, schedule an appointment with an advisor.

Location & Format

This program can be completed fully online.



The leadership certificate is comprised of 12 credits.

Required core classes:

  • INT 312 - Collaborative Communication
  • INT 341 - Leadership for Social Change

Plus, any two of the following:

  • INT 310 - Creativity
  • INT 323 - Design Thinking to Meet Real-World Needs
  • INT 331 - Person and Profession
  • COM 438 - Communication Ethics
  • MGT 345 - Team Building
  • PA 390 - Leadership Dynamics
  • PA 420 - Organization Theory and Dynamics
  • WRT 350 - Business Communication