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2019-2020 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Digital Badge in Emerging Leadership

The Seidman digital badge in emerging leadership is designed to prepare emerging leaders for the challenges they will experience as they gain greater levels of responsibility. The badge (not a degree or certificate) will prepare students in the following areas:

  1. Effective leaders: Students will learn how to influence others based on their own leadership style and the fundamentals of effective leadership at the supervisory level.
  2. Integrative thinkers: An understanding of how all the different functions in a firm fit together as a whole.
  3. Strategic analyzers: Students will be able to provide strategic recommendations to specific organizational problems.

Program Format

The digital badge is cohort based, is comprised of five courses (14 credits), and concludes with an applied project that is part of the coursework.


Completion of a bachelor's degree is required for admission. Strong preference will be given to candidates with at least three years of experience and company support.

Program Location

The Micro Masters Badge is offered on Pew Campus at the L. William Seidman Center in downtown Grand Rapids, MI.

Contact for Admissions/Inquiry

Seidman Graduate Services Office:
Assistant Dean, Student Engagement and Graduate Program Operations: Koleta Moore.

Requirements for the Micro Masters Badge in Emerging Leadership

Required Coursework (14 credits)

In addition to the courses, students will participate in coaching and professional mentoring: This one-on-one coaching is designed for students' professional development and is not an internship. This will be done with industry mentors who will be available for the duration of the program and students will be able to network with them for professional networking and guidance. The mentors will be arranged by the Seidman College of Business and will be available for guidance and coaching for about five hours over the 14 credits.

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