Leadership Online Certificate Program

The Leadership certificate is based on a fluid concept of leadership, recognizing that leaders need to emerge in many different tiers of an organization. In this program, students learn theories and best practices of leadership, from understanding organizational behavior to learning how to enact change to achieve shared goals. The Leadership certificate is designed for professionals from all backgrounds and industries who seek to expand their leadership potential.

Learn from a faculty of industry leaders in this fully online certificate. Enhance your professional skillset and advance your career. 

Or, apply credit earned to one of five SPS online bachelor's degrees.


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Online, asynchronous classes

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Four quarters (one year), one course per quarter

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Begin in any quarter

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Four courses to complete the certificate

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Estimated cost $2,300 per course

*Leadership certificate may not be applied to online degree in Enterprise Leadership. Contact an admission advisor for details.



About the Leadership Certificate Program

Leadership Goals and Courses



Admission for the Leadership Certificate

In addition to completing an online application, you'll also need to submit a few supplemental materials. A list of requirements for admission including application deadlines and tips on how to apply can be found at the Admission page.

Leadership Tuition

Certificate students in the School of Professional Studies pay per course. For more information about tuition and financial obligations, see the Tuition page.

Leadership Registration Information

Registration for courses opens 8 to 10 weeks before each quarter and is accessed CAESAR,  Northwestern's online student records system. View course registration timelines and instructions on the Registration Information page.

Applying Credit to an Online Bachelor of Science Program

Students interested in the option of applying credit earned in an online undergraduate certificate to an SPS online bachelor's degree program should submit an online application and all required application materials. Students who elect to apply to a bachelor’s degree program before completing the certificate will be able to count completed courses toward the applicable bachelor’s degree, but a certificate will not be conferred.

If you are interested in exploring this option, contact an admission advisor for details.

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