Compete for today's—and tomorrow's—jobs with the career-focused certificate in leadership and management.

Prepare to become a leader in the workforce: The graduate certificate in leadership and management at University of Maryland Global Campus is designed to provide you with the skills and leadership ability to navigate a variety of workplaces. You'll gain a foundation in organizational and management theory as well as skills in decision making, communication, strategic planning, and coaching and managing others.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Leadership and Management Graduate Certificate

We've developed the curriculum for the certificate in leadership and management in conjunction with top employers. Topics such as organizational development and the management of change, leadership in diverse environments, employee relations, staffing, and human resource development will help you graduate with leadership skills you can apply immediately in the workplace.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply leadership skills to promote communication, ethical behavior, and quality performance
  • Implement employment practices, encourage team building, and mentor junior staff members
  • Communicate effectively with culturally diverse audiences using a variety of formats and technologies
  • Assess and develop performance measures, feedback, and coaching that facilitates employee development
  • Employ self-reflection and mindfulness of individual and cultural differences when interacting with others
  • Research, plan, and develop processes and procedures that ensure organizational performance

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Design a change management training for managers using presentation software
  • Participate in a group project to develop criteria and strategies to address performance deficiencies among employees
  • Participate in a series of leadership questionnaires to identify your leadership style and development needs

Leadership and Management Graduate Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
  • MGMT 630
  • HRMD 610
  • HRMD 650

MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 may be taken in lieu of MGMT 630.

Overall Certificate Requirements

  • To pursue a certificate program, you must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • You are responsible for notifying UMGC of your intention to complete certificate work before completion of your last course.
  • If you apply credits from your graduate certificate to a related master's degree, then you must apply for your certificate once you have completed its requirements before finishing the master's requirements.
  • All required coursework for the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of B (3.0). Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/fail.
  • All graduate certificate requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years. Any transfer credits, if applicable, must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate certificate.

Career Preparation

This program is designed for those who need a strong foundation in principles of management to move ahead in their organizations.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you have strong writing and analytical skills.