The Certificate in Leadership is designed for individuals who wish to focus their studies in the area of Leadership. Certificates are appropriate for demonstrating mastery of a topic and/or applications relevant to personal knowledge, professional development, or preparation for future study. This certificate is not a graduate degree.

Be advised, unlike the other Undergraduate Certificate Programs in the School of Business and Management, the Certificate in Leadership (CBL) is an 18-credit program comprised of six (6) required courses.

Quick Facts:

  • Credits required: 18
  • Cost per credit: $425
  • Program length: 1 year (full-time status)

Time to degree completion can be accelerated by taking multiple courses in a term and through credits accepted in transfer.

What you’ll learn

Develop an understanding of the theoretical and applied knowledge of leadership.

Provide learners with a basic knowledge of effective leadership qualities.

Provide learners with a critically examined value system of professional code of ethics essential for effective leadership.

Improve the learner’s analytical and critical thinking skills by providing an understanding of theory and application as related to leadership.

Enable learners to integrate formal academic learning with personal experiences so that learning becomes meaningful, personalized and relates to one’s professional and practical needs.

Promote the development of an appreciation for effective leadership in a multicultural and diverse environment.

Career Outcomes

Opportunities in the following areas:

Organizational Leadership in Corporations / Multi-National Corporations

Organizational Leadership in Financial Institutions

Organizational Leadership in Government Agencies and Non-Profit Organizations

Certificate in Leadership Requirements

Certificate Requirements Credits
Required Courses (6) 18

Courses + Credits

CalSouthern’s Certificate in Leadership is an 18-credit program comprised of the following six (6) required courses:

Required Courses

  • LDR 2100 Foundations of Leadership — 3-credits
  • LDR 2125 Leadership Communications — 3-credits
  • LDR 2150 Leadership Theory and Practices — 3-credits
  • LDR 2460 Project Management Fundamentals and Leadership — 3-credits
  • LDR 2480 Leadership Group Dynamics — 3-credits
  • LDR 2490 Nonverbal Communications in Leadership — 3-credits

Download the University Catalog for full course descriptions, prerequisite information, and program details.

The Faculty Mentors are very knowledgeable and available when you needed assistance. My Academic Advisor was also very helpful and ensured that I stayed on track throughout the entire process.

– Geneva Nathani, School of Business and Management

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Contact us to learn more about our online Certificate in Leadership program.

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Accreditation & Approvals


California Southern University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Regional accreditation is the most highly respected and recognized form of accreditation in the United States, and it provides students with a number of important benefits and opportunities.

Please visit the Accreditation & Licensure page to learn more.

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