In the Certificate in Leadership, learners will identify and illustrate leadership types commonly encountered in organizations. Learners will develop the communication skills needed to motivate transformational leadership events as well as model and explore group dynamics involving leaders, followers, and a business/organizational situation. They will learn how to identify and properly utilize verbal and nonverbal cues in a variety of situations. Learners will also realize complex projects using initiation, planning, development, monitoring, controlling, and closure phases.

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

Acquire tools assisting leaders with the development of a vision and strategy.

Develop the communicative skill sets needed to motivate transformational leadership events.

Model and explore group dynamics involving leaders, followers, and a business/organizational situation.

Identify and illustrate leadership types commonly encountered in organizations.

How to identify and properly utilize verbal and nonverbal cues in a variety of situations.

Realize complex projects using initiation, planning, development, monitoring, controlling, and closure phases.

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
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR THE CBL 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

Ready to get back to your dreams? We can help!

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

Call us at: 1.800.477.2254 | Email: admissions@calsouthern.edu

Accreditation & Approvals

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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. www.wscuc.org

California Southern University’s Bachelor, Master, and Doctor in Business Administration are accredited through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). www.acbsp.org

Please visit the Accreditation & Licensure page to learn more.

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