In the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership, learners will apply essential 21st Century strategic management and leadership skills to gain a competitive advantage through an analytic approach to leadership and the development of strong management principles. They will examine leadership theory and application and how it meets the needs and requirements of key audiences from a strategic management perspective while exploring the latest workforce developments, global trends, and technologies that influence human relations for effective strategic leadership. They will analyze how strategic leaders promote corporate social responsibility through values-based and systems-based knowledge and skills and master the skills and knowledge that managers, leaders, and executives need to successfully predict and resolve conflicts in their organizations and the external environment. Learners will develop high-performance teams from the organization’s perspective to deliver maximum benefits as well as real-world customer service leadership knowledge and skills through the investigation and evaluation of various issues associated with the 21st-century customer service industry.

Be advised, unlike the other Graduate Certificate Programs in the School of Business and Management, the Certificate in Strategic Leadership is a 21-credit program comprised of seven (7) required courses.

Quick Facts:

  • Credits required: 21
  • Cost per credit: $545
  • 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

Apply essential 21st Century strategic management and leadership skills to gain a competitive advantage through an analytic approach to leadership and the development of strong management principles.

Explore leadership theory and application and how it meets the needs and requirements of key audiences from a strategic management perspective.

Explore the latest workforce developments, global trends, and technologies that influence human relations for effective strategic leadership.

Analyze how strategic leaders promote corporate social responsibility through values-based and systems-based knowledge and skills.

Master the skills and knowledge that managers, leaders, and executives need to successfully predict and resolve conflicts in their organizations and the external environment.

Develop high performance teams from the organization’s perspective to deliver maximum benefits.

Develop real-world customer service leadership knowledge and skills through the investigation and evaluation of various issues associated with the 21st century customer service industry.

Career Outcomes

Opportunities in the following areas:

Organizational Leadership

Business / Corporate Communications

Customer Service Management

Certificate in Strategic Leadership Requirements

Certificate Requirements Credits
Required Courses (7) 21
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR THE CBSL 21

Courses + Credits

Unlike the other graduate certificate programs in the School of Business and Management, the Certificate in Strategic Leadership is a 21-credit program comprised of seven (7) required courses.

Required Courses

  • SLDR 86000 Essential Concepts for Strategic Management and Leadership — 3-credits
  • SLDR 86001 Role of Leadership in Strategic Management Communications — 3-credits
  • SLDR 86002 Effective Human Relations Skills for Leaders — 3-credits
  • SLDR 86003  Leadership for Promoting Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility — 3-credits
  • SLDR 86004 Conflict Management Strategies and Resolution — 3-credits
  • SLDR 86005 Leadership Strategies for Developing High Performance Teams — 3-credits
  • SLDR 86006 Customer Service Leadership — 3-credits

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

I chose CalSouthern due to the flexibility of the schedule and the regional accreditation. The ability to schedule a month off without any difficulty made it possible for me to control my work and academic load more effectively.

– Tami McHugh, School of Business and Management

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

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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

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