The paramount objective of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Strategic Leadership (CBSL) is to expand the learner’s knowledge and skill set in these areas of business acumen, communications, and human behavior. The certificate program accomplishes this objective with seven specialized courses designed to build strategic leadership skills that focus on executive decision making, critical thinking, conflict resolution, cultural communications, social responsibility and stewardship, and human relations skills.

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

Promote the incorporation of practical business experience with formal academic learning so that shared experiences can create integrated learning.

Foster growth in intellectual accomplishment and an opportunity to develop an executive level perspective on business practices.

Encourage learners to develop the ability to use quantitative and qualitative tools to identify and address business problems and opportunities.

Encourage learners to gain an appreciation of ethical principles and its application to the business environment.

Provide working professionals the chance to experience graduate study without committing to a full graduate program.

Enable personal growth and the ability to gain academic experience and a credential in a given discipline.

Provide the option of pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree upon successful completion of the certificate program.

Facilitate the acquisition of practical knowledge with an understanding of the integrated nature of business functions.

Career Outcomes

Opportunities in the following areas:


Financial Institutions

Government Agencies

Non-Profit Organizations

Certificate in Strategic Leadership Requirements

Certificate Requirements Credits
Required Courses (7) 21

Courses + Credits

Unlike the other Post-Baccalaureate Certificate programs in the School of Business and Management, the Certificate in Strategic Leadership (CBSL) 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.

At CalSouthern, you are not alone. The University has very competent mentors that are readily available, quite helpful, and very supportive for online learners like us. In the same way, the University’s academic support team is equally available whenever help is needed, and our dean has personally demonstrated to me a commitment to help you succeed.

– Omari Gekombe, School of Business and Management

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Contact us to learn more about our online Certificate in Strategic 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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