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Advanced Leadership Studies (Undergraduate Certificate)

Offered by the Department of GovernmentSchool of Public Affairs, this four year undergraduate program nurtures a select number of talented students in the skills and knowledge required to be effective leaders in their professional careers.

Admission to the Program

Incoming freshman in the School of Public Affairs are invited to apply to the program.

Certificate Requirements

  • 15 credit hours of approved coursework with at least 6 credit hours at the 300-level or above with grades of C or better. Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses will not be accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements although these grades will be included in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average. Students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period after they are admitted. International students must enroll in 12 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit.

Course Requirements


Additional Courses

2-5 credit hours from the following, or other courses as approved by the program director, including an independent study in a leadership-related topic or community service learning project: