The Graduate Certificate in Leadership program is offered as a three-month blended delivery program that combines online learning with a two-week on-campus residency. This allows working professionals to benefit from the synergy of on-campus learning and direct interaction with leading faculty members, while meeting the demands of their career and lifestyle.
Students can expect to work hard during the on-campus residency period. The normal classroom schedule is Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Assignments, readings, and team meetings are done outside of these hours. In addition to the educational activities, there may be planned recreational events. Attendance at the two residency periods is mandatory; however, students are not required to live on campus.
Prior to commencing each course, students are provided with a package of materials and readings. Students will work through the requirements of the course their own pace while ensuring they meet the deadlines for assignments and exams.
Normally, students will take one to two distance courses at a time, for a period of 10 to 14 weeks. A level of effort of approximately 10 hours per week, per course is required. This means a commitment of 10 to 20 hours per week depending on the schedule. During the first distance courses, the amount of time required may be higher, as students familiarize themselves with our distance learning technologies.
We use a number of different learning methods, including textbooks, articles, case studies, interactive Internet learning, videotapes, and ‘chat’ bulletin boards for correspondence with team members - who may be on the other side of the country. Having already met your classmates during the first residency period, you will continue to work in teams during the distance modules as well. We have found that this approach to learning is extremely helpful to our students, enabling them to build strong relationships with their classmates.
There are three courses in total within the Graduate Certificate in Leadership program.
- LEAD 526: Fundamentals of Personal Leadership and Learning (three credits)
- LEAD 527: Applied methods for Organizational Leadership (three credits)
- LEAD 528: Leadership in Systems (three credits)