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Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership was designed to provide a strong foundation for students to establish and build their leadership skills; examine the theory and practice of personal leadership; and develop an appreciation for open and interconnected systems within organizations and communities.

This nine-credit graduate certificate program is delivered over three months and includes 10 weeks of online study and one two-week on-campus learning residency, and can be used to ladder into an MA program at RRU or as a standalone course for students looking to improve their leadership skills in order to thrive within an organization.

Who It’s For

Students interested in improving their skillset within the realm of organizational leadership, but aren’t currently ready to pursue a full master’s degree, will find value in this nine-credit graduate certificate program.

Through this experiential program you will work in a cohort environment, practicing the current tools and strategies to improve communication and leadership in teams and groups, as well as examining the theories and practice of leading productive teams or facilitating effective groups.

Core Competencies

Professional Competencies:

  • Personal Mastery: Demonstrates reflective practice, values and ethics alignment, and a lifelong commitment to cultivating self-awareness and personal leadership.
  • Learning, Creativity, & Innovation: Attends to one’s own learning and the learning of others while thinking critically and creatively, and generating innovative approaches to complex challenges.
  • Strategic & Collaborative Leadership: Selects leadership approach suited to the context, while effectively communicating with and listening to multiple audiences; facilitating and engaging in teamwork and decision-making; and building authentic relationships toward shared goals.
  • Engaged Inquiry: Integrates self-inquiry and systematic inquiry that leads to learning and evidence-based action for positive change at the personal, organizational, and societal levels.
  • Systems Change: Understands one’s own sphere of influence within a system and demonstrates comprehension and application of systems thinking and complexity theory through action toward systems change.

Academic Competency:

  • Evidence-based Scholarship: Demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate and synthesize multiple sources of information through effective communication in academic settings.


Learn to get results consistently while working with the individuals and teams within your organization or community by developing your ability to:

  • Identify, analyze, and build solutions to organizational challenges
  • Manage positive organizational change
  • Develop effective, high performance teams
  • Manage an organization’s internal and external political environment
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues, clients and other stakeholders
  • Implement change and achieve results

The nine credits earned by completing this Graduate Certificate in Leadership can be applied towards the MA in Leadership or the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies programs at Royal Roads University.