Graduate Certificate in

Essentials of Leadership

This certificate provides a focused course of study in management, leadership, and organizational collaboration for those early in their professional career to help them grow as leaders.

This foundational program will give students the essential knowledge and key skills to manage and lead in collaborative organizations. Students will develop a toolkit for effective management, leading teams, and leading complex change.

Ways to Learn

San Francisco

Estimated Cost

Admission Events


LEAD 300
Leadership & Management
LEAD 301
Personal Leadership
LEAD 303
Teamwork in Organizations
LEAD 304
Leading Complex Change
LEAD 305
Adaptive Decision Making


  • Successfully complete the GGU Graduate Writing Placement Exam with a score sufficient to waive graduate writing classes (or satisfy another waiver of GGU's Graduate Writing Placement Exam).
  • Provide academic transcripts showing that he/she has completed mathematics courses equivalent to MATH 20 or above with a grade of "B" or better before enrollment.
  • Provide a detailed resume reflecting all education, all work experience and relevant awards, certificates and other accomplishments.
  • Provide a written statement of purpose that addresses the following questions:
    1. Why is the applicant a good fit for the program in terms of his/her academic and professional development?
    2. What strengths and experiences does the applicant have that demonstrate the likelihood of success in the program?
    3. What circumstances or challenges in the applicant's background need additional explanation (if any)?
  • A personal interview may be required, and may be conducted in-person or via web conference.


  • 3.0 Undergraduate
  • 5 years minimum supervisory/management work experience as evidenced on resume
  • Approval of Program Director


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