Leadership for Managers Graduate Certificate

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Discover Excellence in Executive Education

The Carlson School of Management's Leadership for Managers Graduate Certificate is designed to hone your skills through practical application and hands-on training. You'll study the fundamental principles of effective leadership, factors that affect performance, group dynamics, and more while learning to work with cross-cultural teams and guide organizations to success.

Associated Degree

Hybrid (Partially Online)
12-24 months
work experience
Work experience
No minimum requirement
start date
Start date
January, June, September

Become a More Skilled Manager

The AACSB-accredited Leadership for Managers Graduate Certificate includes six courses and 12 total credits. We offer a challenging curriculum grounded in the principles of critical management, team leadership, and strategic problem-solving. Throughout your program, you will complete hands-on projects and learn to develop a culture of teamwork and collaboration while reaching organizational goals.

Core Courses

  • HRIR 5450: Change in the Workplace  - 2 Credits
  • MBA 6111: Organizational Behavior - 2 Credits
  • MGMT 6004: Negotiation Strategies - 2 Credits
  • MGMT 6084: Management of Teams - 2 Credits
  • MGMT 6311: Cross-Cultural Management: Developing Intercultural Competence - 2 Credits
  • MGMT 6465: Leadership and Personal Development - 2 Credits


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Excel as a Leader

Professional development training is essential for managers who want to bring out the best in their teams and organizations. The Leadership for Managers Graduate Certificate can help you sharpen your skills and prepare for continued success as a leader in your field. Employment in management occupations is expected to grow faster than the national average through 2032, with about 1.1 million job openings expected yearly.1

  • $98,100 Median salary for operations managers1
  • $95,290 Median salary for management analysts2

Why Earn a Leadership for Managers Graduate Certificate?

Our graduate certificates allow you to take master's-level courses and gain specialized skills through training in a targeted area. You can upskill quickly and earn a value credential in as little as one year. Throughout your program, you will grow your network by learning alongside fellow professionals in classes led by business experts. The certificate credits you earn can be applied toward Carlson's Part-Time MBA or Online MBA programs.

Tuition Details

Carlson graduate certificates provide the advanced knowledge and hands-on experience you need for professional development and long-term career growth. This program consists of 12 credits with a tuition cost of $1,720 per credit hour.

Admissions Details and Application Deadlines

The Carlson School of Management offers a streamlined online application for our graduate certificate programs. There is no minimum GPA or GRE/GMAT requirement, and our application fee is $75, with a waiver available for active-duty U.S. military service members. You can explore other requirements below.

Admissions Requirements Overview

The following materials are required to apply to the Leadership for Managers Graduate Certificate program:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Completed application
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges where coursework has been completed
  • Two professional references/recommendations
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume
  • Optional written essay

Application Deadlines 



(January Start)


(June Start)


(September Start)

Round 1October 15February 15May 15
Round 2November 15March 15June 15
Round 3December 15April 15July 15

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about the Carlson School of Management's Leadership for Managers Graduate Certificate below.

The first step is to start your application.

We don't require work experience for admission. Contact us to learn more about our admissions policy.

Earning a graduate certificate in leadership for managers allows you to upskill quickly in targeted areas that can enhance your career. Possible career paths include management analyst, training and development manager, and operations manager.

Tuition is $1,720 per credit hour. You'll complete 12 credits for a total tuition cost of $20,640. You can contact us to learn more about tuition and fees.

Most students complete this graduate certificate program in 12-24 months.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Business and Financial Occupations. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/home.htm.
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Management Occupations. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/home.htm.