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Organizational Leadership Graduate Certificate

Organizational Leadership

Graduate Certificate Program

Who is eligible?

The Graduate Certificate Program in Organizational Leadership offers a interdisciplinary graduate academic program. You will enhance your understanding of leadership theory and practice while applying it directly toward your academic or professional area of interest.

Students admitted to graduate studies at WKU can elect to pursue the graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership (12 Credit Hours) by itself or in conjunction with a masters program in a specific discipline.

Graduate students must have completed the graduate studies application process (GRE not required for Certificate).


•Enhanced career opportunities

•Special lectures and interaction with local and regional leaders

•Workshops and seminars

•Applied activities

•Leadership participation

•Professional experience

•Certificate becomes a permanent part of your academic transcript


I. Introduction to Leadership Perspectives (3 credit hours)
LEAD 500 Effective Leadership Studies
II. Electives: Pick 2 electives with advisor approval from the following 3 catergories: (6 credit hours total)
A. Ethics and Social Responsibility
ECON 434G The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination
GEOG 580 Problems in Urban Geography
PS 538 Ethics and Bureaucracy
HCA 555 Healthcare Preparedness and Leadership
HCA 544 Healthcare Systems Design and Behavior
LEAD 525 Ethics and Leadership
NURS 501/508 Nursing, Politics & Health Policy/Adv. Issues in Prof. Nursing
PH 447G Human Values and the Health Sciences
PH 583 Public Health Administration
PSY 541 Professional Ethics and Issues in Psychology
PSY 670 EEO, the Law, and Ethical Considerations
WOMN 545 Feminist Knowledge and Social Change
 B. Human Relations
BA 500 Management Dynamics
BA 510 Organizational Theory
BA 560 Contemporary Human Resource Management
CNS 555 Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling
COMM 561 Multinational Business Communication
COMM 564 Crisis Communication
COMM 565 Communication and Conflict
COMM 578 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
COMM 586 Processes of Group Communication
ECON 595 Labor and Human Resource Economics
EDAD 590 Administration of School Personnel
PS 541 Public Personnel Administration
HCA 542 Health Services Human Resources Management
HIST 505 Cultural Diversity in American History
NURS 528 Ldrshp and Mgmt in Nursing Administration
PSY 571 Personnel Psychology
PSY 572 Organizational Psychology
SOCL 542 Community
WOMN 555 Global and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women
 C. Critical Thinking and Empirical Assessment
BA 501 Survey of Economics
BA 511 Applied Micro Theory of Economics
BA 512 Problem Sovling, Data Modeling, & Mgmt Decisions
COMM 502 Survey Research Methods in Communication
COMM 544 Persuasive Communication
EDFN 500 Research Methods
NURS 510 Graduate Nursing Research
PS 545 Seminar in Public Policy Analysis
PS 546 Public Policy Evaluation
PH 501 Research Methods
PH 591 Health Program Evaluation
SOCL 513 Quantitative Methods of Social Research
Or other electives as approved by our advisors
III. Capstone (3 credit hours)
LEAD 600: Leadership Capstone Experience
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Ready to Apply?

Eligible students can apply at any time!

Organizational Leadership accepts applications throughout the year.

For more information on the Certificate Program, please contact us at:

Tate Page Hall, RM 218

Phone: 270-745-8973

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 Last Modified 10/25/16