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Undergraduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership

Undergraduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership

The Undergraduate Organizational Leadership Certificate Program offers an undergraduate interdisciplinary academic program. You will enhance your understanding of leadership theory and practice, while applying it directly toward your academic or professional area of interest.

Eligible students from all majors are encouraged to participate.


  • 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

Current WKU Students

New Students

Minimum requirements for acceptance into an undergraduate certificate program are:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Application and Fee: Students seeking a certificate program must submit an online application with Undergraduate Admissions.  The completed form must be submitted along with a one-time application fee of $45.00 (non-refundable).
  • Transcript Record: Graduates/Transfers of accredited institutions other than WKU must submit an official transcript from that institution.

Admission Process for New Students

Starting your certificate program can be completed by following the steps below. Please note: These steps should be completed ONLY by those who wish to earn the certificate as a stand-alone credential. If you plan to earn an associate degree or bachelor's, please follow the application process for that degree and submit the certificate program form to your advisor

  • Apply for admission 
  • Submit Required Materials:
    • Beginning Freshmen: An official high school transcript (no faxed transcripts accepted) and ACT or SAT scores. Students over the age of 21 may substitute the ACCUPLACER for ACT/SAT.
    • Transfer Students: Send your official transcripts from each college attended to Undergraduate Admissions. You may request electronic transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse. This speeds up the admissions process considerably. If your school is not listed with the Clearinghouse, please contact them directly to see if they have another process in place for electronic submissions or request that an official copy be sent by mail. Transfer students with fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit earned, must also submit high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores.

To apply to WKU and earn this certificate:

Complete the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application

Under Planned Course of Study Section, if you are not enrolling in any other program, choose:

  1. Category of Study >>> Certificate
  2. Planned Course of Study >>> Organizational Leadership
  3. Primary Location >>> Web (online)

Admission Application Deadlines

Kentucky and Out-of-State Residents

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring Semester: January 1
  • Summer Term: May 1

International Students

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: September 1
  • Summer Term: March 1

The Undergraduate Organizational Leadership Certificate requires 14 credit hours, and may be earned as a stand-alone certificate, or as part of your undergraduate degree.

Required Courses: 

  • LEAD 200 Introduction to Leadership Studies                              or  LEAD 300 Leadership Theory and Application
  • LEAD 400 Practicum in Leadership  

Select 2 of the following:

  • LEAD 325 Leading Change
  • LEAD 330 Leader Ethics and Decision Making
  • LEAD 395 Contemporary Leadership Issues 
  • LEAD 440 Leading Teams
  • LEAD 450 Leadership in Global Contexts 

Department Contact

Program Director: Dr. John Baker
Email: john.baker1@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5419
Web: wku.edu/leadership/certificates/undergraduate.php

WKU Online

Phone: (270) 745-5173
Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Toll-Free: 888-4WKUWEB / 888-495-8932


For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.


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 Last Modified 6/9/20