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Graduate Certificate in Leadership

Aug. 17, 2022

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Learn Skills for Effective Leadership

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership, offered by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, is the first certificate of its kind in West Virginia. With an innovative, research-driven curriculum, and plenty of practical hands-on experiences and applications, it is the ideal program for working professionals who want to advance in their career. Effective leadership may be the most critical component of a successful organization. Leadership is different than management and requires a more strategically applied set of skills and a different perspective. You will understand leadership in a global context and learn to enhance your leadership abilities in both your work and in your daily life by learning to manage conflict and change.

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Learning Formats

Online Asynchronous

Start Date

August 17, 2022

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Degree Awarded: Graduate Certificate in Leadership

Program Details

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Students in the WVU Leadership Program are part of a community that is committed to helping them develop through hands-on experiences and academic opportunities. The faculty, staff and partners extend beyond the traditional boundaries of the classroom and academic departments. The faculty who teach reflect this mix of scholarship in the field and real-world experience as leaders. In addition to passion and discipline, our program cultivates competent, confident and conscientious citizens.

Our courses will equip you to enhance leadership capacity at work and in your daily life, manage conflict and change, analyze organizational ethics and leadership practices, assess a variety of leadership types and approaches, and critique the role of leadership in shaping organizational culture and climate.

Students will study, practice and understand leadership in a global context. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of leadership theories and approaches, apply leadership approaches to analyze and evaluate ethical leadership practices, and exercise the skills essential to effective leadership in the classroom and through real-world cases. They will also explore how identity and culture impact leadership in the United States and abroad.

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Admission Requirements

Write and submit a one-page (250 words) personal statement on why you wish to pursue this certificate


Application Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
  • Pay graduate application fee
  • Write and submit a one-page (250 words) personal statement on why you wish to pursue this certificate
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:
    WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510


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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Graduate Certificate in Leadership requires 15 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $658.

Total Degree Cost

$9,870 – Residents and Non-Residents

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Coordinator of Enrollment Management

Phone: (304) 293-3606
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“As a student-advocate, I am so excited to be serving the current and future students of West Virginia University Online and eager to assist students through the enrollment process while building connections that amplify the student experience. My hope is for every student to earn a WVU degree or certificate making them a lifelong Mountaineer!”

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Financial Aid

This graduate certificate is not eligible for financial aid.

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