Graduate Certificate in Leadership


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.

Admissions Requirements

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


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership requires 15 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $631 for residents and $1,507 for non-residents.



Financial Aid

This graduate certificate is not eligible for financial aid.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020    Apply Now
Interested in talking to someone about WVU Online? Contact Us