The Certificate in Leadership provides a structured framework of courses and experiences for acquiring the basic practical and analytical skills required of successful public and private sector leaders. Offered by the University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies, this program uses the skills and knowledge of students to help advance their careers further, and take their organizations to the next level.
This 18-credit program is designed for students looking to become a more attractive candidate for a managerial or leadership position in their chosen field, or for those students looking to enter into the business, nonprofit, government, or corporate world.
Who should participate:
The Certificate in Leadership is open to any University of Pittsburgh degree-seeking student, regardless of current school or college, who anticipates moving into a leadership role in business, nonprofit, or other organization.
Upon completion of this certificate, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of leadership theories and models, such as situational, participative, transformational, and servant leadership
- Identify and evaluate the effectiveness of different communicative styles, and communicate clearly and effectively themselves
- Analyze an organization in its cultural, social, historical, developmental, geographic, and/or competitive aspects, and decide which type of leadership style would be most effectivein that situation
- Determine one’s fit to the leadership-related challenges of an organization and what one would need to be more effective as a leader in that situation.
Students wishing to pursue the Certificate in Leadership must be in good academic standing and must submit a certificate application form to the College of General Studies. The form is available through the college’s Web site or may be picked up in person.
Obtaining the certificate
To receive the certificate, you must fill out an application with your academic advisor prior to completing your last term in the program. Check with your academic advisor for the application filing form and deadline, and be sure all requirements for the certificate have been met. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for the term.