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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 16, 2024
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Leadership Certificate

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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.
Admission requirements

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.

Pre-Requisite Requirements

Because strong communication skills are essential, prior to enrolling in LDRSHP 1200 students must have completed at least one class each in oral and written communication with a C or better.

Recommended Pre-Requisite Courses

Co-Curricular Requirement: Emerging Leaders Program

All students must complete the Emerging Leaders Program, a 20 hour non-credit program run by the Cross Culture and Leadership Development Office within the Office of Student Affairs. For more information on the program, please visit  

Curriculum (18 credits)

Students must complete their required and elective courses for a total of 18 credits. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the program. Students also must complete the Emerging Leaders Program. All courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted.

Required Courses (6 credits)

Students must complete LDRSHP 1100, the Emerging Leaders Program, and the program pre-requisite requirements listed above prior to registering for LDRSHP 1200. Students may register for the cross-lists of these required courses:PUBSRV 1390  for LDRSHP 1100  and ARTSC 1902  for LDRSHP 1200  .

Electives (12 credits)

Students must complete at least one course from each of the three designated areas below, and complete 12 credits in all. At least half of the courses must be at the 1000-level.


Students may not use more than one of each of the courses in these groups: 1) ANTH 0701 and 0780; 2) ANTH 1755 and SOC 0444.


Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.

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