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Coming fall 2023

The Organizational Leadership graduate certificate features selected courses from our MBA curriculum that help you develop the leadership and communication skills you need to manage organizations successfully.


To be eligible for this certificate, you must apply to SFA as a graduate student and be admitted to pursue graduate coursework.

Any person who has earned an undergraduate degree and any undergraduate major can apply. Generally, if you have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a 2.8 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, you are a candidate for clear admission.


The certificate program consists of 12 semester hours (four courses), which may be taken as part of the MBA program, another graduate degree, or without completion of a graduate degree. You can complete these courses in as little as two semesters.

  • BCOM 5320: Managerial Communication
  • BUSI 5350: Executive Leadership
  • BUSI 5357: Negotiations and Dispute Resolution
  • MGMT 5377: Organizational Behavior and Theory

The courses are taught face-to-face or via Zoom (synchronous) in the evenings, with one course offered as an asynchronous online course. Because this certificate is offered through a hybrid approach, you can complete it no matter where you live.

Organizational Leadership Certificate benefits both employees and employers


Designed for those who wish to be business leaders, managers and top executives, this certificate provides the marketable skills you need to further advance your career as a successful leader in business.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for "top executives" is promising. Overall employment of top executives is projected to grow 6% from 2021 to 2031.

Plus, the courses in this certificate program complete one-third of the requirements for an MBA. To earn the MBA, you must apply to the MBA program and complete 36 credit hours.


If you have entry-level employees who are excelling in their roles, this certificate helps them develop their leadership skills so they can advance to the management level.


Jason Reese, PhD
MBA Director and Associate Dean of Finance and Administration


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