Available On Campus, Hybrid, Online.
(Does not require an undergraduate degree.)

Do you have what it takes to be an effective leader? Villanova has designed the Certificate in Leadership for individuals who wish to acquire a formal education in leadership. This program caters to individuals interested in securing careers in management as well as those who work in small businesses or are self-employed, and a bachelor's degree is not required for acceptance into the program, but credits fully apply toward CPS degree programs.

Consisting of 2 required courses (6 credits) and 3 electives (9 credits) for a total of 5 courses (15 credits), you have the ability to tailor your elective courses to your individual career and/or personal goals. Our students in the leadership certificate hail from many different industries and have a wide range of career aspirations. Pursue the next you with an exceptional leadership education from Villanova.



REQUIRED COURSES (2 Courses/6.0 Credits)

LDR 2000 Foundations of Leadership: Introduction to the concepts of and approaches to leadership. Historical and contemporary leadership theories.

LRD 2010 Strategic Planning for Leaders: The strategic planning process in organizations. Mission, values, goals, alignment and accountability in the development and execution of a strategic plan.

ELECTIVES (Choose 3 Courses/9.0 Credits)

LRD 2020 Leadership & Community: Leadership in the public sector. A study of leaders in politics, civil rights, academics/research and corporations. Evaluation of effective/ineffective leadership styles.

LDR 2030 Leading with a Digital Mindset: Analysis of the implications of technology on leadership. The strategic role of technology in organizations. Define and analyze attitudes and behaviors of a “digital mindset”.

LDR 2040 Ethics & Leadership: The nature of ethical leadership. How the leader's values and beliefs affect decision making. The concepts of organizational and social responsibility.

LDR 2050 History of Leadership: This course evaluates the history of leadership and leaders from both the theoretical and practical perspective. Historical aspects examined will include war, peace, severe economic conditions, technology advances, societal changes, and the evolution of organizations. Students will develop a leadership philosophy and approach, and examine this approach and its place in the grander context of the history of leadership.

LDR 2060 Global Strategic Leadership: Global leadership dynamics and strategy. Cross-cultural awareness; ethics and social responsibility in international and global contexts.

LDR 2070 Strategy Driven Talent Management: Develop a personal talent management philosophy and plan. Improve ability to reflectively lead talent management efforts. Develop the capacity to analyze and assess talent management practices. Sharpen decision making and problem solving techniques. Research, develop and present a talent management project.

LDR 2080 Leadership Communication: Explore strategies and tactics for engaging and inspiring your team, clients, and partners. Includes topics such as communicating your vision, social media strategy, storytelling, and crisis communication.

Requirements for the Certificate in Leadership:

Visit the Admissions webpage to view all admissions requirements. Once you have reviewed the process and requirements, you may apply to your program of interest.

All students, faculty and staff who will be on campus are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information, visit the University's Vaccine Info webpage.


Summer I & III Deadline - May 25
Summer II Deadline - June 28
Fall I Deadline - August 17

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Important Notices for Distance Education Students

The following includes important information for students participating in online courses, online programs and/or on-ground clinicals or practicums while physically located outside of Pennsylvania.

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BIS vs. BA

The primary difference between a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is the core curriculum that must be completed for each.

Students completing the BIS degree follow a 45-credit core curriculum. This provides more flexibility and choices in selecting classes.

Students completing the BA degree follow the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 50-credit core curriculum, which includes foreign language courses and science courses with a lab.