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 Leadership & Technology: Analysis of the implications of technology on leadership. The strategic role of technology in organizations. Information systems, e-commerce and their value to leaders.

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 Leadership in a Borderless Economy: The course focuses on the problems confronting the world's disadvantaged majority. Students in this course will develop transformational leadership skills by examining the interconnectedness of educational, economic, and socio-cultural issues in the US and abroad.

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.

COM 2440 Theories of Organizational Communication: Exploration of the relationship between organizational and communication theories. Addresses issues of leadership, structure, culture, decision-making, communication channels, conflict, change, motivation, performance, diversity management, and external communication as they relate to organizations.

COM 3441 Negotiation & Dialogue: Examination of the practical, theoretical, and critical analysis of a variety of approaches to negotiation and resolving conflicts. Verbal forms of negotiation, mediation, and dialogue are developed as key components in the maintenance of any healthy organization (Note: This course requires COM 2440 to be taken as a prerequisite).

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.


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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.