Available as a Major, Minor or Certificate
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A major in Leadership will help you develop and cultivate a comprehensive set of practical skills to apply to your professional endeavors. You will learn about theories of leadership, and identify the factors that contribute to one's ability to develop, articulate, and sustain a vision as a leader. 

The Leadership major is available for students pursuing a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA). 

What's the difference between the BIS and 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. Download a chart that compares the BIS vs BA curricula.

Curriculum and Coursework

The curriculum is designed to investigate and analyze moral and ethical challenges to leadership. You will develop personal, professional, and intellectual skills to act with integrity when faced with ethical dilemmas. You will learn about the issues most relevant to today's corporate leaders such as globalization, technological and social change, and workforce diversity, inclusion, and equity.

You will learn to:

  • Understand and influence diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders
  • Lead and manage ethically
  • Lead in a global environment
  • Recognize how political and social issues interact with one's organization
  • Operate in evolving environments
  • Develop a high level of personal adaptability, learn from experience and modify plans as needed
  • Quickly resolve complex problems by perceiving relationships among multiple, disparate issues

Minor in Leadership

Students pursuing a different major have the option to add leadership as a minor.

Combined BIS/MS

Students pursuing a major in Leadership can also apply to the combined BIS/MS Human Resource Development program.


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Villanova allows students to transfer up to 90 credits from other regionally accredited institutions. Find out more about transfer credits and community college agreements.



Villanova's Certificate in Leadership is ideal for individuals who wish to acquire a formal education in leadership. Typical students are individuals interested in securing careers in management as well as those who work in small businesses or are self-employed.

A bachelor's degree is not required for acceptance into the program, and credits earned by achieving the certificate can be applied towards a bachelor's degree in CPS.

Consisting of 2 required courses (6 credits) and 2 electives (6 credits) for a total of 4 courses (12 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.



Students will earn a digital badge that demonstrates their skills and commitment to furthering their education when they successfully complete the full Leadership Certificate program. These badges are great to display on career platforms like LinkedIn and are a visual way of representing your expertise.

Requirements for the Certificate in Leadership:

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