Personal Leadership, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Personal Leadership

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 12
  • $357.00
  • $676.00

Program Overview

The online Personal Leadership, Graduate Certificate is designed to develop personal leadership capacity based on the theories and models in leadership scholarship.

Students of this program gain skills to:

  • Apply knowledge of leadership theories and models at the individual, team and organizational levels
  • Develop and implement a personal plan for transfer of leadership knowledge, skills and behavior to a supervisory position

The coursework explores motivation as it applies to leadership in both organization and community aspects. Additionally, students explore how to apply leadership concepts from the program curriculum to a supervisory position.

Career Outlook:

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for top executives is projected to grow at a rate of 4%, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The skills students gain in this program will prepare them to serve in supervisory and leadership positions in numerous organizations as well as their community.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Previous work experience

    2 years of professional experience

  4. A written personal statement

    Letter of interest

  5. Resume/CV

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for Graduate Studies.
  2. Pay the $50 application fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ALEC 407Supervisory Leadership3
Prereqs: ALEC 302. Knowledge and theoretical basis for practicing supervisors in a changing workplace where supervisors have increasing responsibilities due to the flattening or organizational structures, solving supervisory challenges in organizing and planning, problem solving and decision making, performance appraisal and leading a diverse workforce.
ALEC 877Leadership and Motivation3
Classic and contemporary motivation theories applied to leadership in organizations and communities.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ALEC 410Environmental Leadership0
Prereqs: Junior standing. Major leaders in conservation and ecology that emphasizes agricultural and cultural issues and relationships with the environment.
CDEV 855Dynamics of Effective Leadership in Groups & Teams3
Explore foundational knowledge of team and group dynamics theory and its relationship to the practice of leadership in organizations and communities. Development of leadership, followership, and teamwork skills in small groups and teams. Focus on team and group decision making, problem solving, and creativity, peer assessment, and evaluation using real-world situations and contexts. Critically apply team and group dynamic theories and research to leadership in organizations and communities.
ALEC 814Classic Figures in Leadership3
Leadership theory in an applied context. Leadership analyzed through a variety of genres: autobiography, drama, fiction, tracts and treaties, speeches.
ALEC 866Leadership and Diversity in Organizations and Communitites3
Leadership theories and their applications to human diversity in organizations and communities.
ALEC 888Leadership, Power and Influence3
Organizational influence processes, power, and politics in organizations and communities.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 15
  • Spring SemesterDec 01
  • Summer SessionApr 15