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Leadership Studies - Certificates



Organizational Leadership

Certificate Program



Who is eligible?

The Graduate Certificate Program in Organizational Leadership offers a interdisciplinary graduate academic program. You will enhance your understanding of leadership theory and practice while applying it directly toward your academic or professional area of interest.

Students admitted to graduate studies at WKU can elect to pursue the graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies by itself or in conjunction with a masters program in a specific discipline.

Graduate students must have completed the graduate studies application process (GRE not required for Certificate).



•Enhanced career opportunities

•Special lectures and interaction with local and regional leaders

•Workshops and seminars

•Applied activities

•Leadership participation

•Professional experience

•Certificate becomes a permanent part of your academic transcript



Requirements: 12 credit hours


I. Introduction to Leadership Perspectives (3 credit hours)

LEAD 500 Effective Leadership Studies



THREE CATEGORIES   (2 Classes Total):


A.  Ethics and Social Responsibility

ECON 434G The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination

GEOG 580 Problems in Urban Geography

PS 538 Ethics and Bureaucracy

HCA 555 Healthcare Preparedness and Leadership

HCA 544 Healthcare Systems Design and Behavior

LEAD 525 Ethics and Leadership

NURS 501/508 Nursing, Politics & Health Policy/Adv. Issues in Prof. Nursing

PH 447G Human Values and the Health Sciences

PH 583 Public Health Administration

PSY 541 Professional Ethics and Issues in Psychology

PSY 670 EEO, the Law, and Ethical Considerations

WOMN 545 Feminist Knowledge and Social Change


B.  Human Relations

BA 500 Management Dynamics

BA 510 Organizational Theory

BA 560 Contemporary Human Resource Management

CNS 555 Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling

COMM 561 Multinational Business Communication

COMM 564 Crisis Communication

COMM 565 Communication and Conflict

COMM 578 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication

COMM 586 Processes of Group Communication

ECON 595 Labor and Human Resource Economics

EDAD 590 Administration of School Personnel

PS 541 Public Personnel Administration

HCA 542 Health Services Human Resources Management

HIST 505 Cultural Diversity in American History

NURS 528 Ldrshp and Mgmt in Nursing Administration

PSY 571 Personnel Psychology

PSY 572 Organizational Psychology

SOCL 542 Community

WOMN 555 Global and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women


C.  Critical Thinking and Empirical Assessment

BA 501 Survey of Economics

BA 511 Applied Micro Theory of Economics

BA 512 Problem Sovling, Data Modeling, & Mgmt Decisions

COMM 502 Survey Research Methods in Communication

COMM 544 Persuasive Communication

EDFN 500 Research Methods

NURS 510 Graduate Nursing Research

PS 545 Seminar in Public Policy Analysis

PS 546 Public Policy Evaluation

PH 501 Research Methods

PH 591 Health Program Evaluation

SOCL 513 Quantitative Methods of Social Research


III. Practicum (3 credit hours)

LEAD 597 Leadership Capstone





Ready to Apply?

Eligible students can apply at any time!

The School of Leadership Studies accepts applications throughout the year.

For more information on the Certificate Program, please contact us at:


Organizational Leadership
2nd Floor TPH - Room 224
1906 College Heights Blvd. #21067
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1067


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 Last Modified 2/24/15