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Leadership Microcredential

Motivate and Strategically Lead Teams to Higher Goals

Program Benefits

  • Understand your leadership style for more effective project, program, and organizational leadership
  • Examine your change management paradigm and develop into an effective change agent. Research has shown that “initiatives with excellent change management are six times more likely to meet objectives than those with poor change management" (source)
  • Prepare for higher-level executive leadership, adding to your experience in management to become a high-capacity strategic leader
  • Explore leadership theory and strategies that are immediately applicable to your organization

Topics Covered

  • Organizational behavior, including organizational culture and structure; team leadership; and personality and motivation leading to higher employee job performance and organizational commitment
  • Leading ethically in your culture
  • Application of strategic leadership to your organizational context to improve your leadership potential
  • Change management which is imperative for today’s fast-paced, technology-driven organizations

Who Should Enroll

This graduate-level certificate is ideal for:

  • Entrepreneurs who wish to take their organization to the next level
  • Managers desiring to make a larger impact on their organization’s effectiveness
  • Leaders of nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGO), and church leaders in need of organizational leadership expertise
  • Executives in changing industries and organizations dealing with mergers, acquisitions, culture shifts, or pressure to evolve

Apply Now

Online Program Start Dates

Monday, August 24, 2020
Monday, September 21, 2020
Monday, January 11, 2021

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Courses for Leadership Certificate

MGMT 5053 - Applied Organizational Behavior

Understanding and leading individuals and groups in attaining both personal and organizational objectives. By focusing on managers and their relationships with employees, students evaluate social/psychological behavior and learn techniques for modifying behavior to meet organizational objectives.

IBMT 5013 - Culture and Ethics in International Business

This course analyzes the wide diversity of cultural nuances encountered in international business dealings, including the customs, traditions, business etiquette and protocol, as well as the attitudes and practices of major religions. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) will also be examined. Emphasis will be placed on Christian ethics and an evaluation of the business ethics encountered in key countries having trade agreements with the United States.

MGMT 5273 - Strategic Leadership

This course is designed to explore the central role of a business leader in setting vision, formulating strategy and influencing employees, investors and customers. Students will learn to utilize various leadership styles as well as employ principles of communication, motivation and organizational change.

MGMT 5383 - Organizational Change Management

This course is designed to provide students with a conceptual framework addressing strategic change management in organizations. The focus is on understanding how to plan and implement change in the context of an organization’s mission, goals, strategies, environment, structure, processes, and human capital. The integrative competencies and interpersonal skills required of individuals who initiate, manage and are affected by change will be examined.


At a Glance



Earn College Credit for the Courses

Students enrolled in a graduate certificate program who successfully complete the certificate courses with grades of C or higher will receive a graduate certificate of recognition, and courses will be transcribed. Students who wish apply for admission in the full MBA or MSML program must complete the application process and submit all transcripts from previously enrolled institutions. Earned grades of C or higher in the microcredential program may be articulated into an appropriate Southern Wesleyan graduate masters program for students who are fully admitted into a graduate program. Additionally, microcredential students may request an academic transcript that will indicate completed coursework.


To be eligible to enroll in graduate-level certificate courses at SWU, students must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Certificate students are required to meet the same rigorous academic standards and outcomes as the degree-seeking students.

Certificate Program Fee

The cost for graduate certificate courses includes access to:

  • Course content and instruction
  • Online learning management system
  • Online SWU Library resources
  • SWU email account (while actively taking courses)
  • Microsoft Office 365 (while actively taking courses)


Payment will be required for one term (two courses) at a time. Course registration will not be complete until payment is made.

Credit/debit cards are the preferred form of payment. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Please call 864-644-5520 to make a payment over the phone.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

To withdraw, please contact your Academic Success Coach.

If submission of appropriate withdrawal paperwork is received prior to the course start date, the student is eligible for a full-tuition credit for that course.

If submission of appropriate withdrawal paperwork is received after the course start date but before the start of the second week, 90% of tuition (whether or not the student ever attended) will be credited.

Books and Materials

Books and other educational resources can be obtained through our online bookstore.

Academic Resources and Support

Certificate and degree-seeking online students have access to equivalent academic resources and support.

Program Cancellation or Changes

Southern Wesleyan University reserves the right to make changes to the information printed in materials or on its website. Programs may be added or cancelled throughout the year. If a program is cancelled, Southern Wesleyan University will refund the program tuition in full.