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Leadership Certificate

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 professional development 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

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Online Program Start Dates

Monday, February 3, 2020
Monday, May 4, 2020
Monday, August 24, 2020

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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

Noncredit Professional Development Certificates

Southern Wesleyan University professional development courses are noncredit and will lead to a certificate of recognition once all courses within the professional development track are completed with a grade of Pass (equivalent to a grade of C or higher on a standard grading scale) for each course.

Students who complete the required courses for the professional development certificate with a grade of Pass (equivalent to a grade of C or higher) for each course will be awarded a certificate of recognition and a certified letter of completion. Academic transcripts are not available for students who are seeking the professional development certificate. Certificate-seeking students who fail to complete the requirements for the certificate will receive neither the certificate of recognition nor a letter of completion.

Earn College Credit for the Courses

Students enrolled in a professional development certificate may choose, if qualified, to change from certificate-seeking status to degree-seeking status at the end of their first successful semester or upon successful completion of the graduate professional development certificate. Students enrolled in a graduate certificate program who choose to pursue a graduate degree must meet all requirements for graduate admission, regardless of grades earned in professional development certificate courses, and they must submit a graduate admission application. Students who apply for admission in a degree program must submit all transcripts from previously enrolled institutions.

Earned grades of C or higher in the graduate professional development certificate may be articulated into an appropriate Southern Wesleyan graduate degree program for a transcription fee for students who are fully admitted into a graduate program. The transcription fee is 50% of the current graduate business tuition rate per credit hour. However, the School of Business graduate school policy allows for no more than two grades below B- for students to remain in good academic standing, including grades earned in professional development certificate courses.

Degree-seeking students who successfully complete the certificate courses (required concentration courses for the degree) will receive a certificate of recognition and will receive a diploma after satisfactory completion of the entire degree. Degree-seeking students may request an academic transcript that will indicate completion of the appropriate degree and concentration. Degree-seeking students who fail to complete the requirements for the degree but who successfully complete all of the certificate courses (required concentration courses for the degree) may request a certificate of recognition. Additionally, degree-seeking students may request an academic transcript that will indicate completed coursework; however, the transcript will not indicate completion of the certificate.


To be eligible to enroll in graduate-level professional development courses (noncredit certificate courses) at SWU, students must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Because certificate courses may be articulated for graduate degree credit at SWU, certificate students are required to meet the same rigorous academic standards and outcomes as the degree-seeking students.

Certificate Program Fee

The cost for professional development 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.

Students who desire to receive college credit and enroll into the degree program will also need to pay the college transcribing fee (50% of the current graduate business tuition rate per credit hour).

Financial Assistance

Financial Aid is not available for SWU professional development courses.

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.