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About the Graduate Certificate in Leadership

Why Study Leadership at Cedarville?

If you've been called to lead — or aspire to be a leader someday — Cedarville University's graduate Certificate in Leadership, offered by the Robert W. Plaster School of Business in collaboration with the School of Biblical and Theological Studies, will give you the professional preparation and leadership skills that will benefit any organization and make you stand out from the crowd.

With biblically faithful leadership curriculum, this four-course, fully online Certificate in Leadership will equip you to effectively lead and make a difference in nearly any organizational or ministry setting. You'll be prepared to serve with excellence in roles such as director, team leader, entrepreneur, or executive pastor.

The program is open to applicants with a bachelor's degree in any discipline. Cedarville undergraduate students may take the first two courses during their senior year and complete the final two following graduation. And, once you've completed the certificate, you can easily continue and earn a master's in Biblical Leadership or an MBA. You'll already be one-third of the way finished with your master's program!

Current graduate students, you can also complete the certificate and add a leadership focus to your existing program. It's a great way to add further value to your degree and increase your marketability.

If God is calling you to lead, Cedarville University's Certificate in Leadership is a great next step!

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What Sets Cedarville Apart?

  • Biblical Worldview

    All courses are built on the solid foundation of Scripture.
  • Online and Accelerated

    All four courses are offered in an online format and can be completed in just 9 months.
  • Affordable

    Cedarville's graduate programs offer competitive tuition rates that are among the lowest in Ohio. Plus, you'll pay no application fee!

Program Overview

Graduate Certificate in Leadership Highlights

Biblical — You will study leadership through the lens of Scripture, discovering what it means to lead with the mind of Christ.

Accelerated — You can complete the four Certificate courses (each course just seven weeks long) in as little as two semesters. The schedule is flexible for working professionals.

Convenient — The four courses are available fully online, allowing you to earn the certificate from anywhere in the world.

On-Ramp — The leadership certificate is an on-ramp to either your MBA or your master’s in Biblical Leadership. When your certificate is complete, you’ll have just eight more classes to complete to earn your graduate degree if you decide to go on to further study.

What Can You Do With a Graduate Certificate in Leadership?

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership will equip you with the skills and knowledge to lead and make a difference in any organization or ministry setting. Whether you are just beginning your career, have recently been promoted, are building a new business, or are a seasoned supervisor, the practical training in the Certificate's 4-course sequence will help you grow professionally and strengthen your leadership "toolbox."

Admission, Costs and Aid, Start Dates

Admission Requirements — The first step in your graduate school journey at Cedarville is to apply for admission.

Leadership Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements

Costs and Financial Aid — Your decision to pursue quality, Christian graduate education represents a valuable investment in your career and professional development. To assure your degree is also affordable, Cedarville graduate programs are competitively priced and can be supplemented with a variety of financial aid.

Leadership Graduate Certificate Cost Information

Program Start Dates — Applications are accepted throughout the year, and you can enroll and begin classes in August, October, January, March, or July.

Program Curriculum

You will take four online leadership courses:

  • Biblical Leadership
  • Management and Leadership of Organizations
  • Project Management
  • Applied Leadership

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

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Jeffrey Haymond, PhD

Dean, Robert W. Plaster School of Business; Professor of Economics


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John Delano, PhD

Associate Dean, Robert W. Plaster School of Business; Professor of Information Technology Management


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Kelley Anderson

Graduate Enrollment Advisor for Business and Innovation

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