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Executive Leadership


Total Credit Hours: 15

Program Length: As little as 8 months

The Executive Leadership graduate level certificate will help prepare managers or future managers to be effective leaders in today’s contemporary, global organizations. Emphasis is placed on applied, practical projects while focusing on topics facing today’s leaders in human resources management, change management, decision making, communication, and diversity issues that include generational differences.

  • Certificate completion in as little as 8 months
  • Transfer all credits toward the M.S. in Management degree at SC
  • Nonprofit, regionally accredited

Recently ranked for being one of the Top Accredited Online Colleges, Southwestern College offers quality online degrees to adult learners. With courses taught by expert faculty and access to a variety of student resources, SC learners are provided with the tools and flexibility needed to succeed in their education while preparing for professional advancement.

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Anyone interested in completing the Executive Leadership Certificate may complete a Southwestern College Professional Studies Graduate Application for Admission. The five courses comprising the Executive Leadership Certificate can be completed in eight months or less in convenient six-week classes with no prerequisites. Individuals completing the Executive Leadership Certificate at Southwestern College may apply all of these 15 credit hours earned toward a Master of Science degree in Management or a portion of the credit hours towards a Master of Business Administration or a Master of Science in Leadership.


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LEAD560: Leading Change in Organizations

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MGMT505: Project Management Fundamentals

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Please note this graduate certificate program is not eligible for financial aid.

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