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Operational Leadership


Total Credit Hours: 15

Program Length: As little as 8 months

The Operational Leadership Certificate is designed for individuals interested in developing leadership strategies to assist organizations with the multiple challenges of leading in today’s global society. Students are introduced to leadership strategies in the areas of multi-cultural relationships, negotiating, and forecasting. Successful completion of the Operational Leadership Certificate prepares the student to take a proactive role in strategic leadership and decision-making.

  • Complete program in as little as 8 months
  • No prerequisites
  • Transfer credits toward a Strategic Leadership 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 Certificate in Operational Leadership may complete a Southwestern College Professional Studies Application for Admission. The five courses comprising the Operational Leadership Certificate can be completed in eight months or less with no prerequisites.

Individuals completing the Operational Leadership Certificate at Southwestern College may apply these 15 credit hours earned toward a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Strategic Leadership or as electives in other bachelor degrees offered by Southwestern College Professional Studies.

The Operational Leadership Certificate is offered in an Online format. Courses are delivered in six-week sessions to allow maximum flexibility for busy professionals.


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BSAD415 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

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STL425: Strategic Risk and Leading Change

This course is designed to introduce learners to the tools, concepts, and applications that assist in forecasting, predicting, and leading change as applied through a strategic risk perspective. Utilizing new research and findings, the framework of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) will provide the student with a working knowledge of business strategy based on emerging risks, predictive analytics, forecasting, and macro business trends.

STL430: Multi‐Cultural Perspectives and Global Trends

This course includes the study of leadership implications surrounding political, social, economic and other world views. Learners will also explore how global events effect decision-making, and strategic goals.

*Please note there is limited financial aid eligibility for this certificate program, consult your admissions representative or academic success coach for further information.

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