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Graduate Certificate in
Strategic Leadership

Program Summary

Explore the challenges that managers face when implementing corporate strategy and learn to shape organizational cultures that facilitate change with this online graduate certificate program in strategic leadership.
How To Apply
Apply by March 30 to start May 15

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

12 Credits $1,236 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Develop Your Ability to Think and Lead Strategically

Gain the knowledge you need to plan, evaluate, and implement effective strategies as a student in Penn State’s Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership program. 

This completely online program is ideal for experienced managers who want to connect their organization with the outside world and wish to set a strategic path to ensure their organization is able to remain relevant and flourish in today’s dynamic marketplace.

This four-course program can help you become a more effective leader as you:

  • think strategically about organizational issues
  • develop effective strategies for performance and success
  • explore the managerial challenges of strategy implementation
  • learn to shape organizational cultures that facilitate change
  • examine unique approaches to strategic leadership

Why Study Strategic Leadership Online at Penn State?

Top Producer of CEOs
In 2018, LinkedIn named Penn State second in the country for graduating the most CEOs, placing it ahead of many Ivy League institutions. 

Reputation and Faculty Expertise
This program is offered in partnership with the Penn State Smeal College of Business, which is AACSB–accredited, an honor reserved for the top 5% of business schools worldwide. You will connect with expert faculty who are passionate about serving nontraditional students and are specially trained to teach in an online environment.

This program is AACSB Accredited

Flexibility and Engagement
Penn State’s flexible online platform allows you to earn a world-class education while you continue to gain valuable work experience. 

Step Up to a Master’s Degree Online

Courses in the certificate are integrated into the curriculum of other online graduate business programs, including the Master’s in Strategic Management and Executive Leadership*Penn State Online MBA, and the Master’s in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship. You can apply successfully earned credits from this certificate toward the completion of your master’s degree, should you apply and be accepted into one of these highly competitive programs.

*Acceptance to the strategic leadership certificate does not guarantee or imply admission into the Master's in Strategic Management and Executive Leadership. For this executive-level degree program, applicants typically require about 10 years of post-undergraduate, professional work experience and at least 5 years of current managerial or team leadership experience. Extensive leadership experience in the military will also be considered. Exceptional students that fall outside of these general guidelines may be considered.

Who Should Apply?

The ideal candidate for the certificate program should have at least five years of experience managing a team and aspire to move into an executive role that requires strategic thinking and decision-making. Exceptional candidates with less experience will be considered at the discretion of the program director. Students may come from a variety of backgrounds and industries.

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.

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