Why leadership? Through the example of their action, the inspiration of their vision, and the persuasion of their words, leaders help build individual actions into collective achievements. Whether you are beginning your first year as a graduate student or preparing to go on the job market degree-in-hand, the (learnable!) skills of exceptional leadership will help you translate the disciplinary expertise and experience you have acquired in your degree program into your broader professional life and aspirations. Seeking to understand the dynamics of group processes and your role within them, you can expand your capacity for self-awareness and become more mindful of and responsive to those around you. Developing a skilled leadership practice enhances your efficacy in the many leading roles you may occupy—as teacher, researcher, mentor, manager, team leader, advocate, student government officer, innovator, and entrepreneur.

The Graduate Student Leadership Certificate Program (GSLP) introduces a range of leadership theory, practical skills, and special topics relevant for application in academic and other professional contexts. With a varied format including readings, interactive group activities, case studies, panel discussions, and professionally conducted workshop sessions, program participants learn about major trends in contemporary leadership thought, uncover core values for adaptive leadership in times of change, develop practical negotiation and conflict resolution skills, and discuss modes of translating collaborative teamwork into the positive, productive employment of different disciplinary perspectives and backgrounds that students bring to the program.

Learn about the Winter 2022 Leadership Certificate Program and Apply

Students from all disciplines and any graduate program (doctor’s and master’s) may apply. Approximately 20 students are selected for participation each year.