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Advanced Leadership Studies (Undergraduate Certificate)

Administered jointly by the Department of Government and Department of Justice, Law and Criminology (School of Public Affairs), the Advanced Leadership Studies (Undergraduate Certificate) program nurtures a select number of talented students in the skills and knowledge required to be effective leaders in their professional careers.

Admission to the Program

Incoming students in the School of Public Affairs are invited to apply to the program.

Certificate Requirements

Course Requirements

Required (10-17 credit hours)

Electives (0-5 credit hours)

Complete 0-5 credit hours from the following, or other courses as approved by the program director, including an independent study in a leadership-related topic or community service learning project: