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Executive Leadership (Graduate Certificate)

Offered by the Key Executive Leadership Programs, School of Public Affairs, the Executive Leadership (Graduate Certificate) program focuses on developing skills, knowledge, and values needed by public and nonprofit leaders.

Admission to the Program

The School of Public Affairs operates on a rolling basis for admission to graduate programs, reviewing applications until programs reach capacity. This certificate is open to students with a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. A successful applicant typically holds a GS-12 (or above) level or equivalent NGO, private sector, or leadership/management experience. In addition to application form, applicants submit a personal statement providing background, career interests, and reasons for pursuing study in the program.

Certificate Requirements

  • 12 credit hours of approved graduate coursework with grades of C or better. Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). Credit hours earned at American University prior to acceptance in the program may be applied toward the certificate if they meet standard AU graduate regulations. Transfer credit may not be applied toward the certificate. Course substitutions are not permissible

Course Requirements

Required (6 credit hours)

Electives (6 credit hours)

Complete 6 credit hours from the following: