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Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership was designed to provide a strong foundation for students to establish and build their leadership skills; examine the theory and practice of personal leadership; and develop an appreciation for open and interconnected systems within organizations and communities.

This nine-credit graduate certificate program is delivered over 11 weeks of online study, with one two-week on-campus residency, and can be used to ladder into an MA program at RRU or as a standalone course for students looking to improve their leadership skills in order to thrive within an organization.

Who It’s For

Students interested in improving their skillset within the realm of organizational leadership, but aren’t currently ready to pursue a full master’s degree, will find value in this nine-credit graduate certificate program.

Through this 11-week experiential program you will work in a cohort environment, practicing the current tools and strategies to improve communication and leadership in teams and groups, as well as examining the theories and practice of leading productive teams or facilitating effective groups.

Core Competencies

Upon completion of this graduate certificate, you will have demonstrated – to your faculty and cohort –your ability to convey the following theoretical concepts: 

  • Personal Leadership
  • Own-Learning and Change Processes
  • Enable Others’ Learning
  • Communication
  • Team Leadership
  • Group Facilitation
  • Systems Thinking


Learn to get results consistently while working with the individuals and teams within your organization or community by developing your ability to:

  • Identify, analyze, and build solutions to organizational challenges
  • Manage positive organizational change
  • Develop effective, high performance teams
  • Manage an organization’s internal and external political environment
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues, clients and other stakeholders
  • Implement change and achieve results

The nine credits earned by completing this Graduate Certificate in Leadership can be applied towards the MA in Leadership or the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies programs at Royal Roads University.