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Graduate Certificates in Leadership

Graduate certificates provide a deep dive into critical leadership skills and the benefits of the Department of Management’s long history of research and teaching, without the commitment of a full master’s degree. Day and evening courses are available, and certificates can be completed in as little as 6 months. There are no required prerequisites.

All certificates have the same application process and per-hour tuition rate. Completed applicable coursework can be applied toward a master’s degree.

Certificates in Leadership

Specialized Graduate Certificate (4 courses, 16 credit hours)

The specialized certificate provides a foundational background in both individual and organizational leadership, giving you the insights and skills you need to motivate teams and organizations to meet their strategic goals. Built on engaging discussions and experiential projects, the curriculum delivers the practical knowledge needed to be an effective and ethical leader. 

You’ll take four foundational courses:

  • MGMT 4202 Leading Self
  • MGMT 4203 Leading Teams
  • MGMT 4204 Leading Organization
  • MGMT 4400 Ethical Leadership

See course descriptions

Graduate Certificate (6 courses, 24 credit hours)

The advanced, 6-course certificate includes the four foundational courses, plus allows you to choose two elective courses to deepen your knowledge of the fundamental business topics that interest you most.

Your options for electives include (but aren’t limited to):

  • ACTG 4610 Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • INFO 4401 Quantitative Methods
  • MGMT 4304 Project Management for Leaders
  • MGMT 4303 Negotiations and Change
  • MKTG 4100 Marketing Concepts

See course descriptions




$1,490 per credit hour 
$5,960 per course

Tuition for Daniels College of Business graduate programs is based on a cost-per-credit-hour rate set by the University of Denver. Residents and non-residents of Colorado have the same tuition costs. The rate above is for the 2020–2021 academic year (Fall through Summer quarters).


Financial Aid

Federal financial aid is available for 6-course graduate certificates. Contact a graduate advisor for more information.

4-course vs. 6-course certificates

Do I want a 4-course or 6-course certificate?

The 4-course specialized certificate lets you quickly earn a credential with four tightly focused foundation courses that build your skills in a specific area. This certificate is not eligible for federal financial aid.

The 6-course advanced certificate starts with the same foundation courses, then adds two more courses that either delve into the foundation topics in more depth or allow you to explore electives. It's designed for students looking to develop more extensive skills or planning to pursue a master's degree. The 6-course certificate is eligible for federal financial aid.

Both certificates have the same application process and per-hour tuition rate, and credits from either certificate can be applied toward a master's degree.



Learn More

See the Daniels Graduate Certificates page for information about how to apply, transferring credits to a master's degree and more.


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