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Why ODU for Professional Leadership?

Our professional leadership online certificate teaches you the characteristics and skills necessary to lead. Classes focus on organizational and social leadership. The eight week format for each course is perfect for working adults with busy schedules.

You'll learn:

  • Leadership theories, legal issues and ethics
  • Developing leadership skills, personal leadership philosophy and a personal code of ethics
  • Analyzing legal and ethical decisions and their effect on careers and an organization’s culture
  • Preparing persuasive analyses and presentations through research

When you complete the certificate, you'll have crucial skills that employers, organizations, and governments need. This certificate is perfect for non-traditional adult learners seeking a leadership role, but is open to all. It's also a great addition to an associate degree, or a solid start to our leadership degree online.

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Required Courses

  • 12 credit hours:
    • CPS 400 Foundations of Leadership
    • CPS 410 Leadership Ethics
    • CPS 412 Leadership and Law
    • CPS 416 Trends and Issues in Leadership

These courses use online textbooks and other no-cost online resources to save you money.

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Many classes don't have a scheduled meeting time, so you can fit class into your personal schedule. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times.

All courses follow an accelerated eight-week format.

Careers in Leadership

Leadership skills can be applied to any industry and can lead to positions such as:

  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Customer Service Manager

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$356 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-State Students$407 per credit hour

Active duty military students may qualify for a discounted undergraduate tuition rate.

These tuition rates are effective Summer 2019 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

To take this certificate, you will apply to ODU as a non-degree seeking undergraduate student.

Meet your Team

Our dedicated enrollment team will guide your transition to ODUOnline. Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.