Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership

Learn to lead with vision and a strategic-mindset with a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership. This certificate program is designed for professionals in diverse fields who wish to develop strategic and entrepreneurial acumen, an understanding of behavior in organizations and the ability to motivate and lead organizational change.

Asynchronous online classes provide you the maximum flexibility to complete the five courses at your own pace and in as little as one year. Our program features faculty expertise that results in real-world skills that will allow you to drive organizational effectiveness and performance.

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Pursue a graduate certificate program that is flexible with your schedule, convenient to your professional goals, and ideal for a career as a senior business leader. Prepare to take on executive leadership roles with a certificate that directly applies to your workplace.

Accelerate your career trajectory with Duquesne's business executive leadership courses: request more info, attend an information session, or apply now!

 

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Executive Leadership Curriculum

The 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership conveniently offers 100% online executive leadership courses. Invest in your business leadership career prospects by building professional competencies in entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, budgeting, and change management. Our curriculum offers direct workplace application, and you'll leave our program well-prepared to take on leadership roles in any organization.

Pair your certificate with an MBA

You can earn the Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership as a standalone credential, or you can build on your expertise with Duquesne's Professional MBA.

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"Leadership and Motivation for Executives allowed me the opportunity to enhance my interpersonal and communication skills that have become so critical to effectively motivate and manage today’s diverse workforce. In particular, understanding and nuances of human behaviors like team collaboration, employee performance, job satisfaction, building trust, organizational structures and culture were key.”

George Hill Graduate student, EVP Retail Operations, Five Below

Course Descriptions

You will learn how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and apply entrepreneurship principles in both existing organizations and new ventures. The focus will be on enhancing your skills with respect to identifying and screening new venture opportunities, business planning, acquiring the resources needed to execute your plan and exit strategies.
You will gain a deep understanding of human behavior in organizations and how to maximize organizational and unit performance by effective management of human capital. Examples of topics covered include perception, attitudes, power, influence, motivation, group dynamics, managing teams, diversity, managing conflict, negotiation and culture.
You will gain a deep understanding of human behavior in organizations and how to maximize organizational and unit performance by effective management of human capital. Examples of topics covered include perception, attitudes, power, influence, motivation, group dynamics, managing teams, diversity, managing conflict, negotiation and culture.
You will learn the skills and processes to lead organizational changes that enable the creation of sustainable value. You will focus on theories, concepts, and applications so that you can successfully initiate, analyze and implement organizational changes. Additionally, you will practice the skills that leaders need to make positive change, and learn about the barriers to organizational change. Online. Offered fall and spring.
Financial Management is about decisions firms make in two broad areas: the investments it makes and how it pays for them. The first involves expenditures for physical capital, human capital, technological capability, brand capital, and so forth. The second involves raising money in financial markets. In business decision making, the objective is to maximize shareholder wealth. Why the emphasis on shareholders? Among stakeholders generally (i.e., customers, employees, suppliers, government, communities, etc.), shareholders alone possess a uniquely comprehensive and long-term view of the firm’s viability as an ongoing enterprise.  This perspective arises from the residual nature of shareholders’ claim to earnings and assets.  Wealth is created when the return from investing business resources exceeds their opportunity cost. 
FINC 530 Financial Management provides an advanced discussion of the analytical techniques used to assess the impact of business decisions on shareholder value.  The course covers these topics:
• Valuation—stocks, bonds, corporate valuation
• Interest rates and financial markets
• Investment decision making (capital budgeting analysis)
• Risk, return and the opportunity cost of capital
• Market efficiency
• Capital structure

PR: FINC 501, ACCT 515, STAT 510, GRBU 503
PR or CONCURRENT: ECON 520