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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Learn more about our Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership

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!


Program Information

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.



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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.

Hear from Our Alumni

Jermaine Benjamin

"The Executive Leadership Certificate program provided me the opportunity to learn from other professionals, the great experience of hearing fresh perspectives from top executives, and the ability to build upon a diverse skillset that will enable success in achieving my goals."

Jermaine Benjamin Global Manager, EHS, Product Stewardship Process Projects at PPG Industries

Course Descriptions

offered fall and spring only 

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, and acquiring the resources needed to execute your plan and exit strategies. Online. 
offered fall and spring 

You will gain a deep understanding of human behavior in organizations and how to maximize organizational and unit performance by effective leadership of human capital. Examples of topics covered include perception, attitudes, power, influence, motivation, group dynamics, managing teams, diversity, managing conflict, negotiation and culture.
An exciting overview of contemporary thinking about executive leadership, including how to develop and execute a vision for the future. Features accomplished senior executives who share their insights and experiences with you about the leadership challenges they have faced. Online. 
offered fall and spring only

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.
offered fall and summer only 

This course will expose you to the fundamentals of managing a profit and loss center. You will get a better understanding of financial statements including the balance sheet, income statement and the statement of cash flows. Basic financial concepts like financial ratios, time value of money and capital budgeting will be introduced. The goal of the course is to provide a foundation of financial literacy so that leaders can make effective decisions within their organizations. Online.