Graduate Certificate in Management Leadership

Leadership is the ability to move others in a unified manner toward a common goal. It is not related to typical notions of authority. Rather, it is a skill that requires self-awareness, self-monitoring, social-awareness, and relationship building. Leadership is employed across all organization functions, and thus is the central source of progress and innovation in all organizations. This graduate certificate educates students in the principles of effective leadership.

Admission deadlines: Fall
Round 1 1/15
Round 2 3/1
Round 3 5/15
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations required.
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application.
International applicants only: Please review International Applicant Information ( carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements. Please note: international students who require a student visa from GW are not eligible to apply for admission to this program.
PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
- TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
- Academic PTE: 68

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
The GW School of Business
Attn: Graduate Admissions
2201 G Street, NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202-994-1212 (phone)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Visit the program website for additional program information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits, including 9 credits in required course and 3 credits in elective courses.

MBAD 6263Organizations and Human Capital
MGT 6210Leading Teams
MGT 6253Leadership and Executive Development
3 credits from the following:
MGT 6215Conflict Management and Negotiations
MGT 6252Strategic Human Resource Management
MGT 6257Performance Management and Development
MGT 6270Consulting Processes
MGT 6285Social Entrepreneurship
MGT 6286Creativity and Innovation
MGT 6287Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership
MGT 6290Special Topics (Advanced People Analytics)
MGT 6290Special Topics (Diversity and Globalization)