Graduate Certificate In Leadership
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the certificate total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Lead Your Company to Success with an Online Graduate Certificate in Management and Leadership

Liberty University’s 100% online Graduate Certificate in Management and Leadership can help equip you to take on business management positions with excellence and integrity. Our mission is to Train Champions for Christ, and our certificate program emphasizes an ethical, biblical approach to leadership.

All companies rely on effective leadership in order to grow and thrive – and with this management and leadership certificate, you can develop the strategic, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills needed to help teams accomplish important goals. Whether you want to handle human resources management, project management, or some other aspect of business leadership, this program offers the opportunity for you to hone your skills in the specific area that interests you.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Management Occupations, 2021 (viewed online Aug. 25, 2022). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

As a student in the management and leadership graduate certificate program, you’ll be able to select an area of study in one of the following subjects: business administration, executive leadership, human resources, or project management. That way, you can gain specialized knowledge in a unique aspect of business. The skills you gain may serve you well as you pursue a new career or seek to grow in your current position. Additionally, the courses in this certificate can provide a solid foundation for later pursuing a full master’s degree.

At Liberty, we’ll help you keep up with the latest trends in business so you can get ahead of the competition. Partner with us and learn how to lead your company to success while fostering a positive work environment for your employees.

Potential Career Opportunities for Management and Leadership Certificate Graduates

Our management and leadership certificate can help you prepare for several career paths. Depending on your current knowledge, education level, and experience, there are many different positions that could benefit from our accredited management and leadership certificate:

  • Business executive
  • Corporate trainer
  • Health services manager
  • Human resources manager
  • Organizational manager
  • Sales manager



The management, organizational, and decision-making skills that you gain from our certificate in management and leadership can be an asset in many other aspects of the business world as you pursue positions of added responsibility. Additionally, the credits from this certificate may transfer directly into one of the following degrees: MA in Executive Leadership, Master of Business Administration, MS in Human Resource Management, or MS in Project Management. Take the next step towards your personal and professional goals with a management and leadership certificate from Liberty University.

Additional education or training may be required for some jobs or occupations. Conferral of a certificate does not guarantee job placement.

Why Choose Liberty University’s Certificate Program in Management and Leadership?

If you want to expand your skill set, gain additional credentials, or seek positions of higher responsibility, our online certificate in leadership is a great option. At only 12 credit hours, you can complete this program in as little as 1.5 semesters. Additionally, with courses taught from a biblical worldview, you can learn how to integrate ethical standards with industry best practices – enabling you to stand out as a person of integrity in the workplace.

As a pioneer in distance learning, we’ve designed this graduate certificate to blend high-quality academics with 100% online courses. You can further your education without uprooting your personal and professional life. The best part? Our classes have no set login times – which means you can complete your coursework wherever and whenever it’s most convenient for you!

What sets Liberty apart from other schools that have graduate certificate programs? We offer affordable tuition rates, flexibility, and top-notch instruction from professors who have years of real-world business experience. Maybe you’re looking to advance your career, or perhaps you plan to eventually pursue a master’s degree. Either way, Liberty University’s Graduate Certificate in Management and Leadership can help you achieve your goals.

Which master’s degree can I pursue after earning my certificate?

In this certificate program, you’ll pick an area of study from a list of 4 available options. Each area of study shares a name with one of the following master’s degrees – which indicates that you can transfer the credits from your area of study into the corresponding degree program. That way, you can gain valuable knowledge now while working toward a future degree if you later decide to further your education.

Here are the master’s degrees you can build credit toward with this certificate, depending on which area of study you choose:

What Will You Learn in Our Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management Online Program?

To start off, you will complete a course that covers multiple core aspects of business. The foundation laid by this course can help you in your career and in your future academic endeavors if you later pursue a master’s degree. This course can help you demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Business ethics
  • Business finance
  • Business integration and strategic management
  • Global dimensions of business
  • Information management systems
  • Legal environment of business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Quantitative techniques/statistics

From there, you’ll select an area of study in the particular area of business leadership that most interests you. You’ll be able to choose from business administration, executive leadership, human resources, and project management.

What sets each area of study apart? You can study important business theories and practices with the business administration track. Alternatively, you can learn how to manage employees and develop strategic plans for achieving company goals with the executive leadership area of study.

The human resource track can help you understand the hiring, administration, and training processes that form the foundation of every company. Lastly, with the project management area of study, you can become equipped to handle important aspects of achieving project goals – such as scope, time, and budget.

No matter which area of study you select, you can be confident that you’re getting the training you need to prepare for the next step in your career.

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Military Benefits for Our Graduate Certificate in Management and Leadership

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

Highlights of Liberty University’s Online Certificate in Leadership and Management

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online certificate from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we’re committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
  • You’ll get to network with business leaders from across the country while completing your certificate in management.
  • You can complete this Graduate Certificate in Management and Leadership in as little as 1.5 semesters!
  • Liberty’s certificate courses are only 8 weeks long with 8 different start dates offered each year and no set login times.
  • As an online student, you can access a wealth of resources through our top-notch research portal.
  • If you’re a parent, a working professional, or have other important commitments outside of school, our program offers the flexibility you need to further your education without putting your life on hold.

Admission Requirements for Liberty University’s Leadership and Management Certificate Program

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts**
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**Please note: You cannot be accepted into this program until Liberty has your official transcripts.