Leadership studies is an interdisciplinary field that draws on the social sciences, the humanities, and professional areas such as management and education. It focuses on ethical issues, principles, theories, and styles of leadership; interactions between leaders and group members; how leaders affect and influence organizations and communities; and leadership skills such as goal setting, creating a vision, communicating effectively, and empowering others.

As a leadership studies student, you’ll learn about leadership concepts and have hands-on experience that will help you launch a lifelong development of leadership skills. The certificate will give you an edge when you enter the job market or apply to graduate or professional schools.

The Certificate in Leadership Studies is coordinated by the Pomerantz Career Center and supported by the Tippie College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Student Life.

Why Iowa?

The certificate program provides a structure for involvement and commitment to leadership. It introduces students to leadership concepts and offers them hands-on leadership experiences they will need in order to begin the lifelong development of these skills. 

Admission Requirements

The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.


Leadership Studies

The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college. 

The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid also are great resources for students seeking scholarships. 


This certificate requires 20 s.h. of credit, including core courses, area electives, and experiential learning.

Review Leadership Studies in the UI General Catalog  to learn about required course work.