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.

Admission Requirements

Review Leadership Studies in the UI General Catalog for more details about admission and course requirements.

Application Process

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Undergraduate certificate programs are available to students once they are enrolled in a degree program at Iowa, or after they have received a bachelor's degree. Review our Areas of Study to select a major.


Leadership Studies