Influence. Motivate. Lead.

If you still think leadership is about motivational speeches or pop-culture books, think again.

At Tippie, you’ll learn evidence-based leadership. Modern-day leadership is about facilitating change, maximizing your team’s performance, influencing others, and managing conflict. And that’s precisely what this certificate covers.

The Leadership Certificate is made up of five MBA-level courses—some of the most popular topics taught at the Tippie College of Business. Credits you earn can count toward the Iowa MBA through the Professional MBA Program.

At a glance

Locations
Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Quad Cities

Curriculum
Complete five courses (two required courses + three electives)

Format
In-person delivery. Predominantly 11-week courses, meeting one night a week 6:00 p.m. to 9:40 p.m., no Fridays. Common formats include five-week intersessions (Friday night/Saturday), with frequent online courses and occasional hybrid courses.

Time to complete
As little as 1 year

Cost
$9,975 (Five courses at $1,995 each) for the 2018-2019 academic year*

Admission
No entrance exam required. See details.

Leadership Certificate courses

This course list is valid for Leadership Certificate students pursuing the certificate on its own or as part of the Professional MBA Program. Info about earning this certificate as part of the Online MBA program is available here.

Required courses

  • Leadership and Personal Development—MGMT:9120
  • Management and Organizations—MBA:8120

Elective courses (select three)

  • Business Communication—MBA:8130
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability—MGMT:9091
  • Dynamics of Negotiations—MGMT:9110
  • Effective Managerial Communication—MGMT:9092
  • Global Business Management—MBA:9290
  • Human Resource Management—MGMT:9270 
  • Influence and Constructive Persuasion—MGMT:9090
  • Law and Ethics—MGMT:9210
  • Managing and Preventing Conflict—MGMT:9230
  • Managing Employee Performance—MGMT:9250 (Prerequisite: MBA:8120)
  • Maximizing Team Performance—MGMT:9220
  • Project Management—MGMT:9185
  • Strategic Employee Development—MGMT:9260 
  • Strategic Management of Change—MGMT:9130 (Prerequisite: MBA:8120)

Note: If you waive any of the required courses based on already-completed courses, you’ll need to complete an additional elective in its place to earn the certificate.

Video: Leadership Certificate

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Want to learn more about this certificate? Take a moment to watch a quick video. Lisa Smith explains how the Leadership Certificate works, including courses, time to complete, and much more.

You can also get an overview of all Professional Certificates in this explainer video.

Admission

You can start the Leadership Certificate in any semester. No business prerequisites are needed, and there's no entrance exam. See application deadlines and minimum requirements on the Admission page.

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Notes

Tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year has not yet been finalized. A proposal has been submitted to the University of Iowa Office of the Provost to set tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year to $2,100 per course. If approved, this will result in a tuition of $10,500 for the full certificate. The tuition is the same whether you are an Iowa resident or a nonresident.

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