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

Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Quad Cities

Complete five courses (two required courses + three electives)

Predominantly 12-week courses, meeting one night a week 6:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m., no Fridays. Other formats: online, weekend (4 weeks), and workweek (1 week).

Time to complete
As little as 18 months

$9,975 (Five courses at $1,995 each)

No entrance exam required. See details.

Leadership Certificate courses

Required courses

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

Elective courses (select three)

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


You don't need to have taken business courses ahead of time, and there's no entrance exam for our certificates. A bachelor's degree is required.

Entrance exam None
Start times Fall, spring, or summer semesters
Minimum undergraduate GPA 2.75
Work experience At least 18 months, earned after your bachelor's. You should be fully employed when you apply; exceptions may be made if you're transitioning employment.
English proficiency Required for non-native English speakers; waivers available. TOEFL iBT 100+ or IELTS 7.0 (no sub-score <6.0)
Earning multiple certificates Students may enroll in multiple certificate programs at a time. Students will need a 3.0 GPA or higher to be awarded the certificate.
Fees $40 application fee once admitted into the program; $75 document fee billed in your second semester.
How to apply

Apply online. Select "Professional and Executive Education" and "Professional Certificates." You'll be asked to upload your resume and unofficial transcripts (see details). International applicants must provide TOEFL/IELTS scores or be eligible for a waiver.

Application Deadlines for Professional Certificates

Spring 2018 January 2nd
Summer 2018 May 4th
Fall 2018 August 5th


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