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 Iowa MBA Program.

At a glance

Primarily online. Some in-person courses available in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, or the Quad Cities.

Complete five courses (two required courses + three electives)

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

$10,500 (Five courses at $2,100 each) for the 2020-2021 academic year

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 Iowa MBA Program.

Required courses

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

Elective courses (select three)

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation—ENTR:9100 (beginning Spring 2021)
  • Evaluating Innovation Opportunities—ENTR:9400
  • Managing the Growth Business—ENTR:9500
  • Entrepreneurship: Business Consulting—ENTR:9700
  • 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.


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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