Certificate in Leadership Studies | BAS & BLS
The University of Iowa


Offered by the Pomerantz Career Center, the Certificate in Leadership Studies may be completed entirely ONLINE. The certificate is designed to provide a structure for involvement, introducing students to the concepts of leadership while giving them the necessary hands-on experiences to begin the life-long development of these leadership skills.

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Online Curriculum

To earn the ONLINE Certificate in Leadership Studies, students must successfully complete 20-21 semester hours (s.h.) and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all course work.

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Required Interdisciplinary Core Courses:

  • LS:3004 Perspectives on Leadership
  • LS:3012 Leadership Theory to Practice

Area Electives (12 s.h.) - must complete 3 s.h. from each of the four areas below:

Self and Group Leadership (3 s.h.)

  • LS:2002 Career Leadership Academy Part I
  • LS:3002 Career Leadership Academy Part II
  • COMM:1819 Organizational Leadership
  • MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management
  • MGMT:3200 Individuals, Teams and Organizations
  • PSY:2501 Introduction to Social Psychology
  • SOC:4225 The Social Psychology of Leadership
  • SSW:3600 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness

Communication (3 s.h.)

Cultural Competence (3 s.h.)

Ethics and Integrity (3 s.h.)

Experiential Learning - complete one of the following:

  • LS:3011 Leadership Certificate Internship
  • LS:3002 Career Leadership Academy Part 2


How to Declare the Certificate

Students may add a certificate program to their plan of study at any time.  Declaring a certificate will allow you to request a degree audit for the certificate requirements in MyUI.  There is no penalty to remove a certificate from a plan of study and one may be removed at any time.

Current BAS/BLS University of Iowa students may add the certificate to their plan of study by contacting their assigned BAS/BLS advisor. 

After the certificate has been declared, please log into MyUI to make an appointment with your Leadership Studies Certificate advisor.  Instructions are provided on the Career Center website.