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Leadership roles in today’s business world are complex. Whether you are an aspiring manager, director or founding CEO, UJ Accelerated’s Business Leadership Graduate Certificate will advance your leadership skills and help you prepare for issues you may face. With this certificate, you will be prepared to develop a strategic vision, attract a culture of innovation, evaluate your relationship with human resource management, and examine international business practices. Start with a single course or take the entire certificate to accelerate your professional skills and earn credit toward a master’s degree.

Next Start: August 22nd, 2022
Cost: $5,256
Total Courses: 4 courses
Duration: 8 weeks per course
Group Work: Asynchronous cohort work. Optional live check-ins.
Qualifications: Undergraduate degree

Who It’s For:

Emerging leaders looking to hone their skills or those currently in leadership roles who want to brush up on today’s prominent leadership techniques.

What You Get:

  • Certificate in Business Leadership
  • Mentorship and new connections with a cohort of skilled business professionals
  • Project work that can immediately be applied to your own business
  • 12 master’s degree credits that count toward a Master of Arts in Leadership at the University of Jamestown or can be transferred to other institutions

Why Study Business Leadership?

You shouldn’t have to pause your life to advance your career. No pre-testing requirements means you can get started right away. With 24/7 access to our online classrooms, you can complete your coursework when it’s most convenient for you.


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What You’ll Learn

Courses are offered a la carte. Complete all four courses to earn the certificate.

Strategy, Innovation and Imagination

Identify and implement an effective strategy to increase your understanding and leadership within a business.
Next start: June 27th, 2022

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This course will explore diverse viewpoints on organizational strategy and cultivating a culture of innovation. You will evaluate and reflect on your own originality and creativity, as well as learn how to use imaginative and ideation tools to expand and enhance your ability to solve challenging problems.

In this course, you will:

  • Comprehend differing viewpoints on what innovation is and the importance of innovation in an organization.
  • Analyze how personal background and experiences influence originality and how to effectively communicate original ideas.
  • Learn how to make the brain work as an accelerator for innovative idea generation using stimulus mining and leveraging of diversity.
  • Understand a selection process for new ideas and how to test them early for their viability.
  • Experiment with ways to test and prototype the validity of an idea for a product, service or process using the Plan, Do, Study, Act learning cycle.
  • Perform an assessment of your organization’s culture and analyze the results to determine its level of innovation.
  • Reflect upon organizational silos that create barriers to an innovative culture.

International Business

Examine preferential trade agreements, how to enter the global market, how advertising and public relations are used in the global market and how the digital revolution has created a global electronic marketplace.
Next start: June 27th, 2022

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Gain an understanding of what international business means in today’s economy and identify what forces are behind globalization and global marketing. Through this course, you will explore international business concepts and develop skills and knowledge to support global strategic marketing initiatives.

In this course, you will:

  • Understand scope, concepts and drivers of international marketing, as well as regional economic and political integration.
  • Examine how to use international publicity, public relations and sales promotion.
  • Build your knowledge of international personal selling and pricing strategy.
  • Explore how countries differ in political and economic systems.
  • Identify the forces that lead to differences in social culture and what economic and business implications arise from such differences.
  • Comprehend the ethical issues faced by international businesses and how they impact business leaders.
  • Master the different strategies for competing globally and their pros and cons.
  • Summarize the strategic role of human resource management in international businesses.

Advanced Strategic and Human Resource Management

Gain a basic understanding of human resource management and your role as a leader.
Next start: June 27th, 2022

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Human resource management is a fundamental component of the competitiveness, effectiveness and sustainability of any organization, as it influences who is hired and how they are trained, evaluated and compensated, as well as what steps are taken to retain them. In turn, human resource management plays a critical role in predicting employees’ behavior, attitudes and performance. Throughout this course you will focus on the role of managers and how they can develop and implement effective and efficient human resource practices that support the strategic objectives of their organizations. Specific focus will be on the everyday human resource decisions made by all managers (e.g., selection, evaluation, compensation, termination).

In this course, you will:

  • Understand key human resource practices in today’s organizations.
  • Build critical thinking skills by analyzing how human resource practices can support an organization’s strategic objectives and enhance long-term performance.
  • Apply an understanding of human resource practices to your job search and career choices.
  • Develop skills in the following areas: problem solving and analysis, written communication and teamwork.

Foundations of Leadership

Develop your own leadership style by understanding different approaches and growing your self-awareness, enabling you to more effectively lead others.
Next start: June 27th, 2022

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Through examination of various styles of leadership, you will conduct an introspective exploration into the importance of personal values, attitudes and strengths in being a leader. This course will set the groundwork to build your own personal leadership philosophy.

In this course, you will:

  • Understand styles of leadership, risks and benefits, strengths and limitations, and the situations in which they can best serve the shared work, as we develop our own perspectives on leading.
  • Explore in depth servant-leadership, transformational leadership and spiritual leadership.
  • Examine how personal values and ethics affect leadership and their importance in the workplace.
  • Learn how to communicate effectively, including describing and applying the practices of polarity management, ladder of inference, dialogue and humble inquiry in leading teams.
  • Understand the importance of empowering others in leadership.
  • Develop an evolving personal leadership philosophy.

Our Instructors

Every course is taught by industry experts who work in the industry.

How the Certificate is Structured

Take a Course

Choose any one of the courses or take all four to complete the UJ Accelerated certificate.

Use Career Support Services

At the end of each course, you will have access to career advisers to help build your resume, write a cover letter, practice interview skills and more!

Earn the UJ Accelerated Business Leadership Graduate Certificate

Complete all four courses to earn the UJ Accelerated certificate.

Apply your UJ Accelerated Certificate Towards a Degree

You can choose to apply your certificate as 12 credits towards a bachelor’s degree at the University of Jamestown, as transfer credits to your school of choice, or as continuing education credits. Transfer of the credit will depend on the policies of your chosen institution or professional organization, but we can help.

What Makes UJ Accelerated Special

Every UJ Accelerated course provides:

Course Details

Courses include four elements:

Asynchronous Learning

Read, watch, and listen to the best information to build your foundational knowledge.

Expert Lectures

You will have weekly opportunities to meet as a group for live lectures or attend office hours to apply your asynchronous learning. Attend live or watch the replay.

Upcoming Course Start Dates

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Tuition Options

Students can choose to pay now via credit card or later via invoice. Financial aid is also available for certificate completion.

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