About the Online Certificate in Leadership and Communication
Whether you’re seeking to position yourself for advancement or enhance your abilities in your current role, the online Certificate in Leadership and Communication can help you take your career to the next level. Ideal for working adults, each course introduces a set of professional skills, communication strategies, and critical thinking skills that will help you leverage your strengths to become a more effective leader in any field. In addition to detailed one-on-one feedback from instructors tailored to your personal goals, Leadership and Communication courses offer the opportunity to learn from other students who bring a wide range of professional experience and skills to the classroom.
The Certificate in Leadership and Communication is designed and delivered in partnership with the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, a service-learning program that supports leadership research and education, and Civic Enterprises, a Washington, DC-based organization that partners with institutions in a variety of sectors to develop new policy initiatives.
The Certificate in Leadership and Communication is a 5-course, 5 c.u.* credit program of study taught by University of Pennsylvania faculty. To earn the certificate, students complete a total of five online Leadership and Communications courses, starting with either LEAD 101: Leadership Theory and Practice or LEAD 304: Professional Communication and Personal Development, and maintain a 3.0 overall grade point average (GPA).
Penn LPS Online courses in the Certificate in Leadership and Communication are offered on an accelerated (8-week) schedule. While most courses provide original lectures and materials you can engage with online on your own schedule, some courses in this certificate program require a weekly synchronous session. You have the option to enroll in individual courses without committing to the entire online certificate, enjoying the flexibility and expertise offered by Penn LPS Online to suit your schedule and interests. Visit the Cost of Attendance page for course tuition and fee rates.
*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.
The Certificate in Leadership and Communication prepares you to:
- Identify, develop and apply distinctive leadership traits and skills
- Develop strategies and skills to persuade specific audiences through verbal, visual, and written communication
- Practice and apply critical thinking skills in the classroom and beyond
- Understand and apply insights from empirical research in economics, psychology, and other social sciences
- Explore competing schools of thought about leadership ethics
- Develop a five-year leadership plan tailored to your professional strengths and goals
- Learn how to use quantitative data in decision-making and problem-solving
Certificate students must complete all five online Leadership and Communication courses listed below, starting with either LEAD 101: Leadership Theory and Practice or LEAD 304: Professional Communication and Personal Development, to earn the Certificate in Leadership and Communication.
- LEAD 101: Leadership Theory and Practice
- LEAD 202: Leadership and Social Behavior
- LEAD 203: Leadership Lessons from Great Books
- LEAD 304: Professional Communication and Personal Development
- LEAD 305: Introduction to Data Analytics
Courses are subject to change.
Meet the Faculty
Dr. John J. DiIulio, Jr.
Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society, University of Pennsylvania
Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Center for Effective Public Management
Faculty Director of Penn’s Fox Leadership International Program, Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, and Partnership for Effective Public Administration and Leadership
Assistant Professor, Department of History and Government, Misericordia University
Senior Fellow, Penn Partnership for Religion and Urban Civil Society
Penn Partnership for Effective Public Administration and Leadership
Professional outcomes related to Leadership and Communication
Leadership and communication skills are vital to succeeding, thriving, and advancing in any career. This certificate is designed to provide you with a thoughtful framework to deploy your leadership abilities while gaining valuable skills with broad professional applications in a range of fields.
- Increase your effectiveness as a leader
- Customize your approach to professional development
- Practice strategies for impactful communication
- Learn how data may be applied to decision-making in professional contexts